Why You Should Purchase Your Next Home In Elk Grove, CA...

Real Estate Agent with Cooper & Associates Real Estate


Let me start off by congratulating you on your honorable discharge.  As a Marine, I know how you feel about getting out and looking for your first home outside of military housing.  It can be intimidating.  Believe me, I felt the same way when my wife and I bought our first home.  But what I found was due to the current market, you are in a much better position to utilize your VA benefits than I was.  When we purchased our home, we had a difficult time finding a seller to cooperate with the VA terms so we ended up with a conventional loan.  Nowadays, there are many motivated sellers that may be willing to accept such terms.  Before I go too much into that, let me explain why Elk Grove, CA would be a great fit for you.


Basically, you have a lot of homes to choose from!  Elk Grove CA is distinguished by three zip codes; 95624, 95757 and 95758Elk Grove is located 15 miles south of Downtown Sacramento and was originally established as a hotel stop.  Elk Grove was incorporated as a city in 2000 and was on the list of the 10 fastest growing cities in the nation in 2006.  Located in Sacramento county, Elk Grove also known as Elk Grove/Laguna is approximately 92 miles east of San Francisco, approximately 2 hours west of Lake Tahoe, 3 hours southwest of Reno, NV and 380 miles north of Los Angeles.  With shopping centers located along Elk Grove Blvd, Laguna Blvd/Bond Rd and the proposed 1.2 Million Square Foot regional mall at Kammerer Rd and Hwy 99, places to shop is never scarce.  Elk Grove also boasts of having the reputation of one of the best school districts in the state.  The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) students regularly score above the state average as a whole.  Also, the veteran community in Elk Grove is very strong.  The VFW Post 2073 and the Marine Corps League Elk Grove Detachment #1238 are very involved in the community and community events.

Veterans Day Parade

Elk Grove CA has 1385 Active listings as of September 1, 2007 between the three zip codes.  Let me repeat that.  One thousand, three hundred and eighty five ACTIVE listings!  These homes in Elk Grove were built from 1880 to brand new construction.  Prices range from $150,000 for a 2 BD/1BA condo all the way up to $2,195,000 for a 2800 SqFt home on a 30.93 acre lot. 

If you had your heart set on a condo, I would definitely recommend either of these communities, since the incentives that they're offering are very tempting.  Let me tell you about these awesome communities.



The Jasmine Condominiums is a community of distinct, loft-style condos in the Franklin Reserve Neighborhood of Elk Grove.  Jasmine is centrally located, with easy access to shopping and freeways. Prices start in the high $200,000s, with four one-and two-bedroom floor plans ranging in size from 1,185 square feet to 1,728 square feet.  Amenities include a 24-hour fitness center, pool/spa, gated access, attached garage, and upgraded appliances as well as granite countertops at no extra charge.


Somerfield Condos


The Somerfield Condominiums feature a resort type living environment.  Somerfield is located less than a mile away from Interstate 5 and very close to shopping centers.  Prices start in the high $100,000s, with a one, two or three bedroom floor plan.  Amenities include a fitness center, pool/spa, gated access, pool table in the clubhouse, and a theater room, open for up to 10 residents and/or their guests.




I know you had mentioned that you were very interested in a condo, but with the vast selection and surplus of homes for sale in Elk Grove, if we could find you a single family home for about the same price or a little more than a condo, would you be open to viewing them?  For example, here is a three-bedroom, two-bathroom, 1179 sqft that's listed at $289,900.  There are much more just like this one.  Let me know if this interests you.


Whenever you are ready to move forward, my team and I are ready to step up and find you the best possible deal!  Although you are free to use whomever you are most comfortable with, I would still like to recommend the following professionals as I have successfully worked with them in the past.

Norm Schriever of Streamline Funding is an awesome loan officer.  He will do his best to earn your business as well as overlook your VA paperwork to ensure its accuracy and make sure it is the best deal available to you.  You can view Norm's blog and contact information here.

