Schools

Bidding wars and better schools

Housing is all about the schools. This created the situation that springtime house hunters face in most areas around Boston. A little perspective: In the book The Two Income Trap, one of the ongoing tropes is that the pressure to send one’s children to “good” schools underlies the competition for houses in well-regarded schools systems.

Are you moving to Somerville for the schools?

Do you learn better by doing a project than by sitting at a desk and reading? Do you think your children are like you in that regard? If so, you may want to move to Somerville--for the schools. Say what? Somerville Schools just got the motherlode of good luck in the school department. Powderhouse Studios 

How do I choose a town to live in, if I’ve never lived there?

Anyone who is thinking of buying in a town where they do not live should test drive the town before starting to house hunt. A cursory look at the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) will give you an idea of where you can afford to be. If you do not know the area, spend some time

By | 2016-12-28T14:00:59+00:00 August 31st, 2016|Categories: buying process, Schools|Tags: , , |

Where do you get information about schools?

Public information: The Department of Education publishes district profiles. To open a report card, write the town or district into the box for “Search for your Report Card.” Then use the hyperlinks below that to see the information. Within this data, you will find information about not only test scores, but stats on the qualifications

Get the best education you can afford for your children

So, what do you do to get the best education you can afford for your children? Public information: The Department of Education publishes district profiles. To open a report card, write the town or district into the box for “Search for your Report Card.” Then use the hyperlinks below that to see the information. Within

By | 2016-12-28T14:01:07+00:00 March 25th, 2015|Categories: House Hunting, Schools|Tags: , , , |

Choosing location, location, location

Some houses only sell in seller’s markets. That is when buyers are willing to do their deepest compromises. Buyers who are considering entering the market need to know that we are still in a seller’s market. When buyers get desperate, they look at seriously location-impaired houses. I am talking really impaired! Stuff like a house

By | 2016-12-28T14:01:08+00:00 January 14th, 2015|Categories: House Hunting, Schools|Tags: , , , , , , , |

I want a good school district. Why does that cost so much more?

House hunters with children, or hypothetical children, almost always ask about schools. Parents want good schools for their kids. Immediately, they run into the brick wall: houses and condos in high-scoring school districts cost more than houses and condos in lower-scoring towns. Why is that?   There are two factors:  Education is funded mainly by

By | 2016-12-28T14:01:14+00:00 December 11th, 2013|Categories: House Hunting, Schools|