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Crime & Safety in Contra Costa County : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Feb 20, 2017
Sheryl Arndt answered:
Hello Josh, you may get some locals to chime in soon but here are some links to start some research with. Are you looking to rent or buy? What is the maximum payment your looking to achieve? How many bedrooms, bathrooms and if you want a condo, townhome or single family home.

These links may assist you with crime statistics:
http://www.crimemapping.com
http://www.crimereports.com
http://www.everyblock.com/
http://www.localcrimenews.com
http://www.mylocalcrime.com
http://www.spotcrime.com/ca
http://www.meganslaw.ca.gov
http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/
http://www.homefair.com/

Theses links should have the answers to any questions you may have on schools:
http://www.greatschools.org/
http://Www.schoolfinder.ca.gov
http://Www.education.com
http://Www.schooldistrictfinder.com
http://Www.schooldigger.com
http://www.sarconline.org/

The rentals in 94553 start from $1,500 for 2bd 1ba apt. The purchase in 94553 zip code of Martinez start from 259k for 1bd 1ba condo, from 330k for 2bd 2ba condo and the single family homes start from 399k for 3bd 1ba home. You may qualify to buy with minimum out of pocket expenses with down payment and closing costs assistance.

If you figure out what cities/zip codes you are considering, minimum number of bedrooms and the maximum payment/price you are looking to achieve any agent can email listings to fit your search criteria. Your email address is needed to set you up for the automatic daily updates.

If you decide you want to buy you will need to be pre-approved to be able to meet an agent to view and submit offers on any homes of your choice. You will need to gather some documentation for each applicant.

Your qualifications will be determined by your credit profile, debt to income ratios, fico scores, loan program and how much you want to invest into the down payment and closing costs. Your fico scores can be raised within 3-4 days in most cases to qualify for programs, rates and terms as necessary.

If you are buying a primary residence you could consider a down payment assistance program such as CalHFA or Sapphire Grant which can cover your down payment and closing costs. You may close with minimal out of pocket expenses. You may consider the CalHFA from a minimum 640 fico score and the Sapphire Grant from a minimum 620 fico score up to 424k.

You may qualify FHA from fico scores between 500-579 with 10% down or minimum 580 fico score may qualify FHA 3.5% down up to 424k. You may consider 3% down conventional from a minimum 620 fico score or even 5% down conventional with NO Mortgage insurance (Lender paid MI) up to 424k.

Sheryl Arndt, Real Estate Broker - Sr. Loan Officer CA only
Veteran and VA/CalVet Loan Specialist
REO and Short Sale Specialist
Credit Repair At No Cost
ALL Loan Programs Available
24+ Years Experience
BRE# 01140252
NMLS# 297251
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Mon Jan 30, 2017
Sheryl Arndt answered:
We can not mention on a public forum as that may be considered steering. Questions of this nature would have to be discussed in private and would only be opinions.

These links may assist you with crime statistics:
http://www.crimemapping.com
http://www.crimereports.com
http://www.everyblock.com/
http://www.localcrimenews.com
http://www.mylocalcrime.com
http://www.spotcrime.com/ca
http://www.meganslaw.ca.gov
http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/
http://www.homefair.com/

Theses links should have the answers to any questions you may have on schools:
http://www.greatschools.org/
http://Www.schoolfinder.ca.gov
http://Www.education.com
http://Www.schooldistrictfinder.com
http://Www.schooldigger.com
http://www.sarconline.org/

Sheryl Arndt, Real Estate Broker - Sr. Loan Officer CA only
Veteran and VA/CalVet Loan Specialist
REO and Short Sale Specialist
Credit Repair At No Cost
ALL Loan Programs Available
24+ Years Experience
BRE# 01140252
NMLS# 297251
... more
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Thu Oct 20, 2016
Terri.tate answered:
question was raised about crime mid-upper nw area
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Mon Jan 18, 2016
Amycgee3 asked:
Thu Sep 24, 2015
Mmraccounting answered:
09-24-15
I live in concord near concord pavilion. Can advise of high rate if residential robberies and fact that all robberies are not included in Concord PD weekly report for the reason that those robberies are still under investigation. As a victim, whose residential robbery was left off of the weekly report I can say that I don't believe that reason. In fact, that same week, our home was robbed on a Wednesday, on the same Saturday, an alarm salesman had a report with every robbery that week. At least his report had my robbery - I looked at it. That said, I know that the reports therefore the statistics are low and scewed. My office, in downtown concord was also robbed two years later, and it was also missing from the weekly report. I have become very vocal on a local website and find many residential robberies routinely missing. Further, the City Council and the Mayor of Concord has maintained there is no crime problem on Concord (aka Conquered). There is a large Naval Weapons Station that is being converted into public use be this same band of politicians. Further there is no constitution for the city to compel council to listen to citizens. Hence a debacle between citizenry and the politicians, who want nothing but development - we are not left to wondering why. We are now left with finding the political acumen to be heard Snd directing resources to crime fighting, we have gangs. You can't use Concord Bart and trust your car )even if you pay to park) or your person, will be safe. It is not. Reconsider your purchase. The areas you are looking into is dangerous. ... more
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Sun Jul 19, 2015
Cindy Davis answered:
Realtors, by law and ethics, are not allowed to answer this question. I encourage you to study crime maps and statistics, ad visit the various neighborhoods you are interested in. You can also visit different police stations and ask them about the relative safety of a given neighborhood. Best of luck. ... more
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Sat Jul 11, 2015
Simon Watson answered:
Call me, lived in walnut Creek for 14 years raising two teenagers,

Simon

Simon Watson
Keller Williams Realty-East Bay
VA Buyer Experts
(925) 286-7112
(510) 859-4773
BRE 01881304
simon@myrealtorsimon.com
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Fri Jul 3, 2015
Mariah Bradford answered:
In general, proximity to Tosco refinery and houses close to Pacheco Blvd are going to be less desirable. There are many charming neighborhoods in Martinez, some really nice ones where you can walk to downtown and Amtrak.

