01 Sep 2007

The most wonderful time of the year…back to school time!


back-to-school.jpgBack to school time in SoCal is normally the day after Labor Day and this year it’s no exception. It’s also a time for us to remember the safety of all concerned. Safety for pedestrian traffic and bus safety alike. Each year I include school bus safety tips in my newsletter, I use a wonderful site, GreatSchools.net as a source for many of my articles. Since I’ve changed my publishing schedule this year I’m no longer writing a September issue so I thought I’d provide some of the information here.

school-bus.jpgHere are a few worthwhile links on the subject, Getting Your Child to School, this post includes safety tips on those walking to and from school, taking the bus and driving your kids to school.

Not sure about you, but when my kids were young early mornings were always a hassle. Here’s an article on how to How to Avoid Morning Meltdowns.

If you’re considering a move in the near future you’re most likely want to check the schools in advance. Schools for example in my community of Brea have been a huge draw for our city. The Brea-Olinda School District consistently ranks high in the state. A word of caution however, if you select a home based on a specific school keep in mind that boundaries may and do (at times) change annually, even if you’re right down the street from the school! My son Jeff was just about to start school when we purchased our very first home. It was obvious to us the elementary school was right down the street, a little over a block away. Now keep in mind this was many years ago before online information at our fingertips. We assumed (you know what they say about those who assume) that because the elementary school was on the corner only one block away, that’s where Jeff would begin his first year in kindergarten. Wrong, upon registration I found the boundary line was on the corner at the stop sign. Even though this school was by far the closest, just a short walk from the house, we were on the south side of the boundary. Only those children on the north side of the boundary actually attended this school. Jeff ended up at a school more than a mile away!

It’s also important you check and verify the school information yourself. Do not rely on the information provided by the MLS. The boundaries may have recently changed without the Realtor knowing the facts.

If you need help in residental real estate in So Cal, I’m here to help. Have a real estate question? Let me know I’ve got decades of hands-on real estate experience, Lynda@PreferredHomeBrokers.com

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I maintains an active residential re-sale brokerage in Brea, CA, located in Orange County, about 20 minutes north of Disneyland. Contact Lynda directly at (714) 595-1494, or Lynda@PreferredHomeBrokers.com – CA License #00402040

4 Responses to The most wonderful time of the year…back to school time!
  1. Stephanie Edwards-Musa September 2, 2007 at 11:54 am Reply

    Hi Lynda, This is very interesting. I love all of the informative links that you have put here. Great post for residents of So Cal! Starting the kids back to school can be very stressful.

  2. Hi Stephanie,
    Thanks for the comment and stopping by. And yes, back to school time is a challenging time for some. It seems like it’s a matter of getting back into a routine of things.

  3. Joanne ~ Thanks for the visit. I hope this is helpful to others. I wouldn’t want a home buyer to make the same mistake I did in my new home purchased.

    Check out school boundaries in advance!

  4. Joanne,
    Great information about the Brea-Olinda schools. The advice you give to check with the school because the boundaries change every year is great advice. I bet there are a lot of parents in Brea celebrating the start of school this week!


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