The search for your perfect home definitely includes a variety of elements, and for the majority of home seekers, one of the most important factors in buying a house is finding a good school district. Usually, a good school district is one that has received high marks in the region for academics, one that has a reputation for attracting responsible home owners to the district, and one that has a tax base that’s perceived as providing tremendous value to residents.
Choosing a School District When Buying a Home — Even If You Don’t Have Kids
Even first-time homebuyers without children, couples who have chosen not to have kids or retirees whose children have been out of school for decades tend to consider school districts when relocating. Why? There are several reasons:
- Properties located in great school districts tend to hold their values. This makes them a good investment, because it’s easier to sell a home in a town, city or borough where the school district has a positive image.
- Neighborhoods in good school districts are usually attractive and well-kept. There’s a lot to be said for curb appeal!
- In some exceptional school districts, there may be many new developments being built. This gives home buyers more choice and some potential bargaining power.
Do Your Research Online
Even if you’ve been living in a location such as Manchester, Dallastown, Gettysburg, York or Hanover for a while, you might not realize which school districts are truly considered the best to live in. Rather than go on your own instincts, start by doing a little research. Fortunately, it’s fairly straightforward to check out your area’s school districts, especially online:
- First, go to GreatSchools or SchoolDigger. These online resources will help you uncover the top school districts in the area where you want to live. You’ll be able to see in-depth facts and up-to-date information on school districts, which can help you determine if the district meets your standards.
- Next, go to your top school districts’ websites. See what you can learn about the school district. Read about the schools, and see what the students are doing. Does there seem to be a high achievement level? Is the school district winning awards? Most school district websites and individual school sites like to brag! If they aren’t bragging, there might not be something to brag about.
- Finally, ask your realtor to give his or her opinion on the school districts you’re targeting, especially if you’re moving to a new area and have limited knowledge of the schools. You may also want to ask colleagues who live in the school districts to give you insight.
What School District Should I Live In?
After researching and talking with your realtor, you’ll have a much better understanding of which school districts will offer the highest likelihood of attractive resale value and provide you with a great long-term investment. Start browsing for properties on our convenient MLS listings page and write down the ones that excite you! Then, call your CENTURY 21 Core Partners agent to set up a showing right away!