Dear Mr. Steiner:
I saw your web site and it scared me. I am considering buying a house that's near the corner of Rimwood and Burlwood. The home owner told me two houses down the hill from her were red tagged in 1993, but she stated her house did not sustain any damage. We are currently in escrow and I had a geologist friend look at volume #1 of the Anaheim landslide report. He said the wells are probably helping, but he personally would not move there. I called the City and they told me the area has not had any movement in the past 5 years. Some neighbors on Rimwood said they have not had any movement either.
Based on your website, I assume you are the expert. What is your opinion? Would my house be an accident waiting to happen? I am paying market price, so there is no benefit. I would appreciate any help or insight that you could share.
Editor's Reply: You can't believe the City of Anaheim. They have no conscience whatsoever. Whoever at the City told you that the area has not had any movement in the past 5 years is either stupid or a liar -- probably both! During my deposition at the offices of Rutan & Tucker, the City of Anaheim attorneys showed me actual photos of new landslide movement! These Anaheim City Officials are just as corrupt today as the day when they first approved the construction of thousands of homes on a known landslide.
Obviously, you can't believe the Realtors. They have been sued for non-disclosure for decades, yet to this very day, they, as a group, refuse to disclose the landslides that threaten all of the residents of Anaheim Hills. Why should they kill sales when only people's lives are at stake?
But you can believe your friend, the geologist: And he says he wouldn't buy there. Why ask for a problem? Why risk your life savings as I and my neighbors did -- unknowingly.
The difference is that now you know. Think of your family and their safety!
At a recent meeting of Anaheim's landslide victims, one of my neighbors mentioned that, after five years of trying to sell his landslide home, he had finally found a prospective buyer and that his home was in escrow. A week later the prospective buyer contacted my neighbor and told him he was backing out of the purchase. The geologist he had hired to inspect the landslide hazard probabilities had advised him against making the purchase because of the risks involved.
Even at distressed prices, a home is never a bargain if you and your family never live to enjoy it!