Schools should play a big factor in your home search

Smart homebuyers place a premium on many factors when it comes to purchasing a home. Noise levels, proximity to fun and trendy restaurants, bars and parks, and the “cool” all factor into your home purchase. If you have children or not, the quality of nearby schools are should be at the top of your list.

We have learned that areas with higher ranking schools have homes that sell faster and often times for more money than homes with lower school rankings. Homes around a good school usually withstand the downturns in the market more effectively and ride the upturns higher.

The reason is in the numbers. According to the 2018 National Association of REALTORS® Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, 24 percent of home buyers listed quality of schools and 21 percent listed being close to schools as deciding factors in their home purchase.

Factors Influencing Neighborhood Choice

By these numbers, a quarter of the buyers will make their home purchase decision not based on the curb appeal of your home, but of nearby schools. It is likely that they will pay more for the privilege than the same home near a lower quality school.

Being real estate agents, we will help you with many aspects of your home search, but the Fair Housing Act barres us from telling you which schools are the best. We can set up a search for you in a particular area near the schools of your choice.

The popular online home search sites will list which schools are zoned for the for home you are searching. You can even narrow down your search for homes zoned for a particular school.

GreatSchools.org is a national non-profit that provides ratings for public and private schools. These ratings are based on student test scores, reviews from students and parents, and other data. This is a great tool to assess the quality of schools in Reno and Sparks.

Here is a link to a list of the schools in the Reno/Sparks Area:

Once you have decided which neighborhoods contain the schools you want, reach out to us and we can answer any questions you might have. We can also set you up on a program that can email you homes for sale in your target area as they become available. All at no cost to you!

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