One of the most frequent requests I get from client’s is to find a home in a gated community. But how safe are gated communities compared to non-gated? Is it worth paying extra to be behind a gate? What are the pros & cons? All good questions.
When buying a home there are generally 3 options you can choose from:
1) No gate at all 2) Gated with remote control access 3) Guard gated
1) No Gate (Safe) - The community is wide open with no barrier and open access to residents and strangers alike. The risk is pretty obvious.
2) Gated (Safer) - These communities have an electronic gate which you can open via remote control or by entering a gate code. These days many of these communities also have a video surveillance system to monitor who’s coming and going.
3) Guard Gated (Safest) - These communities have the highest level of security and monitoring. If you live there you get a transponder to get through the resident line. If you don’t live there you have to show your ID and state the purpose of your visit. If you’re visiting a resident they can put you on the list to speed things up.
Your HOA fee will be higher as you go up in the community levels. Regardless of which of these types of communities you live in, at the end of the day the safety of your home comes down to you taking precautions and properly securing your home with tools like an alarm, surveillance cameras, etc. Don’t let a gated community give you a false sense of security.
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About the author:
Suki Sodhi has been a Realtor for over 22 years and runs a leading real estate group in the greater Las Vegas/Henderson area. His group and his efforts have resulted in over 1,500 homes sold over the past 10 years. While he runs a successful real estate business, his true passion lies in empowering and educating clients in the home buying and selling process. Suki also speaks nationally to fellow real estate agents on helping them improve their businesses as well as to clients to help them navigate through the home buying and selling process.