Serious New Real Estate Feature/Benefit! - Trulia Crime Maps

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Real Estate Agent with Broker, Dills Real Estate

It doesn't matter if you are a real estate professional looking for a way to entice buyers and sellers to use your real estate services, or you are a "civilian" (i.e., non-professional) interested for your own purposes, Trulia has come out with a great new tool - Trulia Crime Maps.

As an agent or broker, we are trained not to say too much about crime statistics (frankly, for risk management purposes) but to point our clients and potential clients to the best relevant resources we can find and provide. Well, if Trulia Crime Maps isn't just that for crime statistics purposes, I'll eat my hat!

As of today (time stamp - 6/4/11), this is still in beta but it's awesome so check out this link and TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK!  ;-)

 

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Comments (10)

Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Kent,

Thanks for sharing. I didn't realize they now have a crime map.  I'll be checking it out in my area.

Jun 04, 2011 03:01 AM
Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

Kent, Trulia crime maps?  I wonder how accurate the statistics are.

Jun 04, 2011 03:04 AM
Mike Mayer
Mike Mayer, Broker/Owner - i List For Less Realty, LLC - Lafayette, LA

I saw this and immediately discounted it. The obvious reason is the limited scope of cities offered. The next would be the reliability of the data. Contacting a local department would likely offer more current and accurate information.

Jun 04, 2011 03:44 AM
Carol Faaland-Kronmaier
Weichert, Realtors; Hillsborough - Hillsborough, NJ
PhD, e-PRO, Manville, Hillsborough, Somerset NJ

Kent, Thank you for sharing the crime map. I also agree with Mike that contacting the local police department is another useful source for potential buyers moving into an area.

Jun 04, 2011 04:36 AM
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

This will be very useful if they can get it down to a local or neighborhood or even street level, but that will probably be a while in coming.

Jun 04, 2011 04:41 AM
Kent Dills
Broker, Dills Real Estate - Bellingham, WA
Real Estate 817-495-8028, Bellingham, Washington

Carla, Pamela, Mike, Carol, and Dick, thanks for stopping by the blog and checking out this post on the Trulia Crime Map (in Beta) resource.

Trulia doesn't claim to cover every city yet (how could they?) but they are obviously starting with the more populated metro areas (which makes sense to me).  Also, the crime data is only as good as that data that the sources are providing.  However, any data is better than no data in most cases.  Most folks would rather have something - and then assess the viability - rather than being left in an information vacuum.  I think Trulia's effort is to fill the vacuum.

If you'd like to, you can get more information on the crime and map data sources and the "methodology" here.

Jun 10, 2011 05:26 AM
Bill & Cyndi Daves
Hiawassee, Young Harris, Blairsville, Hayesville, Murphy and Beyond! - Hiawassee, GA
TeamDAVES - Your REALTORS In the GA/NC Mountains!

Kent - We have used WatchDog for sexual predators.  This looks like another good tool to add to the arsenal.  Especially since our crime rate is so LOW it will make our area look even better! :-)

Jun 18, 2011 01:28 PM
Kent Dills
Broker, Dills Real Estate - Bellingham, WA
Real Estate 817-495-8028, Bellingham, Washington

Bill & Cyndi, I'd certainly blow that "our city has a low crime rate" horn too if I was you!  Thanks for stopping by and commenting!  

 

Jun 18, 2011 03:58 PM
Lynn911.com ~ Dallas Real Estate Agent Top Team
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Jun 24, 2011 03:25 PM
Kent Dills
Broker, Dills Real Estate - Bellingham, WA
Real Estate 817-495-8028, Bellingham, Washington

Lynn, Thanks for stopping by.  Yes, I can imagine it's the weekend!  TGIF.  Have a great weekend!

Jun 24, 2011 03:49 PM