What Your Realtor Won’t Tell You

July 25, 2021 | Buying a Home | By: Sara


What’s the crime like in the neighborhood?  How are the schools?  Are there kids in the neighborhood?  

We know this information is what you crave if you’re looking for a new neighborhood. They are important questions!  But, we are legally barred from answering them.

Safety, demographics, and schools are just a few of the things your Realtor can’t tell you under both federal and state fair-housing laws.

These important laws protect the public from being “steered” into certain neighborhoods based on a real estate agent’s perception of where they should live.


If you’re looking for this information, we encourage you to do your research.

Crime: Call the local police station for the most up-to-date information. Many local newspapers and online blogs will also publish crime statistics.  We always recommend asking any neighbors that you may see out in the neighborhood too.

Schools: Check out Great Schools or call the local school to talk to the Principal if you have questions about curriculum.  We can always put you in touch with other clients whose children attend different schools if you would like more insight.

Demographics: If you want to know if your kids will have friends in the neighborhood or want to check out the demographics, you can visit City Data  and Urban Turf. We always recommend spending time in the neighborhood during different times of the day to get a true feel for it.


Want a more personal insight?

If our clients want to know what the schools or the vibe of the neighborhood is like, we put them in touch with other clients and friends in the neighborhood. Buyers can then ask them the questions we can’t answer.


So, what CAN we tell you?

Although we can’t talk about specifics of any of the above or if you ask us if it’s a “good” or “bad” neighborhood, but we can state the facts. We cannot editorialize with our opinions. So, we can give you facts like the values of homes in the neighborhood or certain school districts.

We meet with our buyers and talk to them about what they are looking for in a neighborhood and match them to neighborhoods that fit those traits. Then, we give you the tools to determine if those neighborhoods feel right to you. You tell us your needs, we tell you which neighborhoods are a match, you make the final decision. It’s a process we’ve gone through hundreds and hundreds of times and it works.


The Bottom Line…

We know buying a house and settling on a neighborhood is an emotional time. Our team specializes in helping people through life transitions so they can truly love where they live. Want help? We’re always here for you and any friends or family who have any questions. Don’t hesitate to reach out or book a buyers consultation.

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