Why You SHOULD Care about the School System Even When Moving WITHOUT KIDS

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why you should care about the school systemWhy You SHOULD Care about the School System Even When Moving WITHOUT KIDS

Its not uncommon for buyers moving without kids to not worry about the school system but the reality is that there are reasons why you should care about the school system even when moving without kids.

For starters, are kids in your future?  Maybe you don't have kids today but if kids are in your future, the school system will then be important.  Maybe your intention would be to sell in a few years prior to your kids attending school but keep in mind, circumstances can change and you may be faced with school aged children but unable to make a move at that time.

why you should care about the school systemGood communities begin with their school system.  Many desirable and sought over areas to live in are those with good school systems.  Unfortunately if the school system is compromised, not only do the school and students suffer, but the community suffers as a whole, and house values may start to decline. 

To protect the value of your home, you must protect the school system. Many homes for sale in towns with top ranked schools have higher price tags.  The schools do matter whether you have children or not.  Good school systems will protect the value of your home.   

You should care about the school system even when moving without children because the school system can be a vital part in determining the current and future value of your home.   



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Gina Chirico
Lattimer Realty - Fairfield, NJ
Real Estate Agent - Essex County, New Jersey

Tammy, thank you for suggesting!  I don't know where you or I have been hiding on AR (I admit I've been missing for a while but now I'm found lol) but I'm so glad I read your post today - I must have about 4 of your posts minimized on homescreen right now as I'm playing catch up with meta tags, keywords, etc.!  Thank you for taking the time to read my post, comment and suggest it.  I am very happy that I've found you on AR and I look forward to learning a lot more from you.

Jan 21, 2012 02:04 PM #15
Gina Chirico
Lattimer Realty - Fairfield, NJ
Real Estate Agent - Essex County, New Jersey

Kathy, always!

Yvonne, unfortunately many senior citizens in my town anyway, do not realize the schools protect their value and vote no on the budgets but then are the first to complain if property values decrease.  They just don't get it or don't want to get it ;)

Joy, many don't think of resale when they are buying but its so important!

Wayne and Jean Marie, yes, its true.

Jill, the school protects the house values and vice versa, definitely.

Andrea, thank you.  I've created the background on picnik collages.

Erika, its so important.

Sara, I agree. 

Laurie, thanks for the add.  I hadn't thought about that. 

Donald, indeed they are!

Thank you all for stopping by, reading and sharing your thoughts with me.


Jan 21, 2012 02:12 PM #16
Ruthmarie Hicks
Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605 - White Plains, NY

I'm going to disagree.  The obsession with school districts in Westchester NY is approaching madness.  There is no other way to put it.  Most homes from  banner school systems are simply OUT OF REACH for most families and I don't think they should stretch to get there.  I have been an educator at the college level and I have a doctorate from a major medical school (a half-step down from top tier).   Yet I went to a public school that many parents turn their noses up at.  Why?  It was diverse.  So what?  The education was excellent.  But the diveristy lowered the median test scores. Once again - so what?  

Its time to get SANE about this.  The reason a Scarsdale school has a higher rating than a school like White Plains has NOTHING TO DO WITH THE EDUCATION OFFERRED.  It as to do with the $$$$$$ thrown at pointless testing to get high scores. Parents with the $$$$$$$ can game the system and make sure their child gets great scores even if Johnny isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer.   The education children will get in most any district (save a couple) in Westchester will be more than amazing.   People who are score obsessed or race-obsessed are driving this insanity off the cliff.  If a parent is committed to their child's education and the CHILD is committed to being educated, then almost any school district in our county will do well by that child.  But it takes a committed parent and committed child for it to work.  You can't shove it all on the schools. 

Jan 21, 2012 02:13 PM #17
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Gina I agree school system does have an effect on home price.  However at least in NY some of these so call school districts levy such high taxes that people with school age children can't afford to move there and seniors although owning their homes outright or on the verge of losing their homes because they can't afford the taxes.  This is a hot topic for many.

Jan 21, 2012 02:29 PM #18
Ellie McIntire
Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate - Ellicott City, MD
Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville

This is exactly the post that I wish I had written. Our areas are filled with buyers who only want certain areas.

Jan 21, 2012 02:35 PM #19
Kathy Clulow
RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage - Uxbridge, ON
Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results

Gina - schools may not be important when a home is purchased by a childless couple but it may be very important when they decide to sell it.

