Is This A Good Neighborhood?

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Industry Observer CalBRE #01165532

 

Is This A Good Neighborhood? 

 

Is This A Good Neighborhood?  A bit of background:  when I was a child we received two newspapers daily.  In the morning.  Then again in the afternoon.  Different opinions and points of view.  Over time I learned about those differences. 

 

I also remember "reading" the weekly issue of Pennysaver(a free printed collection of advertisements and such in a periodical format) that was delivered by mail each week to our suburban Orange County home.  It definitely gave a hyper-local perspective that was unlike anything else in those simpler times.  Not exactly "newsy" but it definitely gave an impression of what was happening in the area larger than our neighborhood but smaller than our city.   

 

As an adult and on my own, that twice a day newspaper delivery became once a day and then much later reduced to zero.  I didn't think I would ever see those days come to an end but change is definitely part of life. 

 

The other day I picked up a copy of one of the free local papers to see what was "going on".  A front page story told of a recent incident of an older gentleman in the neighborhood.  They named him and some details of the occurrence. Fortunately, he survived but it made me think.  How often have I been asked over the years:  Is this a good neighborhood?  Like you, it may be countless times. 

 

Sure, there are  answers.  It seems to be spoken in a certain language but it is for a valid and a good reason.  "Good" is subjective.  Even the word "incident" carries connotations.    Sources are cited.  Talking to neighbors may be suggested.  Driving through the area at different times of the the day too.  Things like that.  This recent "event" had me thinking... 

 

Neighborhoods change...People too....Thoughts evolve...all the time....   Pondering...still and once again....

 

The image in this post is from canstockphoto.com

 

Is This A Good Neighborhood?

 

 

Posted by

Michael Jacobs

 

CalBRE # 01165532

2065 Huntington Drive

P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

Call/Text:  818.516.4393

mtj916@gmail.com

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900 - so true and with so many things in life.

James Dray - and in some cities, the competition was more intense.  

Dec 16, 2019 05:21 AM #37
Rainmaker
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Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Michael, doesn't it seem like we live in two different worlds now? One world sees everything in blue and the other in red. I often wonder how people can see the same info and come up with two completely opposing set of "facts." Will this ever change?

Dec 16, 2019 07:28 AM #38
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael, with doing relocation, there are many times I get this question, and of course, it is the buyer's responsibility to determine that! 

Dec 16, 2019 07:42 AM #39
Rainmaker
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty - now that is a question worth pondering.  And then pondering some more...

Joan Cox - with so much information coming their way, it's understandable how relocating clients can be confused and overwhelmed.  Totally understandable.  Pointing them in a direction where answers are provided is wise.  

Dec 16, 2019 11:08 AM #42
Rainmaker
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Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

Every neighborhood has its good and bad qualities and what would be a good neighborhood for one person might not be for the next.

Dec 16, 2019 12:28 PM #43
Rainmaker
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Jane Peters - and each person will have their own opinion/definition.  

Dec 16, 2019 02:40 PM #46
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M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
MC Dwyer-Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

So much has changed over the years Michael Jacobs  .    I miss  getting the paper sometimes!   

Many things are relative to the buyers' perspective - so I too give them my perspective plus the same advice to definitely research these kinds of questions for themselves.

My own neighborhood has changed dramatically in the last 10 years I've lived here - and for the better - 2 shacks were torn down and rebuilt, (1 more in process and 2 more to go), and all of the questionable characters have moved out.     

Dec 17, 2019 08:58 AM #47
Rainmaker
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

M.C. Dwyer - it's good to see positive changes occur in neighborhoods over the years.  It is a sign of hope.  

Dec 17, 2019 09:13 AM #48
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

A good question. One that all home buyers may or should ask. The answer, however...not always reliable. You just never know. Incidents happen in all neighborhoods. 

Dec 18, 2019 11:39 AM #49
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Sharon Tara - so true.  What is important to one may not be as important to another.  Personal "research" should be a part of the "investigation" along with factors/sources.  

Dec 18, 2019 11:49 AM #50
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
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Michael:

It's a question often asked by buyers scouting out places to live, and one that no doubt means many different things to different people...those that live there and those that do not.

I can't even remember when we last had a paper delivered, but I do pick up our local, weekly Coast News (free) to read about the happenings in Carlsbad and nearby.

Jeff

 

Dec 18, 2019 01:17 PM #51
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Jeff Dowler, CRS - different things and different people --- different opinions.  You are absolutely right.  

Dec 18, 2019 05:25 PM #52
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Oh I get this question quite often, especially from out of towners!  Same thing re: " I want a good school district"  Must be very careful as to how to answer those questions and yes, I use that term subjective as well!

Dec 19, 2019 09:54 AM #53
Rainmaker
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR - both are quite subjective.  To say the least.  My opinion?  Some well-regarded source? Someone else?  

Dec 19, 2019 10:00 AM #54
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Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

I believe there is always "good" in any neighborhood, unfortunately many times the "good" can't be seen or recognized. When a prospect raises issues or concerns that could be discriminating, I always answer in the third person. Essentially, deferring to what other people have said concerning their questions, issues or concerns. Many other agents defer and direct their prospects to Google to research the neighborhood.

Dec 22, 2019 12:29 AM #55
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

 My favorite answer to that question is, "Good question;  ask the neighbors!"

Dec 27, 2019 01:12 PM #56
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Michael - somehow I missed this one. Your post had me going down memory lane. The neighborhood I grew up in is unrecognizable. We had a paper stand on the corner and that guy who sold newspapers was as popular as anyone of the main characters on the sitcom Cheers! My parents bought two papers daily too. 

Here in Flower Mound I see the local/free newspapers laying on the ends of people's driveways untouched. It's as if they are diseased and nobody wants to touch them anymore. I pick them up and wonder if anyone gets paid for the stories they write? My neighors are addicted to their own Community Neighborhood facebook edition. I don't bother to read it because it's filled with more rants than raves. In business, we  aren't allowed to form an opinion about the neighborhoods anymore. It's against the rules. Yup! lots of changes. 

Dec 30, 2019 04:13 PM #57
Rainmaker
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Kimo Jarrett - it's an issue that needs to be addressed while following any rules that may be applicable.

Jan Green - that's a third party that often can be seen while out and about when prospective buyers tour a neighborhood.  

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - unfortunately rants can be found in lots of different places.  

Dec 30, 2019 04:28 PM #58
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John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Dats a lotta ponderin' Mr. Jacobs!

Ponder this: an 11-year-old delivering newspapers to Americans living in Izmir, Turkey 1968.

I once bought a subscription to the New York Times.  It weighed about 5 lbs and took three hours to go through.  They started piling up and I finally had to cancel.  "all the news that's fit to print" must have been the oeuvre of those days.

Jan 13, 2020 07:41 AM #59
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

John Henry, Florida Architect - the "weight" of newspapers has certainly changed in recent years.  In many ways.  

Jan 13, 2020 07:49 AM #60
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