PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Asked by Elena, Redding, CA Fri Apr 3, 2009

PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!! MY husband and I have found a home that we both love. However, and that is a big however, we just found out that there is a regestered sex offender five houses down across the street. We dont know what to do. We are almost completing escrow and just found this out, we know we could pull out at any time however, we love the house. We dont want to play russian roulette with our safety. I would love your expertise and truthful feedback.

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Plano, , Plano, TX
Fri Apr 3, 2009
My parents bought a house in 2000. In 2003 and sex offender moved into the house 3 doors away and the city (or whoever sends it) sent out a post card to everyone letting them know the whos/whats/whens etc. She has never had a problem.

So bottom line is, they are everywhere and even if you buy a house without one in the neighborhood, who is to say one will not move in next door in a few months?
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June Livingh…, Agent, Long Beach, IN
Fri Apr 3, 2009
Elena - I understand your concern. Keep in mind the offender could be a kid that mooned on his way to a football game or a person caught urinating in a public park or woods. The severity of the crime should help you determine if this is a good move. Contact the local police and see if they can give you accurate information or at least the sex offender web site so you can do your own checking. How long ago was the incident? How severe? Were children involved? These questions will help you make the decision you and your family can live with. If you decide not to proceed, the web site will help you with future house hunting. Sometimes 'the devil that you know is better than the one you don't.'
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Sandy Vickrey, Agent, Winters, CA
Fri Apr 3, 2009
Oh, that is a tough one. Does the person own their home or rent? How long have they lived there? Sounds like a visit to your local police station is in order to get some facts. THe other two answers are very good. Follow your heart. No matter what you decide, it will be the right decision for you and your family.
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Dave Heck, , Arcadia, CA
Fri Apr 3, 2009
The same thing happened to some clients of mine and we backed out of the deal. Make sure you find out the level of the offense and gauge it against your own tolerance and safety issues. I've heard you can be labeled a sex offender for urinating outside, so get as much info as possible as soon as possible. Other neighbors are a great resource. Keep in mind the "offender" has rights too, you don't want to do anything to violate those.
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David Chambe…, , Saint Petersburg, FL
Fri Apr 3, 2009
Knowing where the sex offender puts you at an advantage, You know about it. Anywhere you move to a sex offender could move to also, they could buy the house next door.

Bottom line it is your decision, not mine. At least you have the information available to help you decide.
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