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In My Neighborhood in 94604 : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Jun 15, 2012
Christopher Pagli answered:
Hi, Agents are prohibited by license laws from talking about safety in a neighborhood. We can be the source of the source though. You can visit www.HomeFair.com and click on the city reports section for in-depth crime stats and area demographics. Other options are www.spotcrime.com and calling the local police dept.

Christopher Pagli
Accredited Buyer Representative
Licensed Associate Broker
William Ravesi Legends Realty Group
914.406.9023
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Fri Mar 1, 2013
Ellen Lynch answered:
Hi Marie,

I don't live on Redding Pl but know it. Much of Maxwell Park is considered safer than a lot of places. I would be more concerned about noise and crime at the Foothill end of the area than MacArthur, but I understand your very valid concerns.

I've lived in Oakland for thirty five years, all east of the lake. Oakland neighborhoods are somewhat block by block as you suggested .. You may well have a really great stretch or area, such as the heart of Maxwell Park..but then you hit the busy streets, or problem areas. It is easy to make generalities about some areas, but we have to be careful, and there are often great pockets unknown to many people.

I find over and over that what works best for prospective home buyers to get the info to feel comfortable are these basic steps;
1. Check out the city of Oakland crime map, www.oaklandnet.com.. (will have to link on after getting to that site, but the city site is very useful for related.. while on that site, check out the neighborhood watch and block groups, such as the NCPCs.
2. I strongly suggest going to the local crimewatch meetings.. these are often the NCPCs, or block clubs..(the city site will have links to these). Weekly meetings are held and the local beat cop or Problem Solving Officer is there. You can find everything out about the crime and safety issues in that "beat" and neighborhood, and meet concerned and involved neighbors. You can learn a lot about your prospective neighbors and how they feel about where they live. Maxwell Park has a strong NCPC and yahoo group presence. Most neighborhoods in Oakland have yahoo group listserves where crime issues are talked about as well as school info, positive community info..events, potlucks etc..
3. If you are interested in a particular house, talk to the neighbors on that block and around there. I find neighbors to be overall very helpful..they will often tell you how they really feel about a block, for better and for worse! Don't be shy..go talk to them! You can't beat hearing about a neighborhood from the people who actually live there.
Good luck!
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Wed Apr 24, 2013
Nancy Copeland answered:
Hi NIck,

It depends on what you are looking for as to what the best is. if you would like walkability to restaurants and stores the closer to Telegraph or 40th is best. If you want a more residential area Lawton and Webster are quieter streets. If you need to be within a BART station, the are around 41st and along 40th are a better location.

Price range is a factor as well. Fortunately Temescal has a variety of condos and single family homes to choose from with all the other amenities of the rapidly changing area. It's a vibrant neighborhood.

Best,

Nancy
510 612-2441
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Tue Feb 4, 2014
Kamal Randhawa answered:
Hello Gannon,

It is unethical for us as real estate agents to comment on the safety or such issues of any area but here is a very good site that can assist you in finding out what the crime rates are in any area or such. Please let me know if you would like to receive a list of homes that are available in this area or if you would like to view something in person that you are already interested in.

http://www.crimemapping.com/map.aspx
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Tue Jun 14, 2011
Anna M Brocco answered:
If you click on the listing information, the listing agent's name and contact number should show up...
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Fri Jun 3, 2011
Michelle Lang answered:
Hi Noemi, if you are thinking of moving to the neighborhood, you might want to first try talking to some of the neighbors to see if there is already a Neighborhood Watch started and maintained. If so, you should be able to learn when meetings take place so you can become involved with this group.

You can also contact the Oakland Police Department and ask to talk to the community relations officer who is responsible for the Havenscourt (neighborhood watch). That officer will suggest how you can proceed
and discuss the crime and disorder problems that you will have to deal with.

If there is not already a Neighborhood Watch group formed, again this is a good time to talk to your neighbors to see if there is interest is starting one. Tell them about the benefits of a program and the problems to be addressed. Ask about convenient times and places for the first meeting. Be sure to mention that Neighborhood Watch does not require frequent meetings or personal risks, and that a (community relations officer) will be invited to the first meeting to answer questions.

