Here in Monroe County, today is the first day of school. Growing up a Michigan girl, August was still full-on summer. Our family vacations were always in August and school was the last thing on our minds. Even so, I have to admit that I was ready for it today!
Whether you have kiddos or not, you should always keep in mind that school districts have a major part to play when it comes to property values. A good school can be the difference in a home selling in a week rather than a few months or more. Even if you have no intention of ever leaving your perfect new dream home, you should always make a point to think through the resale value and the marketability of a property before you make the purchase.
Until I had children I never gave it a thought. I figured all the schools were going to be pretty similar so it didn't really matter. Well, it did. Half way through my daughter's kindergarten year we had such a bad experience with her school that we moved during spring break! Now, I understand this is a bit extreme, but had I thought more about the schools prior to purchasing the property I likely wouldn't have been in such a tricky position.
There are many places you can go to look up information on schools and any real estate agent should be able to help you through. Great Schools is a good resource and can be located HERE. Great Schools goes through academics, demographics, environment. It's very thorough and allows you to compare different schools using the same criteria. Although the property listing should clearly state the appropriate schools, they aren't always right. For an up to date map of boundaries, go to the source, Monroe County School Corporation. Of course, there is always a private option, but for resale, the public schools are the ones that matter.
Cheers to all of you who have little kiddos going off to school this month. If you are considering a move, let me know... I'm always here to help.