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                           REAL ESTATE                                                                        Schools a Big Factor in Home Purchase
                                                                                                               by Metro News Service          and are two        evaluate the town or school
                                                                                                                Although granite coun-        of the premier sites. They       district based on the sports
                                                                                                            tertops and interior living       break down test scores, de-      or other opportunities of-
                                                                                                            area may be foremost on           mographics, parent and stu-      fered to students.
                                                                                                            the minds of house shop-          dent reviews and many other         Be advised that the school
                                                                                                            pers, individuals also have       things that are vital to get-    closest to a home might not
                                                                                                            to take school districts into     ting a picture of the school     be the one a student will at-
                                                                                                            consideration when look-          as a whole. The sites also       tend. Zoning laws, and not
                                                                                                            ing at homes, particularly        use a ranking system from 1      necessarily proximity, often
     724-543-1039                                                                                           if they’re concerned about        to 10 (10 being the best) to     dictate where a student will
      NEWLY LISTED                                                        724-548-4157                      giving their children the best    show how the school stands       attend school. Therefore, it
                                      148 Main St Ford City
                                           Office Hours:                         G                           education possible.               in comparison to others in       is important to check with
                                         M-F 9am to 5pm                   LIS                                  According to research by       terms of test scores.            the real estate agent or town
                                           Sat. - by appt.         NE
                                     #879758 Ford City Boro
                                                                                                            The Wall Street Journal,             Buyers also may want to       to ensure the research be-
                                     Cozy Two Bedroom With                                                  buyers are willing to pay         make a trip to visit the area    ing done is for the correct
                                   Living Room, Dining Room,       ML#879548!! Spacious 4 bed-              more for a property if it is      they’re considering during
                                 Kitchen, Updated And Move in
                                                                   room home with open floor plan
200 Frick Drive - 2 BR ranch      Condition. Features a Smaller                                             in a good school district.        school hours. This way they             Some parents prefer
                                    Yard for Those Who Dont’t      located on 10 acres with plenty
w/ large kitchen & LR, large     Like to Cut Grass! Plus a 1 Car   of privacy. Large master bath and        That’s because even if they       can drive by the school and      their children go to private
yard, storage shed (12x10),      Detached Garage! Only $54,900     walk in closet! Awesome place            do not have children, buy-        see for themselves the type      school, and many towns and
                                    #879250 Cherryhill Twp/        for the outdoors lover! Very large       ers know that a good school       of students and parents en-
covered deck & porch en-                      Clymer
                                                                                                                                                                               cities have a number of op-
closed, and so much more!                                          24x36 ft. garage! Its worth taking
                                    Picture Perfect, This Home                                              district helps a home remain      tering or exiting the build-     tions. In addition to the pub-
                                   Offers 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths,     a look!!
Call Today! $55,000                                                                                         attractive.                       ing. One also may want to        lic schools, agents should be
                                  and Ease of One Floor Living.                 G
                                                                             TIN                               Not all schools are created    set up a brief meeting with      able to point buyers toward
NEWLY                              Large Deck & Shed. Mature
                                 Fruit Bushes, Pond, & Gardens.           LIS
                                                                      W                                     equal, and some rank better       the principal to learn more      the private schools in the
LISTED                                    Paved Driveway,
                                                                                                            in test scores and teacher-to-    about the ideals of the school   area. Some may be able to
                                   1 Car Integral Garage, Home
5 2 3                             Warranty Included! $169,900                                               student ratios than others.       and its goals.                   list tuition costs and accep-
M a i n                                #879242 Manor Twp.                                                   These are essential factors            It’s also necessary to      tance requirements.
