Think Sex Offenders Drive Down Home Prices? Not Necessarily

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March 17, 2016March 17, 2016

It’s a claim to fame that no city—or the parents who live there—ever wants: home to the most sex offenders. But even the most loathsome criminals need to live somewhere, and a recent report from housing data provider RealtyTrac shows which cities have more than their fair share.

And while areas where you’re at highest risk for living near a criminal offender have lower home values and less home equity than those areas with the lowest risk, here’s a surprise: They’ve also seen better home short-term price appreciation in recent years.

In a double blow to South Carolina, two of its cities (including the

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