When purchasing a home, there are a variety of factors that you will consider as you decide where to live, such as the size of the house, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the home's condition, the neighborhood, and so much more. While area of town and accessibility to highways might be important considerations, families should pay special attention to where the best school systems are located as the most critical aspect of their home search.
When choosing the best school district for your children, it is important to check school performance ratings. Property values are likely to be higher around public schools with higher scores, as those are the most desirable areas for families. Of course, if the schools continue to perform well, your property value should also likely increase. Even in a "down market," a fantastic school can be the one factor that lifts nearby home prices.
A good place to begin your research is the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics , which has many tools and data to help you learn more about the various school districts in the area. School District Demographics System allows you to compare and contrast area schools. SchoolDigger.com is another resource worth exploring. GreatSchools.org offers insights from actual parents who submit their reviews on the experiences their own children have had in the schools.
While school districts and their boundaries may affect your home's value, finding the right education for your child is one of the most essential decisions you can make for their future. I am happy to share my input when we speak. Call me today to set up an appointment!