How Do School Boundaries Affect Your Fairfax County Home Purchase/Sale?
When I am working with buyers who have school-aged children, our search usually begins with one, or several, school boundaries. The reasons are obvious; if you believe a school would be well suited for your child, you will seek a home that will allow them to attend that school.
Buyers who don't have children are usually blissfully unaware of the school boundaries, but it should be an important consideration for them, too. At some point, every buyer becomes a seller. Selling a home in a school district, or within a boundary, that is in demand provides not only value, but saleability for your home.
As the Spring Market heats up, it is worth noting that Fairfax County is getting ready to begin a boundary study.
Now, let me just say, Fairfax County has some of the best schools in the country. They come out at the top in study after study. Every pyramid (as the high school/middle school/elementary combos are called) in the county that will provide an excellent education for an active student. Even within 'the best,' however, there are some schools that continue to contribute top-dollar value to the homes in their jurisdiction.
If you are buying a home, it is important to note which schools students from that area attend. It is also important to take note of any boundary discussions or questions that are being addressed in the county. You don't want to write a contract on a home only to find yourself surprised by a redistricting.
For more information about Fairfax County School boundaries
, you can click on the Fairfax County Boundary Information System
. Here you can type in the street address and find out the elementary, middle school and high school that students living in that house would attend.
If you would like to learn more about the upcoming boundary discussions, you can review this press release
from Fairfax County Public Schools: Fairfax High-Lanier Middle School Boundary Study. It is worth noting that this boundary study will impact student attendance at Chantilly High, Fairfax High, Falls Church High, Oakton High, Robinson High, Woodson High, Franklin Middle, Frost Middle, Jackson Middle, Lanier Middle, Robinson Middle, and Rocky Run Middle
As a consumer, it is important to take into account the value inherent in the home that you purchase. Remember that school boundaries factor into this equation, as well, and can have a significant impact on your future sale.
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