Many of the answers here are excellent. One site that I recommend to all of my clients is Spotcrime.com. While this is just one criteria that I suggest to clients, it often helps dispell "a singular opionion" from someone who has had a negative experience in the area.
I do strongly agree that touring the neighborhood at "all hours" is also a very important part of your research. In addition, if you can, find out the beat officer in the area or visit the police station and ask them about the frequency of calls in the neighborhood.
I can clealy state that "smoking pot" or fighting among couples is not related to "economics." There are many condo's in higher income areas where "neighbors" complain about the loud neighbors or disturbing activitiy (including barking dogs, stray cats, etc.). Again, it is very important to visit the neighborhood.
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It has affected our price as well.
Drive by at nights, weekends, and other times during the day. Talk to other neighbors and then decide what you are willing to accept.
All the best to you.
I would buy a house in a normal neighborhood surrounded by other houses.
To the agent below who says San Jose is completely safe, he hasn't been paying attention to the increasing violence in San Jose. Not all areas of San Jose are safe. There are safe areas and there are nonsafe areas.
Please understand that these agents are interested in selling houses to get their commissions.
congratulation on your purchase.
Erica Nelson and Thomas Feng have given you excellent answers to your question.
I am concerned that you have heard from someone that some of the neighbors in the apartments are engaging in illegal activities (smoking weed). If you have neighbors engaging in illegal activity, that not only can be a threat to your own safety, but it also detracts from the desirability of your own location when it later comes time for you to sell your property.
I recommend that you try to get as much reliable information as you can about the sort of activity that is really going on in the neighborhood. Sometimes the neighbors will have their own disputes with other neighbors and one statement from one neighbor is not always accurate. However if you get similar reports from several different neighbors that is definitely cause for concern, in my opinion.
I recommend that you, or the agent who represents you. or both, go and knock on some doors in the neighborhood and tell the people that you talk to, that you are thinking about buying a home in that neighborhood and ask the neighbors about their own experience in that neighborhood. The answers that you get will give you a good idea whether or not this neighborhood is one that you want to live in.
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2. ask yourself if your willing to deal with that for that long.
3. decide if you buy the home or search for something else.
Neighborhood is one of the things that a buyer is not able to change after purchasing vs a home which you are always able to change.
For some other things to look out for when buying a home check out my blog post http://bayareaconnect.com/07/02/2011/is-this-neighborhood-ri
If you have any other questions or concerns give me a call at (408) 840-3852 or shoot me an email at Thomas.Feng@gmail.com
I would not comment on specific neighbors anywhere!
However, the #1 value of a real property is its location. The whole amazing thing about real estate is each is unique due to its location. The #1 factor in determining your property's value when you go to sell it will be its location.