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Old 05-28-2008, 09:00 AM
 
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Hey y'all! We are living north of Boston and are contemplating a move to Charlotte (my husband is originally from there) We keep getting so much different feedback on cost of living/housing etc. that I don't know what to make of it all! Is anyone originally from north of Boston/Southern NH that can give me some honest feedback? Would truly appreciate it! Thanks!
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Old 05-28-2008, 09:58 AM
 
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Hey y'all! We are living north of Boston and are contemplating a move to Charlotte (my husband is originally from there) We keep getting so much different feedback on cost of living/housing etc. that I don't know what to make of it all! Is anyone originally from north of Boston/Southern NH that can give me some honest feedback? Would truly appreciate it! Thanks!
What kinds of questions do you have? Anything we can help w/ in general? How long has it been since you visited CLT?
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Old 05-28-2008, 10:07 AM
 
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Ask away...we moved here from Hopkinton, MA 4 years ago. We are SOOOOOOOOO happy that we made the move.
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Old 05-28-2008, 10:25 AM
 
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I grew up just West of Boston. I'd be happy to help with any specific questions! I love it here!! I miss the city of Boston, and being right on the ocean, but housing and property taxes are so much lower here - reason alone to stay here!!!
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Old 05-28-2008, 10:33 AM
 
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I am originally from Amherst NH (Southern NH) and moved to Charlotte about 18 years ago. I absolutely love it here. This is home for me and my family (my husband and twins b/g). I have relatives that live in Nashua and Hampton. What type of questions do you have? I can tell you one thing off the top of my head that I know is different are taxes. NC has different taxes than NH. The property taxes are much less here than in NH but we have sales tax, food tax it's similar to MA. Also we don't really get snow here in the winter it may snow once or twice the whole winter. Feel free to send me a PM.
Melissa
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Old 05-28-2008, 10:37 AM
 
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First of all, you passed the entry test with starting your message with "y'all"
Several of my relatives live in Marblehead, salem, Winthrop, and Peabody. All love the Charlotte area if that is significant to you in any way. However, I will not let them move here as I think there should be at least 300 miles between relatives. Come on down (unless you happen to be a cousin or something?)
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Old 05-28-2008, 11:18 AM
 
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Wow! Thanks for all the responses! We are presently living in Haverhill, I work in Andover and my daughter goes to private school in Andover. My husband works out of the house. We visit Charlotte for 7-10 days every year. My in-laws have a river house on Lake Wylie and they and my sister-in-law live in Charlotte. We would like to put our house on the market and move down near my sister-in-law, but the housing market up here is just awful! We had a real estate broker in last night and he's telling us we can barely get what the house is worth up here. That would be fine if we knew what we could get for a house down there, but we keep getting so much different info about the housing market in Charlotte. Also, did you find the general cost of living to be higher or lower, as we keep getting conflicting reports about that as well. I know food costs are higher, but how about everything else? Thanks!
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Old 05-28-2008, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Lake Mary, FL & Charlotte, NC
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Wow! Thanks for all the responses! We are presently living in Haverhill, I work in Andover and my daughter goes to private school in Andover. My husband works out of the house. We visit Charlotte for 7-10 days every year. My in-laws have a river house on Lake Wylie and they and my sister-in-law live in Charlotte. We would like to put our house on the market and move down near my sister-in-law, but the housing market up here is just awful! We had a real estate broker in last night and he's telling us we can barely get what the house is worth up here. That would be fine if we knew what we could get for a house down there, but we keep getting so much different info about the housing market in Charlotte. Also, did you find the general cost of living to be higher or lower, as we keep getting conflicting reports about that as well. I know food costs are higher, but how about everything else? Thanks!
Hey I grew up in Reading, I think it's wicked awesome that you want to move out of MA lol. You'll find housing and property taxes lower in NC, but everything else will be higher (including income tax, sales tax, there's even a tax on groceries). Overall you should save money, and winters are much easier to take, so I think you'll like it... Go Sox!
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Old 05-28-2008, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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The housing market is mostly good here. It depends on the neighborhood you are looking at more than anything. We are the only major market among 20, that were tracked by Standard & Poor's and Case-Shiller, to have an increase in housing prices over the last quarter.
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Old 05-28-2008, 01:14 PM
 
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Check out the SC areas around Lake Wylie - much cheaper housing than Charlotte, in general.
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