September 22nd, 2011
They are very important as school’s scores can influence the value of nearby homes, especially in competitive Bay Area neighborhoods. In Santa Clara County, for example, these scores have a huge impact on home values.
“In our county it is particularly important because we have this huge variance,” said local Realtor Larry Miller. “On one side of the street, it’s one school, and a different school on the other side. That can mean a $150,000 difference in home price.”
The API scores can be found on the state’s website here. Some schools have gone up in their score, and some down, which affects a home’s values.