It's all relative. "Everything" being equal the same house will sell for less if the taxes are higher and visa-versa. Find a home you can afford the monthly payments for (principle, interest, taxes and insurance) in the area YOU like. You could consider school districts but statistically speaking you will only be there 5 - 7 years and will be looking to move on. At that point school districts may become more important for your (now) baby.