How to Research Local Schools Before Buying Your Next Home

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Making the Grade: How to Research Local Schools Before Buying Your Next HomeThere are so many things involved in moving that it can be easy to forget about the proximity of many nearby amenities. However, if you have children, the local schools available can make-or-break the decision on whether or not to invest in a house. If you're wondering how you can find out more about the local school, let the following tips be your guide.

Take a Web-Search To SchoolMatch.com

One of the benefits of so many things being online these days is that local schools are no exception. And SchoolMatch.com is a great resource that puts this information at your fingertips. While you'll have to pay a fee to get the details on many public and private institutions, this resource features ratings on schools throughout the country which can make it worth the price.

Contact The NAEYC

With a wealth of information on preschools, kindergartens and elementary schools located throughout the country, the National Association for the Education of Young Children is another helpful website to visit. While the organization offers informational pamphlets that can help you decide a school's benefits, you can also call if you want to speak with someone directly about a particular institution.

Make A Visit To The Neighborhood

While it can take a lot of time to visit the schools in the neighborhood you're considering, this is a great way for you to get a sense of the area you're moving to. By taking a walk through the hallways to view the building's upkeep and even visiting the office to talk with the Principal, you'll be able to decide whether it's a good fit.

Talk To An Agent

It might seem a bit strange to talk to a realtor about local schools, but real estate agents are responsible for providing a multitude of information to potential homebuyers so they have to be in the know. Whether they're able to help you with a house or not, it's certain they'll have some of the basic details about your neighborhood's educational offerings, whether it's good or bad.

There are a variety of amenities that can improve the appeal of a new neighborhood, but good schools are a necessity when it comes to the kids.

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Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
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Helpful information, Diane Beaumont . When I moved to Bend, I was pregnant and needed to find a new obstetrician.  The advice my old doctor had given was to go to the hospital when it wasn't busy and talk to the obstetrics nurses there for a recommendation. Great advice. And great advice from you to talk with the principal. More parents need to do this. Principals provide for the attitude of the entire school and give a good knowledge of what teachers may work best for your child.

Jan 09, 2017 04:24 PM #1
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Patricia Kennedy
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Diane, you're so right - schools are very important to anyone with children.  Still, I don't know a single Realtor who is willing to do anything other than point clients to other sources.  Our attorneys say to stay away from the subject to avoid going to real estate jail on a fair housing rap.

Jan 09, 2017 04:30 PM #2
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Nathan Gesner
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This is good information, and not just for people with children! Some people enjoy living in a school community for the safety factor. Thanks for sharing!

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Diana White-Pettis
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This is valuable information.  I have never tried SchoolMatch.com but I have used Greatschools.com.  Have a fantastic evening.

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