The news is full of depressing stuff. Yet, here in California, we live in one of the most beautiful states in the nation. This may be a great time to extol the virtues of our fair city with some of the reasons we love living here.
Here in Stockton, we have deep roots in the California Gold Rush. Our port served as a gateway to the rest of the world and made for easy trade with the mines. Today, Stockton is a culturally rich and diverse area that has built upon that golden heritage.
Our diversity here in Stockton can be seen and felt throughout the city from its ethnic cuisine to its cultural scene. Every year, thousands flock to our multiple events that celebrate that diversity from the Cinco de Mayo Parade to the Obon Festival.
California has one of the best climates in the nation. As an inland port, here in Stockton we still get those breezes but the days that we feel oppressive summer sizzle or winter dips in temperature are few and far between. With our temperate climate, we still have those four wonderful seasons without the crazy temperature variations.
This is arguably one of the best benefits of living here in Stockton. Want to drive to Sacramento? We’re only 49 miles away. San Francisco? Only 82 miles away. How about Yosemite for a quick weekend? 94 short miles. Here in the heart of California, we can experience some of the best of California by simply hopping in our car for a quick drive.
The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is California’s most crucial water and ecological resource. With over 1,000 miles of waterways, the Delta offers boating, fishing and wildlife viewing galore.
Here in Stockton, you can still get affordable housing, unlike many other areas in California. With Oakland, San Jose, San Diego and Los Angeles offering some of the most expensive real estate in the country, here in Stockton you can find so much more for your dollar. In fact, the cost of living here is 22 percent lower than the California average.
And that brings us to mortgages. You knew we would get around to that, right? Buying a home here in Stockton or anywhere else in California can be overwhelming. Why not make it easier on yourself? When you shop for a home with a preapproval in hand, you not only know what you can afford and what you can qualify for but you also have that added negotiation tool in your back pocket.
Get Some Professional Advice
If you are in the market for a new home in Stockton or elsewhere in California, head out with a mortgage preapproval and some solid mortgage advice in hand. At H.O.M.E. Lending we offer no-cost preapprovals and can help you find the mortgage that suits your needs. Give us a call at (209) 477-0262 today to see how we can help.