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.
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,
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...
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.
Realtor and Loan Officer
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
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.
Keller Williams Realty
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!
Prudential California Realty