I Need A House In A "Safe Neighborhood."

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956

Safety is high on every buyers list.  Is the neighborhood they're contemplating making a purchase in a "safe" one.  Since every buyer has a different idea of what safety means to them, let them check out the neighborhood for themselves.  Greg Nino does a great job pointing out several things to look out for that are telling indicators of just what kind of neighborhood you're in.

Original content by Greg Nino 0524642

No one want's to live next to thuggery. Realtors know their neighborhoods and they know their markets, but crime detectives and criminal data bases they are not. Consumers need nothing more than to rely on good old fashion instinct, common sense and easy detective work.

Good Old Fashion Instinct:

Is the house you want to buy in a questionable neighborhood? Get in your car and drive through the neighborhood after five p.m. Do you see cars on center blocks, people lifting weights in the culdesac and others aimlessly wondering the streets like zombies? If these unsavory sights bother you then you probably aren't in the best neighborhood.

Common Sense:

Any Realtor with a half a brain will not attempt to discuss crime statistics with you. They know the liability of being "wrong" could prove to be too risky, not to mention expensive. This is why most agents will direct you to websites that offer criminal statistics. Common sense should tell you crime happens EVERYWHERE. Are you looking for a $50,000 home? Odds are you're going to find yourself in a very undesirable area when it comes to resale value, neighborhood appeal and overall community gleam.

Does the neighborhood swimming pool have razor wire around its fences? Believe it or not, these exist in some neighborhoods. I often wonder if the home owners association installed these not to keep people out, but to keep them in.

Easy Detective Work:

What happens when you try and talk to the neighbors? Do they run from you when you pull up because they think you're the police? Do they hide behind the curtains in their windows? Are there angry Pitt bulls chewing on their chain? What kind of cars are parked in the drive way? Do you see babies running around without parents in diapers at the intersection?


99% of the time a consumer can EASILY get these types of answers on their own. It almost ALWAYS comes down to price. You have to pay to play. You can't live in a gated community with armed protection and lavish neighborhood amenities if you aren't willing to pay for it. In Houston it's best to find a subdivision where the lowest price begins around $175,000. All communities and suburban subdivisions are different. The further out you go, the less you have to spend for "more land."

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Comments (5)

Kathy Sheehan
Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021 - Atlanta, GA
Senior Loan Officer

I would suggest that they do their own research.  The internet offers many ways to obtain pertinent information.

Dec 17, 2013 09:08 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     Looks can be deceiving.  There is an upscale neighborhood here in Tallahassee that is undergoing a rash of burglaries and car thefts.

Dec 17, 2013 11:05 AM
Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956 - New City, NY
Real Estate Salesperson

Kathy, I use the same tactics.  I'll supply them with a couple of links that will give them good neighborhood stats.

Fred, true, but its a good starting point and visiting the neighborhood at different times of the day and night will often give you a realistic glimpse into what's behind the facade.

Dec 17, 2013 11:28 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I love his terminology - 'thuggery?!'  Never heard that one before!  :-)

Dec 22, 2013 12:51 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I disclosure to the buyer my own personal knowledge of any criminal activity of which i'm aware. Perceptions of crime can e quite different from one person to another, and merely answering that a neighborhood is or isn't safe is going to depend on a personal opinion. The best way to check the safety of that location: to provide a client with s source of the information so they verify it by themselves. 

Feb 24, 2017 10:53 PM