The Broker below does not understand what the term "steering" means when applied to real estate and it would not be a concern for your question or the answers that follow here. Email me if you would like to know what the term "steering" means in a real estate setting.
But, the one thing that she alludes to is due diligence. Due diligence is the key to a successful transaction. That means do your research as well as having a Realtor work for you. That being said, it depends on your definition of affordable. I live in East Brunswick and I moved here for the school system. Do understand that some of the communities with so called "blue ribbon" schools are going to be higher taxes. So, define affordable.
There are great communities in central NJâ€¦ Old Bridge, Milltown, North Brunswick, Manalapan. Kendal Park, Monmouth Junction and Dayton !
Also check: http://www.greatschools.net and the NJ education website.. with school ratings..that is pretty good also.
Call or email and we can discuss your prce range and what is available in each of these areas!
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Orange Key Realty
My website has information on all the NJ schools as well as demographics for each town. You can also search the entire Monmouth County MLS while there so if you find a town that looks interesting, you can search homes for sale, too.
Click on the link below for community and school info
You'll find community info for various Somerset County communities - I can provide similar info for other communities - in Somerset County and/or other counties, of potential interest. Scroll down for school info. I recommend that Star Ledger School Report Card, a great resource to compare/contract school systems.
With a sense of community, you can then search the MLS for ideas, and also connect with me easily on my website http://www.feenick.com
If you'd like specific guidance, send me a quick email and we can get more specific.
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If you would like I can put you in the database to receive daily e-mails on any new listings that come on the market. I would need your price range, towns of interest and any other requirements for these reports to be sent to you. If you visit my web page: http://melissajenkins.yourkwagent.com I have links to towns in Somerset County. I have lived in Somerset County all of my life and am very familiar with the school systems here. Please also visit: http://education.state.nj.us/rc/ for information on the school systems in NJ. Please send me your e-mail address if you would like to receive these reports.
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I have a question for you: Do you have any towns in mind? I can suggest a few and I agree with the other respondents with regards to Edison, East and North Brunswick. I would add South Brunswick Township: Kendal Park, Monmouth Jct, Dayton, among other places like WoodBridge.
I have access to two multiple listing services: Garden State and Middlesex MLS. You may need a agent with access to more than one listing service depending on what towns you choose.
I am going to add a couple of links for you to check out that help you find great public schools.
I like http://www.schooldigger.com/ which shows the NJASK scores from 2008 for elementary schools and great schools.org, which allows you to compare two schools, same town.
I hope that helps. I can be reached via email or my cell phone: firstname.lastname@example.org or 973-715-6210.
Best of luck to you in your search.
Many places to choose from depending upon your price point. In Middlesex county, East and North Brunswick and Edison are some of the top areas for price, Somerset County offers Bridgewater, Green Brook and Hillsborough, Hunterdon offers Readington Township and Lebanon Township, Morris County offer Long Hill Township and Randolph, Union County offers Cranford, Scotch Plains, Fanwood. These all tend to be more affordable than some of the other towns in their respectives counties while still offfering good schools and good values.
It sounds like you are just beginning to look so you may want to explore more information about the schools at this website if you have not done so already:
This has all the schools in the state including elementary and middle schools. Once you have picked out some towns that fit your criteria for good schools you can get in touch with me to discuss what kind of house you can get in those towns for your price.
Lots of great towns to choose from. Let me know when I can help.
Randolph also offers excellent parks, a turf field for the kids to play sports, the Randolph Trails for biking and hiking, close proximity to shopping and commuting - all within 45 minutes from New York City. It's rural setting makes you feel like you live in the country, but it's proximity you are still accessible to the City. Feel free to call me on my cell 201-650-3722 if you would like more local information and neighboring town information as well. Randolph does have it all.....affordable yet still giving our families an excellent quality of life. I look forward to hearing from you - Jill