Of course, every parent wants the best for their children, especially where their education is concerned. Sending them to a great school isn’t as easy as it may seem; competition is tough and you have to live in the appropriate catchment area if you want your child to stand a chance at being accepted. As a result, demand for properties near decent schools is high. You’ll therefore notice that the value of such properties is inflated.
Do Your Research
The best thing to do is to narrow down the area in which you’d like to live. After that, it’s important to research the local schools. So much information is available online so it shouldn’t be too tricky for you to establish which schools are worth looking into. For example, a quick scout of the school’s website will let you know more about their admissions process, their inspection reports and some performance data.
You’ll also find forums or Facebook groups where residents will detail their experience with the school. This will help you determine whether or not there are any problem areas, such as bullying or high staff turnover. It’s a good idea to narrow down several schools that you can place in preference order on your application forms. If there seem to be no decent schools in the area, you might need to think about looking for a property in a different town.
Of course, you’ll have to visit the area; get a feel for both the residential areas and the local schools. You’ll be able to find out a little more about how much the local houses are being sold for online. The estate agents in the area will also be a fantastic source of information.
When buying a home, be sure to factor in that fact that it might not be a speedy process. Also, don’t let the fact that a property is in a desired catchment area blind you to potential problems. All the usual house buying rules should apply, but with the additional requirement that you’d like to be near a good school.
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This post was written by Dennis Adam