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Min Hua Bail…, Home Buyer in Long Beach, CA

I am making a offer at 1560 obispo. it shows at high crimes, red color. but the area rating is good. should I worry about?

Asked by Min Hua Bailey, Long Beach, CA Thu May 17, 2012

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Debra Phillips’ answer
I lived at 1207 Obispo in a condo for 2 1/2 year at the corner of obispo and anaheim. Stores and transportation was very convient, but there is a lot of crime and transients in the area. I lived right across the street from the Ralph's market and there was always homeless people trying to sleep in our stairwells outside and loitering outside of our underground parking gate. As much as I loved my condo, I declined on buying the unit due to the crime in the area and the HOA fees. There are better condo in a better area down anaheim across the street from the golf course around the same price and around the traffic cirle. Hope this helps. Signed VA employee.
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GET A PHYSICAL INSPECTION DONE AND HAVE THE HOME WARRANTEE FIX EVERYTHING FOR YOU. DONT GET CONNED INTO A MONEY PIT OF REPAIRS. HAVE THE HOME OWNERS WARRATEE FIX EVERYTHING. THATS THEIR JOB. CHECK THE ROOF, PLUMBING, FOUNDATION, ELECTRICAL, STRUCTURE, CHECK FOR TERMITES, CARPENTER ANTS, ETC...IF ITS A CONDO, MAKE SURE YOU CAN DEAL WITH THE RULES AND NEIGHBORS S CLOSE. IS THE PLACE WELL MAINTAINED AND LANDSCAPED, ANY COCKROACHES OR ANTS...RODENTS, LEAD, MOLDS, TOXIC ITEMS, EXPOSED INSULATION, LEVEL FLOORS, MOISTURE PROBLEMS, LEAKS, ROT, TREES ROOTS AND TREE PROBLEMS, CRACKED CONCRETE, STREETS AND SIDEWALKS, YARDS, ARE THEY KEPT UP....HOMES KEPT UP, OVER CROWDING....WHAT ARE THE CLASS SIZES IN THE SCHOOLS BY YOUR NEW HOME...HOW IS THE SCHOOL RATED....DIVERSITY.....ARTSY, PROFESSIONAL, INTERESTING...HOW IS THE GOVT THERE, PROGRESSIVE, RESPONSIVE, DEVELOPMENT, ATTRACTING COMPANIES THAT PAY WELL, WOULD HIRE YOU ....CAN MOST PEOPLE FIND JOBS AND EARN ENOUGH TO LIVE. WHATS THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE AND FORECLOSURE RATE, DROP OUT Rate. social programs....are they really fast and effective...those things will determine whether you live in a safe area more than anything else. people who have a stable income, good jobs, fair wages, a good system they trust, don't tend to become criminals. however if , long beach is not taking care of the unemployed and homeless, disabled, poor people decently, then it would be dangerous to live there. crime would increase and robberies, break ins, car jackings, muggings and other violent crimes as people become desperate they do not act as they normally would when they're in such mortal fear of freezing or death, expiring....from not enough income or the resources to succeed. there are a lot of bars in that area and the average person who works in that area usually is making under 50,000.00 a year, some as little as 600.00 a month total income, some as little as 251.00 per month total income. so in this market, considering the economy and all factors, I honestly would nt make the kind of offers on a house that I would have made in the past. our economy was healthy and our wages were rising to match home prices in southern California, so it made sense to buy a home then. it doesn't make sense to buy a house or finance a new car right now, because they are priced too high when you calculate not just your income, because it may be much higher than the average. looking at the average persons incomes and job stability, not just