We are fulltime agents who actually live in Natomas Park.
We have represented sellers in both traditional and short sales in the community. We do work for a bank agent , and find short sales in the last few years are definately half our inventory in todays market. Bank Owned properties are nice , since the waiting period is a number of days to know if your offer is accepted, then goes into a 30 day close on most escrows. We have lenders who can close in 20.
We bought a short sale a year ago , but have lived in the community 5 years.
We live in a single story home, they are a premium in this community. I would say for every 10 homes on a block there may be 2 single story homes. It took us months to find one. Granted one year ago the market was not as competative as it is today.
Your price range there are also patio homes in the area. Sounds like it would work for you in regards to small yard.
There are also some of those style homes in newer part of West Sacramento. Not sure what your age bracket is, "Heritage Park" is a senior home community (55+) . If you havent visited its a nice area, with a super club house.
Elizabeth and Joann hit the nail on the head, it is fiercy competative here. Dont give up, you can find a home.
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Please feel free to contact us anytime if you are not currently working with another agent.
Chris and Julie