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Avery, Home Buyer in 78717

We are thinking of purchasing a condo on W. Alpine Rd. , in between S. 1st Street and S. Congress. Concerned about crime rate. Any thoughts?

Asked by Avery, 78717 Thu Jul 14, 2011

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Jeffrey Schnabel’s answer

Just as an FYI, if this happens to be in The Sycamore, it went into foreclosure in September of last year. They sold 11 of the 26 units since then to opportunistic buyers (most immediately after the foreclosure recorded deed date). The remainder appear to be held in the name of the company that bought the place out of foreclosure. Looking at the public records for mortgages on those 11 units, value is in the range of $195K to $220K depending on location in the complex. Getting a mortgage on a condo complex where more than half the units are owned by a single entity could be very difficult. This would not generally comply with Fannie Mae nor Freddie Mac guidelines for underwriting. it would also put total control of the HOA into the hands of the largest ownership block (the single entity that appears to own title to 15 of the units), meaning you would not have any say in decisions reached by votes of the members of the HOA.

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If you are concerned about crime, do contact the local authorities with all your questions, hear all there is to hear firsthand...real estate professionals are prohibited from steering, enticing a buyer to purchase, or not, in specific neighborhoods.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 14, 2011 shows "by the numbers", but like most things in Austin, it's getting better all the time...
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I have to agree with Jeffrey regarding the makeup of The Sycamore HOA & difficulty in financing, if this is the condo unit you are considering. Do your research and get help from your REALTOR, review the condo docs thoroughly before you go through with a purchase.
I've lived in the area of S. 5th and Cardinal for over 5 years and have a personal investment property for the last 3 years a block from St. Edward's. We haven't been overly concerned or bothered by crime but it's something you should check out for yourself, echoing the advice of other respondents - drive by at various times of day, check out the websites mentioned, and talk to neighbors. Crime happens everywhere but you can do a lot to prevent becoming a victim (lighting, locking cars & doors, security systems, aware of surroundings, and getting to know your neighbors.)
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I happen to live in 78704. I love the convenience of it. This is considered a great rental area if you are looking at long term investment as well due to St. Edwards University close in proximity. My clients really seem to like checking this website for the crime info, all that use it ask if I would refer it. I know of a few other great places that are sometimes over looked. If you would like any information you can reach me by phone 512-750-5716 or email Hope this website is as useful as my clients thought it to be. Have a great day!

Warmest Regards,

Vanessa Nunez
VOX Real Estate, LLC
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Try this website for detailed crime information. I like it because you can set the parameters! This should give you a good idea.

Let me know if you have any questions. Good Luck!

Sean Graff, REALTOR
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Avery, I would also recommend you visit and review the statistcs for yourself. Also, I would drive through the area at various times and see what it really looks like. Also, stop and ask a few residents the real scoop. You'd be surprised how much real info. you can get that way. Remember, the statistics are based on incidents reported, and not all get reported. That does go for any area, btw, and all areas have some degree of crime, unfortunately. I just researched that area for a client, so if you are NOT yet working with a Realtor, feel free to contact me and we can discuss. No matter where you buy, I recommend a security system as well. Added protection, and typically an insurance discount too!! I do represent Buyers for free, btw and Keller Williams Realty is #1 in Austin and is ranked #1 by Buyers (like you!) 3 Years in a Row!! (JD Power & Assoc.). Joe Jarusinsky, Realtor/Master Instructor, Keller Williams Realty (512) 261-4415
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I live around the corner on Cardinal Lane and, as in any urban area, there is crime, but I don't consider it to be particularly bad. I have lived there 9 years now. I second the advice to drive by at different times of day, etc. I also have an alarm system and have installed motion lights from my driveway to my home and feel secure at all times of day and night.
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Do your research and talk to your Realtor.
Here is one site:
Drive by at different times of the day/night to see the area activity.
Crime happens in all neighborhoods. Invest in a security system if you do purchase. Again, talk
to your Realtor. We have resources to offer.
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Not an area I would be ultra concerned about. Its one of the most expensive areas of Austin. I have crime statistics you can search on my blog.
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Avery -

I second Steven's advice of visiting for more information. It is a very detailed site and should answer your concerns.

Certainly, your agent should be able to provide resources for these and other concerns or questions you have about this or any other area in which you are searching. If you don't feel that your agent is providing you with the information you need, bring it up. YOU are hiring him/her, and if you are not satisfied or feel that (s)he is not a good fit, I'd seek a second opinion.

But that's just my opinion, and I encourage you to seek others. ;-)

Doug Vogelsass
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If your worried about the crime rate for the area check it out before you buy there. The city of Austin website has a link to the police crime stats. I wish you the best on your home purchase!
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Hi Avery,

Are you thinking of purchasing a unit at The Sycamore condos on Alpine?

Call me to discuss if yes.

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Go to the City of Austin's website:
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Really???? You are buying in a downtown urban area. Of course there is crime. Think about it.
In Austin, Houston, Dallas...every big city. Check with APD to get the details, but I'm sure there are occasional muggings of drunks walking back from bars, windows knocked out of cars, etc. Probably not that many home invasions, especially while you are at home. Murders and kidnappings are most likely between friends and family, etc. I just wouldn't expect if you leave your ipad on the park bench that a street person picks it up and tries to get it back to the rightful owner.
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Bruce Lynn, Real Estate Pro in Coppell, TX
Crime happens in all neighborhoods, in the city and along country roads. I would ask you to evaluate your needs and act accordingly. You really do not need to fear except fear itself. I currently live within 5 Minutes
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Check out:

Also, let me know if you need any other detailed analysis regarding price, activity, etc as I do a lot of work in the area.

Please feel free to contact me anytime.

Steven Nusinow
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