Jed Setzer is a Redfin agent who was born and raised in Sacramento. He says his Bay Area-based clients, especially those with children, are also looking at neighboring Davis, largely for its excellent schools.
“Most of my Bay Area relocation clientele are families,” he says, adding that Bay Area transplants make up almost half of his Davis home searchers. “They are usually looking for a more affordable purchase price, single-family residences with a yard, overall community accessibility—particularly bike-able—and most importantly, school districts.”
Blackwell adds that Elk Grove, just south of Sacramento proper, is also hugely popular due to its schools. He recently helped a San Jose transplant buy a home in the heated market there. The client was engaged with an infant daughter, Blackwell said, and the whole family was living at the client’s parents’ house because, even though he works in biotech, he could not afford anything in the area.
“He was pre-qualified for $475,000,” Blackwell reveals. “Out here that can get you almost anything, but in San Jose, forget about it.”