Don't have children? Plan to have them at some point in the future? The school district for that beautiful home that you've got your eye on should be at the top of your list of considerations when buying a home. Higher property values seem to go hand-in-hand with higher-rated schools. In most areas, certain boundaries define which schools your children will go to, and switching to a different school can be complicated and expensive in many cases- IF it can be done. Additionally, school boundaries change from time to time and that's the reason why your agent seems hesitant to talk to you about schools. Agents get sued if they're wrong about them.
With all of the information today on the Internet, you're in luck as a buyer when it comes to narrowing down your search based on the school district. Here's a wonderful link to the Montgomery County School District in Maryland that will show you the schools currently associated with a specific address: Montgomery County MD School Locator. Once you know the schools, it's easy to get an idea of how the schools are
peforming by visiting Great Schools. The school-scoring websites should not be the only factor that you use to make your decision. Some of my past buyer clients have shied away from schools with high test scores because they didn't "...want to put my kid in a school that is high-pressure".You might want to visit the school, talk to administrators, other parents, etc. before making any assumptions about it.
Many counties around the country offer school information to what I'm showing above. Just as a safety measure, it's not a bad idea to call the school district to confirm the schools once again while doing your due diligence on a home.
Not all buyers need to be concerned about schools. Some of my buyers in the past have clearly stated that they don't care about the school district, are going to remain in the home for many years to come, have no plans to resell in the future, etc.