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Tue Feb 25, 2014
John Arendsen answered:
I've been seeing an inordinate amount of these questions popping up on Trulia in recent weeks. As I've said on the other threads I've commented on there's absolutely no way of guaranteeing that any neighborhood will have little or especially NO CRIME.

We're living in a very different time and place today. Unlike anytime since possibly the Great Depression we are living in very volatile socio economic times everywhere in America as well as most places in the World.

What with dynamics like poverty, homelessness, unemployment, illegal immigration and shear desperation it's clearly obvious why crime is on the rise everywhere. What were once considered very safe and secure upscale neighborhoods are now viable high value targets for those who wish to prey on them.

I've livee in a very laid back, low key semi rural North San Diego country neighborhood for the past 33 years. During that time we've never locked the doors on our cars or homes and we've always left our bicycles out unlocked.

In the past several months we've had an influx of multi-family or multi-tenant renters moving into several of the single family residents that have come up for rent throughout our neighborhood. Sometimes there are as many as a dozen old cars and trucks parked in the driveways and on the streets.

Common sense has to tell you that these folks aren't the most financially privileged or steadily employeed. Hence, lot's of folks are hungry and desperate to pay the rent so voila our once very safe and quiet neighborhoods become not so safe and secure.

As a result we've seen a dramatic increase in break-ins and burglaries. Fortunetley there has been no violent crime. Just folks stealing bicycles, lawn mowers & myriad garden tools or anything of value that's not secured. We even have a neighbor who's had 4 chickens stolen in the past month. Duh........ya think they might be hungry?

So we took measures into our own hands and with the help of local law enforcement we've facilitated a NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH PROGRAM. Since the signs have gone up and we've installed or activated existing security systems and video cameras and our buddies at the Sheriff's Dept have been making their presence known and we've all been keeping in touch with one another and notifying one another when we'll be out of town things have really calmed down. In fact there have been no incidents in the past couple of months.

So the long and short of it is that there is no totally safe and secure way of keeping your neighborhood free of crime. The best thing you can do is become involved in your community and stay aware of the folks who live around you.
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Fri Aug 30, 2013
Shirley Smith answered:
I know several families who have lived in Gardena for over 25 years and they have had no crime problems. Gardena is like any other area, it changes from 1 block to the next. You can google the police ratings.

As an agent one thing I know for sure, the buyer is the only person who can determine if an area is okay with them or not.

Shirley A. Smith
BRE# 01496590
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Wed Apr 20, 2011
Michael Magaw answered:
Are you comfortable with the violent crime, but not the property crime? Or vice versa?

I do not think that any agent would attempt to specific answer about crime stats. Contact the Gardena Police Department and they should be able to answer your questions. ... more
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Fri Jan 21, 2011
Tass answered:
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Wed Jun 2, 2010
Dorene Slavitz answered:
Dear Marycestrada,
Talk to an Agent who can help to to find suitable properties and who is not afraid to work with the seller and their agent to present a lease to purchase proposal to them. Once you identify a property you will need to
hire a real estate lawyer to draw the documents and explain your rights, including those of possession and default consequences. The property might be encumbered by underlying loans that contain alienation clauses, giving the lender the right to accelerate the loans upon sale.

. Agents are not always involved in the exercise of lease options. if you have retained real estate agent representation, you still need a real estate lawyer. Agents are not lawyers and cannot give legal advice.
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Sat Mar 27, 2010
Ron Rovtar answered:
HI Monica:

This could be a case where a lawyer is the best answer. Laws vary from state to state, but a good attorney will know if a restraining order is called for, if it is better to discuss this with the landlord or if the police can be convinced to do more.

Ron Rovtar
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Tue Feb 17, 2009
Natalee Thurston answered:
Dear Roxy,

First question is, for what reason are your getting an appraisal? For instance, if is for a Relocation and you have a "Buyout" with your Relocation company then is usually looking for a quick sale and if the foreclosed properties are true comparable's, except for the fact they were foreclosed. Then, I can see why they would use them. ( Quick Sale ) Usually in an appraisal, they should use true comparable sales and note if it was a distressed or foreclosed property. Then again, if those are the only Sales in the area, then that is why they would have to use them. I would call the Company that you paid to appraise your home and ask them to go through it with you and to answer all of those questions. If the appraisal was for a Sale that you have on your home and it came in low.....I hope that it was not FHA or VA for the Buyers financing, those I believe stay with the property for 6 months . ... more
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