Sex Offenders Need Housing Too Right?

Real Estate Agent with TREGO REALTY

At our Tuesday sales meeting at Skogman Realty in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, we had an interesting discussion on sex offenders and housing by the Linn County sheriff's department.  From the center of our downtown, there is a 30 block radius whereby sex offenders cannot reside.  Also, sex offenders cannot live within 2000 feet of a daycare or school, which may be the law in your city or state. 

I worked with a couple whose husband was on the sex offenders registry list.  We looked for one solid month but could not find a house for this couple, even though they were pre-approved for a loan.  Everywhere I found a house, the sheriff's department denied because of either a school, daycare, or 30 block radius from downtown prevented them from owning a house. 

What are your experiences (if any) working with sex offenders?  Have you had any luck finding them housing?  Are the laws similar in your city or state?  Thanks as always for your comments!


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Scott Gormley
Oak Valley Mortgage-California Home Loans and Refinancing - Chico, CA

In California with Megans Law, the neighborhood has the right to post up flyers, notifying everyone around of a new registered sex offender in the area. It's a touchy topic. Many end up moving often, getting harrassed by neighbors that simply don't want them there. In my opinion, righfully so. If you were in my neighborhood and around my children, we would have issues!


Sep 14, 2006 12:13 PM #1
Paul Gardner


I have no experiences or info on the subject but I'm glad you brought it up...and I'll be looking for some answers to this question. Thanks your posting...

Sep 14, 2006 12:15 PM #2
Bob Pavey
RE/MAX Hometown - Aventura, FL
I would love to work with Debra Lafaye from last nights Dateline NBC story, sorry that had nothing to do with what you wrote you just brought something up
Sep 14, 2006 01:26 PM #3
Scott Turner
Turner Residential - Austin, TX

They just passed a similar law here in Austin. I think there are certain boundaries where they cannot reside as a renter. Also, if there was an offender previously in those boundaries they are "grandfathered in" for renting. There is not a law in place if they wish to buy a home. They can live wherever they choose.

There is a system in place here where you will get a small postcard in the mail alerting you to the offender in your area.


Sep 14, 2006 02:26 PM #4
Jim Lee
RE/MAX Shoreline - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Realtor, Portsmouth, NH

There are sex offenses and then there are sex offenses.

A teen aged boy getting it on with his just under the age of consent girlfriend would be one type of sex offense.

At the other end of that spectrum would be pedophiles, sex offenders who target minor children.

Some are redeemable and some of the others need to be............well, insert your choice here.

Sep 15, 2006 01:23 AM #5
Ann Guy
NA - Allentown, PA

I agree with Jim, there are sex offenders then there are sex offenders. 

While everyone has the right to own a home and be happy, I know I would flip if a sex offender moved into my PUD.  And I am not sure I could even help a customer if I know that he/she was a sex offender.

As for the laws, most of them are similar becuase a state can loose federal funding if they do not comply with the Wetterling Act which requires released offenders to register with law enforcement


Sep 15, 2006 02:25 AM #6
Susan Trombley
Trombley Real Estate - Wake Forest, NC
Broker/Realtor, Raleigh, Cary, Wake Forest, Youngs
I was just working with a couple that would not buy a home in a subdivision that has sex offenders. But, what is to say that after they buy a home in a subdivision that a sex offender will not move in. Then what. Yes, I understand both sides and where is the line drawn, I do not know.
Sep 17, 2006 02:55 AM #7
Teresa Boardman
Boardman Realty - Saint Paul, MN
hmmm, I can tell you that is a hard one.  I live on a block where there is a shelter for battered women and their children.  I am sure that a registered sex offender could not buy a home anywhere near me and I am thinking that is O.K. --- they may have to move to the country.
Sep 19, 2006 05:07 AM #8
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

A sex offender is not to be confused with a child molester. Not every sex offender is a child molester but every child molester is a sex offender. 

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