Is Bonfoy Ave in a safe area for families??

Asked by Gillian Nickens, Fountain, CO Sat Nov 24, 2012

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Jennifer Hilb, Home Owner, Colorado Springs, CO
Sat Jan 12, 2013
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NO! It most definitely is not!
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Brian L. A.…, Agent, Colorado Springs, CO
Mon Nov 26, 2012
Hi Again Gillian :o)

Well that's a horse of a different color as your profile says you're from Fountain so I just assumed you were able to fly around...your arms would get pretty tired flying from Germany...lol.

I spent 2 years in Germany while serving in the U.S. Army and the weeks leading up to Christmas was one of my favorite times of year, Octoberfest being another, with the Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg and the magical winters in Bavaria.

With my use of technology, I've enabled many of my military clients (See My Testimonials Here: http://www.BrianWess.com/ClientTestimonials) to actually purchase a home while deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and other duty stations overseas...some without ever visiting the property in person prior to the pre-closing walk-through .

As a Veteran, Certified Residential Specialist (http://www.brianwess.com/CRS) and Accredited Buyer Representative (http://www.brianwess.com/ABR), I specialize in Military Relocations and would be happy to speak with you via Skype or even phone to discuss your wants and needs so I can then design your own personalized home search website linked REAL TIME with our local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) that searches through ALL the available listed properties that meet your specific criteria.

I also have many neighborhood videos that provide my deployed and out of country clients a very general idea of what they can expect. Once you identify a few properties you like, if the listing agents supplied pictures and virtual tour are inadequate for you to get a good idea of what the home and neighborhood is like, I preview it for you and take additional pictures and video to help you make your decision. In addition, I use electronic contracts and various other technologies that make the home purchase experience as simple and stress free as possible.

If I can be of assistance with your PCS, please feel free to call upon me

Best Regards
Brian L. A. Wess
Realtor®, Broker Owner
CRS, CDPE, GRI, ABR, ASR, CSR, CNS, SFR, e-PRO
Military Relocation, Residential & Investment Specialist
Infinite Horizons Realty - Metro Brokers
Colorado Springs, CO
Direct: 719-528-6672
Web: BrianWess.com
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Brian L. A.…, Agent, Colorado Springs, CO
Sat Nov 24, 2012
Hi Gillian

Federal Equal Housing Opportunity Laws prevent Real Estate Professionals from "Steering" people to or from specific areas and the long and short is that no one can determine how much crime may be too much for you...only you can do that.

This is why I recommend to my clients that they drive the neighborhood surrounding a property they are interested in at least twice...once during the day and once in the evening...and look for how the other properties in the neighborhood are kept and as well as to determine if there are any aspects you aren't comfortable with.

Also check the crime information reported by the CSPD & El Paso Sheriff's Office available at http://www.MyNeighborhoodUpdate.net and http://www.crimereports.com/ as well as at the CSPD (http://www.springsgov.com/sectionindex.aspx?sectionid=12) and El Paso Sheriff's Office Websites (http://shr.elpasoco.com/). Once you have determined the properties you would like to schedule a showing on to see the interiors for yourself, you can feel free to contact me to schedule a showing time.

Best Regards
Brian L. A. Wess
Realtor®, Broker Owner
CRS, CDPE, GRI, ABR, ASR, CSR, CNS, SFR, e-PRO
Direct: 719-528-6672
Web: BrianWess.com
COLORADO REAL ESTATE...DONE RIGHT!â„¢
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Kevin Olson,…, Agent, Colorado Springs, CO
Tue Jan 15, 2013
I can't tell you about crime, but I can tell you that homes in the area show much better in daylight.
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Robert McGui…, Agent, Denver, CO
Sat Dec 15, 2012
Gillian,

This is a good question, but unfortunately we as Realtors are not allowed by law to comment on the safety of a certain neighborhood. But there are several websites that will address the crime statistics in a neighborhood you may be interested in. This is one - http://j.mp/RbnugZ . Best of success with your search for the right home and area.

