I often have clients ask me about a particular neighborhood or a school. They want to know if the neighborhood is safe or if a certain school is good. As it’s against Fair Housing law to “steer” clients in a certain direction based on my opinion (which may be different than my clients), I put together a list of resources that my clients could use to do their own research and base their own opinions.
Neighborhood stats: www.Neighborhoodscout.com
School scores and to read parent reviews: www.greatschools.org and www.schoolmatters.trulia.com
Sex offenders-Where they are located: www.sex-offender.vsp.virginia.gov/sor/
Crime statistics: Alexandria City: http://www3.alexandriava.gov/police/crime_reports/index.php,
Fairfax County: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/crime/statistics/,
Arlington County: http://www.arlingtonva.us/Departments/Police/PoliceMain.aspx
Prince William County: http://www.pwcgov.org/government/dept/police/Pages/Crime-Statistics.aspx
Loudoun County: http://sheriff.loudoun.gov/index.aspx?NID=106
Environmental research by zip code: http://www2.epa.gov/aboutepa/epa-virginia
Fairfax County School Boundary: http://boundary.fcps.edu/boundary/
Alexandria City School Boundary: http://www.acps.k12.va.us/enroll/zonelocator.php
Arlington County School Boundary: http://www.apsva.us/page/3001
This gives my clients a way to reduce their search to areas where they really feel comfortable living. This saves time as my clients don’t want to find the perfect home and then have it be in an area where they aren’t comfortable living. They always say real estate is all about location, location, location and it truly is. Please contact me if you would like to see a certain neighborhood or home.