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Useful Tools When Buying a Home

If you live near a school, you may be hearing the ringing of bells as local schools gear up for their students to arrive! While school may not be in session quite yet, those bells signal that it’s time to prepare. It’s time to sharpen the pencils, search out the best in backpacks, and make some plans for the new year!

As both students and parents know, preparation is the key to a brighter future. The same can be said when buying a new home. Do you have the tools you need to help you find the right home for you and your family?

Is there a school where you can learn how to buy a home?

I’m sure you could find them – the internet caters to all needs these days – however, your best choice is to conduct a little research and then choose to work with a real estate agent that knows your area, someone like me. Knowing your neighborhood means being aware of similar property values, market trends, crime statistics, and the local schools. When you trust your agent to help you determine home pricing and neighborhood values, you’ll find the home buying and selling process much easier. Real estate can be tricky and you’ll be ahead of the pack if you rely on your agent to share their knowledge of the area you are exploring.

If you want to begin your own research on any area, here are some resources for you to consider.

When evaluating a neighborhood, consider the school district as well as the individual school. School statistics change year to year, but general trends can be determined.  In addition to test scores, the amount a school district or individual school spends per child, the teacher turn-over rate, and parent satisfaction ratings can all provide you with valuable insight into the health of the school district.  Schools can have an affect on the long-term sale of a home and your happiness with your community at large.

For more information on school districts in San Diego, or for help finding your new home, contact Marci Pruett at: marci@pruettgrou.com or (858) 531-1119.

 

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