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Old 05-15-2015, 12:01 PM
 
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Bg7 - you are right of course, home is the correct terminology

Thanks so much bright rabbit, that is really great info regarding schools etc, at least we have some kind of idea now.
No, that is a combined salary,I work from home anyway so am
Just transferring myself to ny. We definitely couldn't afford to live there on just one salary.

In the UK we pay different charges,like council tax (to pay for fire/police/refuse collections etc) and we also pay for our water. I'm assuming it's the same in the U.S. Having to pay for water as well as obviously gas/electricity.
I also got told that if living in Manhattan we would pay city tax and state tax out of our salaries? Also, I will be self employed so I guess I would have to file my taxes every year just like the UK?
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Old 05-15-2015, 02:22 PM
 
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Depending on the building, gas may be included, and water always is. By the way, there will be a lot of paperwork involved, so start collecting references, for instance.

By the way, may I ask - do you know of any website in the U.K. that's like Craigslist, which combines buying/selling with a bug range of forums?
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Old 05-16-2015, 12:22 AM
 
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Thanks Cida, we will look at references etc.

Re your question, I'm not sure, we have a site called gumtree Which people use to buy/sell or advertise homes etc but I don't know if there are any forums attached to it. I don't really know of any others either, sorry I can help there.
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Old 05-16-2015, 01:44 PM
 
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I've seen Gumtree, and there weren't any forums. And I've seen Mumsnet, which has forums, but limited and badly designed. Can't believe there's nothing better.

By the way, I want to make sure I was clear. I was suggesting that you gather references for yourself, which your potential landlord may well request.
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Old 05-16-2015, 11:48 PM
 
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Oh yes there is netmums as well but probably not what you are looking for.

Do you mean personal references like character references? If so, we have them provided by my husbands work and my clients.
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Old 05-16-2015, 11:54 PM
 
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I plugged your income into a calculator for you- if your pre-tax income is $215k, your take-home salary after taxes will be $137,931 per year. That's based on you being married with one allowance (your child). Here's a snapshot of the results if you want more info on it.

Post-tax income Screenshot

Unfortunately NY is one of the highest taxed states in the US, and NYC has its own separate tax on top of the state and federal taxes.

Many children will attend nursery school at age 3, preschool/pre-k at age 4, and kindergarten at age 5. After that comes elementary school ( Usually grades 1-4), middle school (Grades 5-8), and high school (Grades 9-12). Public school in the US is free through grade 12. The NYC public school system is complex and has a lot of choices- I'm probably not the best person to describe all of them.

It's college that tends to be expensive here. In the US we use 'college' and 'university' pretty much interchangeably- students would do 4 years for a Bachelor's degree. Each state has it's own public college/university system, and tuition rate depends on whether the student is a resident of that state for at least a year prior to starting their studies. In NY we have two public college/university systems- SUNY (all over NY state), and CUNY (only in NYC). The annual cost of attendance (tuition, fees and room/board) is around $19,000 at SUNY schools, so a full degree is around $80k accounting for increases in tuition each year. Private schools completely vary from numbers that are similar to state schools, all the way up to schools like NYU which costs $65,860 a year (for tuition, fees, and room/board) or $263,440 for a full bachelors degree. There are also community colleges which are significantly cheaper tuition-wise (around $3k per semester), but they only offer associate's (2 year) degrees and don't usually offer any housing. Many budget-conscious students attend those schools for two years, and then transfer for their last two years to a 4-year college to finish their degree.
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Old 05-17-2015, 03:01 AM
 
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Thanks Brooklyn for that informative post, lots to think about and lots to get working with.
Thanks again
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