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Crime & Safety in Long Beach : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Jul 3, 2015
Sheyenne Schultz answered:
GO TO A SITE CALLED WWW.HOMEFACTS.COM
AND PUNCH IN ANY ADDRESS U ARE INTERESTED IN...INCLUDING IF U ALREADY OWN A HOME.
THIS WILL GIVE U CRIME STATISTICS, SEX OFFENDERS, IF IT IS NEAR AIRPORTS, PRISONS, DEMOGRAPHICS, ETC...
BUT TAKE IT WITH A GRAIN OF SALT... GOOD TO DRIVE AROUND AREAS U ARE INTERESTED IN AND SEE WHAT IS GOING IN AND OUT OF RESTAURANTS, DRY CLEANERS, GROCERY STORES, DRIVING UP AND DOWN THE STREETS ETC.
ASK NEIGHBORS OR PEOPLE IN THE AREA....
SOME TIMES PEOPLE THINK A NEIGHBORHOOD IS BAD..AND IT REALLY ISN'T.
USE YOUR JUDGEMENT TOO.
310-429-4170 SHEYENNE SCHULTZ THE REALTY GROUP
SHY@SHYSELLS.COM
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Fri Nov 14, 2014
Alex Montelongo Real Estate Group answered:
Are you looking to buy or rent? Either way my opinion is the 90803,90814,90808,90815 area codes of Long Beach. These zip codes are close to the ports and are very desirable. Call me for more information. I am here to help.

Alex Montelongo/Broker
Coldwell Banker Star Realty
562-810-7387 Cell
BRE Lic #01456982
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Fri May 16, 2014
Brahna Pastorini answered:
I've lived in Artcraft Manor for 14 years and I love it! I haven't had one problem since I have been here, many people walk to Signal Hill an exercise all hours of the night. You are also close to the beach, fwys, parks and shopping. The great thing too is you have parking easily on the street as well. I would also tell you to go anywhere you are thinking of living in at night to see if you still like it as much as in the daytime. You should also check with the local police department for the exact statistics. Hope this helps! Please feel free to contact me if I can help you anymore! ... more
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Sun Apr 20, 2014
Alex Montelongo Real Estate Group answered:
If you are interested in that type of information I would recommend visiting the city police log. This is usually found on the city website.
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Mon Sep 30, 2013
Alexander Burns answered:
There are a number of areas near the port, " to call them best" It would all depend on what you consider best that fits your needs. There are great areas in San Pedro, Wilmington, and Long Beach, that border the Port terminal.
If you would like help in determining what would be best for you I would be happy to help.
Alexander Burns
Broker, REALTOR*
562-235-5708
soldbyaburns@gmail.com
BRE#01906434
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Tue Sep 17, 2013
Kawain Payne answered:
Michael,

Contact the Long Beach police department to get info on crime stats.

If parking is a concern, you should look for places with assigned parking or a small garage. Since you come home late at night the GOOD parking spots on the street will surely be taken.

Best of luck to you!

