Real Estate Websites Remove Crime Data Citing ‘Racial Bias’

Real Estate Websites Remove Crime Data Citing ‘Racial Bias’


At least two home buying sites have eschewed including crime maps for neighborhoods on their websites over concerns that the crime data available is biased against minorities.

Realtor.com and Redfin both announced on the same day in December that they will no longer provide crime data for neighborhoods on their websites over racial bias concerns.

“For example, earlier this month, we removed the crime map layer from all search results on Realtor.com to rethink the safety information we share on Realtor.com and how we can best integrate it as part of a consumer’s home search experience,” Doctorow wrote.

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Doctorow added that Realtor.com will now “reimagine” how to provide safety data for buyers.

“In the weeks and months ahead, we plan to examine closely what neighborhood safety means for buyers

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