More than half of all homebuyers with children under 18 years of age rate the quality of the local school district as a major factor influencing their choice of neighborhood, according to the latest “Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers” from the National Association of Realtors (NAR).
The quality of the schools is more important than affordability or the
buyer’s convenience to schools and shopping, even proximity to family
and friends, according to the NAR profile. Only convenience to the
workplace is more important, but only by 1 percentage point.
But even if the quality of the schools in the area where you decide to
buy is not terribly important now, it may become so in a few years. And
even if children are not on your radar screen, you may still be better
off in a school district that takes education seriously.
All it takes is a few minutes at the computer
screen to dig up all the information you need to check out the schools
where you’d like to move.