Hope this helps, Be well and safe.
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Tue May 31, 2011
The Medford Team answered:
Pwang:

While I understand the desire to know the specific makeup of any given neighborhood, Realtors are forbidden by our code of ethics to answer this type of question. The concept of providing information about any ethnic makeup is covered in the Fair Housing Act – providing information is called “steering” – and is not allowed.

To better understand this idea, see the following post:

NO STEERING ALLOWED: 3 Important Facts To Know As A Buyer
http://www.trulia.com/blog/carl_medford/2010/03/no_steering_allowed_3_important_facts_to_know_as_a_buyer
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Sat Jan 15, 2011
Trish Grima answered:
Judith, I recommend looking for a good block with great neighbors. It could be on the west side, Millsmont, Allendale, Melrose, Havenscourt, Dogtown...just about any part of town. The nieghbors, preferably homeowners, are the key. ... more
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Sat Oct 2, 2010
Bill & Elijah Fletcher answered:
Thu Aug 12, 2010
Johny Chu answered:
there has a beauty lake for people bbq, walking and boating.
Also, there has good shopping area, gas station, supermarket, and many restaurant too.
It is close to freeway 580, 880 and 13 for good transportation, and have bus stop 1 to go china town within 5 minutes. ... more
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Tue Aug 11, 2009
Kappy Mann and Jennifer Boehm answered:
Ken, you might check with the assessor in your county. I have heard that lately they are just offering a reduction. In any event they will know what proof of depreciation will be required for your particular property. -- I guess that would be the Assessor in Alameda county. You will need your assessor's parcel number which is on your tax bill. Good Luck! ... more
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Fri Jul 24, 2009
Dallas Texas answered:
a) how do you know there are 20 offers? Many listing agents will mislead state they have 100's offers submitted get mine in NOW ... WHEN there are no offers.
Direct link of a my blog post about subject matter: http://activerain.com/blogsview/1145775/are-you-one-of-those-game-playing-listing-agents-

b) Why would you purchase a home in area you don't know?

c) Buyers agent best resource for any and all of your questions.

National Featured Realtor and Consultant, Mortgage Loan Officer, Credit Repair Lecturer
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Thu Feb 26, 2009
Pacita Dimacali answered:
Sometimes, the sales price is NOT the market value of the property, but rather what was the balance of the loan or lien on the property. That could be the amount in default, or the unpaid taxes --- and when the redemption period has expired, it is sold at a trustee sale or at auction.

The same property may be listed for sale at another time at the current market value (or however much a buyer is willing to pay for it), and result in a substantial profit for the person (or entity) who bought it at the low price of $20K.

Also...you will find that some sites show properties as foreclosed when in fact, they may have received a Notice of Default (for the amount that is being shown as the foreclosed $). They have time to make payments to be current, go for either loan modification or short sale, and maybe even choose Deed in lieu of foreclosure or bankruptcy to save themselves the embarrassment of being evicted.
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Fri Aug 15, 2008
Lisa Cartolano Ellen Diamond answered:
Hi Mary,

Do you think you could provide some more information? Are you looking for the number of homes sold in 94611 before March 11th 2008 or are you looking at a specific property?

Thanks,

Lisa

Lisa Cartolano
Alain Pinel Realtors
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Fri Oct 1, 2010
Ailynne PeBenito answered:
If you are concern with a specific city this website might help you:
http://www.cityrating.com/crimestatistics.asp
But if you want a specific street address or even a property you might want to contact the police department and they will direct to the department that give out crime stats by street and property. Some might charge a minimal fee but some police offices don't but it would take about 1weeks to 2 weeks tentatively to get the report.
By the way if you are looking for a rental property check craigslist but if your interested in purchasing a home in east bay do contact me via email at ailynnep@windermere.com
I will email you listings within your preference. Good Luck
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