If you’ve visited your local supermarket in recent weeks, you’ve probably noticed the tell-tale signs that school is about to begin: colorful notebooks lining the shelves, shopping lists placed out front, and parents and kids racing through the aisles to get every item. While this marks a busy and exciting time for most individuals with school-aged children, it may raise some concerns for those parents who are also knee-deep in house hunting.
If summer got away from you before you located the ideal home, our Boca Raton real estate agents have three helpful tips for house hunting during the back-to-school season.
1. Research the School Zones
When making a move with school-aged children in tow, their educational needs often becomes the most important aspect of the process. A web search is a great way to begin compiling your list of preferred schools, as rankings, class size and more should be readily available. From there, consider calling the top schools to learn more about transportation, course offerings, extracurricular activities, and other key areas of interest and concern. Others who live in the area (like our Boca Raton real estate agents) can also be a great source of information when it comes to the local school district, so don’t be afraid to ask. Additionally, consider visiting the top contenders with your child to get a feel for the school environment. This will prove to be invaluable when narrowing your home search down to specific school zones.
2. Budget Accordingly
With the start of school looming, it can be easy to become overwhelmed. One of the best ways to overcome this is to make the most of the time you do have. If you are not currently located near the area, schedule showings and school tours close together and come prepared with questions to speed things up. When arranging a babysitter is not an option, bring some games or toys to keep small children occupied while touring homes.
In addition to budgeting time, also budget for expenses. Heading back to school often comes with a price tag, so it is essential to consider how closing costs and other fees associated with buying a home will play into your family’s monthly budget. A real estate agent can help you best determine what costs you can expect so that you can make informed purchasing decisions.
3. Work With a Local Expert
Enlisting a professional who is experienced in the local area is always advisable, particularly when time is of the essence. At Boca Expert Realty, none of our agents practice real estate on a part-time basis, as it is too often the case. With a full-time agent, you get a full-time commitment and a level of dedication that comes only from real estate being a career. In addition, each of our Boca Raton real estate agents live in the area, and therefore offer the added benefit of first-hand knowledge on everything from local schools to local restaurants. Consider us your trusted local guide.
Ready to accelerate your home search with guidance from a local expert? Reach out to our team today to discuss your needs and start touring homes that fit them. You’ll be calling us your neighbor before you know it.
Gloria Singer is the Broker of Boca Expert Realty, a boutique Boca Raton real estate company with a focus on professional service and an unparalleled customer experience. Our select agents are amongst the top performing professionals in the field. Visit www.BocaExpert.com for information on Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Highland Beach real estate and to connect with an expert in the local market.