I have included a link to the Stewart Title website where they have nieghborhood data for 95824 zip code. You can also enter other zip codes if you want to check out different zip codes.
I think it is best to go out to the neighborhood in person and when looking at homes for sale, talk with the neighbors. Many neighbors will gladly share anything they know about the area. Drive by the neighborhood at different times, afternoon, evening, weekdays, weekends.
Also, you may want to check with the local neighborhood watch group and see what they have to say.... more
Why not? Buy it with big down as now required in this market! And rent it out. Get close to positive cah flow - I hope. If not tell your friends "I like the property none the less! Yeah Right!
Then get tenants that roll in cash operating a crack shack. But they dont pay rent and you file a UD . Attorney charges you a fortune and after 6 months they smoke up the place and trash it. So you sock whats left into the home and then lose your job. Can't borrow against it so you can always think about dumping the shack a year or two later !
Conserve cash ! Wake the Hall up! Take me ...take me now!