Great idea about the section 8. In TX it is nice that the rentals are listed in their MLS, along with houses for sale. Made it easy for agents to help renters - and kept listings up to date. Here in CA, you are on your own and it can be time consuming. Hope next time it's easier for you.... more
Very interesting question! You asked for the closest specific store to an address for a home that is sold. Is that your house now? If so, your agent should be able to give you nearest stores, schools, hospitals etc. By going to the Target website, and entering your city, or zip code, you can see all of their stores in the vicinity to whatever location you select. For example, I think the Target on Riverside right off of 50 is convenient to reach.
As you notice, people from as far away as Florida are answering your question... with the internet the answers are easy to find. I'm sure they've never been here to learn these locations.... more
You can check out www.crimereports.com for research on what types of crimes have been committed and where. You can also check out www.meganslaw.ca.gov specifically to find out where sex offenders are staying. This is not something that a broker is able to give advice on.... more
For flood information see links; http://www.fema.gov/hazard/map/flood.shtm http://www.floodsmart.gov/floodsmart/
As for safety concerns, if unfamiliar with the area, do visit more than once and at different times of day, possibly chat with locals/neighbors; also contact the local police department with all your questions, hear all there is to hear firsthand; real estate professionals are prohibited from steering, enticing a buyer to purchase/rent, or not, in specific neighborhoods.