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Endearstars, Home Buyer in Marina Bay, Richmond,...

Is it safe to buy a condo in Marina bay, Richmond. Safe from getting raped or killed or kidnaped, or gang?

Asked by Endearstars, Marina Bay, Richmond, CA Tue Sep 15, 2009

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Dave Sutton, Windermere, Portland’s answer
The Richmond Police Department provides an excellent on line service that lets you see exactly what type of crimes are committed exactly where. http://crimeview.ci.richmond.ca.us/crimeviewcommunity/

"Safe" is like "beauty" - in the eye of the beholder - so there's no way anyone else, much less a Realtor, can answer that question for you.

The other reason is there are, as there should be, laws making it a crime for real estate agents to "steer" a client away from a particular neighborhood. Those laws came out of the civil rights era, along with laws preventing lenders from "redlining:\" a neighborhood in which they would not make loans, regardless of the financial situation of the borrower.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 15, 2009
I lived in Marina Bay for a year in a rented condo some years ago (The Lakes?). I enjoyed it tremendously. We used to go down to quaint and quiet and peaceful Point Richmond frequently, walked in the parks and alonf the water. Never saw any signs of any trouble. Richmond could have been 1,000 miles away.

Bernard Gibbons

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bernard@bernardgibbons.com

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1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 15, 2009
Agree with Dave - everyone has a different level of "tolerance" when it comes to crime and neighborhood "activities." As an example, I live in a different city in a great neighborhood with a very low crime rate – yet had a motorcycle stolen form our driveway.

Overall, Realtors are prohibited by law from telling you whether or not any specific neighborhood is safe. It’s called “steering” and we are prohibited by our code of ethics and federal law from providing such information. Here are a couple posts that explain more:

NO STEERING ALLOWED: 3 Important Facts To Know As A Buyer
http://www.trulia.com/blog/carl_medford/2010/03/no_steering_…

Don’t Get ‘Steered’ in the Wrong Direction
http://184.154.226.18/~ebpublis/index.php?option=com_content…

However, we CAN tell you where to go to get information. In your case, for Richmond crime statistics, go to the following site:

http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/ca/richmond/crime/
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 6, 2012
Agents can't answer this question. Contact the local Police Dept. for the best answer to this question.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 15, 2009
I cannot answer your question directly, but I will say that I've originated dozens of mortgages for homebuyers at the Marina Bay condo projects and the only problem any of the homeowners had (that I'm aware of) is that a neighbor's car was stolen.

You can contact the Richmond PD for more detailed crime statistics.

Good luck,
Brad
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 15, 2009
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