How to Research School Districts

Finding the right school district can make moving easier.

Your family has a move in its future and it includes changing schools. As if finding a new place and managing a move isn’t enough stress, but adding in a school change can be a challenge for the entire family. So how do you go about finding a home you love with a strong school system? Here are a few tips for researching school districts:FInd the rights school district

General Information:

When you are starting your home search be sure to use a reputable REALTOR, as they are knowledgeable on neighborhoods and school districts. Many times, listings have links to the affiliated schools so you can easily find information about the system in that neighborhood.

More Specific:

The MN Department of Education ( has a website that includes a section called “MN Report Card” (find it under the Data Center tab) where you can find all sorts of district or school specific information on public schools. It’s easy to use – you can select from any district in the state or a specific grade school, middle school or high school and you’ll have all sorts of information at your disposal. Information on test scores, demographics and general school and district wide information are available via this site.Read More »

Messes and More: How to Sell a Home with Young Children

Children toys should be hidden during an open house.
Children toys should be hidden during an open house.

Selling a home is stressful. You stage a house to reflect the spaciousness of the floor plan and show how the rooms can accommodate different people. Toys, sticky messes, and baby gates are a distraction and limits the buyers the home will appeal to. Staging a home can make rooms unlivable and inconvenient for family use. Some of the objects you may deem necessities detract from the overall appeal of your house for buyers.

Buyers often come into homes with a singular focus: light, open, and airy rooms. They want to imagine their life in the home, not the one it currently possesses. Here are the easiest ways to keep your home livable while appealing to a mass market.

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