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Jul 6, 2013 11:31AM
Some of the things people don't usually ask about or research, but it makes a difference...
-Crime rate statistics  (including sex offenders on registry)?
-Percentage of tax increases within last ten years? Upcoming vote on taxes or other expenses?
-How modern is the electrical grid that your home is located on?
-Housing code enforcement ratios? Is everyone keeping their home values up?
-Real estate agent commission averages? (I looked for this and realized I could offer my agent a lot less to sell my home than the usual asking rate!)

May 14, 2012 3:12AM
I have a 1000 sq. ft. home, completely remodled in a descent neighborhood, close to several interstates and schools. I'll take 52 thousand for it.

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Feb 25, 2012 5:41PM
jean henry--no, the lower the educational level, the more likely that their racism will be overt.  Well educated people are just as likely to be racists--universities are the most racist institution in the US (though they claim otherwise, their own studies prove it).  Poorly educated individuals do not know how to cloak their views in genteel-sounding language.
Feb 11, 2012 11:02AM
I've noticed - the lower educational level of some individuals, the more likely they are to be prejudiced!
Jan 19, 2012 2:40PM

As a homeowner, it really matters very little to me whether my neighbors are black, white, red, or green.  If we all take reasonably good care of our property and have respect for each others' privacy, peace, and quiet, all is well.  The fact is that there are responsible and irresponsible people of any and all races, so it would be unfair to paint any entire race with the same broad brush.


Also, this article is obviously geared toward metro areas, but after living all over the country in large and small cities/towns, I find that I can get along without some ammenities that others might require, and that living in a smaller town is a better fit for me.  Many of these articles assume that the entire population lives in New York or Los Angeles (or some other large metro area) when in fact a lot of people prefer small towns or even rural areas.

Jan 5, 2012 10:08AM
Underground uilities (no visible power/utilitiy lines) is what I would pay extra for.Great infrastructure as well maintained water & sewer lines should top the list. Non-FLUORIDATED Water supply is essential to good living as well.
Jan 5, 2012 9:48AM
Oh yeah I have heard of real estate agents back in the day and it may still be practiced today by many but they move a black family in just to sell new real estate to whites in that very neighborhood because they knew whites would take the bait. Those stereotypes still sale homes in new developments. Let us not forget redlining and steering. And black folks having to pay more for the same house than whites. Anyway ignorance cost all of us...
Jan 5, 2012 9:11AM
just wanted to say that the reason blacks or anyone move to white areas is the same reason whites move to the same area unless whites are moving to be exclusively around other white folk. The reason is good schools, community, etc. The problem is the stereotypes whites have about blacks that cause them to move out when a black family moves into the neighborhood. In a nutshell whites move out prompting other whites to move or rent out their homes. Renting to people who many time do not care about property values and the landlord don't care to keep the property up because he/she don't live there anymore. Property values decrease as a result. So RACISM and believing in dumb stereotypes kill good neighborhoods NOT black folk. Those same black folk who moved in ended up moving too when the neighborhood took a turn for the worst. Black folks always the scapegoat with some people. Please go deeper and stop stereotyping based on appearances.
Jan 5, 2012 9:03AM
By the way, my subdivision has had 3 new families move into foreclosed homes, now rentals and they are none of them are Black.
Jan 5, 2012 9:02AM
elsketeroo:  If you're going to label a neighborhood based on anything in this economy, it should be based on OWNERS vs. RENTERS.  Owners have a reason to take care of their property, an investment.  Renters move in and out and in this economy where people can't get their homes sold, renting it out may be the only option.  However, along with that comes people who have no investment in the property so they might not take care of it as well as the owner would.  People who own their homes are not simply deciding to let their property go all to "H".  If anything, they are making MORE effort to take care of it since they can't move and are waiting for the opportunity to sell and want to be ready.
Jan 5, 2012 8:54AM

elskootero:  Your logic is flawed.  Not everyone wants to be like or around white people.  Your assumption is that you think you're better and that they think you're better.  Most of the run down homes in neighborhoods around mine are old homes owned by white people who have cars in the yard, torn up lawns, ridiculously old paint that's peeling, living room furniture on the front porch, no windown treatments so you can see straight through the house, and all sorts of nonsense in their yard.  Seriously, even an old house needs to be painted and when does a lawn become a parking lot?

My home is VERY well cared for, lawn maintenanced (I have a lawn, not dirt), properly painted and powerwashed on schedule, no gutters hanging, no cars on my lawn, grass cut, flowers planted, lawn edged, and GREEN grass, not brown.  My neighbors do the same and the ratio is approx. 3% white, 2% hispanic, and 95% Black working class!

To make such a racially biased comment is just showing your stupidity!  I know you're not better, don't want to be like you and don't want to live in an area surrounded by you.

I think the best neighborhoods regardless of race as long as they take care of their property, take our their trash, cut their lawn, paint their homes, and don't have kids who are a nuisance.

We for one would never live in a neighborhood of mostly white people. Contrary to your belief, I like a mix of all people and don't believe one is any better than any other.  You sure are full of yourself and probably don't like your life, but still think "at least I'm not Black, wouldn't want that problem".  Pitiful, you are.

Jan 5, 2012 8:28AM
I have a 1000 sq. ft. home, completely remodled in a descent neighborhood, close to several interstates and schools. I'll take 52 thousand for it.
Jan 5, 2012 8:24AM
We bought a nice new house in a nice new neighborhood about 3 years ago but with the economy, our neighborhood has had some interesting additions to it that doesn't seem to appreciate the value at all.  Not much we can do since we would probably take a major loss if we sell now and who knows how long it will take for the neighborhood to appreciate back to where we expected it to be because of the people the quality of people that have moved in. 

Jan 5, 2012 8:17AM



Yes you are an idiot & yes I'm going to label your response as a racist response. Because your view is narrow & does not encompass the true nature on why certain neighborhoods stay nice while others don't.


Upon initial review & if all you do is watch TV & get your opinions strictly from TV then yes one could say that "white" neighborhoods are cleaner & in a "childish" way say it's better. But race has nothing to do with it, it's economics whether micro or macro. It just so happens that you don't find many predonimately black or latino upper middle class neighborhoods. BUT THEY DO EXIST. You don't see them because once again you watch too much TV & probably are too afraid to venture out into he real world & find these places but they do exist & they are just as well maintained & just as safe as your loved "white" neighborhoods.


The FACTS are people tend to take care of their "stuff", take care of the area they live in & take more pride into something that they have more STAKE in. It's not race, it's how much do you have invested in your community, money & time wise.


Your simplistic racial view is comedic at best & tends to run very parellel with most racist's who say they're not racist but are too dumb to figure out that.............they are.

Jan 5, 2012 8:11AM
Everybody knows the number 1 thing is.  but this is america and you are not allowed to tell the truth. signed every politician and other.
Jan 5, 2012 7:31AM
This should be basic common sense, but yes the neighborhood is of course a big, big factor for any home's $ value.  All these things come into play..people do not want to buy a nice house in a dumpy area.  When looking for a home, folks should really identify the areas first, then start narrowing it down to the actual home that meets their needs/they love.  A home in a solid, good, convenient neighborhood will always be much more valuable and marketable, than one which doesn't have that going for it.  Again, its' just basic common sense.
Jan 5, 2012 5:57AM
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