yours, if you had to sell your house quickly for some reason, could the average person afford to buy it and get a loan. millions have destroyed credit. how hard would it be to sell the house quickly in that location and get your money back instead of loosing a bunch of money. look at minimum wages, look at disability and social security and the statistics on how many people in long beach are on disability, welfare, social security, or making low wages under 15.00 hrly, look at how many people are only getting part time work. I would advise you strongly not to buy a house until they get everyone's incomes up to a level where they can all , we can all, afford a house and to live decently...I would nt buy a house or a new car, or invest right now until they get our incomes up to a level where we can afford it, and where everyone can afford the homes and cars...because what happens when its time to sell your house.....if we can not afford to buy it or get the bank t finance us, you will be stuck with a huge house payment, costs for repairs, property taxes, pmi, taxes, home owners insurance, home owners warrantee, maintenance, pest control, upgrades, remodeling, painting, etc.....and you could be stuck for 30 yrs having to pay 1,000.00a month or more, while wages stagnate and payments to those on social security and disability stagnate or as wages fall. if the govt gets rid of tariffs, which they did under Ronald Reagan...if they let our wages slide or undermine unions, keep minimum wages low and fixed incomes low and keep hacking up the average guys income, then they won't be able to buy your house. secondly, for wealthy persons they are not looking to live in long beach California, because its too run down and ghetto..the beach is filthy, oily, and most f the city is terrible, rod iron and tacky fences and really bad remodels and tacky looking , blighted, poor zoning and parking is awful. I know too many people who paid a fortune for homes that are now not worth even half what they paid and they're stuck, they cant get out of huge house payments and they cant sell the houses. California still has the highest foreclosure rate because the homes are too high priced for the average person. if they want to interest me in a house out there, they need to drastically reduce the prices of houses id be interested in and make them affordable for me to buy a house. they also need to finance me and cut the nitpicky bull. in this market they are lucky to find anyone willing to buy it.
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ALWAYS GET A SIGNED EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT FROM THE HR PERSON HIRING YOU, AND SET UP YOUR SCHEDULE AND START DATE WITH HR AND SET ASIDE RELOCATION MONEY, MAKE A SOLID PLAN OF HOW YOULL AFFORD TO LIVE , AFFORD THE HOUSE, GET FINANCING, EVERYTHING YOU NEED, BEFORE HAND AND STICK WITH IT, MOVE SWIFTLY . DONT GET OFF TRACK OR MAKE EXCUSES JUST DO WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO GET EVERYTHING YOU WANT QUICKLY.DONT WASTE VALUABLE TIME. MAKE YOUR PLAN, AND GET IT DONE. DONT LET ANYONE OR ANYTHING STAND IN THE WAY OF SUCCES WHEN ALL YOU WANT IS A HOME AND TO LIVE IN A NICE AREA, AFFORD TO LIVE. WE ALL HAVE A RIGHT TO THAT. MAKE SURE YOU WILL FIT IN.....RELIGION, POLITICS, CULTURE....ARE THEY OPEN MINDED.....ARE THERE PLENTY OF PEOPLE YOU WOULD CONNECT WITH INTELLECTUALLY, ARTISTICALLY, SHARED INTERESTS. PLENTY OF SINGLE MEN WHO ARE AVAILABLE, EDUCATED, YOUR TYPE, STRAIGHT.....BECAUSE IF YOURE LOOKING FOR A BOYFRIEND OR PARTNER AS A FEMALE, SEEKING A MALE....YOU NEED TO BE