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    Hello!!

    We're looking at buying our first house. We have a 1yo and 3yo so school is on our mind as we'll have to enrol DS next year for a start in 2018.

    So we finally found a house in our price range. However the local PS is not as good as the one we are currently zoned to. While the curriculum, size and results are similar it's on a very busy main road (2 x 3).

    We were therefore thinking of buying this house and renting it out while we stay put for another year, enough time to enrol DS in the better school then move out.

    It would mean a 20min drive each day to go to school but that's a drive that DH would do to go to work anyway.
    It also means that we won't have to pay for before school care as DS would be in the car getting to school 😂

    Do you think this is a reasonable plan? I don't have any experience with primary schooling in Australia so I welcome all opinions.

    Thanks heaps!

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    I think it sounds very reasonable and doable.
    Unless you're within walking distance to the school for me a 5 min drive or a 20 min doesn't change things plus if hubby is doing that drive for work anyway... Win win

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    Just check the fine print of the rules when enrolling. What happens when you enrol at the preferred school at the 'in area' address then have moved before school starts? Especially if the people who move in after you also enrol in the same school? From experience, they are pretty strict and cross check purchasing and rental agreements etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by bel2466 View Post
    Just check the fine print of the rules when enrolling. What happens when you enrol at the preferred school at the 'in area' address then have moved before school starts? Especially if the people who move in after you also enrol in the same school? From experience, they are pretty strict and cross check purchasing and rental agreements etc

    Yes. I would totally check this. So many people in SA do this. They will rent for a year to show their lease to the school in that zone then move out to another area. A lot of schools are clamping down on this now. I know of a couple of schools that actually ask for lease agreements each year as kids who genuinely live in the zone permanently (owner/occupied) can't get in due to numbers

    But if you can afford to stay in the area your in now I would try and do that. You may not get as much as you want in the house you want but long term you may have more growth in its valuation

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    I think there is a benefit of going to your local school nearest to your house. I like the idea of the kids being able to walk to and from school and be part of the community. There's less of that when you live a 20min drice away. I was always driven to school as a kid and always wished i could walk to my local obe instead.

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    Default Importance of local school in buying a house decision

    My kids went to a school that we were not zoned in and to be honest I wish we'd just sent my them to the local school. I felt the kids missed out on a lot of incidental socialising by not being around the kids they went to school with.

    I know in WA once you're at a school they can't kick you out once you move but not sure about Victoria.
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    As a child, until year 8, I was at a private school. I had to catch a bus, then a train, then another bus. I hated getting up early and getting home late when all the kids in my neighbourhood were home and had already been playing in the street for over an hour before I got home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babybeeno1 View Post
    Yes. I would totally check this. So many people in SA do this. They will rent for a year to show their lease to the school in that zone then move out to another area. A lot of schools are clamping down on this now. I know of a couple of schools that actually ask for lease agreements each year as kids who genuinely live in the zone permanently (owner/occupied) can't get in due to numbers

    But if you can afford to stay in the area your in now I would try and do that. You may not get as much as you want in the house you want but long term you may have more growth in its valuation
    In NSW, if you live in the catchment for a public school they can't refuse your enrolment, no matter how many children are already at the school.

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    I also like the fact that my kids have lots of school friends in the local area whose house they could walk or ride to when they get a bit older!

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    In Vic it's the same..once your enrolled in school and they accepted your enrolment they can't kick you out even if you move. Although 20 mins is very far when doing school drop off and pick up. Without traffic my son's school is 8 mins drive away...that's if I left at 8:30. If I leave 8:45am its 10 mins sometimes more. Then you get closer to the school and it's the local traffic..so 20 mins isn't really 20 mins when you consider having to get out and drop them off.


 

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