RE/MAX Realtor Christina Cunningham Helps Buyers Gauge Neighborhood Safety

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Christina Cunningham, of RE/MAX Ability Plus, shares the top three tips for discerning whether or not a neighborhood is safe before buying a house.

Christina Cunningham, RE/MAX Ability Plus

There is no better source as to what is going on than someone who lives there. Sure, you can visit the neighborhood and see what your gut reaction is, but wouldn’t you prefer to use hard evidence when making this important decision?

“I have helped numerous clients find and purchase homes, nearly all of whom say that they only want to shop for houses in ‘safe’ neighborhoods,” said Christina Cunningham, a Realtor with RE/MAX Ability Plus. “But how can you really know that a neighborhood is safe?”

To help potential buyers, Cunningham lists the following three tips to ensure that a neighborhood is safe:

No. 1: Walk the neighborhood. “Weekends are a good time to do this, and to talk with the people who live there,” said Cunningham. “There is no better source as to what is going on than someone who lives there. Sure, you can visit the neighborhood and see what your gut reaction is, but wouldn’t you prefer to use hard evidence when making this important decision?” If still in doubt about the neighborhood, Cunningham suggests talking with the local police department and asking about crime activity in the area, or checking the Sheriff’s website to search for any sex offenders living in the area.

No. 2: Take a good look at the streets, sidewalks and lawns. Cunningham stresses asking oneself if the lawns in the neighborhood are well-maintained, the streets clear of debris and garbage and the residents take pride in living there. “You will know immediately by the appearance of the homes,” she said.

No. 3: Talk with a Realtor. “It is imperative when buying a home to consult with a Realtor that specializes in selling homes in the area,” said Cunningham. “A good agent will know which neighborhoods are on the upswing and which neighborhoods are trending down.”

About Christina Cunningham, RE/MAX Ability Plus
Christina Cunningham works with both buyers and sellers. Whether buying or selling, her clients are welcome to use her complimentary moving truck for 48 hours. For more information, please call (765) 421-2260, or visit her at ChristinaCunningham.info to get in touch with her.

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