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.