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I Need A House In A "Safe Neighborhood."
Excellent advice from Greg Nino who has laid out things that buyers need to do on their own to make sure the prospective neighborhood is right for them. Talking to neighbors, getting to know the people you'll be living around is great advice!
No one want's to live next to thuggery. Realtors know their neighborhoods and they know their markets, but crime detectives and criminal data bases they are not. Consumers need nothing more than to rely on good old fashion instinct, common sense and easy detective work.
Good Old Fashion Instinct:
Is the house you want to buy in a questionable neighborhood? Get in your car and drive through the neighborhood after five p.m. Do you see cars on center blocks, people lifting weights in the culdesac and others aimlessly wondering the streets like zombies? If these unsavory sights bother you then you probably aren't in the best neighborhood.
Any Realtor with a half a brain will not attempt to discuss crime statistics with you. They know the liability of being "wrong" could prove to be too risky, not to mention expensive. This is why most agents will direct you to websites that offer criminal statistics. Common sense should tell you ... more
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