You are right about school consideration. Most folks who move into a home take into consideration the ratings of schools and the district in which they buy. Though you may not need school information right away, you will in the next four years and if you are looking to stay in the same house long term, it will certainly be a good idea to choose where you buy.
Since your work place takes you to the 77072 zip code, Sugar Land will be closer for commute than Katy. Both these areas have grown beautifully in the past few years and once you start to get into actually viewing the homes and the areas, you will really begin to understand what you want.
Try driving around Sugar Land and remember, it stretches east and west from Highway 6/Bissonnet area down to New Territory and Greatwood and includes the Sugar Creek, First Colony, and Riverstone areas as well.
There are various types of homes, some old, some new, some small, some huge and after sampling a few views, you will comfortably be able to figure out what you like.
As my peers have mentioned, please do work with a realtor - we can guide you every step of the way.
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