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Old 04-08-2019, 06:11 PM
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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Got the call today with an incredible job offer in Southern Maine! We're beyond excited! We expect to be making our pilgrimage at the end of May/early June. What do we need to know? What are the "Pros"/"Cons" of living in Maine versus New Hampshire? I'll be working in North Berwick (Pratt & Whitney) so we have the option of living in New Hampshire as well. I know this is a "Maine" thread, but our goal is to only move once so comparing property tax, home cost, and schools is where we're looking for advice. Thanks to all in advance.


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Old 04-09-2019, 09:46 AM
Location: Forests of Maine
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Rent your first year in Maine. Renting gives you a chance to setup a HQ from which you can explore all the surrounding communities. During your first year living in Maine, you will see which other towns are better suited to what you want in your lifestyle. Then next summer you can move to a more permanent location.
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Old 04-09-2019, 11:04 AM
Location: Northern Maine
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Welcome. If you work in Maine, you will pay income tax in Maine. No way around it. North Berwick has an excellent rod and gun club if that interests you. You will be close to the Fryeburg Fair which is a great event the first week in October. Traffic is heavy that week. North Berwick is far enough from Portland that home prices are better and you have a good chance to buy something with a few acres instead of a big house on a tiny lot.

Ask away. There is a huge amount of info on city-data. Are schools a factor? When we came home to Maine, school districts were our first priority. School districts often involve multiple towns. Students may not necessarily go to the nearest school.
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Old 04-10-2019, 07:59 PM
Location: Newburyport, MA
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Dover, NH is a nice NH town not too far away from North Berwick. Real estate taxes in Dover are rough though, and it's not known for its sterling schools. I believe York, ME has pretty good schools and a low property tax rate, and while homes can be pricey near the beach, the back side, west of I-95 is a lot more reasonable - it's more rural there too. I'd suggest at least including York in your search.... another town with pretty good schools in that area that you might look at would be Kennebunk, which has property taxes halfway between York and Dover. Not sure what your price range is - but you should be able to find something in the 300s in either York or Kennebunk.

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Old 04-19-2019, 04:51 PM
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NH is great, but with towns like Wells and Ogunquit right down the road, it would be tempting to live closer to the coast! I love Maine. It shows up alot anytime to search for good places for outdoors lovers (like here). Congrats! You should enjoy the new chapter!
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Old 04-20-2019, 07:02 AM
Location: Mid-Coast Maine...Finally!
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Lucky you! My wife work for Pratt and has been hoping for a posting up there but they are few and far between. We're on a mission to move up there ourselves as soon as our home sells. Good luck selling yours!
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