Kawain Payne, Realtor
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Wed Aug 28, 2013
DANAKMCDOWELL answered:
GET A PHYSICAL INSPECTION DONE AND HAVE THE HOME WARRANTEE FIX EVERYTHING FOR YOU. DONT GET CONNED INTO A MONEY PIT OF REPAIRS. HAVE THE HOME OWNERS WARRATEE FIX EVERYTHING. THATS THEIR JOB. CHECK THE ROOF, PLUMBING, FOUNDATION, ELECTRICAL, STRUCTURE, CHECK FOR TERMITES, CARPENTER ANTS, ETC...IF ITS A CONDO, MAKE SURE YOU CAN DEAL WITH THE RULES AND NEIGHBORS S CLOSE. IS THE PLACE WELL MAINTAINED AND LANDSCAPED, ANY COCKROACHES OR ANTS...RODENTS, LEAD, MOLDS, TOXIC ITEMS, EXPOSED INSULATION, LEVEL FLOORS, MOISTURE PROBLEMS, LEAKS, ROT, TREES ROOTS AND TREE PROBLEMS, CRACKED CONCRETE, STREETS AND SIDEWALKS, YARDS, ARE THEY KEPT UP....HOMES KEPT UP, OVER CROWDING....WHAT ARE THE CLASS SIZES IN THE SCHOOLS BY YOUR NEW HOME...HOW IS THE SCHOOL RATED....DIVERSITY.....ARTSY, PROFESSIONAL, INTERESTING...HOW IS THE GOVT THERE, PROGRESSIVE, RESPONSIVE, DEVELOPMENT, ATTRACTING COMPANIES THAT PAY WELL, WOULD HIRE YOU ....CAN MOST PEOPLE FIND JOBS AND EARN ENOUGH TO LIVE. WHATS THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE AND FORECLOSURE RATE, DROP OUT Rate. social programs....are they really fast and effective...those things will determine whether you live in a safe area more than anything else. people who have a stable income, good jobs, fair wages, a good system they trust, don't tend to become criminals. however if , long beach is not taking care of the unemployed and homeless, disabled, poor people decently, then it would be dangerous to live there. crime would increase and robberies, break ins, car jackings, muggings and other violent crimes as people become desperate they do not act as they normally would when they're in such mortal fear of freezing or death, expiring....from not enough income or the resources to succeed. there are a lot of bars in that area and the average person who works in that area usually is making under 50,000.00 a year, some as little as 600.00 a month total income, some as little as 251.00 per month total income. so in this market, considering the economy and all factors, I honestly would nt make the kind of offers on a house that I would have made in the past. our economy was healthy and our wages were rising to match home prices in southern California, so it made sense to buy a home then. it doesn't make sense to buy a house or finance a new car right now, because they are priced too high when you calculate not just your income, because it may be much higher than the average. looking at the average persons incomes and job stability, not just yours, if you had to sell your house quickly for some reason, could the average person afford to buy it and get a loan. millions have destroyed credit. how hard would it be to sell the house quickly in that location and get your money back instead of loosing a bunch of money. look at minimum wages, look at disability and social security and the statistics on how many people in long beach are on disability, welfare, social security, or making low wages under 15.00 hrly, look at how many people are only getting part time work. I would advise you strongly not to buy a house until they get everyone's incomes up to a level where they can all , we can all, afford a house and to live decently...I would nt buy a house or a new car, or invest right now until they get our incomes up to a level where we can afford it, and where everyone can afford the homes and cars...because what happens when its time to sell your house.....if we can not afford to buy it or get the bank t finance us, you will be stuck with a huge house payment, costs for repairs, property taxes, pmi, taxes, home owners insurance, home owners warrantee, maintenance, pest control, upgrades, remodeling, painting, etc.....and you could be stuck for 30 yrs having to pay 1,000.00a month or more, while wages stagnate and payments to those on social security and disability stagnate or as wages fall. if the govt gets rid of tariffs, which they did under Ronald Reagan...if they let our wages slide or undermine unions, keep minimum wages low and fixed incomes low and keep hacking up the average guys income, then they won't be able to buy your house. secondly, for wealthy persons they are not looking to live in long beach California, because its too run down and ghetto..the beach is filthy, oily, and most f the city is terrible, rod iron and tacky fences and really bad remodels and tacky looking , blighted, poor zoning and parking is awful. I know too many people who paid a fortune for homes that are now not worth even half what they paid and they're stuck, they cant get out of huge house payments and they cant sell the houses. California still has the highest foreclosure rate because the homes are too high priced for the average person. if they want to interest me in a house out there, they need to drastically reduce the prices of houses id be interested in and make them affordable for me to buy a house. they also need to finance me and cut the nitpicky bull. in this market they are lucky to find anyone willing to buy it. ... more
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Fri Apr 26, 2013
klwfromca answered:
Thank you for clearing that up. I was under the impression that it was not safe to walk in the area, but I understand that it is about the access to local business in the area. Have a nice day! ... more
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Fri Sep 7, 2012
Jeremy Lehman answered:
Great pickup Nancy, that listing looks like a major scam to me. There is no such thing as finding an incredible deal on a rental in this market unless you're related to the person. Rent amounts well under market value are a major red flag.

