Hoover bus decision has impact on real estate

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HOOVER, Ala. (WIAT) — The Hoover City School system recently cut bus transportation for regular education students starting in 2014.

For many families, that’s a factor to consider when choosing their new home.

One of those moving families is the Nix family.

Before the changes in the transportation system, Hoover was a frontrunner for the Nix’s landing spot.

“We have a 6-year-old that just finished kindergarten, so she’s going to be going to whatever school district we move to,” said Brandy Nix.

Hoover is close to their office and is known for its good school system.

However, the cutting of the bus system is a primary reason for the Nix family not to choose Hoover as their home.

Now, the real estate community is concerned Hoover might not be a choice for many other families because of that problem.

“Schools are very important. Also, the means of getting there are especially (important) when there are two working parents,” explained Kristen McGee of Realty South. “Buses are a key factor in why some people would pick where they live.

“Some of the schools that people seem to be toying with is the Oak Mountain area, Vestavia, and Hoover. Usually some of them will boil down just to Hoover and Oak Mountain and weed out Vestavia and it’s probably because of the buses. Now it’s probably going to be a whole big jump to north Shelby.”

In the end, Hoover’s loss could be another area’s gain.

Beatrice Bode contributed to this report.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42

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