LIVING AND HANGING OUT WHERE THE GUYS ARE STRAIGHT, SINGLE AND HAVE THINGS IN COMMON WITH YOU......ARE ATTRACTIVE TO YOU AND WOULD BE ATTRACTED TO YOU....THE CULTURAL THING IS VERY IMPORTANT......IF YOU ARE A FEMALE, EDUCATED, SINGLE, STRAIGHT, A PROFESSIONAL TYPE.....BUT ARE SURROUNDED WITH PEOPLE WHO DONT SPEAK ENGLISH, ONLY GAY MEN, TEENY BOPPERS, GANGSTERS, RACISTS , RADICALLY RELIGIOUS FOLKS WHERE YOU CAN'T WORSHIP OR FIND A TEMPLE TO HAVE FELLOWSHIP.....DO YOU FEEL LIKE AN OUTSIDER.......WHEN YOURE IN THE CITY, NEIGHBORHOOD, JOB, CLUB, ETC....DO YOU FEEL LIKE ONE OF THE GANG OR LIKE AN OUTSIDER. YOU NEED TO FIND WHERE YOU FIT IN, ARE ACCEPTED AND HAVE THE OPPORTUNITIES YOU NEED....CHECK THE JOBS AND MAKE SURE THERE ARE PLENTY OF EMPLOYERS ADVERTISING FOR THE JOB YOU DO AND WHO WILL HIRE YOU AND PAY YOU DECENTLY, SO YOU DONT END UP STUCK OR UNEMPLOYED WITH FEW OPTIONS. NEVER MOVE WHERE THERE WOULD BE FEW DECENT JOBS YOU COULD GET, GO WHERE YOUR EDUCATION AND LICENSES ARE ACCEPTED AND YOU CAN WORK....CHECK THE PAY SCALES. MAKE SURE YOUR JOB OFFER IS SOLID BEFORE AGREEING TO PAY ANYONE, BECAUSE 10 MILLION FORECLOSURES IS A SERIOUS STATISTIC. IS YOUR JOB STABLE, IS YOUR CAREER STABLE AND INCOME....NEVER GET IN OVR YOUR HEAD, I ALWAYS KEEP MY RENT AT UNDER 1/4 TH MY INCOME, WAAAAAAAAAY UNDER 1/4TH, BECAUSE I'M REALISTIC ABOUT WHAT IT COSTS TO LIVE AND PLAN FOR THE FUTURE.....RETIREMENT . DONT GET INTO ARMS, 321 OR INTEREST ONLY, 40 YR LOANS, JUST USE A 30 YR LOAN WITH YOUR DOWN PAYMENT AND SET IT UP SO YOU CAN REALISTICALLY AFFORD THE HOUS YOU WANT ON THE INCOME YOU NOW HAVE, TO AFFORD EVERYTHING.....GET EVERYTHING YOU NEED BEFORE YOU START. SO IT IS QUICK AND EASY. NO DELAYS OR PROBLEMS, SMOOTH SAILING...GET EVERYTHING YOU NEED BEFORE YOU TALK TO THE REALTOR OR BANK, SO ITS EASY AND FAST GETTING APPROVAL AND FINANCING, EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO BUY THE HOME, PROVE INCOME, ETC...I WOULD GET EVERYTHING FIRST THAT I NEED TO BUY THE HOUSE I WANT , GET PREQUALIFIED AND APPROVED FOR THE HOMELOAN, GET ALL MY DOCUMENTS I WOULD NEED BEFORE DOING ANYTHING ELSE. FIRST THING IN THE MORNING I WOULD GET EVERYTHING I NEED TO BUY THE HOUSE I WANT, BEFORE DOING ANYTHING.
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MOVE HERE,TO MT AIRY NC, YOU CAN BUY A MANSION HERE FOR WHAT A DUMP COSTS THERE.....
ANYONE CAN GET CREDIT WHERE I LIVE AND BUY A NICE BIG HOME. ANYONE CAN FIND A DECENT JOB AND AFFORD TO LIVE A GOOD LIFE. ANYONE CAN AFFORD A COLLEGE EDUCATION AND GET A DEGREE OR NURSING LICENSE, THEIR DRIVERS LICENSE, START A BUSINESS, GET A GOOD JOB AND BECOME WEALTHY. THERE ARE MILLIONS OF GOOD JOBS ANYONE CAN GET. MILLIONS OF NICE CHEAP HOMES FOR SALE AND APTS FOR RENT CHEAPPPP. MOST HOMES ARE FOR SALE FOR UNDER 80,000.00 AND THEYLL FINANCE ANYONE WITH AN INCOME INTO AFFORDABLE PAYMENTS.THERE ARE RIVERS AND LAKES EVERYWHERE, NO POLUTION, FREE PARKING, EVERYTHING YOU CAN FIND IN CALIFORNIA YOU CAN FIND HERE.
EVERYTHING IS PRICED ABOUT 80 PERCENT CHEAPER TO BUY WHERE I AM.
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MOST VITAL: INCOME......PICK UP THE NEWSPAPER FOR THE AREA AND LOOK IN THE CLASSIFIEDS......ARE THERE SEVERAL PAGES OF HELP WANTED ADS, JOBS LISTED THAT YOU CAN GET. NEVER EVER GO SOMEWHERE WHERE YOU DO NOT HAVE PLENTY OF CHOICES OF WHERE TO WORK, PEOPLE WHO WILL HIRE YOU AND OTHER EMPLOYERS WHO WANT TO HIRE YOU, SO YOU HAVE CHOICES ACROSS THE YEARS.....IF THERE IS ONLY A FEW DECENT PAYING PLACES....ACROSS A 30 YEAR LOAN...IN THIRTY YEARS MOST PEOPLE CHANGE JOBS QUITE A FEW TIMES....SO YOU NEED TO MAKE SURE THERE ARE PLENTY OF OTIONS FOR WHERE TO WORK .......CHECK THE WANT ADS....FOR PLENTY OF JOBS YOU CAN GET....ARE THE APPLIANCES IN GOOD SHAPE,
