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Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent/Associate Broker
RVA Home Team - Richmond, VA
RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity.

"Safe is subjective. Where I feel comfortable, you may not. What I have told my other clients is to check out the crime statistics and talk to the neighbors, they are always too willing to fill you in. Would you like me to come with you to knock on a few doors?" 

I find this usually works. I instruct them to do their due diligence. 

Jan 28, 2015 08:16 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I direct them to sources to check on crime rates, etc.  I also suggest that they visit the neighborhood at various times of day and night, weekends, etc.  That will help them get a "feel" for it.  I also explain that we must be careful about what we say about neighborhoods.

Jan 28, 2015 07:27 AM
Victoria Small
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - Saint Louis, MO
Remember Small is the name...not the SERVICE!

 I respond that ethically and legally I can't answer that question. If this is a concern of yours I would recommend doing research via the web and talking to people who live in the neighborhood. Also coming by at diffent times of the day and week can help them in making a decision about the area.

Jan 28, 2015 03:42 AM
Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

I respond that agents are legally not allowed to commend on safety issues and that safety is different for everyone. My suggestions include: visiting crime statistic sites, speaking with local police stations, and observing the neighborhood at different times of day/night.

Jan 28, 2015 02:45 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I think our whole city is safe, check w the police dept if you want stats on this.

Sep 24, 2019 10:18 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Usually, I tell them to go the website of sex!

Jun 09, 2017 11:46 PM
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential



Our "calls for service" (a crime may not have been committed) are online. It does help to show a client how to use the site. 

Sep 26, 2015 06:46 AM
Debra Peters
Referral Realty - Manorville, NY
NY Real Estate Salesperson

When a buyer customer asks about a neighborhood, I tell them that all the information can be found online.  As Kathleen Daniels stated, I also tell them that they might want to drive around the area at different times and that they can also find out information at the local police department.  

Feb 01, 2015 07:24 PM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

I suggest that they drive through the neighborhood in the evening or on the weekend and talk to neighbors.

Jan 28, 2015 01:07 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

I point them to the City or county Sheriff who are over that subdivision.  I also have a list of websites that show crime stats.

Jan 28, 2015 12:44 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Oh that is easy, I refer them to the crime reprot website and let then use my computer to do it. I let them satisfy themselves and don't try to be a reporter.

Jan 28, 2015 11:53 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

I ask them to check with the Sheriffs department with their concerns.

Jan 28, 2015 11:22 AM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Read the police incident reports, we Realtors are not allowed to comment due to fair housing. I then point them to my large collection of Police report URL's which speak for themselves

Jan 28, 2015 09:59 AM
Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
LIC RE Salesperson

I can't tell them about safety or the demographics. I can tell them that they can find the info by sitting in the neighborhood in their car for an afternoon, call the police department and request info on crime states, and knocking on doors.

Jan 28, 2015 09:49 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thanks for all the responses!

Everyone seems pretty much to be on the same page. It's definitely a subjective question and can mean so many different things to different people.

I often refer people to the local police, suggest they spend time in the area at different times of the day, check out as noted by Inna, and chat with the neighbors.

Jan 28, 2015 09:36 AM
Morry Eghbal
CEO of

If you are at the property and they ask that question. Tell them let's go and talk to the neighbors. 

What do you think a neighbor would say to this question?

Is this a safe neighborhood to live?

You be surprise how protective are people from their neighberhood and in many cases they will answer favorably.

Many times people say that only to be heard and I think most answers were very good to have them check it out for themselvs. 

If they still persist. Write your offer and tell them I will hold it until tomarrow you go ahead and check online or even even drive by the neighborhood to statisfy your answer and then give me the oky to present it.

Jan 28, 2015 09:05 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

This is not my favorite question to hear, since I'm not legally allowed to talk about it.  Even this information might materially affect the value or desirability of the property and Buyers decision to purchase the property or not.

Here is a link to Crime Mapping ( any state, easy to use, enter your zip code):

And Crime Reports:


Here is a link to a booklet of CA disclosures:


The above comment does not constitute legal advice, and you may not rely on it, and should always discuss your particular situation with an experienced attorney as soon as possible after a dispute arises.

Jan 28, 2015 06:33 AM
Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

I must say that I refer them to a city web site that gives them crime information about the local area.  That is out of my purview on what I can say about safety, Jeff.

Jan 28, 2015 06:20 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I like to say: "I've been in and out of this neighborhood hundreds of times and I've never had a problem.  You can always call the sheriffs' office and see what they can tell you."

Jan 28, 2015 05:59 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


The best thing to do is as Jim Paulson said.  Since we lived in OJ's neigborhood, he did not have trouble selling that home, nor did his former wife's heirs (up the street from our office in LA) have difficulty.  What is it a safe neighborhood?  What is safe anymore?

We were in Beverly Hills coming from a residential area onto Wilshire Blvd. We were stopped by a SWAT team.  There was a robbery arrest accross the street...that doesn't condemn Beverly Hills safety, does it?  I think, this is a really subjective question.  A

Jan 28, 2015 05:56 AM
Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) - Boise, ID

Since my license does not allow me to answer subjective questions like that which could steer a buyer toward or away from an area, I respect their question and give them links to our local Sherrif's website or the local police department's website.  That way, people can define for themselves if it is a "safe neighborhood".  I actually sold a home many years ago BECAUSE of a murder.  It was in summer of 2000 and it was front page news as Boise's first murder of the year and my buyer told me, heck it wouln't have even made the paper where he was from! (by the way, they did ultimately catch the murderer and executed him).

Jan 28, 2015 04:06 AM