Do Not Expect a Realtor to Find You a Safe Neighborhood

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The top criteria every first-time home buyer in Sacramento wants is a good location. Because location is everything in real estate. Part of what defines an area as a good location is whether that neighborhood is crime-free and safe. Unfortunately, no neighborhood is really crime-free. Not when you consider all the crimes, especially domestic abuse.

Sex offenders are another statistic that you will find just about everywhere as well. It's astonishing to look at such websites, and as real estate agents, we are constantly warned not to look at them at all because it's better not to know. That way, you can't blurt out something you'll get sued for later, I suppose. You can read much more in my personal blog today at this link: Why Your Realtor Cannot Show Homes in a Safe Neighborhood.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is an author, home buying expert for, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Weintraub is also a Sacramento Short Sale agent who lists and successfully sells short sales throughout the four-county Sacramento area with an emphasis on Elk Grove. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put 40 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate. BRE License # 00697006.

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Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Elizabeth, this question comes up ALL the time somewhere in the conversation when I show homes. For some reason, gated communities give the impression of "safe", whereas the other extreme is isolation which probably has problems of wildlife coming through (something I actually disclose) rather than the two legged kind. 

Jun 13, 2018 11:43 AM #1
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Elizabeth- you're right. We all have different ideas about what is safe or any other descriptive words to describe a neighborhood. Buyers need to do their own research here. 

Jun 13, 2018 11:44 AM #2
Lisa Heindel
Crescent City Living LLC - New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Real Estate Broker

Oh, the question that makes all agents cringe. Our stock response is that our idea of safe and theirs may be completely different, so they should check out potential neighborhoods at all times of day/night to be sure they feel comfortable with their choice. 

Jun 13, 2018 12:12 PM #3
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Elizabeth, this is the hardest question from our relocation buyers, but need to explain this isn't something we can talk about.

Jun 13, 2018 06:51 PM #4
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