Is this a safe Neighborhood?

Reblogger Marte Cliff
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We all know that you can't actually answer that question. Even if you believe it to be absolutely safe, saying so would be taking a terrible risk. 

What you CAN do is what Katie did here - furnish your buyers with links to the appropriate sites so they can check out the crime statistics, and check to see if there's a registered sex offender in the neighborhood they're considering. 

After I let my license go a past client called one day to tell me she had "almost" purchased a house next door to a child molester. Her closing had been delayed when the seller landed in the hospital, or it would have been a done deal. 

While they were waiting for the seller to be well enough to close, someone mentioned the sex offender website to her, so she checked it out. 

Since she had a cute 8 year old daughter, she was more than thankful to be able to back out of that purchase! 

Original content by Katie Graham

“Is this a safe neighborhood?”  A question I hear repeatedly from buyers.  Buyers wonder if there have been any breakins near by, stolen car reports or violent crime etc.  Some are concerned about sex offenders in the area as well.  These are questions your realtor may not be able to answer but the answers are definitely available.  To search Denver crime statistics per neighborhood, click here  If you would rather search Denver crime statistics by address click here  To check out the sex offender registry list near a certain address and to sign up for email updates of offenders in a certain area, click here

 

If you would like to search for homes in Denver or the greater Denver Metro area click here!  My website is directly linked to the MLS.  Here you will be able to save your favorite properties and even use the mortgage calculator to figure out the payment per month.

Katie Graham, GRI, e-Pro, Ecobroker
Cherry Creek Properties
720-299-6612
katie@katie4homes.com
www.katie4homes.com

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Belinda Spillman
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Yes we always have to walk that line and keep our opinions to ourselves.  The links are the best answer so the buyer can do their own research.

Jun 30, 2015 08:18 AM #1
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Chris Ann Cleland
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When I have folks look into crime stats for a prospective neighborhood, I also have them check their current neighborhood for apples to apples comparison.  

Jun 30, 2015 09:05 AM #2
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Kathy Streib
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Marte- good policy.  The best you can do is provide the links or sources for information and let them make a decision. 

Jun 30, 2015 09:54 AM #3
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Belinda Spillman About the time you said it was absolutely safe, the house in question would be vandalized! It's just not wise to give such an opinion. 

Chris Ann Cleland That's a really good idea! 

Kathy Streib I think providing the links is a wonderful service, since people might not know where to go, even after a Google search. In addition, by providing the links the agent can rest assured that the client either is or could have been well informed. 

Jul 01, 2015 02:12 AM #4
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Some people are shocked at the police reports in their own neighborhood.  They had no idea things were being stolen out of cars, or there was vandalism.  They are busy working and taking care of their families.  Just best to know what crime is like where you are coming from and then compare it to where you are thinking of moving.

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Chris Ann Cleland I was shocked when I saw how many registered sex offenders there are in and around our small town. Even more shocked when I read a couple names of people I knew. 

Jul 02, 2015 02:24 PM #6
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Marte Cliff, great re-blog.  I can't remember how many times customers or clients have told me they want to live in a safe neighborhood or have asked me if a neighborhood is safe.

Jul 03, 2015 02:00 AM #7
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I once had an app on my phone to show registered sex offenders relative to your current position.  It's freaky to be driving around the entire area and seeing the map populate with the red dots.  

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Sybil Campbell It's natural that people would want to know, considering all the horrible things they see in the news. But... who could possibly predict whether a neighborhood would stay safe, even if it's been crime-free for years? 

Chris Ann Cleland Yes, that would be creepy. Almost makes me glad I don't have one of those phones... 

 

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