Is Arizona Safe? Neighborhoods and Schools?
You are thinking about moving into a new home in an unfamiliar town but there are many questions you have. Is Arizona Safe? Neighborhoods and Schools? Are they safe? A real estate agent in Arizona can only sell you a house itself. So it is up to you to research on your own to find answers.
The Buyer Advisory is your answer. From swimming pool barrier ordinances to electromagnetic fields, the Buyer Advisory covers it all by providing links, resources and valuable information on how to find the answers you are looking for.
Here is what the Buyer’s Advisory says about safe neighborhoods and schools:
Although there is no substitute for an on-site visit to the school to talk with principals and teachers, there is a significant amount of information about Arizona’s schools on the Internet. Visit www.ade.state.az.us for more information. The ADRE advises: “Call the school district serving the subdivision to determine whether nearby schools are accepting new students. Some school districts, especially in the northwest part of the greater Phoenix area, have placed a cap on enrollment. You may find that your children cannot attend the school nearest you and may even be transported to another community.” www.azre.gov/PublicInfo/PropertyBuyerChecklist.aspx
City Profile Report
Information on demographics, finances and other factors drawn from an array of sources, such as U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor, Internal Revenue Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. www.homefair.com/find_a_place/cityprofile/
Talk to the Neighbors
Neighbors can provide a wealth of information. Buyers should always talk to the surrounding residents about the neighborhood and the history of the property the buyer is considering for purchase.
Drive around the Neighborhood
Buyers should always drive around the neighborhood, preferably on different days at several different times of the day and evening, to investigate the surrounding area.
Crime statistics, an imperfect measurement at best, provide some indication of the level of criminal activity in an area. To check the crime statistics for the city of Phoenix go to http://phoenix.gov/police/crista1.html. A visit or phone call to other law enforcement agencies may be required. For the city of Tucson: http://tpdinternet.tucsonaz.gov/Stats/.
For crime statistics in all Arizona cities go to www.leagueaz.org/lgd/ click on the city/town and search for “crime statistics.”
Since June 1996, Arizona has had a registry and community notification program for convicted sex offenders. This information may be accessed at www.azdps.gov/Services/Sex_Offender/. Prior to June 1996, registration was not required, and only the higher- risk sex offenders are on the website. The presence of a sex offender in the vicinity of the property is not a fact that the seller or real estate agent is required to disclose. City of Glendale: For more information go to http://www.glendaleaz.com/police/sexoffenderinfocenter.cfm. National Sex Offender Public Website: http://www.nsopw.gov/Core/Portal.aspx
To Buy or Sell a Home Contact:
Jason Bechtold, Realtor
The Maricopa Real Estate Company