What does "Stand Your Ground" mean for YOUR grounds?

Real Estate Agent with Palmer House Properties 292385

Although stand your ground laws exist in about 22 states, Florida is the one that stands out at this moment. 

The jury in the George Zimmerman case as proved that in Florida, it is permissible to not only take the law into your own hands but you can actually ignore instructions from a 911 dispatcher, follow an innocent person, have them defend themselves against you, kill them because of it, claim self defense (how you can defend yourself against someone when you're the aggressor is beyond me), and walk free. 



What does this mean for Florida? What does this mean for homeowners in Sanford? What does this mean for the residents in the Twin Lakes subdivision where this child was murdered? Myself, and many others (especially mothers) take a long hard look at not only our safety but the safety of our children when deciding on a place to live. In a place where such crimes are welcomed and citizens are allowed to take the law into their own hands, I wonder if buyers will take another look or be hesitant in their buying decisions in the area. 

The noise is loud. People of all races are sending word out to boycott Florida. I wouldn't go that far, why should Disney suffer? I happen to love them as a company. But I really want to know from real estate professionals in their area what they think? Has this affected your business in any way? Have you heard concerns from clients and potential clients? Do you think this will affect your business if only for the moment?

I would hope not, but the reality is, if a kid isn't safe, then who is?



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Comments (4)

Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Dee, my brother posted something on Facebook today:  "Justice is blind, but sometimes it's not real smart."

Jul 15, 2013 12:40 PM
Dee Neal
Palmer House Properties - Alpharetta, GA
Atlanta Area Real Estate

Patricia....i agree. 

Jul 15, 2013 01:04 PM
Dana Hollish Hill
Hollish Hill Group, JPAR Stellar Living - Bethesda, MD
REALTOR * Broker * Coach

Good question. I wonder if Florida's real estate market will suffer because the attention that the SYG law is getting. I know that when a local city in Virginia won a top spot on the "Best place to live in America" rankings, sales and sales prices increased a great deal. More than the surrounding cities. I guess we'll have to wait and see what Florida agents have to say.

Jul 19, 2013 12:00 AM
Dee Neal
Palmer House Properties - Alpharetta, GA
Atlanta Area Real Estate

Dana yes. It is getting a lot of attention and not good. Now a lot of SYG cases are being brought to the forefront and being compared to the Zimmerman/Martin case. 

Jul 19, 2013 03:48 PM