I have a compiled a list of schools (elementary/middle/high) that I think are good in cities in the vicinity

Asked by Anil, Will relocate to VA Tue Jan 6, 2009

of Fairfax City, VA. Now I need to find a home in the same area. How would I go about doing that? Is there a map or something that displays homes that are served by specific schools? Or is my bestbet working with a realtor?

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Vicky Chrisn…, Agent, Purcellvile, VA
Wed Jan 7, 2009
Anil.... Sorry I didn't jump on yesterday to answer you....

if you wish to live in Fairfax county, there is information available on their web site....see this link. http://boundary.fcps.edu/boundary This allows you to see the maps, but also allows you to type in an address and see what school district it falls in. And, you are getting your information straight from the source.

Some earlier posters made valid points that an agent can search the MLS by school district. If you'd like (I know you are not moving for awhile), I can set you up with an automated search if the MLS specifies the schools. But, it is a "garbage in/garbage out" gamble... it's up to the listing agent to include the information in the listing. If they list the wrong school or no school, then it won't be caught by such automated search criteria. At this point, you are starting to look early enough that it still might be helpful - you can kind of watch what home values are doing in those areas and get an idea of the homes available in those areas. Just email me vchrisner@kw.com if you'd like this - no catch or obligation, and you can disable the search at any time if you choose.

Also, please bear in mind that school boundaries do change, in some areas more frequently than others, depending on new development/expected enrollment and funding. Stuff a REALTOR can't know with certainty any earlier than the general public. That is why some agent choose not to put the information in the listing.

Hope this is helpful. Have a great evening!
Web Reference:  http://www.vickychrisner.com
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Anil, Home Buyer, Will relocate to VA
Wed Jan 7, 2009
Thank you all for your response. I will look at the resources you have mentioned and likely get back to one of you. As I have mentioned in another post/question, I will likely move in the summer permanently and I am starting the process of researching now.
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Margo Lockard, Agent, Fairfax, VA
Wed Jan 7, 2009
Hello --

Congratulate yourself on accepting a job in one of the nation's most desirable areas to live. And, for considering buying a home in one of the best buyer markets we have seen in years in this area. Your list of questions in both of your Trulia postings are what most people relocating would have as well.

So, let's get started by connecting. If you will e-mail (Margo@MargoLockard.com) the list of the schools you have identified, I will send you current listings. I know this area very well. I think once you see an example of the style and prices of homes available near the school pyramid you are considering, it will be helpful to you.

Look forward to hearing from you very soon!
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Jeff Royce, Agent, Fairfax, VA
Wed Jan 7, 2009
Hi Anil...You best bet is working with a Realtor.....but you can search for schools on your own at FranklyMLS ( http://tinyurl.com/8etdlr )....just type in the school name along with other features you want in a house.

One big problem we are having with school searches right now is that MANY listing agents are not putting school information in the listing, so when you search for a school you don't get all of the houses available in that school district. So whether you search for a school district, or you have your Realtor search for one, you won't get everything on the market. BUT...by doing a detailed map search within school boundaries (which NoVA agents recently got the ability to do) you can catch all the houses in a school district.

For example, I recently had a client tell my they wanted to buy a house in the Oak View Elementary boundaries in Fairfax. We did a search for the school and it gave us 14 houses ( http://tinyurl.com/9s3e5l ) that were for sale with the school listed in them. I then did a MAP search for the Oak View boundaries....and we found a total of 21 houses for sale ( http://tinyurl.com/6ub8xp )

This means that 33% of the houses listed for sale in that area did not mention the school. (Side note: 40% of houses listed that are within 1 mile of a Metro stop fail to mention THAT). So buyers searching for a school district are missing 1/3 of the homes that they would be interested in seeing. This means that those 33% will sell for less because they are missing their target audience. When you search for homes in a school district, you want to see them all....but the best prices are to be had on the 33% that most buyers are missing. Make sure you get a map search done for you on the school districts your are interested in.
Web Reference:  http://ourfairfax.com
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Monika Kumar, Agent, Reston, VA
Wed Jan 7, 2009
Here Anil

http://www.fcps.edu/boundary/

little extra with forward slash !!

Also With http://www.Realtygeeks.com if you reach to the point of advance search you may search by school district. What schools are you considering I may be able to pull the boundary and send you but believe me they sometimes do change.

Good Luck and Happy 09
Web Reference:  http://www.realtygeeks.com
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Cindy Jones, Agent, Alexandira, VA
Wed Jan 7, 2009
Agents can search by school and provide you with homes that meet your needs and are in the school district you prefer. The other option is to go to the school site and type in the address of a property you are interested in and it wll tell you the school for that area.

http://www.fcps.edu
Web Reference:  http://cindyjoneshomes.com
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Eric Funk, Agent, Morristown, NJ
Wed Jan 7, 2009
Dear Anil,
Find a realtor that you want to work with.
I recognise that you may feel that it's difficult to choose - but what you're doing right now is even more difficult.
Let someone help you.
Kind regards,
Jackie
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