There has been a change in home buying habits in recent years. Millennials, the next large generation of homebuyers, are buying their "dream homes" first. In past generations, folks bought a starter home and then grew into larger homes. This new generation is deciding exactly what they want as a final home and buying it right away.
One of the major factors in making a home buying decision for a young couple is the quality of the local schools.
In the past, homebuyers went looking for things like garages, better kitchens, and more bedrooms as the deciding factors. Now, home buyers are looking for better schools for their children or their future children.
For buyers, this means that it's important to know how schools rate on the most important factors.
Note that the rating sites are not the only ways to discover the best school districts. It can be helpful to visit the schools. Sometimes, the graduation and test score rates are affected by economic factors at the student's homes or whether or not there is a language barrier.
Good schools are important for today's homebuyers. If you're a homebuyer, you can use any of the sites that offer the raw numbers. However, it's also important to look at the schools themselves.
As a home seller, if you live by a highly rated school, you should include this information in all of your advertising and mention it to young homebuyers when they visit.