I am sure you have found a perfect realtor to work with in your homebuying journey. If you haven't we are professionals and would be more than happy to help. I know when I was looking at changing schools for my four children I was concerned about the school district we were moving to. The report cards are great to read but I think you have to honestly call and set up an appointment & go to the elementary schools and see their facilities and talk one on one with the administration. Each person fits in differently in each community. You can tell quite a bit about the way you will be treated in a district by the administrations. I had a great talk with our new principal and I have been very pleased with the school district we chose. Ask to observe a few minutes in a classroom or even from the outside hallway you can tell quite a bit.
Just from parent to parent.. You can't ever be too careful with your babies.
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Your question revolves around education and lifestyle choice. Though a good school district may influence some buyers, the all-around picture of what lifestyle you want for your family to live in is just as important. For example, why live in a cramped home that affects the whole family, day in and day out, just to be able to go to one school or the other. Outside activities and the ability of your child to apply themselves, regardless of the school system could mean more. Choose a lifestyle with a home that has a pool and your 4 year old could become the next Olympic Gold Medalist in swimming. The best school in the world may not offer that.
Jerry Grodesky Broker
United Country Farm and Lake Houses
However, homes that are located in a school district that has a good reputation are better for resale value. It may not necessarily add to the market value (sometimes it may) but it will definitely add appeal for people who pay attention to such things.
Generally one determines the district by researching the information on each school's report card posted at the Illinois State Board of Education http://www.isbe.state.il.us/research/htmls/report_card.htm . After the preferred school district (s) are selected, then a house search can be done in those areas.
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Galen Johnson CRS, GRI
Johnson Real Estate
The Lake Pointe subivision in Springfield is in the Chatham school district. There is a home listed in this subdivision that has 5 bedrooms - but no pool. There are two listed in the North Lake Shore subdivision, which is just east of Lake Pointe, that do have inground pool. One of those has 3 bedrooms, the other has 4.
I am a full time agent and partner at The Real Estate Group in Springfield. I would appreciate the opportunity to work with you to find your new home and would be glad to answer any questions you may have.
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