Why Won't You Answer My Questions about Buckhead Schools?

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Real Estate Agent with Tim Francis Realty LLC

Margaret Woda of Compton, MD writes a fabulous post about why we cannot answer which schools you should go to or be looking at homes in that district.  While I do agree you can get a ton of fabulous information, even down to a school or school's PTA website, a visit still makes sense.

In the Buckhead area of Atlanta we have a number of phenominal elementary schools.  One thing we have noticed though is that some of them are bursting at the seems.  Three very popular ones are split into two schools with either K-1 or K-2 on one campus and the other grades at a different school.  A number of them have 12 Kindergarten classes, yes, that big.  They are still great schools, but it's important to understand those nuiances when making a real estate decision on what will work for you and your family.  

Then, another great piece of information is if they have any new school buildings planned for the near future, as they do with a few of these schools.  Lastly, are they considering redistricting anytime soon?

Like all decisions, there is a lot involved in making a good choice, but the internet has a ton of great information to narrow your list of schools down.

Enjoy:

Original content by Margaret Woda

Q.  As a military transferee relocating to Maryland, I’m very frustrated about the way you beat around the bush when I inquire about different neighborhoods and schools in Crofton and throughout the D.C. area.  Why won’t you answer my questions?

Equal Housing OpportunityA.  Fair Housing Laws forbid real estate agents from providing information to consumers that could be interpreted as “steering” –  i.e., directing a client toward OR away from a particular property in a discriminatory manner.  In other words, my non-answer should not be interpreted as hiding negative information; the answer could be exactly what you want to hear.

Ten years ago, I probably would have suggested that you visit local schools and talk to individuals who live in neighborhoods you’re considering.  Today, however, I can refer you to websites that provide statistical data that may provide you with the peace of mind you’re looking for.  This will be particularly helpful for you, coming from another part of the country.

Demographics

Safety

Schools

Before you buy a home in Crofton or anywhere, it’s important to be familiar and comfortable with the neighborhood and broader community, as well as any individual home.  So don’t hesitate to ask questions because I may be able to suggest additional helpful websites.

Yet it’s still not a bad idea to do some research the old-fashioned way when you come for your house-hunting trip: make a personal visit to neighborhood schools, shopping, dining and recreation facilities BEFORE you buy a home.

And please understand that I’m not trying to be coy when I don’t give you a straightforward answer to your questions. I’m trying to follow the law.

 Posted originally to FocusOnCrofton.com

 
 

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Comments (10)

Randy Bocook
Keller Williams Coastal Area Partners - Richmond Hill, GA
Selling Coastal Georgia

Great blog! Thanks for sharing.  Schools are super important for most families.  

Randy Bocook Team

Mar 07, 2013 11:27 PM
Charita Cadenhead
eXp Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

Michelle they just don't understand do they?  IF only they did and even with Margaret's excellent response, they are still going to be ticked off and consider us a waste of space.

Mar 08, 2013 01:32 AM
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

Thanks for the reblog, Michelle. 

Charita, I've never had a client yet who indicated they thought I was a waste of space. In fact, they're very appreciative of the resources I provide... they prefer to do their own research anyway, rather than rely solely on anyone's opinion of the neighborhood and schools.

Mar 08, 2013 06:41 AM
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA
LandlordWhisperer

I'll advise rental prospects where the last residents sent their children OR advise them to call the transporation office of the city/county schools.  Most prospects already know the schools, school scores and have friends in neighborhood.

Mar 08, 2013 06:28 PM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
Michelle, I usually refer people to our local school board for information. I know it's important and just don't know all the facts and figures about the many local schools in our area.
Mar 15, 2013 09:46 AM
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

A really good blog to repost for clients.  Margaret said it well.

Mar 19, 2013 11:12 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Michelle

I thought this wass a well done post, too. We often get confronted with these questions, but we can still be a good resource for sites and other ways to get the information needed.

Jeff

Mar 21, 2013 11:14 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

In Montgomery County, MD, we are asked to refer questions directly the the school system.  

Apr 01, 2013 02:51 AM
Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

I missed this blog - this is a great answer to a question we get frequently!  Thanks for reblogging it!

Apr 12, 2013 06:04 AM
Mark Delgado
houses for rent, Solano County & Glen Cove - Benicia, CA
Benicia and Vallejo, Property Management, rental h

Michelle,

We encounter this sort of thing all the time since many of our renters are moving in from out of the area in order to take new job offers.  They don't know the area and want our thoughts on such topics as crime, schools, kids in the neighborhood etc.  It's a real balance between abiding by FHA laws and also not coming across as refusing to provide information.  We often have to explain, exactly as the blog above does, the reason we cannot provide direct answers.

Apr 14, 2013 11:51 AM

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