Buying a Home and Manahawkin Schools

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Some home-buyers are willing to forego some ‘must-haves’ in favor of a good school district, but you don’t have to Manahawkin. We have all you could ask for, including one of the best High Schools in the state – the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES).

MATES is a specialized high school developed around the marine and environmental science theme. MATES is geared toward students who wish to concentrate their studies in the areas of math and science.

A rigorous academic course of study instructed at the honors level satisfies all of the state requirements necessary for high school graduation and beyond. Students that are eligible may also take college level courses. The opportunity for participation in externships in laboratories, field work, and industry will be made available to students during their junior and senior years. Upon graduation, MATES students will be prepared to apply to competitive college and university programs.

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MATES graduates have gone on to MIT, Cornell, Stanford, etc., just to name a few.

There are three other school districts in Manahawkin: Southern Regional School District, Stafford Township School District and a parochial school by the Diocese of Trenton, All Saints.

It should come as no surprise that buying a home in a good school district is important to home-buyers. According to a report from, 86% of 18-34 year-olds and 84% of those aged 35-54 indicated that their home search areas were defined by school district boundaries.

What is surprising about home-buyers is that 78% would sacrificed features from their “must-have” lists in order to find homes within their dream school district. But again, you don’t necessarily need to do that in Manahawkin.

Anyway, if you think you must, the top feature sacrificed was a garage at 19%, followed closely by a large backyard, an updated kitchen, the desired number of bedrooms, and an outdoor living area. The full results are shown in the graph below.

Buyers are attracted to schools with high test scores, accelerated academic programs, art and music programs, diversity, and before and after-school programs.

With a limited number of homes available to buy in today’s real estate market, competition is fierce for homes in good school districts. Danielle Hale, Chief Economist for, explained further,

“Most buyers understand that they may not be able to find a home that covers every single item on their wish list, but our survey shows that school districts are an area where many buyers aren’t willing to compromise.

For many buyers and not just buyers with children, ‘location, location, location,’ means ‘schools, schools, schools.’”

Bottom Line

For buyers across the country and in New Jersey, the quality of their children’s (or future children’s) education ranks highest on their must-have lists. Before you start the search for your next home, let’s get together to discuss the market conditions in Manahawkin.

Karl Hess & Keller Williams Shore Properties provides expert real estate services to residential buyers and sellers in Manahawkin and the surrounding communities. Contact us today for more information on Stafford Twp Real Estate and for professional assistance navigating this complex home market.

As always, thank you for your time and feel free to get in touch if you have any questions. Karl Hess, Keller Williams Shore Properties - #1 Real Estate Office in Ocean County


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