Have you ever noticed where all those darling “first day of school” photos take place?
That’s right – at home. In the front yard, by the fireplace, or in front of mom’s roses.
To the first time home buyer, the importance of surrounding schools may not seem like deal breaker. But, a good Real Estate Agent will inform any buyer of how the location, accreditation, and level of surrounding schools will impact their decision.
Do you have children? If not, you may not be thinking “How well ranked is this school district?”. But, as time passes, you may find yourself taking the big step into parenthood. How close is the elementary school? Can we walk there? Do we need to cross any major intersections? These are all question not only you, but any future purchaser of your home will be asking.
If kids are not in the cards, or you have already “served your time”, location of schools is also key. What will the traffic be like? How many school zones to I have to crawl through to get to work? Anyone who does an afternoon pick up knows there are a LOT more children being picked up at school these days then we all can imagine. The lines can stretch down major roads, block intersections, and cause major traffic delays. And let’s not talk about the impact of a rainy day dismissal.
Again, not just for the potential family you may grow but for resale as well, school ratings and rankings are paramount. Most buyers will look in school districts with high ratings. You can always check the rankings of your surrounding schools by visiting our website http://www.robynjoneshomes.com/our-vendors/school-info. In recent years there has been a major movement to the Sugar Land and Katy areas of Houston, mainly due to the exemplary status of their school systems.
Accreditation is also important when considering your tax bill. School districts who have a better reputation are always striving to stay on top. This means constant increases in a probably high school tax bill.
Level of School
Whether it is an elementary, middle, or high school you live near is important as well. If you think parents picking up their children is rough, try 1000′s of newly legal drivers! Rushing out at dismissal. Chaos! I can remember driving on The Grand Parkway passing Cinco Ranch Blvd and gawking at the gridlock at 2:30 PM when BOTH middle and high school were being dismissed. I looked at my boyfriend and said “Who would live there?”. Ten years later, my husband and I live less than a mile away. As a first time home buyer, we didn’t even consider the traffic. As a resident, we curse it every day September through May.
Of course, it is important to also remember that, for the perfect house, all of these things can be dealt with. When a home is a home, you just know. But, after witnessing many of my friends move due to their need for a closer elementary or lose money on the sale of their home due to a poorly ranked school, it is always wise to consider not just the home, but the surroundings, and your future in it.
Happy first week back kids!
Question of the Day: Have you ever not chosen or chosen a house based on the surrounding schools?