On Chicago’s North Shore and around the nation it’s the time of year when families consider moving to get their children into a preferred school district. Statistics show that school-district boundaries do impact the buying decision for more than 60 percent of home buyers. In addition home buyers may be willing to pay more and give up certain “wants” for a home located in their district of choice. Some buyers are especially willing to give up access to shopping and nearby comforts, among other amenities, to reside within the school-district boundaries of their choice.
If you’re in the market for a new house during this time-frame it could mean more space, great neighborhoods and ideal schools. Follow these five tips to find your dream home near the area that fits your needs:
1. Make a list of questions for your Realtor. When you’re ready to tour the homes on your short list, be prepared with the questions that will help you make the best investment. Ask about things that matter specifically to you and your family but also what matters for the home’s future value. Your Realtor will be able to guide you to find the right home, in the right location, near the right school.
2. Know your family’s needs. Is your family growing? Is square footage the most important factor, or a large backyard? Make a list of exactly what you need in your family’s new home.
3. Review school information, an app can usually help. The Schools tab provides detailed information about the grades taught at each school, including the student-teacher ratio and the GreatSchools rating.
4. Look for parks and play areas in the map view. View your search results on a map and narrow results by homes that have a place for your kids to get the wiggles out. You can also look for other things that matter to you, like how far away it is from a baseball diamond. Draw your own search boundary with your finger, if a specific area really matters to you. More info HERE
As a relocation guide and top performing real estate professional for the Chicago North Suburban are for over 25 years, Gloria Matlin is known as a trusted resource. Let her high producing real estate methods and personable style speak for themselves. She prides herself on providing optimal service whether relocating, property investing, downsizing, luxury up-sizing, or simply needing assistance finding your first your dream home, Gloria Matlin is the consummate North Shore real estate professional and the right person for the job. She can be found in the downtown district of North Shore’s village of Glencoe – 640 Vernon Ave., 60022.