What to Know About School Districts When House Hunting

Families with young children know how important it is to buy a North County home in a good school district. We all want our children to receive the best possible education. But what if you don’t have kids at home? Should you still take into account the quality of the school district when searching for a new house? Let’s take a closer look at what to consider.

How to determine the quality of schools

First of all, it’s important to know how to determine whether or not the home is in a good school district. There are many resources you can use to discover the quality of a neighborhood’s schools. You can begin with a simple online search. Websites such as GreatSchools.org, SchoolDigger.com, and Niche.com offer scores, rankings, and other information about specific schools. You can also visit a school’s website to see what kinds of programs they offer and awards they have received. Another great source of information is your real estate agent. The agents at the Clark & Gilman Team are experts in the North County San Diego real estate market, including the schools that serve our area. We’d be happy to answer any questions you have about potential schools.

Consider the resale value

While homes in great school districts tend to be more expensive, they do have better resale value when it comes time to sell. According to a study conducted by Realtor.com, homes in excellent school districts sell on average eight days faster than homes in below-average districts and four days faster than homes near the national average. In addition, homes in the most highly-rated districts are 49 percent more expensive than the national median price and a whopping 77 percent more expensive than lower-ranked school districts in the same area. So whether or not you have school-aged children living with you, the quality of the schools in the neighborhood can have a profound effect on the value of your home.

Think about the quality of the neighborhood

Finally, homes in great school districts also tend to be located in high-quality neighborhoods. Homeowners who are invested in their schools are also invested in their communities. In general, you will find safer streets, cleaner parks, and healthier people in neighborhoods that have good schools. Great schools not only provide educational opportunities for students but they also often offer programs and resources to the community. Schools will host craft fairs, public seminars, live performances, and sporting events that are open to the public. Residents may also have access to school amenities like swimming pools, sports fields, and running tracks. Good schools also attract more businesses to a neighborhood. You’re likely to find more restaurants, shopping centers and cultural attractions in markets with good schools. And, of course, it’s important to consider that neighborhoods with good schools create an educated populace. Educated communities tend to be more engaged and aware of the health and prosperity of their neighbors. Ultimately, if you’re considering a home in an average district and one that is more highly-rated, the home in the good district will often be the better investment when you’re thinking long term.

Talk to the Clark & Gilman Team today

If you’re ready to find a North County San Diego home in a great school district, then it’s time to talk to the Cristine Clark & Jamie Gilman Team. Our team of experts is standing by to answer all your questions. Contact us today at 760-758-1211 or [email protected].

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