Originally Posted by rodi
This was my thought as well. There are no guarantees that you won't have a sex offender move in next door, sometime in the future.
Is the house discounted, or can this be used as a negotiating point in the purchase price? Seriously - I'd consider it if I could get a good enough deal on the house. And I have kids at home.
We have various minor sex offenders within a few blocks of our house. Several are geriatric old guys living in the senior community near us.
We have one living next door.
He was convicted and went away for a over a year after we moved into the neighborhood.
I really didn't know for about 8 years until we accidentally searched for Sex Offenders due to a tv show about them. Boy was I surprised
When I do a search I find a few others within a 10 minute walk, so I guess the only way to avoid it is live out in the middle of Nowhere.
I would still buy the place, at least we know 1 of the dangers around and won't be fooled.
Our Sex Offender Neighbor is pleasant, friendly for driveway chats, waving at local cars and keeps to himself.
If you are really interested in the house, but still concerned, then search for the Sex Offenders in that neighborhood, you can probably get the criminal record (our state charges $30 for it). The idea being you can see what type of criminal he was, as there are a lot of not so bad type of things that can get you that label, and then there are really bad things too.
Knowing the truth will help the decision.