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ARE THE DRIVEWAYS AND ROADS WELL MAINTAINED AND SIDEWALKS, STREET LIGHTS AND LIGHTS....DO YOU REALLY FEEL SAFE WALKING AT NIGHT THERE. ARE YOUR NEIGHBORS NICE, HELPFUL, FRIENDLY, OR ON THE MOLESTER LIST? IS THERE ALOT OF DRUNKENESS AND DRUG USE YOUR KIDS WILL BE EXPOSED TO, SENDING THEM AN UNHEALTHY MESSAGE....THAT IS SIGNIFICANT TO PARENTS OR HOME OWNERS...BECAUSE WHEN YOU RESELL YOUR PLACE, PEOPLE WILL LOOK AT THAT. ARE THE YARDS KEPT UP, LANDSCAPED NICELY OR CONCRETE JUNGLES. HAVE THE HOMES BEEN ON THE MARKET LONG IN THE AREA OR A HIGH FORECLOSURE RATE ?
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IS THERE A CHURCH OR TEMPLE OF YOUR FAITH, A BARNES AND NOBLE, WILD OATS, BORDERS, OR UPSCALE STORES.......IS THE ZONING CLASSY, ARE THE A BUNCH OF REALLY UNATTRACTIVE 99 CENT STORES AND DOLLAR GENERALS, DOLLAR TREE, BIG LOTS, ETC RIGH BY YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD OR THRIFT STORES, GAS STATIONS.....ARE THEY TACKY LOOKING? IS THERE MASS TRANSIT, CITY BUSES, TRAIN, MAGLEV, AN AIRPORT, GOOD TRANSPORTATION FOR ALL YOUR NEEDS.....AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE AND MASS TRANSIT? ARE THE HOMES REALLY AFFORDABLE AND THE RENT? EDUCATION...COLLEGES NEARBY THAT ARE AFFORDABLE? ARE APARTMENTS AND CONDOS RUN DOWN.
ARE SCHOOLS RUN DOWN ? IS THE DOWN TOWN INTERESTING, ARTSY, CLASSY, BUSTLING WITH LIFE AND COLOR, LUSH LANDSCAPE AND INTERESTING THINGS TO DO, A THRIVING MUSIC SCENE THAT IS NOT TOO FAR BUT NOT UP YOUR BACK DOOR,
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PRIVACY, HOW CLOSE TOGETHER ARE YOUR BEDROOM WINDOWS AND LIVING AREAS, WILL YOU BE ABLE TO HAVE PEACE AND QUIET, STUDY, ENJOY MUSIC AND FRIENDS OVER OR ARE THE UNITS TOO CLOSE. IF ITS A CONDO...IS THE HOA HEAD REASONABLE OR CONSIDERING PAINTING THE CONDO PURPLE AND YELLOW , MAYBE HOT PINK? BARBEQUE....IS THERE ROOM TO COOK OUT AND ENJOY THE YARD, IS THERE A POOL....HOW MUCH GRASS AND FOLIAGE, LOTS OF TREES. A PLACE WITH FEW TREES IS NOT WORTH ANYTHING ...S URE SIGN THAT THEYRE LETTING THE NEIGHBOR HOOD RUN DOWN IS NO PLANTS, NO REAL LANDSCAPING, GRASS ISNT GREE OR KEPT UP, BUSTED SIDEWALKS. IS THERE A RECREATION CENTER, CHILD CARE, POOL? IS THERE A GOOD SOCIAL SERVICES PROGRAM AND NICE UPSCALE HOUSING FOR THE LOW INCOME AND POOR....AND PARKING FOR THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE LIVING THERE......OR ARE THEY WHEREHOUSED. ARE THERE ALOT OF WHERE HOUSES OR INDUSTRIAL LOOKING BUSINESSES.....THOSE THINGS REALLY NOSE DIVE A HOMES VALUE...
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CONSIDER THE CAR INSURANCE YOU WILL PAY. LONG BEACH HAS NUMEROUS BARS AND NIGHT CLUBS, SOMETIMES FOUR ALONG ONE STRIP, AND PCH, JUNIPERO, BROADWAY, 4TH STREET, ANAHEIM ARE LOADED WITH BARS, PUNKER CLUBS WITH LOTS OF LOUD MUSIC, LOTS OF CARS AND PARKING PROBLEMS. PEOPLE WILL BE BLOCKING YOUR DRIVEWAY NIGHTLY AND PARKING IN YOUR SPACE ALL THE TIME, YOUR CAR WILL BE PARKED IN AREAS WHERE IT MAY BE HIT BY QUITE A LOT OF DRUNK DRIVERS SIDESWIPING THE ROW AS THEY WEAVE DOWN THE STREE FROM THE BARS EACH NIGHT. CONSIDER CHILD CARE CENTERS.........TAKE A GOOD HARD LOOK AT THAT TOP VALUE AND THE STORAGE UNITS AND HOW BAD PCH LOOKS ONCE YOU GET PAST EXECUTIVE SUITE . TAKE A LOOK AT THE OCEAN...ACTUALLY GO SWIMMING IN LONG BEACH CALIFORNIA...IF YOU DARE......IT'S A GREASY SMELLY MESS, OF OIL AND SEA WEED, WHO KNOWS