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I hope this helps! Please feel free to contact me at anytime. I would be happy to talk to you about the area and answer any further questions that you may have. I can also send you homes that meet your criteria for you to review.
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Good luck transitioning your family to the area.
Dwayne Moyers, Realtor
Maryanne Moyers, Managing Broker
Avery-Hess Realtors (6 offices serving Northern Virginia)
What you wrote is ALL true, but ........would you really want all the agents to walk around and proclaim *their* *opinion* of schools, neighborhoods, etc.???
What we have in NOT a perfect system and NOT the best system, but it is the best system possible and available. :-) :-) :-)
Schools are more difficult. Yes, there are lots of statistics on individual schools and quality of schools by county. They're all pretty much worthless when trying to find a good school. The quality of a school depends to a huge degree on the practices and qualities of the administration--the principal, the assistant principal, etc. They set the tone.
Personal anecdote that I've told here on Trulia numerous times: My son went to one of the most highly-rated elementary schools in Fairfax County (generally ranked near the top nationally for quality of schools). Frankly, the school was terrible. The administration was terrible. The teachers were quite good, but they were terrorized by the principal. The demographics of the kids were good, but that didn't matter much. (And the principal had certain deceptive reporting techniques to make the demographics--which honestly were quite good to begin with--look a lot better than they actually were.)
After elementary school, my son entered secondary school--the largest one in the state. Over 4,000 kids in 6 grades. Those numbers scare a lot of parents who are looking for a smaller, more intimate school . . . particularly if their kid needs some sort of special attention. But that school turned out to be excellent. The teachers were very good. The student demographics were OK--more than acceptable but not on a part with the elementary school. But what really made the difference was the administration. It was responsive to parents (and teachers), and was clearly focused on high-quality education.
So how do you find which schools are good and which ones are the rotten apples? Ask parents of current students. If your kids have any special needs (ADHD, for instance, or some sort of learning disability), get plugged in to the local groups and ask them which schools are good and which ones are lousy. Parents--generally not being Realtors--will be glad to give you honest, direct answers.
Hope that helps.
Check out my website http://(www.gainesville-haymarkethomes.com) to find all the info you are looking for in the Gainesville, Haymarket area. We would love to help you in your search for your new home. We have extensive knowledge of the gainesville-haymarket area homes and schools. We would be happy to show you properties while you were in town. Please don't hesitate to call if you need additional info or if you have any questions.
Family 1st Team
Exit Heritage Realty
As the other two agents pointed out, an agent cannot give an opinion on schools, neighborhood safety, etc. The other agents have provided good links to find out information about the neighborhoods and schools in Prince William Co. If you are here, it would also be good to drive thru various neighborhoods so you can get a sense of the various ones.
Realtors cannot give their *opinions* on neighborhoods, schools, crime, etc, simply because *opinion* is just that an *opinion* and can quickly lead to bad practices. However, my website offers community information and simple statistics on education, income level, weather, points of interest, etc. For crime rate you can contact a local police department.
My website is linked directly to MLS and you can search all area listings by County, Town, Zip Code, and Listing Number. Neighborhood information is included with every listing. You are welcome to search on my website and let me know if you have any questions. I know Prince William County very well. My office is not far from Haymarket and Gainesville.
In addition to my website, You may find some helpful real estate statistics for Haymarket and Gainesville on my blog:
It is hard for a real estate agent to answer this question because we are not allowed to comment on schools and the "safety" or demographics of neighborhoods. However...I can refer you to a few tools on my website that you might find helpful.
Information about the schools and rankings in Prince William County: http://www.circadianrealty.com/schools-and-communities/north
Here you will be able to compare the areas you are considering based on the schools ranking and test scores etc.
You can also check out our community report which will provide you with statistics such as average household income, demographic, percentage of residents ages, college degree status etc.
Once you have that type of information, I would be happy to help you narrow down the different neighborhoods that might suit the type of lifestyle you are looking for. There are a few wonderful communities in both of these cities that offer an all-inclusive approach where your kids can go to schools located within the communities and participate in the activities that are close by.
I would be happy to have a phone discussion with you to gather more information about what you are looking for and lend some advice and suggestions on where you are best likely to find it!
I look forward to hearing from you! (P.S. - I do not check back in the answers so if you want to contact me, please use the info above) You can also find reviews about my service at http://www.zillow.com/profile/Lauryn.Eadie/Reviews?my=y