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How’s the neighborhood?

If you are a buyer and have a question about the neighborhood, please don't ask your agent. By law he can't tell you, but if you are in a neighborhood and have a question, the person to ask is the person who is out working on their lawn.

Just go up, introduce yourself as a potential buyer in the neighborhood and that you want to know what they think of the neighborhood. I promise, since they have nothing to gain, you will find out more than you ever wanted to know about the neighborhood, including the fact that the other neighbor is having an affair, but you will also find out if it is a neighborhood you want to live in!

Good luck, and for more secrets about buying a home in Beaverton Oregon, please feel free to contact me anytime, and feel free to check out my weekly updates on the neighborhoods every Friday.


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At Respect Realty, LLC our agents believe in 100% dedication to client satisfaction.  We specialize in property and land acquisition around the Portland Metro and Vancouver, WA area. We delight in working with first time home buyers and sellers to guide them from start to finish. Our doors are always open and we are always happy to assist you with your real estate questions.


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Comment balloon 24 commentsRespect Realty LLC • March 27 2008 01:28AM


Todd, good post!  Thanks for posting it!
Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) almost 11 years ago
I recommend buyers visit the neighborhood different times of day or night.
Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 11 years ago
What if you're an agent AND you live in the subdivision?  :-)
I was showing a home last week in my own S/D and was asked questions.  It was a bit awkward.
Posted by Nancy Brenner, Roswell Georgia Real Estate Agent (Referral Associates of Georgia, Inc.) almost 11 years ago
Todd, how many times have we all been on the receiving end of this question? 
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) almost 11 years ago
Hi Todd, that is great advice for your buyers! I also tell them to make sure they would enjoy commuting to and from work from the neighborhood. They should be comfortable with the aesthetics of the actual drive itself, the number of traffic lights in order to access a major highway, the number of minutes driving time needed in order to travel to their favorite shopping, etc.
Posted by Jim Dvorovy, REALTOR - Canton Ohio Real Estate (Cutler Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

That is a great idea for buyers, once they understand that an agent can not tell them.

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Posted by Charles McDonald, REALTOR®, Blogger, Principal Broker®, Owner (Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions) almost 11 years ago

Great suggestion but might be dangerous depending on the neighborhood :) Could we be liable for telling a buyer to go to a dangerous neighborhood?  Food for thought.....

Seriously I always make sure that my buyers not only look at the house but the neighborhood.  You can love a house but you might not want to live there. 

Posted by Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi, Real Estate Associate Broker Hudson Valley NY (Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty) almost 11 years ago
That's funny, Todd!   It's exactly what I did when I bought my own house - I went by at about 5:30 and checked out the neighbors as they came home from work.
Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 11 years ago


I like should do a whole series of short 'secrets' posts!!! Thanks,   Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) almost 11 years ago
This is an excellent point, Todd.  Not only is it against the law, it is simply difficult to say if the agent doesn't live there.  Keep up the good work, my friend.
Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) almost 11 years ago
Good answer to them , if you know your farm area very well maybe you can help them.
Posted by Bart Whitmore, Real Estate Agent (Keller Williams- Louisville) almost 11 years ago
Great post -- very pertinent.   I have been dealing with an internet lead who is getting transferred into my area.  It's been interesting for me to help guide him, without telling him what I think about a nieghborhood.   I've directed him to several web sites, including a local site on crime stats that shows the info on a map.   He has small kids and safety in an area is very important to him, so the web site link has been a huge help and guided him in his internet searches.
Posted by Kathy Torline, Colorado Springs Real Estate Blog 719-287-1049 (ERA Herman Group Real Estate) almost 11 years ago
Great advice Todd - we agents are too often put on the spot by this questions because we can't answer it.  I tell buyers to call the police department or to check their website and to drive through the neighborhood at different times of the day
Posted by Mary Warren almost 11 years ago

Todd, great counsel to buyers. We can't give that type of advice for sure. Asking neighbors about their neighborhood is definitely THE best way to find out. AND just drive around randomly and check stuff out!


Posted by Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor, AzLadyInRed (Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC) almost 11 years ago

Wow, Todd!  You're already on page 4 of google for "real estate agent advice neighborhood"!  Ain't the rain great?

Anyway, I don't believe it is against the law to tell people about the neighborhood, as long as you don't violate fair housing, which is a different discussion.  However, I won;t argue your underlying point -- there have been many lawsuits regarding safety and crime in neighborhoods, and the agents almost always lose.  Against the loaw?  no.  Poor risk management? definitely!

Posted by Marlene Scheffer, Realtor to Kitsap County, WA (Realty Station) almost 11 years ago
Todd....great advice and I alwys tell them to talk to the neighbors, too!
Posted by Debra Kukulski, Broker Associate, SRES;SFR,CDPE;GRI;ABR;e-PRO Realtor, Northern IL (RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest) almost 11 years ago

Tony or Darcy - Hope it helps some of your clients.

Randy - Oh, I learned that one also, there was a party house behind one house I showed a buyer. The house was vacant until about 9pm then 100 + teenagers would show up every night.

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) almost 10 years ago

Nancy - I just say I can't answer that, but I you need to come see my house, oh wait that is it right there and leave it at that.

Brian - Way too many times!

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) almost 10 years ago

Jim - I have had many people go their in the morning just to see how long it would take them to drive to work during rush hour. (Yes we have those here)

Charles - I always tell them in the initial meeting that I can't tell them.

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) almost 10 years ago

Paddy - If you do that you are possibly breaking the law, you can't even tell them that, you have to send them to the police website to see if it is dangerous.

Patricia - NICE! See secrets of the stars... Do what we do when we buy our homes and you can't go wrong.

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) almost 10 years ago

Fran - Only been about a year, but I may take you up on this. (LOL)

Jason - Even if I live there and the neighbor is a jerk it could be pretty difficult, I'm lucky, I've always had great neighbors.

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) almost 10 years ago

Bart - The only way that would work is if you are getting them in contact with people from your farm, you still can't say a thing about the neighborhood.

Kathy - There are sites out there where people talk about their community as well. Include that with the police websites and walk-ability sites and you probably can't go wrong.

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) almost 10 years ago

Mary - Combine that with this method and you will more than likely get the truth of the neighborhood.

Teri - Isn't driving around randomly called lost?

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) almost 10 years ago

Marlene - The courts amaze me! We can't tell them what we know about a neighborhood because it is against the law and if we don't we get sued for letting them live in such a dangerous neighborhood.

Debra - It is such a simple thing to do and it may make you friends if you end up buying there.

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) almost 10 years ago

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