My escrow team at Old Republic Title Company in Elk Grove is top-notch!  They are very accommodating and will answer any questions that you may have.  Feel free to contact them at 916.714.1998.

Although a home inspection is not required, I highly recommend a home inspection by a professional home inspector.  When we find your perfect home, I would definitely recommend Jeff Schweldhelm with Pillar To Post.  He is very thorough and will check over 1000 individual items in the home.  Here's a link to his website.

As you can see, I try to position myself as the area expert.  I post monthly market reports on the area to help buyers and sellers monitor the values of homes in Elk Grove.  Here are a few of my blogs that I posted regarding Elk Grove CA.






I hope you seriously consider making Elk Grove your new home!  Feel free to contact me with any questions!


Chris Molina, Realtor®
Cooper & Associates Real Estate

916.752.0556 Mobile

Marketing your home in the 21st century.
Elk Grove, CA

Cooper & Associates Real Estate






Comments (15)

"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL


I just wanted to let you know I was here.

Good luck in the contest.


Sep 14, 2007 02:43 AM
Ann Cummings
RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent
Hi Chris - very nicely done, and I like how you began building rapport right from the start by mentioning your service in the military. Nice links to area information. Good luck in the contest! Ann
Sep 15, 2007 12:23 PM
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate
Chris, good job and best of luck to you in the buyer challenge. My hubby was also a Marine.
Sep 16, 2007 03:35 AM
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation
Chris, this is excellent!  I particularly liked the personal nature of your opening paragraphs, indicating that you truly do "get" your buyer.  If I were a buyer, I would also like the photos of possible homes to buy.  Good job... good luck!
Sep 16, 2007 10:46 PM
Monika McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Hampstead, NH
Southern NH & the Seacoast Area
Chris...Very nice and like Margaret I love how you opened it up and connected with David.
Sep 17, 2007 08:16 AM
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI
WooHoo! Congratulations!
Sep 21, 2007 11:43 AM
Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate
Very nice, i really liked how you talked about your own service....and congratulations, nice job ........:)
Sep 21, 2007 02:24 PM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services
Congratulations -- You really connected with the buyers and I think that goes a long way in obtaining a client. Good bonding and rapport by using a personal story.
Sep 21, 2007 03:56 PM
Yolanda Hoversten
Self Employed - O'Fallon, IL
Referrals for O’Fallon, IL & the Metro East
Chris:  Congratulations on winning the contest.  You presented very convincing reasons why a military member should live in your area.  I like the parade picture as well, it gives a sense of community and what it feels to live there.  I can relate to what you're saying since I market in a large military community, and my husband served in the USAF.  Thank you for your service, and congrats again!
Sep 21, 2007 05:07 PM
Tracy Santrock
Santrock Realty Group Inc. , - Cary, NC
Raleigh - Cary Broker


Great post and great job of connecting with the buyers!

Sep 21, 2007 09:38 PM
Brian Block
RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President - McLean, VA
Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate
Chris, congratulations on winning in the contest!  I thought you do a great job connecting with these buyers on a personal level.  One question -- how long do your inspections take with the inspector checking over "1000 individual items??"
Sep 21, 2007 11:15 PM
Diane Aurit
Congratulations!  You did a great job!  It was easy to read, personable and would make a buyer feel they can relax and trust you.
Sep 22, 2007 01:43 AM
Diane Aurit
LKN Realty, LLC - Mooresville, NC
Lake Norman Real Estate
Opps, forgot to login, I am a member!
Sep 22, 2007 02:08 AM
Christopher Myers
Orlando Property Group - Orlando, FL
Greater Orlando and Central Florida Real Estate
Chris, great job on the contest!  You're efforts will help all AR readers connect with buyer inquires much more effectively!
Sep 29, 2007 04:48 AM
Tina Maraj
RE/MAX One - Fullerton, CA
Celebrating 30 Years of Real Estate Sales
Beautifully written blog. I was unaware about the Elk Grove Area and the real estate market there. Thanks and I will keep you in mind for any suture referrals to your area.
Oct 02, 2007 05:44 PM