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Crime & Safety in San Ramon : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Aug 13, 2012
The Medford Team answered:
As stated below, you can ask questions in writing and have the seller answer them. Not only is an agent not allowed to “steer” you, they also cannot provide second party information that they have not personally verified. Let me give you an example:

The neighbors in a specific community knew that one of the neighbors had been accused of child molestation by one of his children. However, the individual had never been convicted. He was, however, “fully convicted” in the neighborhood court of public opinion. An agent listed the home immediately next door the “purported” child molester. The agent was aware of the allegations, but, since the individual in question had no verified criminal record, could not disclose anything one way or another. To do so would have been hearsay or even slander and would have made the agent liable for legal proceedings.

To get around this, you can ask the seller any questions you wish, including neighborhood safety, problems with neighbors, etc. As suggested below, you can also check Megan’s Law websites, local crime web pages such as http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/ca/san-ramon/crime/ and more. Ironically, the answers you get from the seller may not be indicative of the overall neighborhood – everyone has personal opinions based on personal experience. As an example, I live in a very nice neighborhood but had a motorcycle stolen out of my driveway.
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Wed Aug 6, 2008
Bernard Gibbons answered:
Check the crime statistics! Homes near jails are pretty safe! The inmates are locked up! It really as no effect on real estate vaues.

Take a look at homes near San Quentin. This is a prison that harbors some of the most hardened criminals in California. Low crime rate and high home values. Not a lot to be concerned about IMNSHO.

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