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Denzel, Home Buyer in Fremont, CA

Safety concern on buying a house in Brookvale neighborhood

Asked by Denzel, Fremont, CA Thu Nov 15, 2012

We are interested in buying a house in the Brookvale neighborhood. The neighbor looks nice and quite. It is supposed to be (and had been) a safe neighbor. However, there are 3 very recent burglaries, all within 0.5 miles in 10 days.
I understand that no neighbor is 100% safe, but should this raise a safety concern? Could you please share some of your opinion? Thanks a lot.

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Hello Denzel,

I always advice my buyers to check out the crime websites and call the local police station about the neighborhood before buying. Crime can happen in any neighborhood and it has happened in the best neighborhoods. Talk to the neighbors around the house you are considering. I am sure you will get some good information from them and what they like / don't like about the area.

Meena Gujral
Achievers Realty
510-279-9580
http://www.helpusellachievers.com
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 13, 2014
I’ve sold MANY homes in Brookvale, have a lot of friends who live there and not one of them has ever felt anything other than totally safe.

I personally live in a wonderful neighborhood touted as one of the safest in the entire Bay Area … but had a motorcycle stolen out of my driveway. Crime happens. It doesn’t mean the neighborhood is bad or unsafe.

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 crime statistics, go to the following sites:

http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/ca/fremont/crime/
https://www.crimereports.com
http://www.spotcrime.com
http://www.nixle.com/
http://www.everyblock.com/
http://www.localcrimenews.com
http://www.mylocalcrime.com
http://www.crimemapping.com
http://www.meganslaw.ca.gov
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 15, 2012
My 2 cents on safety of any neighbourhood.I think brookvale is pretty safe neighbourhood.Burglaries occuring everywhere in recent times in all neighbourhood.it's not area specific.If you are buying home in this neighbourhood,It's highly desirable area.Also ask few neighbour in the area and ask how safe they feel.I hope this helps.Good Luck!!!!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 15, 2012
It depends on how you interpret the police report data and how much of a tolerance you have with regard to these burglaries. As you already pointed out, no neighborhood is 100% safe.

If you interpret the recent string of burglaries as a one time, incidental event, then it makes no difference to your purchase of the home. If you interpret these burglaries as reoccurring and that they will happen again and the neighborhood safety is going down as a result from them, then these data could be strong enough to deter you away from this neighborhood.

If/when you do move into that neighborhood, making sure your home is safe and secure can deter the crime that happens to you specifically. This can be achieved by hiring a security company, having alarm stickers on multiple entries in your house, having flood lights for the driveway, taking out your belongings from your car at night, and having timers for lights and radios in your rooms and garage when you're not there. The less incentives thieves have to consider stealing from you, the better.

Another thing to consider is this: have you looked at crime activity in other neighborhoods? Is three crimes in 10 days considered "a lot" or "a little" compared to other neighborhoods? In other words, the point I'm trying to make is that a neighborhood that has "too much" crime or "not so much" crime could be relative to the neighborhoods that surround it. You can even get a bigger picture and ask yourself "What is the crime rate in Fremont compared to Union City?" etc. and continue to make more judgments on your findings. Whatever your final judgments may be will affect your motivation to purchase in Brookvale.

In summary, when you're investigating facts about any property, there's usually plenty of info that can give you a good spook, like the location of sex offenders, police reports, flood zones, earthquake faults, etc. But it all boils down to your interpretation of the data, your risk tolerance to the data provided to you, and the precautions you intend to take once you move in. It's the duty of your Realtor to disclose this to you upfront and as they become aware-- that you have a right to investigate these items until you are satisfied. If you don't have a Realtor yet, consider contacting me.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 15, 2012
Most homes in Brookvale are not 'through streets', that make for a quiet neighborhood as well as having neighbors looking out for one another. 3 burglaries in ten days is something to be concerned with, However, every home should have an alarm system just in case.

I feel the area is fine and if you like the home and the area, you could move ahead with the sale.

After you move in, it would be a good idea to talk to the neighbors and see if you can work together and report suspicious activity. This has been done successfully in other neighborhoods.

Brian
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 15, 2012
Hi Denzel
If you were my buyer, and you found a home in Brookvale on a particular street, I would have you knock on a few neighbors homes on that street, and asked them about the neighborhood, if you still feel concerned than I would encourage not to buy in that particular area, but you are right burglaries could happen anyway. If you would like to discuss this further do call me at 510-209-1481.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 15, 2012
Base on my opinion, burglaries at one location (Brookvale) in short period of time is not uncommon. Dont be alarm and should not stop u from purchasing a house in Brookvale.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 15, 2012
Like any neighborhood, there are parts that are safer than others. Court locations away from the main avenues like Decoto & Fremont Blvd., and away from places -- 7/11's -- that tend to attract less than desirable elements would be best.

Last summer, we sold a home on a court location in Brookvale. It was a lovely house with neighbors who know each other and watch out for each others. That house sold on the first weekend!

So, it depends. If you should care to message me with the address, would welcome the opportunity to take a closer look.


Daphne
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 15, 2012
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