According to the National Association of Realtors ®, “Of all the local neighborhood amenities that can influence a buyer’s decision to purchase a home, proximity to good quality schools is one of the most influential.”
Homes in proximity to good schools have higher property values, plain and simple. Homes in neighborhoods with highly-rated public schools often are priced higher than homes that are not. Home buyers seek out good schools, which increase property values for everyone. Whether or not you have children, or your children are no longer school-aged, good schools in good school districts are an amenity that any parent wants, which strengthens and increases the value of the homes in those neighborhoods.
The good news for those seeking to buy or sell homes in the Northeast Valley, including Paradise Valley, North Scottsdale and Fountain Hills, is these high-performing school districts featuring “good schools” are already in place. The schools in Northeast Valley are part of the Paradise Valley Unified School District, the Scottsdale Unified School District and Fountain Hills Unified School District. While some of these schools permit open enrollment, if a particular school is not accepting new students, residing in that school’s zoned neighborhood may be required before your student may be enrolled.
While I can help you narrow down your school choices when searching for your next home, you can also get started researching these districts. Websites such as www.greatschools.org break down the test scores as well as the community ratings of each school district, as well as the schools themselves. Another website, www.schooldigger.com, ranks the schools using criteria such as student to teacher ratio and test scores. Then you can rest assured that your decision to buy a home, if based on proximity to a good school is important, is a sound one.