Post # 1
Hi bees so DH and I are in the process of trying to find a home for us and our family. However we are going to see a house soon that my realtor says would be perfect for us….here’s the catch my daughter will be starting kindergarten next year and I am a teacher so ideally I would want her in a decent school district, but the house we are going to see and supp. fall in love with is in a town that I have heard not so great things about the schools. So what would be your downfalls on being able to buy a home….would this be a huge determining factor for you?? Thanks 🙂
Post # 3
If i had kids then yes, school districts would be a big deal. I dont know if I would not buy a house because of it though. If I really loved the house and the neighborhood and location to other things then it might change my mind. I think location is the most important thing. For me it is having easy access to things but not feeling like Im in the middle of everything. I havent really thought about what specifically would make it a NO though – because it is a combination of so many things!
Post # 4
At the point DH and I have kids, being in a not-so-great school district would be a huge strike against a house for us. Being forced to pay to send your kids to a private school because the public schools aren’t good is REALLY expensive. My parents had to spend more on my education in grades 7-12 each year than many public state colleges cost just because the school district we lived in couldn’t give me a quality education.
At this point in our lives, we’re more concerned with a house’s location relative to where we work and play, how it fares on inspection, rooms big enough to hold our furniture and fit our lives, etc. A house that needed major renovations/fix-ups would be a big strike for us but minor cosmetic/face-lift type things are fine. Having a yard that we can fence is important to us with our lab mix. She needs play space too!
A lot of factors really vary for person to person because people need/expect/desire different things out of a house.
Post # 5
For me I need to plan on either spending money on a house with good schools (confirm this with stats etc-not just by word of mouth too) or spend the money on a house in a town with good schools. Typically property value goes up with good school systems or down with poor so you are going to have to spend the money one way or another if education is a priority for you.
Of course there are other factors. Some places if you work in a town, then your kid can go to school in that town. Are you going to have multiple kids? then the cost of tuition is more. Do you plan on moving in 5 years? etc.
Post # 6
thanks everyone….we do plan on having more kids we are actually currently TTC and I really am not sure if we would move or not….the hosue apparently is pretty decent size with an ok size yard and is on a quiet street with access to everything much mroe so than where we are now. I have heard word of mouth from people including a superintendent from another district, but I don’t know if I should base our decision solely on this alone….either way I am going to be a nervous mommy when she starts school, but I don’t know if everything else is perfect and move in ready should I really turn down this opportunity to own in this economy??
Post # 7
Unfortunately, yes. But I should mention that we don’t have kids and I’m not aware of all the cons associated with a bad school district. I am assuming that the average child performs lower, schools may not be as well-managed, eventually leading to a lack of good, caring teachers, which could eventually lead to a higher rate of delinquency with the kids.
Perhaps I just have an strong opinion on the matter because I know of someone that fell in the extreme end of worse-case scenarios. They say that you can change anything about a home, just not where it’s located!
Best of luck house hunting! Hopefully the home you’re looking for shows up soon!
Post # 8
Your State Department of Education should have all kind of information on this school that maybe would help base your decision on facts. I believe that under the No Child Left Behind Act schools have to measure students taking the standard assessment (whatever it is for your state) and then publish the data showing how many students not only passed for their grade level but how many show learning gains (meaning maybe they didn’t do great but if they are learning then thats good). You also should be able to find the minority rate (sometimes even by subgroup) and the free and reduced lunch rate (aka showing the % of low income students at that school)
Additionally you should be able to get facts about the number of teachers that are teaching in/out of field at that school and even possibly some of the average teacher evaluation data.
Asking for some of this data might help you make a more objective decision about the school rather than just word of mouth.
Best wishes. Another thing to think about is resale value of the house. If you have this concern then more than likely other buyers are as well.
Post # 9
My husband and I will not live in a school district that isn’t great. We’ve already researched all the surrounding school districts online, so we know which school districts are deal breakers and we’ve ranked the few we are interested in for when we move to a bigger house in the next few years. I would not sacrifice a school district for any house. It’s very important to us that our future children attend great public schools. You can find loads of info online about all school districts. You can see rankings, reviews, stats (graduation rates, racial breakdowns, etc.) You should definitely check it out!
In addition to that, we want a nice yard (fenced) and a large kitchen. 🙂
Post # 10
Thanks this is all helpful information….I will def. be checking out the info. online to kind of see for myself….we go back tomm. to look at the house….it just stinks because we need to find something soon or we will be renting somewhere else which could be throwing away more money towards something we will not own and secondly wherever we rent when we do find a house we will have to possibly pull our daughter from the school she started in ughh this is so frustrating!!
Post # 11
Schools are important for us when finding a new house. My parents picked their house b/c of schools, we were walking distance to a good elementary, middle, and high school. It was really nice.
Post # 12
If we had kids, good schools would be a big deal for us and maybe make a house a “no.” However, have you looked into charter schools in the area? That might be a good option for you if you love the house…
Post # 13
@ms sweets:Yes school districts are very important. We don’t have kids yet but we still bought our home in a great school district because it would be easy to sale in the future.
Post # 14
non gas appliances, white kitchens, no fireplace, not enough bathrooms, no garage, bad neighbored, too close to the road, too close to neighbors house.
my list could go on and on. I was VERY picky.
Post # 15
Location, location, location. In addition to the benefits your family will enjoy being in a good school district, you can always sell a house in a good district. Much tougher in a bad district, which becomes even more difficult with the current housing market. I have very painful, expensive carnal knowledge about buying a house in an “iffy” school district. Another house will come along–don’t rush into such a huge decision. Perhaps you can look at a month-to-month lease or renting in your target school district so that your daughter won’t have to switch schools later.
Post # 16
A bad school district would be a definite NO for us.
Bad neighborhood would also be a no.
ANY kind of structural problems would be a NO.
Kitchen. We need a big kitchen in our next home. Our kitchen now sucks and I hate it.