I am not sure whether you are looking for a rental (since your question is posed under the "Rentals" section) or for a home to purchase in elk grove.
Elk grove is famous for its tree lined streets and good schools. There are a lot of areas here that may suit your criteria. Elk grove has 3 zip codes 95757, 95758 and 95624. 95757 is the newest zip, and it is in the southern most part of elk grove. 95758 is the older zipcode east of hwy 5, and west of hwy 99.
95624 is in the eastern part of Hwy 99.
Depending on your commuting pattern, you may prefer to reside in the east or in the west.
There are many good schools in most areas within elk grove.
Prices have gone up in recent months, but are still quite reasonable compared to the peak in 2005 and also compared to other areas like folsom and roseville.
Please contact me if I can be of any help.
Bethany real estate and investments
916 230 5250
Next, i would sign up for a client portal. Any realtor's website will work. Many will go to some other sites, such as here on Trulia, but understand that there, data may be inaccurate or about 1-2 days behind in being updated. The 'pure' search is using an MLS direct feed website. Others are manually updated or, like I said, receive the updates but not for 24-48 hours so when a home goes pending, it may still show active on another site. Rather than just a search, a client portal will allow you to save those homes that are of the most interest to you, reject others (so that you don't have to keep looking at them), but also allow you to learn the market better than just doing random searches.
Last, select a buyer's agent to work with you. Find someone that not only can give you access to the homes that you want to consider, but also to be able to guide you through the home buying experience. That starts with negotiating the offer, and won't conclude until you're comfortably in your new home. And that's not trivial. In addition, they may have means to find you homes that are not traditionally listed through the MLS system.
A good buyer's agent will also help you compete in this market. With low inventory, most often there are multiple offers received. It takes experience to know how to present your offer in the most competitive light. When you have your offer accepted, the buyer's agent guides you through learning about the home, anticipating any issues that might come up and making sure you're totally informed as you obtain your loan, complete your inspections and possibly negotiate more items with the seller. And a good buyer's agent is there for questions AFTER you buy your home to answer items that come up once you settle in.
So while finding a home in Elk Grove is your objective, follow these steps for success. Good luck!