Top mark in find­ing school fit

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START­ING school is three years away for my daugh­ter but al­ready I’m look­ing at catch­ments for “good schools”.

This is largely driven by fear from an over-pro­tec­tive mother hen who wants her daugh­ter to go to a “good” school with “good” kids who pro­vide a “good” in­flu­ence.

Oh, and with at­ten­tive teach­ers who aren’t pulling their hair out over John­nie who is caus­ing a rau­cous in the cor­ner.

I thought I was alone in my para­noia, but ac­cord­ing to Cairns real es­tate agents, school catch­ments are a huge fac­tor when young fam­i­lies or ex­pec­tant par­ents are on the house hunt.

I’m told many first and sec­ond-home buy­ers want to be close to a rep­utable school and it is could very well sway a buyer from one prop­erty to another in a bet­ter lo­ca­tion.

One agent told me of a mother who pur­chased an in­vest­ment prop­erty in the high school catch­ment where she wanted her child to at­tend – and her daugh­ter only started Prep last year.

Another told me of a par­ent who moved from one lo­ca­tion and rented (for at least six months) within a spe­cific catch­ment just so her son could nab a spot at the state school of her choice.

It is also the rea­son real es­tate web­sites – like realestate.com.au – have now added a ‘nearby schools’ sec­tion. Un­con­sciously, this has been on my mind for quite some time.

When my hus­band and I de­cided to sell our Trin­ity Beach home, I re­mem­ber telling the agent to in­clude Trin­ity Beach State School in the ad­ver­tise­ment be­cause of its good rep­u­ta­tion.

Now em­bark­ing on the search for our “for­ever home”, I have been more in­clined to look in ar­eas where the schools have rated well on­line and through word-of-mouth.

It seems like a crazy tac­tic when look­ing at what one can af­ford, lo­ca­tion to work­places and ameni­ties, but I guess it’s just some­thing else to add to the ever-grow­ing wish list.

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