Do You Avoid Sex Offender Discussions?

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams

Do you avoid discussing Sex Offenders with buyers? 

There is a free Registered Sex Offenders Map Application I downloaded onto my Droid called Safe Neighborhood which made me think about how registered sex offenders may affect home buyers.  The name implies that if there are no sex offenders living there, it is a safe neighborhood.  The App opens up a map google of were you are and shows map dots of all the registered sex offenders.  

Of course this info is available on many internet sites as well.  It just made me think that I avoid any discussion about sex offenders in area neighborhoods.  It's not my job to condemn neighborhood because a teenager was busted for having sex with someone a couple years younger.

Just curious how y'all feel about this topic.  Do you avoid it? 


Comments (6)

Doug Rogers
Bayou Properties - Alexandria, LA
Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent

I tell folks to look at these sites, but NOT to take an absences as an all clear. Many of these offenders have a habit of disappearing. Always be safe! Trust your kids safety to no one!

Sep 21, 2010 01:59 PM
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA

Several states require that rental and sales prospects be provided the STATE website which is updated.  I would use THAT rather than an application which may not be updated quite as often!!!

Sep 21, 2010 02:10 PM
Chris Dugger
Real Estate Marketplace - Louisville KY - Louisville, KY
Louisville REALTOR

Mark ~ I lost a deal in July due to a registered sex offender being in the neighborhood, so I know it can affect a sale. I had the listing and the buyer just didn't like what she found on the registry. I don't think there's a neighborhood around Louisville that doesn't have someone...I have one 4 houses down and didn't know until I checked the registry.

Sep 21, 2010 02:48 PM
Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

Mark, touchy subject (oh, maybe I shouldn't have said that).  We have Megan's law in CA, so the buyer is to do their due diligence when it comes to finding out on their own if sex offenders are registered in the neighborhood.  Buyers can be directed to a website or contact the local police department for information. 

There are different degrees of sex offences, and that can be discovered on the website, as well as the name and address of the offender.  I do not touch (oops, there's that word again) the subject with a ten foot pole.  Megan's law is in one of our California Association of Realtors disclosure forms.

Not a pleasant topic, but an important one.

Sep 21, 2010 06:01 PM
Mark Hitz
Keller Williams - The Colony, TX

Pamela - A Touchy subject indeed.   We don't have Megan's Law in Texas so there isn't a real estate document that touches on it.

Chris - Sorry you lost a deal on it but guessing you still closed a sale non the less.

Wallace - You make a good point.  I noticed many are in rentals or apartments so how accurate can the data ever be?

Doug - I'm with you.  I have kids and I check fairly often to see who is in my own neighborhood - none so far.


Sep 24, 2010 08:30 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Yes, I would not qualify what that means. A sex offender is not to be confused with a child molester. Not every sex offender is a child molester but every child molester is a sex offender. 

Apr 25, 2016 05:46 PM