Home Buyer FAQs: Is There Much Crime In This Subdivision?

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Home Buyer FAQs: Is There Much Crime In This Subdivision?

It is not unusual to show houses here in Houston County GA to buyers who have never been to this area before.  Being a military community, there is always a considerable number of people coming and going.  It is understandable for these newbies to be a little apprehensive, and one of the first questions I often hear from these clients is, "Is there much crime in this subdivision?"!

Home Buyer FAQs: Is There Much Crime In This Subdivision?Not wanting to give the perception I am trying to steer potential buyers or discriminate against or for a particular area, I always provide my clients with the list below so they can research for themselves whether or not a subdivision or community is safe for their family.

Note: Although criminals/crime are not one of the protected classes under the Federal Fair Housing Act, it is important for buyers to choose the subdivision/community they want to live in based entirely on their own standards of what a "safe neighborhood" entails.

Keeping our families safe is at the top of every parents list and knowing where to go to check on past crimes and crime rates can help make the home buying process an easier decision. That is just one of the many reasons to employ the services of a well qualified Warner Robins Real Estate Professional!

As always, Warner Robins real estate information is brought to you as a courtesy by Anita Clark, your Warner Robins Real Estate Consultant. When you’re ready to buy in Warner Robins or Houston County GA, call me at (478) 960-8055.

 

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Petra Norris
CDV TransAtlantic, Inc. - Lakeland, FL
Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale

Anita - you really showed great resources on how home buyers can search for such activities on the internet.  This question is certainly one of the frequently asked questions Realtors® get, myself included when showing homes.  Great Job!

May 26, 2012 10:58 AM #1
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Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale www.TahoeLauraLuxuryHomes.com
Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260 - Tahoe City, CA
Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers

Anita - You've done a great job in handling a common question we all get.  You want your buyers to have the information they need, but at the same time you don't want to violate any Fair Housing rules.  Excellent post!

May 26, 2012 11:24 AM #2
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Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Petra: It is important for buyers to know the decision has to be theirs...giving them the tools to make that decision is what we should provide.

Laura: It can be a fine line.  Thanks.

May 26, 2012 11:33 AM #3
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Toni Weidman
Re/Max Sunset Realty - Trinity, FL
23 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Great info, Anita. People are always asking that and I direct them to our Sheriff's website since they have all the neighborhoods listed on there and the crime stats for each.  Suggested.

May 26, 2012 12:24 PM #4
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Joni Staples
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties - Huntsville, TX
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I can't believe this hasn't been featured yet. Great answer! Suggested!!

May 26, 2012 02:28 PM #5
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Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Toni: It's the first place I recommend checking with too.  Thanks for the nudge.

Joni..."they" need to give you STAR power.  HA.  Thanks girl. ;-)

May 26, 2012 02:35 PM #6
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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

Anita, great post, and even better guidance when buyers ask this question!    It is the buyer's job to discover what the crime rate is.

May 26, 2012 03:47 PM #7
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Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

You are so right Joan.  If they do not know where to find the crime rate they can easily obtain that information from a number of resources on the list. ;-)

May 26, 2012 05:16 PM #8
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Jerry Newman
Green Home Realty, 210-789-4216,www.Selling-SanAntonioHomes.com - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi Anita. I have gotten this same question often, and like you. I want to point them to those resources that will give them that information. You certainly don't want to get them the  perception that you are steering.

May 26, 2012 05:38 PM #9
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Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Jerry: It is always their decision.  We just provide resources to help them make informed ones.

May 26, 2012 06:10 PM #10
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Kevin B. Tolbert PA Team Keller Williams Realty of Port St Lucie
Keller Williams Realty of Port Saint Lucie - Port St Lucie, FL
Luxury Home and New Home Construction Specialist

We at Keller Williams don't ahve to answer these questions as our EXCLUSIVE E EDGE websites have all this data, demographics, schools, community information, crime stats, and so much more all compiled and at your finger tips.

 

May 26, 2012 06:56 PM #11
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Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

That is handy Kevin...send consumers to your website where they have a one-stop shop.

May 26, 2012 07:15 PM #12
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Kathy Sheehan
First Guaranty Mortgage Corporation 770-634-4021 - Atlanta, GA
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Anita, it is a good recommendations that buyers do their homework before they make that offer.

May 26, 2012 07:43 PM #13
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Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Kathy: It is an expensive mistake if they don't.

May 26, 2012 07:56 PM #14
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