Would you buy a house in a mediocre school district?

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  • poll: Would you consider buying a house in a mediocre school district if you didn't have kids?
    Yes : (33 votes)
    57 %
    No : (25 votes)
    43 %
  • Post # 33
    8106 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    blondie603 :  when I was looking at school districts I was looking for good to great. We’re both college educated professionals that value learning and so I wasn’t too worried that we couldn’t afford the top district in the state because we can and will supplement at home. But what we did want to avoid is a school district so crappy that even a motivated child would be stuck dealing with significant resource shortages, a lack of arts and extra curriculars, and constant classroom disruption (either by fellow students or teachers who cycle out often). 

    Post # 34
    431 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2019 - York, ME

    kelbrimale :  You have to fill out an application, and if your school of choice doesn’t have any openings you’ll go onto a wait list. We still pay property taxes to our district, but can go to an out of district school for no additional cost (from my understanding). 

    We live in a ski resort community, where we have a ton of very expensive, unoccupied houses so the schools are a lot better in the resort district instead of where people actually live. All of Colorado has open enrollment, but I could see it being difficult to get into the school of choice in a more populated area.

    Post # 35
    3872 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 2016

    dianaj17 :  This.  Where we live, a small house with a mediocre school district is still over $500k.  I struggled with this when we bought our house since D.H. and I do want to have a kid in the next couple of years, but we’d have to spend over $800k to get what we have now (2b/3bath) in a more prestigious school district and greatly increase our daily commutes.  If your market is like ours, resale value will still be strong.  Houses where we live sell in less than 48 hours, even in the mediocre school districts.  D.H. and I also both have advanced degrees in different subjects, so I feel comfortable we’ll be able to help our future children succeed if the teaching really is subpar. 

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