WHAT........TAKE A LOOK AT FRANKLIN MIDDLE SCHOOL......MOST OF THE KIDS ARE NOT SMILING AND THERE ARE REASONS FOR THAT. TAKE A LOOK AT THE SCHOOL PERFORMANCE TESTS FOR FRANKLIN MIDDLE SCHOOL, WHITTIER ELEMENTARY, MOST OF THE SCHOOL...NOT JUST THEIR FEW HIGH PERFORMING SCHOOLS IN THE MOST AFFFLUENT AREAS, BUT THE AVERAGE SCHOOL...BECAUSE RESALE VALUE IS NOT JUST ABOUT SQ FT AND NUMBER OF BEDRROOOM....ITS ABOUT HOW CLOSE YOUR HOME IS TO A BAR, OR A STORAGE PLACE, INDUSTRIAL AREA ( WILMINGTON ) THE DOCKS, TRUCKING CENTERS. ALSO RESALE HAS TO DO WITH LANDSCAPE AND THE CLASSY APPEARANCE OF THE STREETS, STORES, AND THINGS. TAKE A REAL GOOD LOOK AT THE MALL AND WALLMART DOWNTOWN AND THE PROJECTS THEYRE PLANNING.........IF THEY ARE UNSIGHTLY AND A HUGE WASTE OF MONEY........THATS YOUR MONEY GOING DOWN THE DRAIN....TAKE A LOOK AT THE LOS ANGELES RIVER, IS IT NICE ? SWIMABLE? TAKE A LOOK AT THE CLUBS....ARE THEY SAFE, SEEDY, KEPT UP. LOOK AT THE PARKING AROUND THE CLUBS AT MIDNIGHT......LOOK AT THE TRAFFIC AROUND THE COLLEGES AND FOR THEIR EVENTS AND THE VA. IF YOURE TIRED AND CAN NOT FIND PARKING OFTEN.....THAT IS REALLY BAD. AIR QUALITY AND OCEANS HEALTH ARE LISTED ONLINE TOO. LOOK AT HOAS AND COSTS FOR UTILITIES. WILL YOUR INSURANCE BE HIGHER THERE? WHAT ARE THE STATS ON BURGLARIES AND DAMAGED CARS, VANDALISM, MUGGINGS?
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CHECK OUT THE PARKING MESS NEAR THE SCHOOLS, ESPECIALLY NEAR THE NEW SCHOOL, CESAR CHAVEZ, NO WHERE TO PARK. DO YOU WANT TO WASTE ABOUT A THOUSAND BUCKS A YEAR ON PARKING TICKETS AND PAYING TO GO TO THE PAID PARKING LOTS, PAYING FOR METERS AND GET 60.00 TICKETS FOR GOING TO STARBUCKS DOWNTOWN AND THE BROKEN METER YOU PUT THREE BUCKS IN IS SHOWING THAT ITS EXPIRED WHEN IT ISNT? THAT'S REALLY FUN. DO YOU WANT TO PAY FOR PARKING FOR THE MOVIES, RESTRAUNTS, JUST TO GO TO THE LIBRARY, POST OFFICE.......THE PARKING COSTS AND TICKETS, METERS, ARE AN EXPENSE THAT YOU MAY WANT TO THINK ABOUT, I SUGGEST YOU BUY A PLACE IN ORANGE COUNTY CALIFORNIA IN A NICE AREA LIKE NEWPORT, OR IRVINE, MISSION VIEJO OR MAYBE SAN DIEGO COUNTY...LIKE ENCINITAS OR DEL MAR, SOLANO....MAYBE CONSIDER AN AREA WITH BETTER LANDSCAPING AND PARKING.......ALSO LOOK AT THE NUMBER OR BARS AND CONSIDER THE TRAFFIC, ROWDY AND DRUNKEN BAR FOLKS YELPING IT UP.......CONSIDER THE BLARING MUSIC AND FIGHTS. CONSIDER THE HUGE JAMMED STREETS FOR FESTIVALS AND PRIDE WEEK........
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I KNOW PEOPLE IN LONG BEACH WHO CANT REALLY ENJOY THEIR HOMES BECAUSE OF THE PARKING, THEY CANT GO OUT TO CLUBS, CANT STAY LATE AT COLLEGE R A JOB, CAN'T STAY LATE AT DISNEYLAND OR A MOVIE...BECAUSE THERE IS NO PARKING FOR THEM WHEN THEY COME HOME. ALSO I HAD FRIENDS WHO COULDNT GET PEOPLE TO COME TO VISIT THEM BECAUSE OF THE PARKING SITUATION BEING SO BAD. WE WOULD WANT TO VISIT THEM BUT END UP DRIVING AROUND AND ROUND LOOKING FOR PARKING. BIRTHDAY PARTIES, HALLOWEEN, CHRISTMAS, THE GRAN PRIX...CHECK OUT THE TRAFFIC AND PARKING MESS FOR GAY PRIDE AND THE FESTIVALS, AND HOLIDAYS......ESPECIALLY DURING THE GRAN PRIX......AND WHENEVER THERE IS AN EVENT GOING ON THERE. THERE IS NO PARKING FOR MILES.
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FIRST FIND OUT WHAT SCHOOL YOUR KIDS WILL BE IN, THEN GO WALK THROUGH IT , ASK TO CHECK IT OUT, SEE THE CONDITIONS AND SIZES OF THE CLASSES, IS THE SCHOOL FALLING DOWN, OVER CROWDED, ROUGH LOOKING, NO GRASS....CHECK OUT THE SCHOOLS AND TEACHERS.....THE STUDENTS.....IS IT A GOOD ENVIRONMENT TO REALLY HELP YOUR CHILD SOAR AND BE CREATIVE, HAVE FUN. SAFE?

