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How Much Do Schools Matter When Buying Your Home?


When choosing a new home, there are usually several items on the buyer’s list of priorities, but when kids are involved, school systems often top that list.  People are often willing to pay more and sacrifice other desires to make sure they are in the best school district for their children.  Private schools may be a feasible alternative for some, but that is not the case for many. Even if buyers don’t have children (or plan to have them), they may want to buy in where the schools have the best reputation because it will have a positive effect on resale value down the road. However, it’s important to remember that a poorly ranked school district does not automatically mean that the overall quality of local education in an area is poor.  You have to do your research. Consider the age of the schools, their physical condition, the student-to-teacher ratios and standardized test scores. Understanding how the school system works in Tennessee will be helpful in your search as well. In Tennessee, your child can attend any school in your district (called “intradistrict choice”), and students at low-performing schools, as designated by the state, can attend a different school in their district.  Some districts allow student to transfer to schools either in or outside their district (“interdistrict choice”).  There are also charter schools available.  Low-income students are eligible for scholarship funding to attend private schools.  Under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, students attending a Title I school designated as “in need of improvement” have the right to attend a higher performing in the district.  So, as you can see, there are a lot of options!

Finding the best place to live near Memphis for you and your family is something the real estate professionals at Your Key To Memphis can help you do. Contact Melissa Thompson and begin your search today!

Why Americans Consider Moving to Another State?

Some Highlights:

  • In a recent Harris Poll, Americans listed "change in climate/weather" as their top reason for wanting to relocate.
  • 41% would move for a “better job opportunity.”
  • Being closer to loved ones filled out 3 of the top 6 reasons why Americans move.
If this is your year to make a move - contact The Melissa Thompson Team at YourKeyToMemphis.com901.729.9526 or Melissa@YourKeyToMemphis.com.

101 Things To Do In Memphis: #66: 901 Fest

Serving as a celebratory cap to the city’s most festive month, 901Fest will exalt everything that makes Memphis wonderful - food, music, merchandise, people.

901Fest will showcase many of our city’s most positive elements in one day at one festival: live 901-based entertainment on multiple stages, local area artists, local food & beverages, an airshow, and a 901-themed Fireworks Finale!


901Fest promises to be a bigger and better celebration for the great city of Memphis in 2017!

Additional Elements
Air Show
 - Set up a blanket and prepared to be wowed with an air show over the Mississippi River beginning at 6:00 pm.

Fireworks - Stick around for the close of 901Fest for a spectacular Memphis-themed fireworks show.
Knockerball - Free for all ages and available from 4-8 pm. In addition, Zorb ball will be available for children.
Memphis-themed mural - A 45’ bus will be parked in Tom Lee Park and we're letting you help us paint a Memphis-themed mural on it!
Art to Grow - Dixon Gallery & Gardens will have their Art to Grow van onsite with hands-on art activities for children from 3-6 pm.
Water on Wheels from the UofM - Walk inside the WOW and learn more about our watery world that looks like a blue marble from space. The exhibits are colorful and interactive, designed to enlighten and motivate visitors AND learn more about the important Memphis Aquifer. Check out more here.
Cornhole - Grab a beer and some friends to toss the bags around next to the river.

Contact Info: website
Phone: 901.525.4611
Email: mim@memphisinmay.org


By and photo credit: memphisinmay.org/events/901fest/