http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/feature?section=news&id=6747727Here is just one of many links. If this doesn't help it is best if you ask your local police for their website, for neighborhood crime rating. Good luck to you!
Pools don't always add value. This is a personal choice, But do keep this in mind when purchasing a house make sure there is enough land to add a pool for future sale of the home. The next buyer may want to add a pool.
In my opinion it is always better to rent for 6 months to a year when moving into a new area.Once you have established yourself and your family in the community you will have a better idea of what part of town your permanent location should be.If all your interest are on the north side of town why would you want live on the south side of town?
Best advise is to contact an experience agentWhen it comes to Foreclosers REO (bank owned) and need repair properties It is " Buyer beware"Once you decide on an agent make your best offer, make sure you have a inspection clause in your contract. Most of these properties are purchased " AS IS" then be patient wait to see if the offer is accepted. Once offer is accepted get your inspections done within the stated time frame.I always tell my buyer to begin the inspection process with the most expensive repairs no need to pay for any further inspections if the roof is falling in unless you are a roofer or ok with that?