Psst, hey buddy, I'm a homeless sex offender can you help me out?

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Shoreline New Hampshire & Maine

While I believe we can all agree that living next door to a convicted (or even an unconvicted) sex offender is not a desirable state of affairs, some studies are now showing that ever tightening restrictions about where they are allowed to live and even work, could drive some to re-offend by creating more mental and financial pressures on them.

Besides the obvious intent of protecting our children from these vermin the economic motive also creeps in. A study in Mecklenburg County NC (Charlotte) showed that the mere presence of a convicted sex offender in a neighborhood lowered property values anywhere from $4,500 to $5,500 per home and the presence of sex offenders just in Mecklenburg County has shrunk property values up to 58 million dollars!

On the other side of the coin, some sex offenders that have been convicted, served their sentences, and now, years later, and having committed no repeat offenses since, complain that having to continually wear their "sex offender" tag amounts to an unlawful and unfair extension of their sentences.

No less an authority than Ernie Allen, president of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is surprisingly not ""wildly enthusiastic" about laws that restrict where sex offenders can live."

"The key is to know where they are and what they're doing, not to limit where they can live. Because, by doing so, you may be inadvertently pushing them into a situation where we no longer know where they are," says Allen."

So what's the answer?

Ya got me pal but I do believe we must continue to err on the side of caution to protect our children. Creating a hardship on a convicted sex offender by restricting where he or she can live or work is a fairly small price to pay versus the alternative of subjecting an innocent victim to a lifelong nighmare or even death, at their hands.

Here are some sex offender location resources:

US Department of Justice Sex Offender Public Website

FBI list of state registries

Immigration & Customs Sex offender information by states

Sad business, but necessary in these times

Posted by

Jim Lee , REALTOR®, Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)

http://JimLee.com  RE/MAX Shoreline

100 Market St., Suite #200, , Portsmouth, NH 03801 Phone: (603) 431-1111 x3801

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Christy Avila
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I agree that we must make the safety of our children our first priority. 
May 31, 2007 02:35 AM #1
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Terry Lynch
LAR Notary and Closing Services - Saint Clair Shores, MI
The sex offender registry's are borderline useless, the really bad offenders just ignore the reporting requirements and the police do little to verify the information. So they will lull us into a false sense of security if it shows none living in our area.
May 31, 2007 02:35 AM #2
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Ryan Hukill - Edmond
ShowMeOKC Real Estate Pros of KW Elite - Edmond, OK
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Jim, I couldn't agree more. As much as I sometimes feel for these folks if they really are rehabilitated, I'd rather protect the innocent potential victims than the offender. I know life is tough on them with that "badge" but that's the price they must pay. I have my own personal story of one of these guys moving into my old neighborhood but I won't go into that right now. All I know is that it made things extremely unnerving for every parent in the neighborhood. Great post! I know you'll have a wide range of responses here so I'm going to sit back and watch.
May 31, 2007 02:36 AM #3
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R. B. "Bob" Mitchell - Loan Officer Raleigh/Durham
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Bob Mitchell (NMLS#1046286)

I don't know why having a sex offender in your neighborhood would lower your property values?  I did a couple of searches on this data base and just about every neighborhood has somebody listed on one of these lists.

 

Bob Mitchell

ValueList Real Estate Services, Inc. 

May 31, 2007 02:50 AM #4
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Jim Lee
RE/MAX Shoreline - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Realtor, Portsmouth, NH

"I don't know why having a sex offender in your neighborhood would lower your property values?"

 Really Bob?

Do you not think that having someone convicted of molesting a 5 year living next door to a house for sale might impact the decision making process of the parents of another 5 year old that were considering buying that home???

My wife and I just bought a new home and moved. I consulted the sex offender registry in our home search for two reasons; 1. my four grandchildren who come to visit Grandpa and a distant 2., impact on resale of that home. 

 

May 31, 2007 03:06 AM #5
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Ryan Hukill - Edmond
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Bob, it's simple supply & demand. Having a sex offender in a neighborhood could (and most likely will) lower the "demand" for that neighborhood, which ultimately impacts the values because fewer buyers are interested in that neighborhood. If a neighborhood is "hot," meaning highly desired, do the values go up? Absolutely! It works the same in the reverse.
May 31, 2007 04:43 AM #6
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Michele Connors
The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County - Greenville, NC
Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor

Jim- I have a designated page on my website called Megans Law. This subject should not be swept under the rug, It is definitely  something we need to provide our buyers *website addresses are excellent.

Here s one more good site: KlaasKids.org

 

"There are only two lasting bequests we can give our children...
one is roots, the other wings."  by Stephen Covey

 

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