When it comes to finding the right neighborhood with the best schools, the best fit may not be the most house for the money. U.S. News & World Report staffer Devon Thorsby makes the case for researching schools and school systems before signing the contract.
One piece of advice: know what you can afford. Having the worst house on the block is not necessarily the worst thing:
Since your home equity will increase over time in a healthy market. If you gradually update the house, by the time you’re ready to put it on the market, you can hopefully sell it for a larger profit margin than the neighbors who bought the move-in ready house two doors down.