How Does an Agent Answer a Question Like This?
It is quite common for a buyer to ask about the safety of the neighborhood. The problem is that we agents should not render our interpretation of what is safe or what is not. A buyer may be asking if it okay for kids to ride bikes on the streets or play in their yards. Or on the flip side they may want to know if there has been recent crime in the neighborhood or sex offenders close by that are a menace.
Is This Neighborhood Safe? My answer is pretty much the same each time. What I know for sure is that I will not render a personal opinion on the matter. I may know some facts but not all the facts so if I say I think it is pretty safe I had better be absolutely accurate. Since that is impossible, I will not recommend a neighborhood as being safe.
Is This Neighborhood Safe? First, I ask the buyer what their concerns might be so I can better direct them to get their questions answered. Anything from traffic count, to local crimes, to sex offenders can be found on registries and public sites. This is where I send them to look.
Is This Neighborhood Safe? I also advise them to come back and looks at the neighborhood at different times during the day and night. They should talk to the neighbors in the community. The neighbors have opinions and love to share them especially about what goes on in the neighborhood.
I also recommend that they check the local police reports. These are public record. It's easy to go online and get information and find out about registered sex offenders living in the community.
There is a fine line talking about the people in a neighborhood and what goes one and possible violating the federal fair housing laws. Steering buyers away from areas is also a Fair Housing violation.
The best policy is to provide the websites for the buyers to check and get out of the way. Let them make a decision based on the facts of what they learn. That way you will have no possible violation of breaking real estate laws or Fair Housing Laws.
In Clarksville TN, here are the links pertaining to crime and sex offenders.
Then when you are ready to buy, contact The Real Debbie Reynolds at 931-320-6730. or search here.
it would be my pleasure to assist you!
"The Real Debbie Reynolds"
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