Yael Abouhalkah (9/25, Opinion, “Some good news as KCMO district slims down”) states “some real estate agents for years have quietly used (the Kansas City School District’s) problems to steer newcomers away from Kansas City.”
As a Realtor I will tell you that the poor reputation of the Kansas City School District is nationally known, as is the excellent reputation of Blue Valley, Shawnee Mission and Lee’s Summit school districts. Any buyer with a family moving to the area will ask friends, family, and co-workers about local school districts as they consider various home possibilities in the metro area. Internet research is also a key tool.
An ethical, professional and reputable real estate agent will not “steer” a buyer from Kansas City because of the school district. The reputation of the school, test scores, neighborhood, facilities and the actions of the school board will attract — or discourage — the buyer.