In Martinez, the neighborhood called "Vine Hill" (generally speaking the roads surrounding Arthur Road) is considered the least desirable by some people. There are a few reasons for this: it serves Las Juntas Elementary (the lowest API score in Martinez by a wide margin), it is near the Tosco refinery, and there a many flat roofed older homes. In fact, at times it has been referred to as "Felony Flats."

I bought my first home in Vine Hill when I was 20 years old as a single woman doing a 203k rehab loan :) I lived there for 7 years (on Arthur Road) and I never felt unsafe. The neighbors were all hardworking friendly people. The benefit of Vine Hill is you are going to get a house likely for the lowest prices around -- a 3 bedroom in the low $300's, for example, is very possible. So if Vine Hill is all you can afford (like me in my 20's), it doesn't need to be the end of the world.

Regarding other neighborhoods, you want to look very carefully at the schools. Even though you don't have kids, the schools are going to affect your resale. Some houses in Martinez are actually not even in the Martinez school district, they are in Mount Diablo. The highest rated elementary is Morello Parks, followed by John Swett and John Muir. They are all great schools.

The neighborhoods closest to Amtrak have many great charming Victorian and Craftsman homes. And downtown Martinez is terrific with a strong "small community" feel. They are always having different events -- I strongly recommend the "Zombie Pub Crawl", but hey that's just me. ;) Enjoy your new home in Martinez, it's a great town.
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Tue Mar 24, 2015
Catherine Krueger answered:
Hi Graniterootsmedia,

I live in El Cerrito and love it. I am also a realtor specializing in the residential real estate market of El Cerrito AND the current chair of the Crime Prevention Committee with the city of El Cerrito.
Check out what our chief of police had to say about El Cerrito.
http://kron4.com/2015/02/08/crime-fighting-success-in-el-cerrito/

Also you can always check www.crimereports.org

I personally am happy to be living in El Cerrito and feel safe walking around and letting my kids walk around.

Good luck,

Catherine Krueger
Marvin Gardens Real Estate
CatherineKrueger.com
510-813-0970
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Tue Jan 6, 2015
Antoinette Sullivan answered:
Tenley77,

That is a good question. Safety is always a concern. I would suggest that you visit the neighborhood that you are contemplating calling home. This question might be best answered by the people from that neighborhood. Do you know anyone over there? ... more
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Tue Jan 6, 2015
Antoinette Sullivan answered:
Nancy, I have attached a link to the Agenda for the upcoming Antioch Police Crime Prevention Commission Meeting: http://www.ci.antioch.ca.us/calendar/cal_event.php?id=668

Date : 21 January 2015 From : 7:00pm ... more
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Sun Aug 17, 2014
Mlrhee.miandyou answered:
I recently (July 2014) moved to the Marina Bay Area of Richmond from Emeryville and it is quite safe. As in any city, there are pockets of places to avoid, but this is not one of them. Having lived in the East Bay for over 20 years, it is one of the few areas that still offers a lot of bang for the buck. Given how the market has been rising this year, I don't expect that to hold true for very long. ... more
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Mon May 19, 2014
Randy Stoker answered:
Check out the web site "Neighborhood Scout" where you can easily check the criminal activity in any neighborhood in the US. http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/
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Tue Apr 8, 2014
Ali Qureshi answered:
Sun Mar 16, 2014
Christopher Pagli answered:
You can check www.SpotCrime.com and www.CrimeReports.cpom for street specific stats.

Chris
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Thu Feb 6, 2014
Chris Swim answered:
In answer to Stevens question, which is still relevant - Orinda home burglaries do remain a problem. As mentioned by other posters they are predominately, but not limited to, the exit streets from Highway 24 to the north and south. An example would be St. Stephens exit or the Charles Hill area. The Orinda police have decided to take things a little more seriously as of late and call in the CC Sheriffs department for some back-up. In our opinion, with some simple and obvious precautions, (burglar alarm, always locking doors and cars, etc) we should be able to minimize the risk of being a target. Orinda is a wonderful place to live and we enjoy the benefits that the large metropolitan areas around us provide.. but unfortunately, they also bring some crime with it. ... more
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Wed Jan 29, 2014
Bobbyinsf76 answered:
I live in the New York Landing area of Pittsburg.. right on the Waterfront.... I have never had a problem in the area.. everyonce in a while you would hear a Ambulance or Police.. but thats over on West 10th.. The Old Town area has been renovated. A couple of new restaurants. It's a great area to be in. Close to malls and tranporation. Weather is usually great. A couple of new school additions also. ... more
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Sun Dec 1, 2013
Jaz Chand answered:
Hello Dennis, It all depends on the neighborhood, there are some areas which are more desirable in Pittsburg and only a experienced agent will know these areas. Call me for more details. ... more
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Sat Oct 12, 2013
Ernestina R Vadillo answered:
Please refer to the Police department on this area they can provide you with a police report.
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