Best of luck...
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Sat Sep 1, 2012
Jerome Hodge answered:
What you may wish to do is compare where your currently reside and the area in question. By going to the website www.crimereports.com, you can enter the appropriate information and view the results.

Also, from the replies, you can tell how Realtors feel about an area. Our silence is deafening!

Jerome Hodge
Realtor
First Team Real Estate
DRE # 01866533
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Thu Jun 21, 2012
Jeremy Lehman answered:
Long Beach Police also have a great crime section on their website. Check that one out as well.
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Sun Apr 15, 2012
Gene Scott answered:
Crime in Long Beach is generally down over the past few years, which also mirrors the trend for Los Angeles County. Of course there is still crime, and other nuisance issues in all neighborhoods. I suggest three things: (a) drive the neighborhoods you are interested in at various times of the day, evening and night; (b) speak with people who live and work in the neighborhood; (c) visit the local police station and ask them how the neighborhood you are interested in stacks up against other neighborhoods in the city in terms of violent crime and burglaries, breaking and entering, theft, etc.

Good luck, and please remember that there is some crime in every area no matter where you go.

Gene Scott
Realtor and Loan Officer
562-212-2345
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Fri Feb 17, 2012
Kawain Payne answered:
Hello Jjamied,

With so many homes being sold as distressed sales (REO) or (short sales) there are opportunities for buyers today that did not exist a few years ago.

For a young family I am partial to the Los Altos area of Long Beach.

You should also consider North Orange County.

Best of luck to you and your family.

Kawain Payne, Realtor
714-293-1151
Kawaindpayne@gmail.com
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Mon May 23, 2011
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Tue Jan 11, 2011
Michael Diamond answered:
A lot of good area suggestions, I would suggest that when you pick where you would like to live, drive there during the day and in the evening to get a better feel of the place and then rent! ... more
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Thu Jan 6, 2011
Richard Schulman answered:
Contact the local police department for recommendations and see if they have crime stat maps available in person or online.



Let me know if you have any questions.

Best,


Richard Schulman
#1 Listing and Selling Agent
Keller Williams West LA
310-482-0173
schulmanrd@yahoo.com
www.RichardSchulman.com
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Thu Jan 6, 2011
Richard Schulman answered:
Check with your local police department for recommendations and crime stats, if they keep them. Specifically, look at how neighbors of a potential rental maintain their properties.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Best,


Richard Schulman
#1 Listing and Selling Agent
Keller Williams West LA
310-482-0173
schulmanrd@yahoo.com
www.RichardSchulman.com
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Sat Jan 2, 2010
SouthBay Guy answered:
Thanks to all who answered my question. I had a very good realtor who helped me to find my condo about a month after posting my question but I appreciate the support of all of the professionals and others on here. Good luck to all who are still looking for their home. ... more
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Sat Jan 2, 2010
Yvonne Kelly-Brazell answered:
Dear Cautious Homebuyer,
First, may I commend you on investigating your future choice of home location thoroughly. It is very wise to consider safety first and foremost. I have detailed maps and phone numbers of independent community sources, from which you can obtain unbiast information. This way you can evaluate and decide for yourself the best area based on the features and benefits you need in your next home. Having 20 years real estate sales and investment experience and 7 years teaching experience, prior to that, I am able to assist you and guide you both, regarding value for great schools and a secure living environment.
Text me or call me and let's plan to meet to discuss your next step.

Sincerely,

Yvonne Kelly-Brazell
Prudential California Realty
SuperIrishRealtor@gmail.com
562-201-1230 (*Text me or call)
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