It is frustrating for you and us both. Believe me. But if we were to offer information to you based solely on what the "talk of the day" or "rumor" is then that is considered unfair information. If the client places all of his/her decision making based solely on what their agent told them and then believes it not to be true or reliable later on then the agent could be sued for providing false information to a client in order to close a deal. So, the questions you are asking should be answered by an authority on the subject of the question such as the California State Department of Schools regarding testing scores, ratings, size, etc. Neighborhood crime stats come directly from the county or city online resources. Or better yet, contact the police department that patrols a certain neighborhood and ask them directly what the crime rate is for that area. Many agents offer city and community demographics online for your convenience.
There are so many factors involved in choosing the right home that meets your needs. It's a shame that some buyers have been either been swayed inappropriately by their agent or simply wants to place the blame for a decision they made that created buyer's remorse. That's California's legal system at work making all of our honest efforts that much more difficult.
Believe me and I know I can speak for many other agents too. We want to help you in so many ways and feel sorry that our hands may be tied due to past indiscretions made by a mere fraction of the diligent , ethical and responsible agents working to provide you with the best home buying venture possible.
Good luck and happy house hunting. Remember that so much information you are searching for is easily accessible online through county and city websites.
Diane Wheatley, Broker
What an agent cannot do is to violate the Fair Housing Act by telling you what "kind of people" live in the neighborhood regarding race, family status, disability, color, sex, religion, or disability. The part about you thinking the agent sould fear the buyer coming back has happened. So now there are more laws and more guidelines about what an agent is responsible for.
For the crime portion, agents must not accuse or step into legal territory. They are responsible for disclosing info about the property & any financial info that might compromise the ability for that party to perform.
Most agents, myself included, will give the buyer a place to go for that info, some of us put the links on our website. Try watchdog for sexual predators and your local law enforcement site or newspaper for crime statistics.
There does seem to be a trend towards buyers using the listing agent in their real estate purchases. The thing is that they are taking a step back in time by doing so. It was Consumer Advocacy Groups who petitioned, demonstrated, marched, and finally got the Buyer's Agency passed.
People tell me all kinds of stories about how they bought through the seller's agent. I never ever ever tell them what could have been different. After all, they're happy; why would I want to burst their bubble? And the ones who are unhappy? Well, it's kind of late to be coming to me for advice after the transaction. The seller's agent did their job in representing the seller and the buyer didn't do as well as they thought. But that was their choice. To be unrepresented.
It's a free country.