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Do home buyers consider school districts when choosing a location?

Asked by Parent Curious About If School Districting Affects Home Buyers, Massachusetts Sun Feb 20, 2011

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Absolutely, school districts are often the number one priority for families of school aged children when deciding to buy Massachusetts real estate. For that reason, choosing a property in a town with good performing schools also enhances your re-sale value, whether you have children or not. Very often you will find communities with good performing schools have higher real estate values. That’s why many believe that investment in schools is an investment in the community.

A second question you might ask is do people compare elementary schools within a single district when they are buying a home. The answer is often yes, but keep in mind each elementary school within one town is benefiting from the same decisions and policies that are implemented town wide. The town hires the same quality of teacher, purchases the same materials and offers the same curriculum town wide. If you were to ask any parent in a community which elementary school is the best, they are likely going to respond “The one my child is in.”

For more information about how schools are performing in Massachusetts, follow this link to the Massachusetts Department of Education site where you can do some in-depth investigation regarding school districts, their budgets, their test scores, teacher to student ratios, etc.


Sandy Balzer Tobin, ABR
Coldwell Banker
Needham, mass
Web Reference: http://www.SandyTobin.com
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 22, 2011
Yes. For most people who have children it is a major concern. It was for me as well when I sold my starter home in the city and moved to a different community.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 21, 2011
Absolutely school districts are considered when purchasing a home. If fact school reputation is one of the factors that is considering when pricing a home.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 21, 2011
It is a concern to many who either have school aged children or are thinking about having children in the near future. There are websites sites where you can find stats on schools if you are looking to move and the schools are of a concern to you.

Good luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 21, 2011
Absolutely. The best website for comparing school data is http://www.greatschools.net !

Good luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 21, 2011
Those buyer's most concerned with their child's education most definitely do consider the schools.
Web Reference: http://www.clovelake.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 20, 2011
Some buyers do consider schools, others don't; for school information, see link...
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 20, 2011
It was a big part of my decision to buy. I have to believe that it is an imprtant factor for any parent.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 20, 2011
In shrot the answer is Yes, but it can be for many different reasons. Wanting to stay within a school district, a particular district has a special program that they are interested in or just overall rankings within the State can all be examples. I have a free service that will allow you to get community reports and school reports based on a zip code. It will also allow you to compare two side by side. You can give it a try with this link http://www.topmarketer.net/CSR/CSReport.aspx?YSFAQD745HID# I hope it helps
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