Zillow wants to help you find the right school for your kids

Zillowlogo_color_notagOne of the things Zillow’s 63 million monthly users are clamoring for is the ability to better evaluate the schools their kids might be going to when they move into a particular neighborhood.

“Two of the most important things home buyers tell us they look for in a new home is affordability within their price range, and quality of schools for their children – often with specific schools in mind,” Zillow Chief Marketing Officer Amy Bohutinsky said in a press release.

To better assist those people, Zillow announced today the ability to search an area, like the neighborhood you’d like to find a home in, for highly-ranked schools. If you have kids of different ages, it’s possible to run one search for elementary, middle and/or high schools.

Data for the feature is provided by GreatSchools, a website that calculates rankings for schools all over the country. Last fall, Redfin unveiled a similar service to help people find homes in certain school districts.

Previously on GeekWire: Chart: Zillow tops 63 million visitors in August

  • Yawn

    So they integrated someone’s API that hundreds of websites are already doing…How does this make the news?

    Looks like anybody can partner with Great Schools to use their API:
    http://www.greatschools.org/api/registration.page

  • Katie

    Hi — Katie from Zillow here. Just wanted to point out what’s new with this feature. This is the only one that allows home shoppers to search in multiple schools’ boundaries at once. It’s great if you have, say, one kid in elementary school and one in middle school and you want to make sure they’re both going to highly-rated schools.
    This really simplifies what was, up until this point, a really complex search for homes.