Great Schools, Garage and Fireplace

Great Schools, Garage and Fireplace.  These are just a few of the must haves buyers are looking for this time of year.  This time of year priorities change for home buyer needs and desires.  Summer priorities are different items such as pools or a great view.  Now the priorities are fireplace and a garage.  Great schools are always a priority for buyers intending on starting a new family or have an existing family with school age children.

Buyers, especially out of town buyers, always ask where the great schools are, I'll buy there.  A great resource for researching schools is Great Schools.  Here buyers will find ratings, local schools and contact information and more.  It's always best for a buyer to contact the local school board to confirm all home schools based on the address of the property of interest. 

It's always a good idea to contact the home schools and meet with the principal, ask questions.  Schedule an appointment and take a tour of the school and find out about test scores, student programs and more.  Also, contact the PTA President find out about parent involvement and see if you can sit in on meetings.  Great schools are a great selling feature for future plans to sell.  Buyers spend a lot of money to buy is areas with good public schools.  Private school tuition adds up quickly especially with multiple children and college tuition costs.

Starting with a non-negotiable such as good schools will greatly narrow down your search.  Being preapproved first through a mortgage lender will also narrow the search even more.  Then the other valuable amenities such as that spacious garage and gorgeous fireplace will all fall into place with the new home.


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