Worried About Home Values? Check Your Local School Rankings

Robin Fenchel February 15, 2012

One of the first questions that buyers ask at Open Houses relates specifically to whether a home or condo falls within a particular school boundary. There is indeed a correlation between home values and great schools. It goes without saying that parents begin worrying about their children’s education as early as preschool. As more students vie to secure a spot in the top colleges and universities, the competition has become greater to give one’s child an edge and at an earlier age than in years past.

Prospective homeowners research schools when they begin to think about starting a family, and it is a driving force in the purchase of a home whose neighborhood falls within the boundaries of top-scoring schools.

One of the primary reasons we decided to move to Irvine was because of the great reputation of the Irvine public schools. When families have to decide whether to pay thousands of dollars for a private school education to ensure that their children receive the best education possible, we realize how blessed we are that we have a fabulous public school system. Indeed, great schools not only benefit our children’s education and opportunities to succeed in a competitive world, but a school’s reputation can add thousands of dollars to your property’s value.

Alderwood Basics Plus Elementary SchoolTurtle Rock Elementary School MonikerUniversity High School PhotoUC Irvine Anteater

Here in the villages of the University Town Center and Quail Hill in Irvine, we are privileged to have Turtle Rock Elementary and Alderwood Basics Plus elementary schools, respectively, both of which have been named California Distinguished Schools, as well as University High School, which is nationally-ranked among the top 100 high schools in the United States (#76 in 2008 according to the U.S. News & World Report). Moreover, in 2008 there were 31 students named National Merit Semi-Finalists, and University High continues to rank among the top high schools in Orange County for SAT scores. We are also fortunate to have one of the top rated universities in the University of California at Irvine also named as one of the top 100 in this year’s edition of U.S. News & World Report (#44 ) for America’s best colleges.

So irrespective of whether or not you have children of school age, you will be a seller at some point in the future. And the people to whom you will more than likely be selling will ultimately care about the quality of their neighborhood schools and the value they add to their children’s and grand children’s future educational success as well as the added value to the properties in which these schools are located.

For more information on the local schools go to the Irvine Unified School District. For more information University High School, see SchoolMatters.

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