By: Aimee Brasseur
Today many Valley residents sent their kids off to school.
Some felt like this:
And others more like this:
Modern Family snippet of Cam crying
There’s plenty to report on regarding back-to-school in the Valley!
#1) JMU Kids are back and already frustrating Valley residents. Lines at Walmart are longer, downtown restaurants are louder, and Port Road is the kiss of death. Don’t worry, though, Winter Break will be here before you know it. Side note, I can say these things because I just graduated from JMU. It’s like a blonde telling blonde jokes. I’m blonde, too so I can also make that joke.
Other back-to-school topics? We could chat about the recent WHSV interview with the Rockingham County Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Carol Fenn. Click here for a link to that video.
We could chat healthy, budget-friendly school lunches or how to find a tutor for your child, too. We’re lucky to live in a Valley of higher education…Bridgewater, EMU, JMU, Mary Baldwin…consider these options when trying to find a tutor for your youngin’.
BUT! Today we’re going to chat about real estate and back-to school. How are the two related? You’ll see shortly!
In their sample size, a recent Realtor.com study found that: “Home buyers are willing to pay more and give up certain features for a home located in their district of choice. These buyers are especially willing to give up access to shopping and nearby parks and trails, among other amenities, to reside within the school-district boundaries of their choice.”
And also according to the data from this study:
- 23.59 percent would pay 1-5 percent above budget
- 20.70 percent would pay 6-10 percent above budget
- 8.98 percent would pay 11-20 percent above budget
- 40.33 percent would not go above budget
To read the full Realtor.com article, click here. It’s a good one, so I recommend checking it out.
In high school, I personally had experience with relocating.
I remember when I moved to the Valley the summer before the 11th grade, I begged and begged my parents to find a home that was in the Spotswood School District. In hindsight, I think I would have been just fine at any high school in the Valley.
However, thanks to social media websites like GreatSchools.org, parents are now able to gain insight into schools before relocating to the area or moving from one part of the Shenandoah Valley to another. When I moved here 10 years ago, school preference was mostly word-of-mouth, and you can only guess how that opinion varied from Bridgewater, to Harrisonburg, to Penn Laird, to Broadway.
For those of you unfamiliar with GreatSchools.org, the website is a parent community where you can compare K-12 school ratings nationwide to find the best schools. The website includes school ratings, reviews, and test scores.
As I start to consider the purchase of my first home, schools is something that’s in the back of my mind. My fiance and I don’t have any children yet, but I do want to make sure that we are aware of the different school ratings in the area. They could vary well change, though, by the time we buy a home and the time our child goes to elementary school, middle school, high school, etc.
For a list of many private and public schools in Valley, click here. The link will take you to the “Private and Public Schools” board on the Kline May Realty Pinterest account. You can use this board and GreatSchools.org to complete any school research you may need to do before contacting Jeremy and Derik about purchasing or selling a home.
What are your thoughts on the school district topic? Have you compromised on certain home features to make sure your child is in the school district of your choice? Have you paid over budget for a home in your ideal school district? Valley resident or not, let us know in the comments!
We’d love your feedback.