NEXT DRIVE THROUGH AT NIGHT, AND TRAFFIC TIMES. MOST VITAL PARKING. CHECK OUT THE PARKING AT THE STREETS AROUND YOUR HOUSE, METERS ? TOO MANY RED ZONES, BLUE, WHITE ZONES? ARE THE PARKING RULES AND SIGNS TOO STRICT....WHERE CAN YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS PARK, AND RELAX? AS A NURSE LONG BEACH IS THE WORST PLACE TO RENT OR BUY A HOUSE....DUE TO PARKING.....I HAD TO MOVE MY CAR AT 3AM, 4 AM, HORRIBLE HOURS ALL THE TIME BECAUSE I WORKED 3PM TO 11PM, AND ALL THE RESTRAUNTS,BARS, CONDOS AND APARTMENTS, DID NOT BUILD ENOUGH PARKING WHICH MEANS A LONG DARK WALK PAST FIVE SEEDY BARS AT ABOUT 1AM TO GET HOME FROM A FAR AWAY PARKING PLACE, THEN GETTING BACK UP AT 3 AM TO WALK TO YOUR CAR TO MOVE IT, THEN WALKING BACK TO YOUR CAR, THEN BACK UP AT 6 AM TO WALK TO YOUR CAR AND MOVE IT AGAIN.....SO YOU GET LESS THAN AN HOUR OF SLEEP PER NIGHT.........
CHECK THE PARKING AFTER MIDNIGHT...
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GO ONLINE IN LONG BEACH CALIFORNIA, AT THE POLICE STATION AND ASK THEM TO LOOK UP ALL THE SEX OFFENDERS AND RAPES, ASSAULT AND BATTERY, MURDER, SERIOUS VIOLENT CRIMES FOR ACCURATE STATISITICS OR THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. THE MEGANS LAW REGISTRY AND OTHER SITES LIST ALL THE CHILD MOLESTERS AND SEX OFFENDERS IN EACH AREA AND YOU CAN LOOK UP THE AREA YOU WANT TO BUY A HOME IN AND FIND OUT HOW MANY PEDOPHILES AND SERIOUS SEX OFFENDERS THERE ARE, AND DECIDE WHETHER YOU WANT TO RAISE YOUR KIDS IN LONG BEACH CALIFORNIA OR NOT. I WOULD SAY NOT AFTER LOOKING UP THE STATISTICS AND LOCATIONS OF THE SEX OFFENDERS REGISTERED THERE.....LOOK IT UP YOULL SEE.
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Some have suggested that you share your concerns, if any with your agent. This is useless and counterproductive. MOST agents will tell you whatever it takes for you to sign on the dotted line. If you are the buyer, remember that "YOUR" agent actually represents the seller who is paying her/his commission - hence BUYER BEWARE is the paradigm in our system. Better do your homework on the net and ask people in the neighborhood, local businesses, church groups and local law enforcement etc to find out the profile of the neighborhood. I regret to say that MOST real estate agents and some of their brokers are hypocrites desperate to conclude a sale and move on to the next customer - deceptive considering they always come across as most caring individuals with excellent manners to build your confidence. If you trust them, do so only after you verify every move - do not assume anything they say as gospel truth.
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Dear Min,
I believe that you always must be concerned with crime and neighborhood "liveablity" when you are purchasing a home. In general, crime is down in Long Beach as it is in Los Angeles County as a whole. I suggest that you do three things: (1) Drive the area around your home at various times of the day and evening to get a feel for what is going on in your neighborhood. (2) Talk with your neighbors and local business owners. In particular, business owners can be a good source of information as they are in the are for long periods of time. (3) Stop by your local police station and speak with one of the community officers.

