How Much of a Role Do Good Schools Play Into Buyers Paying More for Homes?

notre dame high school photoOne of the most important factors families with kids consider when buying a home is whether there are good public schools nearby. A good public school will save families tens of thousands of dollars that might otherwise be spent on private schools, for one. Homes in neighborhoods with highly-rated public schools often are priced higher than homes that are not. While there may be an argument that more affluent and highly educated homeowners live in the neighborhoods with good schools, and higher test scores may accompany these homeowners’ schools, the bottom line is that home buyers still seek out these good schools, which increase property values for everyone.

The good news for those seeking to buy or sell homes in the Northeast Valley, including Paradise Valley, North Scottsdale and Fountain Hills, these high-performing school districts are already in place. The schools in Northeast Valley are part of the Paradise Valley Unified School District, the Scottsdale Unified School District and Fountain Hills Unified School District. Researching these districts is easy in the Internet age, with websites such as that break down the test scores as well as the community ratings of each school district, as well as the schools themselves. Another website,, ranks the schools using criteria such as student to teacher ratio and test scores. Your realtor can also help you narrow down these choices when searching for your next home.

Passion For Helping

hands art photoWhile there is certainly no shortage of real estate agents in the Scottsdale market, our realtor, Jon Mirmelli clearly stands out amongst the crowd. He has a passion for helping his clients find that perfect home in their chosen price range. It was easy to get seduced by the higher priced homes in the Scottsdale market and although we ended up paying a little more than we originally planned, we were and continue to be ecstatic about finding our perfect home. I think Jon knew we would end up in that price range but he honored our request and kept our original search criteria intact until we asked him to modify it. In other words, he won’t show you homes above your price range until you ask for it. Every request we had for Jon was responded to promptly. He was prepared for every scenario we threw at him…no matter how wacky it sounded. He knows the North Scottsdale market well and has relationships all over the Valley. If you need a realtor, you won’t be disappointed with Jon Mirmelli. 08/10/2015 – user27391943

Highly Recommend Him

iced tea cup photoJon has been extremely sincere, trust worthy & knew exactly what we were looking for. We relied on him for many important decision makings as we were in Ohio. We are extremely pleased with his services which are more than beyond his scope of work but he never hesitated to go the extra mile. He is ALWAYS on top of things & has been very responsive in communications. We would highly recommend Jon to anyone looking for a reliable, trust worthy, sincere & knowledgable real estate agent. Raj & Sheila  08/09/2015 – Raj Velaithan

Responsive And Professional

artwork photoJon helped us find the perfect home in the right location for our family. He was very responsive and professional. He helped us through the entire home buying process, reminding us of even the smallest details. I highly recommend Jon. 08/07/2015 – Julie Averill

Responsive Realtor

ice cream shop photoJon was fantastic to work with! He helped us find the perfect home for our family in the right location. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a professional, responsive realtor. He exceeded my expectations. 08/07/2015 – averill2006