Jan 21, 2012 03:53 PM #20
Cameron Novak
The Homefinding Center - Corona, CA
Featured Corona Real Estate Agent Team

You are absolutely right Gina.   Nicely done.  Keep up the great work!
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Jan 21, 2012 07:40 PM #21
Nancy Laswick
United Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ
Your REALTOR® For The Valley Of The Sun

Great post Gina, school systems are part of the demand that drives prices. Re-blogged!

Jan 21, 2012 07:50 PM #22
Richard and Jean Murphy
Harborview Properties - Portland, ME
(207) 712-4796

I suppose using a good school system as a search criteria would speak to "location". Do we consider location when we think of investment value? YES

Jan 21, 2012 09:43 PM #23
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

So true Gina.  We often get the retirees that think they are saving money by going to an area where the schools are not that good since they are done with school.  But when it's time to sell they realize their mistake.

Jan 21, 2012 10:21 PM #24
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

There is a lot of truth in this concept. Even if you do not have children, your future purchasers may have them someday.

Jan 21, 2012 11:03 PM #25
Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

I was always taught that you always think 'resale," no matter what.                                         

Jan 22, 2012 02:22 AM #26
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

As a former high school history instructor, I have to say AMEN to that one! Great post!

Jan 22, 2012 02:36 AM #27
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

That's absolutely an important point about buying near great schools, with or without children!  Great schools are a valuable asset to a neighborhood and the homes values within the community.

Jan 22, 2012 02:39 AM #28
Christine Ordze
Royal LePage Benchmark - Calgary, AB
ABR, CCS, ePro

Excellent article Gina! In our inner city community we fought the board to keep the school program. Now it's starting to turn around and the board is seeing what we do in how valuable the school is and it's programs.


Jan 22, 2012 02:59 AM #29
Brian Madigan
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto) - Toronto, ON
LL.B., Broker


Of course, this is solved in some of the better neighbourhoods with private schools but, across the board this is very, very significant. Sometimes just living on the other side of the street can make a difference.


Jan 22, 2012 03:55 AM #30
Kamal Salim
Lokation Real Estate - Weston, FL
A Superior Level of Service !

Great post. Think "FUTURE" and also think "RE-SALE", specially if we are talking about single family homes 3 bedrooms or more

Jan 22, 2012 07:13 AM #31
Gina Chirico
Lattimer Realty - Fairfield, NJ
Real Estate Agent - Essex County, New Jersey

Ruthmarie, thanks for commenting and I respect your opinion and call me naive but I don't think $$$$ is gaining the system on the test scores.  I do agree that in some areas that I cover the towns with the higher ranking schools have higher price tags on their homes that not all people can afford but the majority of towns here range tremendously in pricing.  I'm not sure about Westchester but from what you wrote I'm thinking its way out of hand!

Thank you for reading my post and taking the time to share your thoughts.


Jan 22, 2012 02:49 PM #32
Gina Chirico
Lattimer Realty - Fairfield, NJ
Real Estate Agent - Essex County, New Jersey

Jennifer, after reading Ruthann's comment above your's - I'm thinking you and her may be onto something in New York.  Here to we have towns that have outrageous taxes and some with better schools but not all of them.  Unfortunately I understand how many seniors, especially those on fixed incomes, can find it difficult to pay the taxes.

Ellie, I've written a few on this topic - usually in the spring when its time to vote on the school budget and board of ed candidates, town officials, etc.  I certainly see a trend here in North Jersey with desired areas and their school systems.

Kathy, that's the exact reason why I wrote the title that way because if you don't have children, you don't seem to care about the schools and that's totally normally behavior for someone without kids.

Thanks Cameron!

Jan 22, 2012 02:53 PM #33
Gina Chirico
Lattimer Realty - Fairfield, NJ
Real Estate Agent - Essex County, New Jersey

Thanks for the reblog Nancy.

Hi Richard and Jean, I definitely agree  -- they go hand in hand.

Gabe, unfortunately they do.  That's when we market their homes to new retirees :)

Cheryl, very true.

Sandy, I agree and for buyers, especially first-time buyers, its difficult for them to think about or understand future resale.

Barbara-Jo, thanks for the approval! Its nice to know I'm supported by a former instructor.


Jan 23, 2012 05:54 AM #34
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