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Old 03-14-2011, 09:58 AM
 
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Hello,

I'm confused and in need of some advice/opinions. I currently rent in NE Philly, in a nice area that is slowly going downhill. My lease is up in five months and I've begun my home search - I'm looking to buy my first home.

I work at a hospital in North Philadelphia and my family lives in Tacony, so I'd really like to stay at least within 20-25 minute drive. I saw some townhomes in the Riverfront at Palmyra community and fell in love, however, the taxes were on the higher end, driving my estimated mortgage price out of my budget. (A $150,000 townhome has taxes of $4900). I don't know anything about the neighborhood either but it seemed rather nice.

Now on the Philly side, I saw some nice homes in the 19152, 19114 area but nothing that caught my eye more than the homes in South Jersey. I'm also wondering if there'll be a balance - Philly: city wage tax, possibly higher car insurance, but lower property taxes as opposed to Jersey. Needless to say, I am confused. My budget is $150-$200K but it all depends on the price of property taxes. Can you help a clueless girl out?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-14-2011, 10:14 AM
 
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Hello,

I'm confused and in need of some advice/opinions. I currently rent in NE Philly, in a nice area that is slowly going downhill. My lease is up in five months and I've begun my home search - I'm looking to buy my first home.

I work at a hospital in North Philadelphia and my family lives in Tacony, so I'd really like to stay at least within 20-25 minute drive. I saw some townhomes in the Riverfront at Palmyra community and fell in love, however, the taxes were on the higher end, driving my estimated mortgage price out of my budget. (A $150,000 townhome has taxes of $4900). I don't know anything about the neighborhood either but it seemed rather nice.

Now on the Philly side, I saw some nice homes in the 19152, 19114 area but nothing that caught my eye more than the homes in South Jersey. I'm also wondering if there'll be a balance - Philly: city wage tax, possibly higher car insurance, but lower property taxes as opposed to Jersey. Needless to say, I am confused. My budget is $150-$200K but it all depends on the price of property taxes. Can you help a clueless girl out?

Thanks in advance!
Do you need schools?
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Old 03-14-2011, 11:08 AM
 
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Those townhomes are nice and right on the water. Thats why the taxes are a bit high. Remember you get what you pay for .. This is what your next too at the Palmyra townhomes.. Good luck.. Have you looked in Cinnaminson harbor??

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Old 03-14-2011, 12:11 PM
 
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Thank you both for your replies.

Southbound, no schools needed.

Frank, that picture is lovely. That's near the townhomes? Wow!

I did look into Cinnaminson Harbor but didn't schedule any appointments, perhaps I need to look into them further.
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Old 03-14-2011, 12:16 PM
 
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If you dont need schools you could look into Maple Shade.
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Old 03-14-2011, 01:38 PM
 
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Cinnaminson Harbor is nice, but I think the prices may stretch your budget a bit as the taxes are higher there. When it comes down to it, the only real difference is going to be city wage tax (about .5% difference?) and possibly lower car insurance rates (they tend to be pretty equal between Philly and Jersey). Overall though, I think you will find that whatever savings exists on those areas by moving to Jersey are more than wiped out by the property taxes and the cost of the commute.
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Old 03-14-2011, 04:30 PM
 
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Frank, that picture is lovely. That's near the townhomes? Wow!

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In Riverton on the water. Walking distance from the townhomes in Palmyra.
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Old 03-18-2011, 09:18 PM
 
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Stick to Philly, the taxes are outrageous here in Jersey and the commute will cost more too. Once you have kids, then move across to Jersey to take advantage of better schools.
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Old 03-19-2011, 11:15 AM
 
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Stick to Philly, the taxes are outrageous here in Jersey and the commute will cost more too. Once you have kids, then move across to Jersey to take advantage of better schools.
her area is going downhill, like the whole city is.. She wants to live in a pleasant, safer area. The suburbs are the answer..
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