People sell their homes for all kinds of reasons. Job transfers, divorce, health reasons, death, birth, down sizing, up sizing whatever. Some sellers have been waiting and watching the market to put their homes up for sale. One school of thought is "if my neighbor puts their home up for sale and I have been thinking of selling; their home may sell my home so I'll list it and see what happens". If you look in all the neighborhoods in Wichita you will find multiple homes for sale. One popular area has 44 homes for sale. As far as safety, the best answer was from the Agent in NY, speak with the police department if you have concerns.