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August 15, 2016

Get Smart About School Districts

When you’re buying a new home, one of the hot topics of discussion always seems to be “What school district will service this house?” Of course, if you have school age children, or are planning to start a family, the reason this question is so critical is easy to understand. Every parent wants the best possible education for his or her child, and nothing is more disappointing than finding the perfect house, only to find that the school system that covers it is an absolute disaster. But believe it or not, other factors come into play when you’re looking at the school district that will serve your new neighborhood. Here are some other considerations related to the ever-important school district question:
  1. The school district will affect the resale price of the home.
While you may or may not have children, keep in mind that parents are willing to pay more to have access to a superior local school system. This will drive up the cost of a home in that particular neighborhood. When a good number of people out there are willing to pay a premium rate to purchase a house in a certain school district, the overall cost of housing in the region will rise. Even if you don’t have children, you may want to invest in a home in a good school district, as it will most likely result in a higher resale value for your home when you decide it is time to move on.
  1. A good school district can protect your home from market fluctuations.
Even when the housing market is in a slump, homes in good school districts continue to move briskly. A quality local school district is one of the few things that will help a home preserve its value in a poor housing market. Prices of homes in excellent school districts tend to drop less during a stressed market, and these smaller price decreases tend to rebound more quickly once the market begins to correct.
  1. Better schools usually mean better neighborhoods.
Neighborhoods with a good number of children usually focus quite a bit other their efforts on safety. You tend to see less violence and crime in neighborhoods with good schools, and often there is a more connected neighborhood social system, often including a “watch” program of some kind. In particular, older individuals, single women and those who have a good many valuable possessions may want to look closely at the quality of the school system where they are hoping to buy, even if they don’t have children.
  1. If appearances matter to you…
Homes in neighborhoods served by excellent school systems are often very well maintained. We aren’t going to lie…high-quality home maintenance can set your budget back a bit. However, if you prefer living in a community that is visually appealing, with neat, tidy-looking houses and lawns, you’re not likely to find many eyesores in locations served by excellent schools. In most cases, those who can afford to buy homes in these higher-priced areas can also afford to keep them ship-shape. At Ernest Signature Custom Homes, we realize the value of a home located in a great school system. Our communities are placed in some of the top rated local school districts in the Savannah, GA area, including South Effingham/Effingham and Bryan County/Richmond Hill. These exceptional schools serve our customers well, providing their children with excellent public school educations. If you have questions about the school systems serving any of our communities, don’t hesitate to call our Sales Team at 912-756-4135 or drop us an email. We can give you the information you need to make an “educated” decision!
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