The link between high qualify public schools and real estate values is not just perception. There is academic research to back up the connection. Several studies have found there is a strong correlation between home values and the quality of schools in the area. This is even after accounting for differences in neighborhood amenities and housing characteristics. One study found that the difference in valuation between homes in areas with top schools and those with lower rate schools was 18-25%. School quality is one of the most important factors influencing decisions about where to live. This is true even for childless couples or couples with grown children. Homes in an area served by good schools hold their value and sell more quickly than in other areas.