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How is The Neighborhood?

When I am out showing homes to buyers, some of the most common questions I hear is “How is the neighborhood?”, “Is this a safe neighborhood?”, “What are the crime rates for this area?” and “Can I feel safe walking this neighborhood with my children?”.

These are legitimate questions of any potential home buyer as everyone wants to feel safe and protected not only in the homes they live in but also within their neighborhoods and town or city. As a REALTOR®, my job is help you in making one of your largest financial and personal decisions when buying or selling a home. Did you know that all REALTORS® are bound by a code of ethics?

For over 100 years, the National Association of REALTORS® has taken the stand to set their REALTOR® members at the highest level of ethics and professionalism. In fact, to be a member of the National Association of REALTORS® and even use the term REALTOR®, a real estate licensee must dedicate themselves to maintain and improve the standards of their calling and share with their fellow REALTORS® a common responsibility for its integrity and honor. Our Code of Ethics is broken down into three distinct sections. 1. Our Duties to Clients and Customers. 2. Our Duties to the Public. And 3. Our Duties to our fellow REALTORS®. This Code of Ethics is what makes a REALTOR® stand apart from a real estate licensee. Only members of the National Association of REALTORS® may call themselves or use the term “REALTOR®” in their business.

So back to the original title and question of this post. When representing a home buyer, I am obligated to treat my clients fairly, honestly and promote the best interests of my clients. I shall also avoid exaggeration, misrepresentation, or concealment of pertinent facts relating to a property or a transaction. Additionally, I shall not discriminate against any person or persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

When asked questions of a specific neighborhood or area of town and it’s safety, or the quality of schools, I will always defer to local unbiased public resources that I have listed below to allow you to research and answer these questions. There will never be a “wink” or a “nod”  if asked if “this is a good or bad part of town” when showing homes.

The following links will allow you to conduct your own research about areas or parts of the city that you are interested in.
Additionally, my website, allows for a quick community overview and property searches by price range.




About Les Sulgrove

Les is an Iowa native born in Des Moines and raised in the southwest Iowa town of Bridgewater. He has been a resident of Des Moines since 1982 and has been married to his wife Linda for over 35 years. Together they have 3 grown children, 7 grandchildren and make their home on Des Moines south side. He has been a licensed REALTOR® since 1990 and is Vice President at VIA Group, REALTORS®. Les is the 2011 Past President of the Des Moines Area Association of REALTORS® (DMAAR) and received the award of Salesperson of the Year by DMAAR in 2007 for his involvement and service to the Association. Additionally, he is active at the Iowa Association of REALTORS® and serves on local, state and national committees. He also owns and operates the national technology networking group CyberProfessionals. This group of real estate professionals meets twice annually across the United States to learn from each other and share new marketing ideas with heavy emphasis on current and future technologies and their use in the real estate business. Les’ hobbies include golf, photography and sarcastic humor. He and Linda spend many Saturday mornings from Spring to Fall at the Des Moines Downtown Farmers Market. He enjoys spoiling his grandchildren at every opportunity.

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