A Real Estate Perspective
As a real estate professional that has ranked among the top 1 pecent of all realtors since 1999 and an agent with more than 20 years of real estate market experience, I have seen firsthand the importance of a strong school district. Utica Community Schools has a strong reputation for academic achievement and is one of a select number of districts in this region that parents specifically request when they are looking for a place to raise their families.
Individuals without children also want a strong school district. In addition to improving the strength of your property values, education is very important and I think most people understand that. I really do believe this a great school district.
The Utica Community Schools has the added benefit of not only academic excellence, but also a lower tax base. This is attractive because homeowners are able to invest more into a larger or better home than other communities with a higher tax rate.
For new homeowners, I think UCS is an attractive community to consider based on a winning combination of an excellent school district, strong and safe neighborhoods, great local services and a lower tax base.
As a licensed real estate agent working with an established and experienced agent, I have learned how the school system impacts property values and desirability. We have found that the homes we have sold in the district have surely been impacted positively by the district's reputation. Many buyers we have worked with have specific school criteria and we work with them to find a home that meets their needs in the area they have already specified. Even if a home buyer does not have school age children, most are aware that the success of a school district has an impact on the value of a property.
Overall according to our clients, UCS has been able to maintain an exceptional level of educational programs while under tremendous financial pressure from the state. We have many clients that believe their property values have in part increased due to the reputation of the schools in which they reside.
On the flip side, UCS is the only school district in Macomb County that our buyer clients specifically request. We attribute this to the lower tax base and the strong academic reputation of UCS.
Additionally, at least at the schools my children have attended, there are programs to benefit the students that may need a little help meeting their academic goals. It’s important to recognize that UCS has been able to continue to support both ends of the academic spectrum.
I chose to move to this area specifically for the schools. I feel that with busy schedules and more two parent income households it is important that there be strong communication and support between the schools and its student families. The schools also fill a role in creating a community type environment, whether it is a play at the school or an athletic event. This may be the only time some busy parents and neighbors come together as a group. If you believe “it takes a village” to raise a child, then you must understand the importance of these events.
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Utica Community Schools Board of Education