Street                            Exceptional 3 Bedroom Brick
                                    Two Story Home! Decora-                                                 to think about when look-         look at the proximity of the         Having a picture of the
- 3 BR                            tive Swireled Plaster Ceilings   ML#879554!! Spa-                         ing at homes. Although            school to the house. Some        school district in the area
home, very nice condition,         Throughout! Eat-in Kitchen      cious home on corner. There is a
new within the last 5 years:        With Ceramic Tile Floors!      rental unit in the lower level that is
                                                                                                            real estate agents can of-        towns have rules in place        buyers are considering will
most windows, 4 bsmt win-          Finished Family Room, Two       occupied. Taxes include $1200 for        fer some basic information        regarding busing or walking      help offer a better idea of
                                    Fireplaces! 1 Car Attached     sewage and garbage. Newer win-
dows, 3 doors, & kitchen                 Garage! $144,900                                                   about what schools are in         to school. Students who live     the neighborhood and the
                                                                   dows with marble window sills. A lot
cabinets!   Call     Today!            #849781 Manor Twp.          of house for the money. Come check       the area, legally they may        within a certain distance        people around whom they’ll
                                 Looking For One Floor Living?
$94,900                           Two Bedrooms, Living Room
                                                                   it out easy to show. The main house      not be able to share opinions     from the school may have to      be living. School districts
                                                                   and the rental are currently vacant.
      JUST REDUCED                 With Fireplace, Large Eat-in                                             on how “good”the schools          find their own transportation     are important to consider
                                    Kitchen, Nice Heated 2 Car                  G
                                   Detached Garage. Subject to               TIN                            are or be able to break down      to and from school. This is      when buying a home, so
                                 Short Sale Approval. Must Have
                                                                      W                                     the demographics of student       something to mull over.          much so that buyers are
                                      Proof of Funds. $39,900
                                    #849487 Kittanning Boro                                                 populations. It is typically           Families that are inter-    willing to pay a little more
                                 Design Your Own Home! Create       Ml#879478! ! This gorgeous hill         up to the buyer to do his or      ested in a host of extracur-     if it means having a good
                                  The Bathroom You’ve Always       top view can be yours. Treat your-       her own research.                 ricular activities can also      school in their area.
                                   Wanted, Update Your Dream       self to convenience and a quiet
2320 Pleasant View Drive -        Kitchen, Transform The Third     country setting with this newly            Because the tax dollars that
3 BR ranch, 1 ½ bath, well       Floor Into a Master Suite, Many   painted and carpeted home. Pris-         home owners pay largely go
maintained property, 3 car        Possibilities! Solid Construc-   tine condition in and out This is        to fund schools and town im-
det. garage, central air, & so       tion, Good Roof! $19,900      a Must See Home. Only minutes
                                                                   from Routes 66 & 28 and Crooked          provements, it is important
much more! $124,900              FEATURED PROPERTY                 Creek State Park! You Won’t Want         to look at the schools. Also,
                                                                   To Miss This One.
      NEWLY LISTED                                                                                          if the home will be a step-
                                                                             TIN                            ping stone to another home
                                                                      W                                     in a few years, buyers want
                                                                                                            to ensure their home has the
                                                                   ML#879768                                best chance for resale. Of-
2223 Manor Drive - 3                                               Charming
                                                                   spacious                                 tentimes, a good school dis-
BR ranch, very well                  #871626 Gilpin Twp.           and a great                              trict is a factor future buyers
cared for, attached ga-          What A Discovery! Remodeled       floor plan! Just a few of the many
                                                                                                            will think about.
                                 2 Story Home At a Reasonable      pluses that come with this 2 story
rage, Sun porch w/ lots          Price! Open & Spacious Floor      home. Master bed w/bath on main             There are some Web sites
of windows, partially             Plan, New Kitchen Cabinets,      floor, 4 more & full bath on 2nd          that can help prospective
                                 And Counter Tops, 3 Bedroom       floor all this and a double lot , quiet
finished full basement,                                                                                      buyers look at the schools
                                   Corner Double Lot & 2 Car       neighborhood on a one way street.                                          According to recent surveys, school buildings and the ed-
& so much more!                                                    This is a Must See Home, includes        in the areas they are con-
                                        Garage! $105,000                                                                                      ucational environment are important factors in selecting
$134,900                         JULY 24 OPEN HOUSE 1-3            13 month Home Warranty.                  sidering.
                                                                                                                                              the area to buy a new home.

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