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Old 04-06-2012, 02:39 PM
 
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Hello all,
I'm looking to move to Portland to go to law school, but not sure where to move to.
I need to be in a decent school district as I have a son who be entering high school by the time we move.
I'm looking to get/build a home in the $275-350k range on at least 2 acres, but I DO NOT want to be near the beach, as we prefer the "woods".
I'm VERY concerned about property taxes and am wondering about what areas are the more "FISCALLY conservative" neighborhoods, the ones who are keeping their eyes on budgets, taxes, etc. Are there ANY fiscally conservative areas near Portland ? I'd like to live about 30 mins to Portland.
We're moving from the West and have no idea what to expect from Maine, but we really loved it and the people were lovely, the few times we visited there!
We've just started our search, so we know we're asking a lot here, but believe that if one wants to know about a city, talk to the people, not real estates agents...so you all are my pre- real estate agents ! lol
Thanks "Mainians" (?) for your help !
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Old 04-06-2012, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Gorham, Maine
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Although some on this forum will disagree, real estate agents are people too. Each town (not county) has its budget which is paid for by property taxes and state subsides. The towns with the higher taxes tend to have the more desirable school systems and the converse is also true. You will have to decide which is more important to you. For example, Scarborough, a town 10-20 minutes from Portland, is looking at a significant increase in property taxes. Good luck and welcome to the forum.
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Old 04-06-2012, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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Take a look at the Berwicks. North Berwick, South Berwick etc.
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Old 04-06-2012, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Gorham, Maine
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Take a look at the Berwicks. North Berwick, South Berwick etc.
Nice area, but not a 30 commute to the law school in Portland.
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Old 04-06-2012, 09:51 PM
 
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Buxton, Hollis, Gorham.
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Old 04-07-2012, 02:22 AM
 
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Nice area, but not a 30 commute to the law school in Portland.
All depends on how fast you drive I made it from Portland to North Berwick in 29 minutes once [That is a ride I'll never foget!!]
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Old 04-07-2012, 03:20 AM
 
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I was going to have some input, but being a real estate agent, I'm sure it would be biased, and self-rewarding, so I will restrain

but if I wasn't a real estate agent Id offer this
portland is a great city for many people-it's maine's largest, it's also the liberal mecca of maine, so do your due diligence- towns have different milrates for property taxes-we've had multiple threads on property taxes, and I believe someone posted a list of what the town's milrates are, however, that person may have been a broker, so you wouldn't be able to believe that info
-being a real estate agent


I came back from boston yesterday, and traffic was moving right along, from kittery to portland- the left passing lane was averaging 85 mph, I usually try to keep my 74 mph, but yesterday I followed the massachusetts speedway north
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Old 04-07-2012, 05:22 AM
 
Location: Sunrise County ~Maine
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All depends on how fast you drive I made it from Portland to North Berwick in 29 minutes once [That is a ride I'll never foget!!]
woow0o... call me when your on the road, I'll be be on the shoulder. Or if we leave at the same time, will race for pink slips.

I was only thinking - isn't a bit difficult to get something like that with out high taxes just the same. Most people that work in Portland want the same thing.
I would expect about the same... a bit more 40+min.drive for a possible location. but... are you sure you don't want to rent for a year to know the area first?
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Old 04-07-2012, 08:06 AM
 
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woow0o... call me when your on the road, I'll be be on the shoulder. Or if we leave at the same time, will race for pink slips.

I was only thinking - isn't a bit difficult to get something like that with out high taxes just the same. Most people that work in Portland want the same thing.
I would expect about the same... a bit more 40+min.drive for a possible location. but... are you sure you don't want to rent for a year to know the area first?
I was't driving. I was a passanger. ome of my friends and I had to go to Portland fopr some stuff and as we were leaving he got the brilliant idea ot see how fast his car would go. I sat in the passanger seat holding my breath half the time and panting the rest. [his youger brother was in the back seat had his eyes closed the whole way so he wouldn't see a thing]
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Old 04-08-2012, 09:59 PM
 
Location: Florida/winter & Maine/Summer
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Going to law school....Portland area, period. Don't buy, rent until you get a feel for the area. Each town has it's own flavor, and attitude.
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