I love this home, but…

by singlemomseeking on April 22, 2009

Buying a home in the San Francisco Bay Area can be very competitive experience that often ends with what we call all-out “bidding wars.”

Open houses are swarming with folks, and eying each other with looks that say, It’s mine.

This week, I felt like I’d found the perfect home. It has been re-done from top to bottom, including a new roof, a new foundation, new wooden floors, high-end appliances, a huge landscaped backyard. I love this house:


Yes, this is a real picture of it, and I’ve been inside three times in the past five days — with my kid.

When she walked into this house — with my agent and me — she paused and said: “I like it.”

The agent burst out laughing. “Well, you’re certainly a girl who knows what you like, aren’t you?”

So, what’s the problem?

I went to look at the house tonight and something didn’t feel safe. Back with my laptop, I looked up the local crime report. In the past three months, there have been numerous assaults, robberies, and narcotics incidents in the surrounding blocks.

To further freak myself out, I checked out the organization “Megan’s Law” for my first time: a sex offender lives one block from this home, on this street.

I’m so disappointed. The home is in my price range. I can get a good alarm — and a big dog. If I want to make an offer, it’s due tomorrow night at 6 p.m. sharp. Help.

Fortunately, I have an expert to turn to: Dr. Leah Klungness has bought more than one home solo, and she’s here to share her invaluable experience.

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