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Tue Nov 18, 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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Sat Oct 26, 2013
Ruth and Perry Mistry answered:
Hi Brenda

Thanks for your question, and regret to hear about the erroneous
Data on the sale of your home, that actually did not happen.

Call the Customer Service folks during business hours at 888-626-6931

And they will gladly handle your issue.

Good luck.
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Tue Jul 17, 2012
Kari Shea answered:
Hi Margie,

Hopefully you reached someone with the property management company.


Mark & Kari Shea
Shea Real Estate
Serving Greater San Diego
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Fri May 20, 2011
Daniel Lehman answered:
Hey Ron,

If it is debt to income thats one issue... If you are JUST asking about closing costs, the absolute easiest way to go about it is to have the seller pay closing costs... Negotiate it into the terms of the contract...

It might take a higher offer, but as long as it appraises, you are good...

(ie: 100K price with 6K closing costs might be an offer of 106K with 6K closing costs paid by seller)
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Wed Nov 28, 2007
Mike Lewis answered:

Excellent Question!

Prices have dropped in San Diego. In an area where the average price is $750,000 it doesn’t necessarily tell me that homes priced at $175,000 or $300,000 are a good deal. There are many other factors to consider. These two homes could be much smaller and less desirable than most of the other homes in the neighborhood so they could seem like their priced low. Why don’t you email me the 2 addresses and I’ll do a Market Analysis for you free of charge.

If you need help finding a new home visit our web site

Mike Lewis eHomeConnect Agent
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