How is the area for a single woman to live alone having to walk her dog day and night? Concerned with boarded up bdgs, closed down business, etc

Asked by cgjw2003, Chicago, IL Sun Jan 27, 2013

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Christopher…, Agent, Tarrytown, NY
Mon Jan 28, 2013
Hi, You can visit http://www.HomeFair.com and click on the city reports section for in-depth crime stats and area demographics. For street specific crimes you can visit http://qwww.SpotCrime.com and http://www.Crime Reports.com.

Chris
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John Meyers, Agent, Park Ridge, IL
Fri Nov 29, 2013
The best way to get a good "vibe" about a neighborhood is to go there at 8:00 or 9:00pm at night and park on the street.

Do you feel safe getting out of your car?
Are there other people walking their dogs?

Once you find an area that you like, contact a broker to help you search homes in that area.

Just give me a call if you would like some help.

Thanks,
John Meyers, Meyers Realty
c: 847-533-7115
e: JohnMeyers@MeyersRealty1.com
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Daniel Mirea, Agent, Chicago, IL
Mon Nov 18, 2013
Hi There,

I would suggest you drive around on weekends and evenings to see how you like the place before you decide to make a move!
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Manuel Brown, Agent, Chicago, IL
Mon Jan 28, 2013
Dear Home buyer,

I see you have found out our rule do not allow us to discuss these things. When I am out with buyers and they like a place I often suggest they go to the location at various times of the day and see what the activity is around the property. You can also visit various sites that will tell you about the going on of an area and here are a couple http://chicago.everyblock.com/crime/ , https://data.cityofchicago.org/Public-Safety/Crime-Map-2012/…
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cgjw2003, Home Buyer, Chicago, IL
Sun Jan 27, 2013
Thank you all for your answers. I understand your professional rules, and did not realize the audience would consist only of real estate brokers. I thought current, former residents or other non-realtor folks with some experience in the area would be reached.
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JIM Michaels, Agent, Chicago, IL
Sun Jan 27, 2013
Fair Housing Fair Housing Fair Housing
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Thomas Kossn…, Agent, Chicago, IL
Sun Jan 27, 2013
There is nothing like personal experience. Walk the area and see how it feels to you. Plus, we don't want to get written up or in trouble for recommending a Specific area. That would be unethical and against the law for real estate professionals. Another agent suggested asking residents you see in the area. That is an excellent idea and they can provide you with unbiased real life opinions. Good luck to you!
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Sam Stewart, Agent, Chicago, IL
Sun Jan 27, 2013
You're probably not going to get people that will comment on the relative safety of a neighborhood on here since it's illegal for real estate professionals to suggest one neighborhood is safer than another.
Instead, you can check for yourself on this Chicago Crime Map: https://data.cityofchicago.org/Public-Safety/Crimes-Map/dfnk-7re6
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Angela Andre…, Agent, Kent, WA
Sun Jan 27, 2013
Chicago has a lot of great areas, where you can walk your pets along with others who enjoy doing the same thing, in city parks, and in particular in dog parks. Take a look at Hyde Park, West Loop (Schiller Park is great) , the Loop, the New East Side, Museum Park, the UIC area: Baird and Warner has a great "Neighborhoods Page" that gives a good sense of where the pet-friendly areas are in the city; and where you can enjoy pleasant walking trails. Check it out here: http://www.bairdwarner.com/angela.bailey (scroll down a bit when you get there).

If you're not already working with an agent, let me know if you find anything that you like! angela.bailey@bairdwarner.com
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Matt Laricy, Agent, Chicago, IL
Sun Jan 27, 2013
We cant answer this sort of question. I suggest you go to this at all different times of the day and night. Go on the weekends. Only you know whats best for you.
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Terry Farnsw…, Agent, Lisle, IL
Sun Jan 27, 2013
Hi cgjw,

There are various online resources for researching crime statistics of different areas http://(www.SpotCrime.com is one such resource). Real estate agents typically defer to the local police department and published crime statistics, because giving their personal opinion of an area's safety is too subjective. Everyone's idea & opinion of safety is relative - what's "safe" to me, might not be to you, and vice versa. It's recommended to visit any areas you are interested in at different parts of the day to get a "feel" for the surroundings. Also, knock on a few doors and ask the people who live in the area day in and day out their opinion as well.

I'd rather get an opinion from the residents who live in any given area....than from a real estate agent who not only might not live there, but also is trying to ultimately sell a house to me. If I walked into a car dealership and asked the salesman if one of the cars they are selling is safe - I'm fairly confident I'm not going to get an unbiased answer - regardless of the statistics. Additionally, real estate agents generally err on the side of caution when addressing the "safety" of any given area - to avoid even a remote chance of the answer being misconstrued as "steering", which is illegal. I'd alse hate to tell someone I thought an area was safe, have them buy a property there - and get robbed the day after they move in.

Hope this helps!
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Bill J Delig…, Agent, Naperville, IL
Sun Jan 27, 2013
It sounds like you just answered your own question. Go to the neighborhood and get a feel for it. If it doesn't meet your criteria for what you consider safe, then move on.
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