When it comes to any safety/crime related issues, it's always best to contact the local police department with all your questions, hear all there is to hear firsthand. If unfamiliar with the area(s) do revisit more than once and at different times of day, possibly chat with locals/neighbors. Keep in mind that real estate professionals are prohibited from steering, enticing a buyer to purchase/rent, or not, in specific neighborhoods.... more
I would think about your family and your lifestyle. Do you have the time to take care (or the money to pay for someone else to)of the exterior and yardwork that comes with a single family home? Do you have kids or dogs that would benefit from a yard to run in? Do you like to garden? Do you want to live in the city or do you prefer the suburbs? I know new York has a lot of coops, but study the legal differences between the 2 styles of ownership.
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