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Old 05-21-2016, 05:39 AM
 
Location: Hot Springs Village, AR
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We drove up to Kansas yesterday to attend a graduation. The contrast makes me really appreciate the beauty of the Hot Springs area. And everything is so green righ now in Hot Springs, it's amazing.
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Old 05-21-2016, 10:51 PM
 
Location: Alamogordo, NM
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Yeah, Kansas is no where near as beautiful as Arkansas. It's so wide open and agricultural here. And windy. Dodge City, KS, averages 14.99 mph per day of wind.
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Old 05-22-2016, 08:47 PM
 
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i spent a couple of days in hot springs this past week, specifically thurday and friday. i was attending some work related meetings at one of the hotel/resorts on the lake. if i lived there full time, i would do all my shopping and eating out during the week, as all those pesky weekenders would not be in the way. i have been one of those pesky weekenders for decades! i did enjoy the different atmosphere that the work-week days offer. yeah, i could live there.
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Old 05-22-2016, 09:09 PM
 
Location: Hot Springs Village, AR
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Yeah, Kansas is no where near as beautiful as Arkansas. It's so wide open and agricultural here. And windy. Dodge City, KS, averages 14.99 mph per day of wind.
I spent a lot of years in the Wichita area, finally escaped in 2002 and don't plan on living in Kansas again.
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Old 05-23-2016, 01:18 PM
 
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I moved here about a year ago from Washington State. Before we moved, I calculated up the tax differences between Washington, S Carolina and Arkansas. The tax man goes about it differently in all three states but eventually they get you regardless of where you live. Washington was cheaper, purely from a tax burden, of the three. Then Arkansas, then SC.

But it was significantly cheaper in Arkansas for housing, groceries, health care, etc. You really cant make your relo choice based on tax burden alone.
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Old 05-23-2016, 02:43 PM
 
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I moved here about a year ago from Washington State. Before we moved, I calculated up the tax differences between Washington, S Carolina and Arkansas. The tax man goes about it differently in all three states but eventually they get you regardless of where you live. Washington was cheaper, purely from a tax burden, of the three. Then Arkansas, then SC.

But it was significantly cheaper in Arkansas for housing, groceries, health care, etc. You really cant make your relo choice based on tax burden alone.
very good info. bottom line is usually determined by taking everything into consideration.
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Old 05-23-2016, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Alamogordo, NM
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issaquahhiker-your post pretty much sums up the advantage of Arkansas living. If you pay a tad more taxes on your earnings while working you save on housing costs, food and health care. Those costs being less are huge to the Arkansas resident. And the tax laws do change from time to time, too. You never know!
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Old 05-24-2016, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Cambridge, Isanti County, MN
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I still think Arkansas' biggest tax advantage is property tax. If we were to buy a home here in the DFW area we would lose many of the tax benefits we currently enjoy. From what I've seen you can make a lot that difference up living in AR as a homeowner......but for us that's only if we can earn a competitive wage since we are still pre-retirement. As you all have repeated, the tax man will get you eventually.

The house thing is our biggest factor, though. We plan on buying within the next couple years, and honestly, if it comes down to TX or AR I would rather take a moderate pay cut and buy in AR. I can't imagine paying 5 or 6 grand a year in property tax to own a home in Texas. It's just not what I had envisioned for us long term.
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Old 05-24-2016, 10:56 AM
 
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there is a $350 homestead exemption, basically a discount on the property you live in. you need to check on this every year to see that you are getting it. i just checked and sure enough, it was accidentally left off my primary residence. you can only use it on one property in one county per year.
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Old 05-30-2016, 06:39 AM
 
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We, too, would be interest on info about Hot Springs, compared to Bentonville/ Fayetteville.


Hubbie and I are in our early 60's and getting ready to retire. We currently live in northern NY.


We don't know much about Arkansas but going on streetviews, Bentonville looks very nice, however admittedly we know nothing about the state. Pictures also show a very pretty state.


We want a town with an active and vibrant main street, friendly ppl who welcome newcomers, and active library, nice restaurants, nice shopping with all the basics (not trendy), and good medical care/ hospitals.


We want a safe area.


How is the weather? Any snow? How much? Any problems with floods, ice storms, tornadoes, etc?


We will have SS and pensions? Some states tax them, some don't. Will there be any problems with that? What is the sales tax? Any hidden tax, like personal property tax? Is there tax on food?


How is the general lifestyle? Anyone there from another state and like it? or don't?


We have 6 dogs (4 are seniors- 10 yrs and older). We can't give them up- but at their age they probably don't have too many yrs left. Any regulations on # of dogs?


Is it all retirement or a good mix of all ages.


We'd like a place with things to do: outdoor stuff/ fairs/ antique- flea markets/ etc.


We'd like a place with a good farmer's market and health food store due to many food allergies.


Am I asking for too much? Housing budget is under $200K.


Would Hot Springs be better or worse fit for us?


All info is welcome: the good, bad, and especially the ugly. Thanks.
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