Real Estate Roundup with Sharon Alva: Alameda real estate professionals for education
I was proud to join real estate professionals in Alameda this week in support of public education. A group of real estate professionals came together to form a Primary Formed Committee (PFC) to advocate for schools in Alameda. The first order of business for the new committee, Alameda Real Estate Professionals for Schools (AREPS), will be taking out a full page ad in local papers in support of Measure A.
“Well funded schools are vital for a healthy community,” said Troy Staten, president of the Alameda Association of Realtors (AAOR), when we met. (Staten said he was speaking for himself, and not the association.)
While the board of directors of AAOR has remained neutral on the upcoming parcel tax measure, a majority of AAOR members who responded to a survey about the issue were in support of Measure A. At a special meeting of AAOR, many agents and brokers voiced their support for the measure.
Agents, lenders and others who work in real estate see the close tie between well-funded schools and property values. We are regularly asked by clients to help them choose towns and neighborhoods where schools have small class size, high scores, AP classes and rich curricula that include music, art and sports.
As real estate agents, we often turn perspective buyers to online sources like www.Greatschools.org that compare schools by both objective criteria like test scores and class size, and by more subjective parent and faculty comments. We also advise parents to seek advice on Berkeley Parents Network and locally at Alameda Parents Network. Time after time buyers tell us they are willing to pay higher home prices to live in those communities where schools are well funded.
Buyers ask us about schools even when they have no school-aged children as an indicator of home values and appreciation. Communities that care about public education are desirable to all home buyers. No wonder so many of us, as part of our concern for our clients and their interests, support schools.
Sharon Alva is a real estate agent with Alain Pinel Realtors, living in Alameda. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org