Magazine Provides Answers about Schools for Realtor
Jim Grapes - June 5, 2008
As a Realtor in
I can answer some of these questions, but others I am not. Fair Housing Laws protect homebuyers from various types of discrimination. For example, Federal and State laws forbids me from helping a homebuyer find a home in a particular neighborhood based upon the buyer's preference of racial demographics. This is known as "steering" and its a bad idea even if requested by the client. I agree with Fair Housing Laws and do my best to comply with them.
important question I'm frequently asked is, "How are the schools in this
area?" Potential home buyers often
want to find areas with the best public schools if there are children in the
family. I want to be helpful to my
clients, so I help them find the answers they are seeking. However, I avoid offering my personal
opinions concerning specific schools.
As a real estate professional in
good sources of objective information concerning the quality of schools very
important to real estate sales associates and to homebuyers. Usually, I rely on official information
The Washington State Report Card provides a lot of information about each school district in our state. However, it doesn't compare school districts of schools with each other. It merely displays WASL Results, Student Demographics and Teacher Information. It would be up to the interested person to manually compare the data between various schools districts. This is why I enjoy finding articles in newspapers and magazines that compare schools. Sometimes you can find regional comparisons.
Magazine recently published a very helpful article for those seeking the top
schools in a particular area. On
May 17, 2008 they published an article titled: "The Top of the Class, The
complete list of the 1,300 top
It is difficult to compare schools and it's nice to see a method in print. Newsweek Magazine basically ranks schools by a ratio of advanced placement exams (Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or Cambridge tests) taken in that school divided by the number of graduating seniors in May or June. The higher the ratio the higher the school ranks. They count advanced placement tests taken by juniors and seniors, so a school could have a ration of 1.0 if half the juniors and seniors take one advanced placement exam. See the article for more information on the methodology.