One important thing to remember is that there are some crimes in every neighborhood, soit is important to be able to differentiate between a couple of kids stealing a bicycle and thugs mugging the residents of the neighborhood.

Let me know if I can help in any way, and good luck with your purchase.

Gene Scott
Realtor and Loan Officer
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 17, 2012
Great advice Louri,

There are many areas of Long Beach that are trying to "revitalize". This has been an on going process over the years and is making a slow progression.

You want to be sure you feel comfortable in and around the neighborhood. Activity at night could be much different then during the day. So, definately visit the neighborhood at various hours and days. Include not only your immediate neighbors but where you'll be doing your shopping and running errands.

Good luck on your purchase
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Min,
Louri has given you some great suggestions. Driving in the neighborhood at different times is a really great way to get a sense of the neighborhood. You may also want to speak with some neighbors and ask them what they think of living in the area and if they are aware of any problems in their immediate area. You can also call the non-emergency police number (435-6711) and ask them to speak with a community police officer who is familiar with that area.

Best of luck with that decision. And do talk to your Realtor about your concerns.

Shannon Jones
Keller Williams Realty
562-896-2456
Web Reference: http://www.ShowMeHome.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 17, 2012
Hi Min,

http://www.crimereports.com/# will give you up to date accounts of crime in various areas. Just type in the specific address and it will give you everything from burglaries and assaults to registered offenders.

I suggest you drive by nearby neighborhoods at different times of days, during the week and on weekends. Write down what you like and don't like about the area taking into account crime and safety information you learn from http://www.crimereports.com/# .

Also you should speak to your REALTOR or agent about your concerns.

Hope this has been helpful!

Louri Groves
Prudential California Realty
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Mr. Louri Groves,
Thanks a lot. I almost make a mistake buying a property at that area.
I will certainly do what you suggested and do the research for the potential area I may purchase my property. and talk to my agent about my concerns
before I decide. Min
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