Can a real estate agent tell me about demographics and crime?

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“Is this a good neighborhood?”

“Is there any crime in this neighborhood?”

“I’m retired, and I don’t like noise. Are there lots of kids in this neighborhood?”


The Fair Housing Act prohibits agents from rendering an opinion on any of the above mentioned, including the status of an area. However, we can point you in the direction of resources that can help you determine crime statistics, school quality and more. In addition, we strongly suggest that you follow some general common sense guidelines when deciding if an area is somewhere you want to live in. Knock on the doors across the street and on either side of the property you are interested in and meet the neighbors. You will be close to them until one of you ends up moving! Drive and walk around the neighborhood on different days, and at different times. Perhaps all is quiet on a Tuesday morning, but on Friday night the house 2 doors down turns into party central. Look for clues. If there is a basketball hoop outside and skateboards littering the front yard of the house next door, it is a pretty good assumption that there will be some kids playing outside. If you have an aversion to kid noise- maybe it is not the house for you. Same goes if there is a dog the size of a small pony barking madly in the yard adjacent. Are places kept up in the area? Don’t make the mistake of only focusing on the property, be aware of the surroundings. If you hear warning bells go of in your head- research things and mull it over. Our goal is for you to live in a house and area that you will be happy in!

Check the following resources, visit the police station and ask the neighbors what they think.
Tucson and Area Crime Mapping
Crime Reports- Search by address or location


About the Author

HILARY BACKLUND Hilary is an Associate Broker, holds her GRI (Graduate, REALTOR ® Institute, held by roughly only 20% of REALTORS®), an e-Pro designation (marketing through technology), and the National Organization Of REALTORS® GREEN designation. She has completed the education requirements for the Accredited Luxury Homes Specialist certification. She also held the Fine Homes and Estates certification at her previous brokerage, and has a strong marketing background. MY DESIGNATIONS Associate Broker E-Pro GREEN GRI MY SPECIALTIES Listings Marketing Staging MY SERVICE AREAS Marana Oro Valley SaddleBrooke Tucson

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