Robert McGuire ASR
Realtor/Consultant
Your Castle Real Estate
Direct - 303-669-1246
http://about.me/robertmcguire33
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Pamela Weath…, Agent, Colorado Springs, CO
Mon Nov 26, 2012
Gillian,
Looks like you have received good advice. I specialize as a buyers agent. One thing I do for my buyers from out of state is to take videos for them of the home and the neighborhood. No this doesn't give you details about the crime rating but it does give you a feel of what the neighborhood looks like. I have some other resources for you to talk to that can help you find out more about crime in different neighborhoods. Visit my web site at http://www.ColoradoSpringsBestRealEstate.com for the most up to date information on homes for sell in the Colorado Springs neighborhood. Call me at 719-661-8672 or email me at pamela@pamelashomes so I can share with you how important it is to have a Buyers Agent work for you and how it doesn't cost you anything. A buyers agent has your best interest in mind, where as a sellers agent is looking at for the best interest of the seller. Thank you for serving our country. I would love to serve you now in making your move as stress free as possible.
Thanks,
Pamela Weatherford
Keller Williams Clients Choice
719-661-8672
Soli Deo Gloria
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Gillian Nick…, Both Buyer And Seller, Fountain, CO
Mon Nov 26, 2012
I would love to drive through the community, speak directly to the police station, and talk to the neighbors, but unfortunately we are PCSing from Germany in May so I don't have that option. I plan on calling the police station, and wanted some opinions from local community members. We have two small children and there was a shooting 6 blocks from where we are looking...curious if this was a fluke or a rather normal occurence. Thank you for all of your answers, We also don't have an agent yet so this is something I will definitely speak to them about. Thanks again
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Michael Gumu…, Agent, Colorado Springs, CO
Mon Nov 26, 2012
Hi Gillian,
Brian Wess has given you the best possible advise. He is completely right on all points. Only thing I would add to his remarks that I insist my Buyers do before writing an offer is knocking on the neighbors door on each side of you and if need be behind the home your considering. Neighbors love to brag and complain about their neighbors. This also gives you a small glimpse to who might be your neighbor. Remember you can pick a home but not your neighbors...
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Tiffany Phil…, Agent, Elizabeth, CO
Sat Nov 24, 2012
Gillian, My "safe" and your "safe" may be two different things so my suggestion to all of my clients is; if that is important to you (and it should be) I would suggest that you call the local police station and ask them to email you a report for that area. They will usually go back as far as you want or be as specific as you would like. If I can help you further please don't hesitate to call or email me. Good luck in finding the perfect home.
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Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Sat Nov 24, 2012
When it comes to any safety/crime related issues, it's always best to contact the local police department with all your questions, hear all there is to hear firsthand. If unfamiliar with the area(s) do revisit more than once and at different times of day, possibly chat with locals/neighbors. Real estate professionals are prohibited from steering, enticing a buyer to purchase/rent, or not, in specific neighborhoods.
http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/
https://www.crimereports.com/
http://www.homefair.com/
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Ralph Lechner, Agent, Colorado Springs, CO
Sat Nov 24, 2012
Hi Gillian,
My sister owns a home at 1020 N. Bonfoy, and my daughter lives in the 2200 block of Bonfoy and neither one has had any problems.
Call me at 719-233-7733 if you have any other questions.
Thanks Ralph Lechner
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Cathia Bell, Agent, Colorado Springs, CO
Sat Nov 24, 2012
I think it's a decent area. Anywhere you live these days, you have to take safety precautions for yourself and loved ones. I have a few homes available on that street and in that area for purchase - let me know if you would like to take and look at any of them.

Thanks,
Cathia
719-291-4676
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David Gibson, Agent, Colorado Springs, CO
Sat Nov 24, 2012
Colorado Springs police report shots fired, multiple thefts from vehicles, multiple disturbances, a hit and run call for service, and more “activity” in the 700 block of Bonfoy over the past year.

Law enforcement web sites also show at least 3 sex offenders within a half a dozen blocks. Only you can make the call if that meets your definition of safe.

There are safety risks inside homes that may pose a greater threat than outsiders.

I would be happy to help you assess potential risks inside and outside a house.
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