I am often asked for my opinion on certain neighborhoods, whether I think they're "good" or "bad" or "safe". I do have an opinion, but I am not allowed to share it with you. To give my opinion would be considered steering and is a violation of the Fair Housing Act.
I am reblogging this post from Cindy in Indy because she shares a valuable link where you can pull crime stats from different areas and use this information to make an informed decision about an area you're considering.
Check it out!
Do you ever wonder if your client really works for NAR and they are asking a question to see how you respond? Sometimes they just seem to be such a set up…
Working with another relocation client; they’ll need to rent until they sell their home in Ohio. They have been here just one weekend so are fairly unfamiliar with the area.
They called the other day and asked if I would drive over and take a look at a rental for them…sure I can do that. Great location but I wouldn’t live there. I took some pictures and let them decide. Same conclusion, pictures never lie.
Yesterday, they asked about another home and gave me the cross streets. They wanted to know if it was in a “good” area or better said, “is it safe”.
This one is easier than some…my favorite website for crime statistics is
I have gotten, “what kind of nationality lives here”…not with a 10 foot pole will I answer that. Or, are there a lot of kids in the neighborhood…sometimes I honestly don’t know.
If you want to know those answers…drive the neighborhood at different times of the day and watch school buses or count playgrounds or observe people in their yards.
The Fair Housing Act will not allow REALTORS to comment on protected classes such as race, color, national origin, religious preferences, sex, familial status or handicaps.
I know you want to know…but I cannot answer those questions. I can point you to websites to help you discern those answers, but I cannot answer those questions.