Everything You Want To Know About Louisville Homes That I Can't Tell You

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Alliance - Louisville REALTOR-Luxury Homes

Louisville Information

Your questions are innocent.  They are well-intentioned.  In fact, they are normal.

What are the schools like?

Are there children in the neighborhood?

What is the crime rate?

My response may seem anything but normal.  In fact, it may seem a little idiotic. 

I can't answer that, but here's a website you can go to and find out.

If you are reading this, my response may be acceptable.  In fact, it might be welcome.  You can get all of your questions answered at your convenience.  You might even learn a few things you hadn't thought to ask.  On the other hand, the response is a bit dissatisfying when you are sitting beside me in the car. 

Before you write me off as a complete moron, please understand my reply is not due to lack of area expertise.  Instead, it is due to knowledge of the law.  Specifically, Fair Housing Law.  These well-intentioned edicts were put forth to prevent discrimination against the protected classes (race, color, religion, national origin, gender, familial status, and the disabled).  Intended or not, the consequence of the statutes is I am forbidden to answer even the most innocent of questions related to people not property.

If your questions about Louisville homes for sale involve market data, house values, community info, or directions to the nearest Lowe's, I can most certainly help.  But the only info you are getting out of me with respect to the human side of neighborhoods is this...

Bullitt County SchoolsSchools

Jefferson County Public Schools (Louisville)

Bullitt County Public Schools (Shepherdsville / Mt Washington)

Oldham County Public Schools (PeWee Valley / Crestwood)

Demographics

ZipSkinny.com

US Census Bureau

Note: When using ZipSkinny, the default zip code for Louisville is 40243 (Middletown).  You can enter a different zip in the upper right hand corner.

Crime

http://www.louisvilleky.gov/metropolice

http://spotcrime.com/ky/louisville

Note:  The mapping function on the SpotCrime site is easier to use than the LMPD site. 

 

**Declaration of Indepence photo courtesy of Caveman 92233 on flickr.

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Erik Hitzelberger is a licensed REALTOR with RE/MAX Alliancein Louisville. If you need a Louisville Real Estate agent please email me or call 502.921.3989.

I specialize in the following areas of the Metro Louisville Area: Prospect, Middletown, Jeffersontown (J-Town), Fern Creek, Okolona, Shepherdsville, Mt Washington, Hillview, Brooks and Pewee Valley.  Click the following links to learn more about Louisville and Bullitt County Real Estateor to Search for Louisville Homes 

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Comments (10)

Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker

Hi Erik - I know some buyers find it frustrating that I can't tell them some things they ask, but even if it weren't illegal, I have to wonder if it might not be a problem to assure someone that a neighborhood is crime-free and then have them find out about a crime that you just didn't hear about.  Or talk about the best schools in the area based on what you have read, and then have test results come out that belie that claim.  Those "facts" are not static and are subject to change daily, so it would be dangerous to make any such assurances anyway.

Sep 05, 2009 04:09 PM
Paul Slaybaugh
Realty Executives - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale, AZ Real Estate

What is the squared root of litigation?  Bingo! 

Sep 05, 2009 04:16 PM
Erik Hitzelberger
RE/MAX Alliance - Louisville REALTOR-Luxury Homes - Louisville, KY
Louisville - Middletown Real Estate

Susan - You make excellent points.  I have no specific knowledge or background that makes me an expert on crime or schools.  Anything I would relay, would be opinion at best.  Letting others form their own opinions based on the data or recommendations from experts is much more beneficial.

Paul - The time it takes to lose one's license is inversely proportional to how much one runs his mouth about things he shouldn't.

Sep 05, 2009 04:41 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Great post, Erik!  There are conversations we cannot have with our mothers without risking huge fines or the slammer!

Sep 06, 2009 01:33 AM
Michael Bergin
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - ABR - SRES - Alexandria, VA
Northern Virginia Real Estate

Erik -

You really hit the nail on the head with this one.  I know it frustrates our clients but I don;t think they have any idea how much trouble our answers could cause.  Great way to "tell" them without saying anything!

 

Sep 07, 2009 01:33 PM
Erik Hitzelberger
RE/MAX Alliance - Louisville REALTOR-Luxury Homes - Louisville, KY
Louisville - Middletown Real Estate

Patricia - There are a lot of things we can't tell our parents without getting into trouble.  And yes, you are right, some invlove real estate:)

Michael - I really believe discrimination, etc is the farthest thing from most people's minds when they ask the questions.  However, we have to protect against even the hint of inpropriety.

Sep 07, 2009 01:40 PM
John Cannata
214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com - Frisco, TX
Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance

Erik, you never know when things may change, so its probably always best for them to know the source directly. Nothing wrong with saying "I dont know, but here is where you find out". No one ever said you had to memorize those types of things.

Sep 07, 2009 02:29 PM
Erik Hitzelberger
RE/MAX Alliance - Louisville REALTOR-Luxury Homes - Louisville, KY
Louisville - Middletown Real Estate

John - Excellent point and one that is particularly true with respect to Louisville schools.  A couple of years ago the city's bussing policy was struck down by the Supreme Court. (Yes, of the United States).  Since then, changes (and lawsuits) have been fast and furious.

Sep 07, 2009 03:01 PM
John Cannata
214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com - Frisco, TX
Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance

Thats crazy. Well, I think its great that you tell the truth. Too many people try to BS their way when someone asks a question they dont know the answer to.

Sep 07, 2009 03:03 PM
Jen Bowman
Keller Williams on the Water - Holmes Beach, FL
Realtor - Anna Maria Island & Bradenton FL

Erik, this is a great post! In our purchase and sale agreements there is now a line that talks about the sex offender registry and tells the buyer that if they are concerned they should go to the website.

Oct 26, 2009 07:57 AM