08-26-2011 04:06 PM
We as agents cannot promote "safe" areas here in Arizona. However, I can provide you with a link you can use to do your own research in areas throughout The Valley of the Sun!
This is a fantastic resource, which puts a wealth of knowledge literally, right at your fingertips! It comes from one of our Title Companies here in Arizona - First American Home & Title Company. I hope you find it useful, and if you should have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me, I'd be delighted to help in any way I can.
My Warmest Regards,
08-28-2011 08:01 PM
Hi Peggy: Realtors are useless in our PC society. I lived in the area for years, had to move because of my job, and am planning to move back within a few years. Gilbert, Queen Creek are both very nice and safe areas. There is a inexpensive site you can use to check all neighborhoods in the US for safety and other information. It is "neighborhoodscout.com" If you need to know anything aobut the East Valley of Phoenix, feel free to email me: email@example.com. Good luck in your venture. Joel
08-28-2011 09:45 PM
Hi & Good Evening,
I'm sorry you feel that way Joel. Realtors are not "useless," we are just as helpful as the next person. However, because of the nature of our profession and the endless opportunities to face lawsuits, we must err on the side of caution. It is part of the Real Estate Commission's rules that Realtors may not promote either "safe," or "un-safe" areas - and for very good reasons. Aside from the obvious dictionary definitions, not everyone has the same definition of "safe," or "un-safe." There are so many variables in an individual's life, and life-style that would determine their own in-depth definition.
I provided an excellent resource for a buyer (or renter) to utilize in doing their own due diligence research - something I highly recommend all buyers (or renters) do when moving to a new city, or state. Prior to my becoming a licensed Realtor here in Arizona, I was personally provided a similar link by my then Realtor, which I was very grateful to have had, especially considering my cross-country move, and not knowing Arizona at all. It was worth its weight in gold, and helped me to decide which areas to focus my home search in. Because of this information, I settled in Gilbert. I love it there on so many levels. And, the decision I made was based solely on the comfort level attained by doing the research myself, and not having had to rely on someone else's definition of what I was looking for. If I ended up unhappy in my new location, there was no one to blame but myself, and no one could lose their license based on my decision.
I hope you both find an area you love just as much as I do. If I can be of any further help, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Have a super rest of your summer .. here's to fall!
08-29-2011 06:31 AM
Deb: Sorry for the poor choice of words in my reply to the other lady. I know you are NOT "useless". That came out wrong. I also realize that it is not your fault that you folks cannot recommend a particular area to a buyer. I do feel that is unfortunate however, since most realtors know which neighborhoods and houseing subdivisions are safe (that definition is fairly standard - low crime rates) and which ones are not. Joel Ashenbaum
08-29-2011 07:37 AM
Thanks Joel - apology accepted. I wish we could give an opinion as well, but that is not the case. That being said, we do our best to be as informative as we can without jeopardizing our jobs. Have a super week! My Best, Deb Dewees
09-09-2011 01:02 PM
Hi, In my opinion and due to my personal preference as a retiree; I would recommed looking for a 55+ (ADULT) community. There are several nice areas in Mesa, Chandler, Sun City, Sun City West, Sun Lakes, etc. Keep an eye out whether the the HOA dues are mandatory or voluntary and what the costs are, if any. Most of these communities offer activities & clubs (for a small example: billards, golf, crafts, swimming, biking, hiking, tennis, bingo, cards, fitness, etc., entertainment and special events, dances, etc. Some are gated, some are not. Some have a security patrol. For me I'd never live anywhere else because cutting out the skateboards, playing in the middle of the street, grafitti, boom boxes, drug dealing, loitering teens, fighting, screaming, and reckless driving (inside the community) is what I was looking for. I've raised my kids and now I'm retired enjoying peace and quiet and when I want to do activites or socialize, it's all right here!
09-28-2011 05:02 AM
How about up the valley in Payson or Strawberry. Nice and quiet and safe there, Plus they have all the amenities there. A
Hospital, which is free if you cannot afford to pay!! Super markets, yet you're only minutes from the High Country...
09-28-2011 05:06 AM
You are absolutely correct Debs, It's not that you cannot say which is safe or unsafe, it's because you are not allowed to.
Kind of like you cannot advertise jobs for a certain race of people...You'd be fighting law suits all the time...