Many people are deciding to make the big move from the Bay Area to the Greater Sacramento region. If you’re thinking about making this transition, here are a few things to consider.
Which City is Right for You? – The cities up north are as diverse as the people who live in them. Sacramento is more urban and has a vibrant nightlife, a diverse food culture, and plentiful cultural activities. However, as with all urban areas, traffic can be a beast and the most desirable and established neighborhoods can cost well over a million dollars.
Now if you look just to the south of Sacramento, you’ll find Elk Grove which is a bursting suburbia. New build communities are sprouting up all over and these ready to build homes start in the low $300,000s and go up to around the high $700,000s.
Just to the southwest of Sacramento you’ll find Davis which is an awesome little college town. Their downtown has custom shops, house made ice cream cafes, and delicious places to sample dishes from around the world.
Travel past Sacramento up north and you’ll find Lincoln, Rocklin, and Roseville, which are all great suburban towns. There are spots that are close to strip malls, chain restaurants, and new build communities, but you’ll also find custom homes spread out with a country-like feel. To the east of these cities is Folsom and El Dorado Hills that have more hills (hence the name) of the previous cities and have lush trees and amazing trails to explore.
What’s Your Budget? – As you can see from the Elk Grove price points, the Greater Sacramento region and Placer County offer a plethora of options. Many times new builds are cheaper or the equivalent to established homes, however the lots are usually smaller and there may be additional fees such as Homeowners Association (HOA) or Mello-Roos. Early in 2021, many buyers are finding that resale homes and inventory are sparse, so new builds are probably the easiest option.
Find the Right Real Estate Agent – Here’s a challenge for you: spend ten minutes a day for three days searching for homes in the area you’re interested in relocating to. You’ll find that as soon as a home goes on the market, a pending notification will soon follow. If you own a home and are selling it, you’ll need an experienced agent who can sort through multiple offers and abide by COVID restrictions during open houses to keep you and your family safe. If you’re buying a home, a real estate agent can help you to determine the additional fees for a new build and what the real cost will be.
Moving is a scary and intimidating experience, but partnering with the right real estate agent can make all the difference. Choose a Rick Fuller Team agent – they work as specialists to ensure you get top dollar for your home, they live in the Bay Area and Sacramento so they know both sides of the move, and as a team they work together to ensure every part of the process is done right. Call them today!