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Brian, Home Buyer in Boston, MA

We are looking at buying a single-family home on the west side of South Boston, near the MBTA station. it is

Asked by Brian, Boston, MA Tue Mar 4, 2008

on a quiet dead-end st. off of Dorchester St.. Can anyone advise me if this is a safe area to live, and if this area might appreciate in value over the next several years?

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Hi Brian,
With all do respect I disagree with the other answer. What street are you talking about specifically?
I think the previous answer you got infers some type of discrimination, or steering as its called in the industry. For example if you showed potential minority buyers houses only in minority neighborhoods etc.
It is debatable, but I do not think it is unreasonable to answer a safety question. I grew up in South Boston, and to be honest there are some streets that I would not live on and that I would consider unsafe for a number of reasons. 1.High traffic volumes. 2. Certain houses on certain corners are known to have cars crash in to them every couple of years. 3. There are a couple of houses in town that have had fires multiple times for various reasons. 4. I think it would be illegal to not tell you that there was a meth lab next door. 4. Bus routes. 5. Adjacent to former industrial contaminated sites. 6. Houses that are in the jet path to and from logan.
This is where local experience pays off. Send me an email, or give a call if you have any questions. I would be glad to help.
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No licensed real estate person can answer the 'safe' question for you it is illegal. Call the local police department. One would hope that an area close to the T in South Boston will appreciate over time, probably more so than areas not close to the T. If you are buying today, however, you should not be buying with a 2 or 3 year plan. Five or more years at a minimum is what you should be thinking or else don't buy. The market is too unstable for short term real estate plans.
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