August 18, 2018 | Bob Myers
It should come as no surprise that buying a home in a good school district is important to homebuyers. According to a report from,  86% of 18-34 year-olds and 84% of those aged 35-54 indicated that their  home search areas were defined by school district boundaries.
What is surprising, however, is that 78% of recent homebuyers sacrificed features from their “must-have” lists in order to find homes within their dream school districts.
The  top feature sacrificed was a garage at 19%, followed closely by a large  backyard, an updated kitchen, the desired number of bedrooms, and an outdoor living area. The full results are shown in the graph below.

Buyers are attracted to schools with high test scores, accelerated  academic programs, art and music programs, diversity, and before and  after-school programs.
With a limited number of homes available  to buy in today’s real estate market, competition is fierce for homes in  good school districts. Danielle Hale, Chief Economist for, explained further,
       “Most buyers understand that they may not be able to find a  home that covers every single item on their wish list, but our survey  shows that school districts are an area where many buyers aren’t willing  to compromise.
         For many buyers and not just buyers with children, ‘location, location, location,’ means ‘schools, schools, schools.’”  (emphasis added)

Bottom Line

For buyers across the country, the quality of their children’s (or future  children’s) education ranks highest on their must-have lists.  Before you start the search for your next home, meet with me to discuss your particular needs.

Please consider The Myers Team your  resource for all things real estate. We have over 30 years of real  estate experience, specializing in the Montgomery County area. If you  are refinancing, want a recommendation, need a service provider or just have a home related question, please give me a call at 301-910-9910  or  email me at


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