navaneeth76, Home Buyer in Fremont, CA

Houses in Lakes birds

Asked by navaneeth76, Fremont, CA Fri May 25, 2012

Hows the safety/neighbourhood of the houses in Lakes and birds?. I see lot of houses foreclosed/short sale in this area while the school ratings are still good. Is having a house in front of park a good idea?

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navaneeth76,

Realtors® typically do not comment on "crime & safety" due to Federal/State anti-steering law exposure. An individual who "directs a particular race to a certain neighborhood and away from others" may be accused of "steering".

Elaine provided a good -- scratch that -- GREAT SOURCE to investigate crime/safety related questions.

Once you enter an address in http://www.crimereports.com go to the "Incident Layers" tab to select what type of information is important to you. Next, choose the duration of time you want to look at under "Date Range" (for example, you might look at 2010 verses 2011).

Now, you should take a 2nd step:

Call the Fremont Police Department's Martha Matthiesen (510) 790-6979 or Karen Blount (510) 790-6689; both are Community Engagement Specialists that oversee the Neighborhood Crime Watch (NCW) program. Once you make contact with one of them explain your interest and ask for the contact info of the "Lakes and Birds" Block Captain or Co-Captain so you can obtain a direct opinion from someone living in the area. Karen/ Martha can help you start a NCW if there is not one already formed.

Since the definition of "Safe" is a somewhat relative term that may not mean the same thing to all people, the information you can obtain from the block captains will help you make a decision. Truth be told, the best way to stay safe is to introduce yourself to your neighbors, exchange numbers, and agree to keep a look out for any suspicious activity around each other’s homes.

-Steve
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri May 25, 2012
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, crime statistics, go to the following sites:

http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/ca/fremont/crime/
https://www.crimereports.com/

As for having a house in front of a park? It totally depends on your lifestyle. Some love the access to play areas, etc., others don't like the potential associated noise.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 14, 2012
Hi, Brian has good advice. While you will get good info from the police it is always good to talk to the neighbors that live there. Also I agree with Brian about the park it's great to have one accross the street for your children to play in but like a lot of decisions regarding a home personal prefrence is always different.....Dawn
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 25, 2012
Hello Navaneeth,
With regards to your question about safety, you can check the Fremont Police Dept web page for information in the area http://www.fremontpolice.org. A good source to check specific neighborhood crime reports is to go to https://www.crimereports.com.

Whether a home located in front of a park is a good idea is a matter of personal preference. I hope that helps !
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 25, 2012
You will get many people suggesting you to get safety information from the Fremont Police Dept. You can talk to neighbors of this community also. I think a park across the street is a good thing, but others might not. I don't know why you have seen a lot of homes foreclosed in this area, although it has been hard for many people in many neighborhoods.

Brian
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 25, 2012
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