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RISMEDIA, November 16, 2010—A new survey conducted by Relocation.com finds that 75% of Americans believe the most important factor in determining a neighborhood’s safety is the up-keep of surrounding homes, especially the conditions of the front lawns, which trumps even Googling neighborhood statistics to get a feel for a community.

The latest Relocation.com survey finds that 74% of respondents indicated they would select a neighborhood based on “word-of-mouth” or its local reputation over any other reason, while 67% of the respondents say they pay attention to local crime reports and statistics as reported in the local media. Less compelling, according to the Relocation survey are “a gated community with security patrols” and “proximity to a police or fire station” when determining the safety of a neighborhood.

“It’s interesting to see how home buyers determine neighborhood safety based on the neighborhood’s appearance and not as much based on police statistics or crime reports,” said Relocation.com Chairman and Founder Sharon Asher. “Our findings suggest that some home sellers who are struggling to generate interest may want to go the extra mile and help their neighbors with landscaping needs in order to create buyer interest.”

The Relocation.com survey was conducted in mid-October, 2010, in a continuing effort to provide information on lifestyle factors that drive moving and relocation decisions in the U.S.

For more information, visit www.relocation.com.