I relocated here 5 years ago and lived in 4 different houses before finally settling in - yes in 5 years! I know you are probably anxious to set down roots but just ensure you are totally confient the area is right for you. Websites are ok and arm you with information but like when your gut will tell you you have found 'the home of your dreams', the same applies to areas - so I recommend you visit lots of them before you find 'the one'.
I know some areas will be mentioned but everyone's tastes and and choices are totally different. What 'I think' might be good area might end up being the complete opposite of what you really want. An agent needs to know everything (well not quite everything but close) about you, your partner, your future plans, your lifestyle etc. Architecture of the home will dictate certain areas, if you want a lot of land, modern lifestyle, family plans? .
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With regard to schools, been there, done that, wore the t-shirt. I was totally overwhelmed by the not just the different school districts, but the different variety of schools. Magnet, Renaissance, Challenge School, Christian, Gifted and Talented .. to name just a few.
The websites are ok, but greatschools.net is very opinionated and are either frustrated or gushing parents.
While the school is one of the upmost important factors, the area has to suit your family. Chances are, if you like the area, and have a good feel of the people in it, the school will be one you like.
What fun! This is such an exciting time for you.. Take your time and interview an agent that you feel you would like to work with (trust me they will be your new best friend ), Read the article below to get a better understanding. Happy to discuss my Relocation experiences - trust me I visited every area imaginable before finding 'the one'