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Old 01-03-2007, 01:52 PM
 
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Hello to all,

I am considering to move to NC, and I would like to know where to find a brand new family living home development (house cost for 4/3 about $250,000 or less) where the taxes are not so high and the school system is A+, since I have two kids (5 & 7 yrs old). I would love to cut my expenses. I really do not know where to begin finding homes or even jobs. I work in the printing industry and my husband is a convenience store manager. Ideally, opening up my own business will be great, but I do not know which areas are in need for new businesses like a convenient store or a coffee shop. I am Ok with a climate change, but not too cold where it snows 3 to 4 months a year since I am use to the South Florida weather. I may be asking for too much, but I heard NC is beautiful and affordable. Any ideas will be greatly appreciated! Thank you - FL_29 from South Florida.
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Old 01-04-2007, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Since I live here, I can speak for the Raleigh area! Wake County schools are A+. I taught in the Tampa area before we relocated here 3 years ago, and I taught here as well. Huge difference for the better! My own daughter is also in elementary school here. Check out some of my other posts on the Raleigh Metro section.
For a new 4/3 house with good schools, you won't get a lot of bells and whistles, but it is possible. Feel free to pm me or email me if you need more information!
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Old 01-04-2007, 11:38 AM
 
Location: in area code 919 & from 716
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Holly Springs NC (27540) homes range from the 120's - 700's - give or take a little.
It's still small town enough with several new schools in the past few years and future growth jumping leaps & bounds ... suggest this or even Cary (one of the top 10 places to live in the USA) which is near by ... with Apex being in between Cary & Holly Springs
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Old 01-04-2007, 02:30 PM
 
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Thanks to all who responded.
How about taxes and bills? What taxes do I have to pay for in NC for a house under 250k? Does each county have its own tax costs?
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Old 01-04-2007, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Taxes vary widely by county, and also by township or city. Example:

Wake county: 0.634% of assessed value
Inside Raleigh city limits: 0.435% of value, for a total of 1.069%.

Of course, assessed value is anywhere from 85%-95% of market value (sale price), so I usually tell my clients for budgeting purposes, just estimate 1% of the sale price.

Compared to Florida:
Food: slightly higher
Property tax: significantly lower, but make sure you are aware of the fees and tax to register your vehicle
http://www.dmv.org/nc-north-carolina...gistration.php
Insurance: significantly lower
Income tax: since FL doesn't have one, and NC does, well...
Gas: no significant difference that we noticed, it's high everywhere
Utilities: lower in summer, higher in winter, of course!

Quality of life: The one intangible, and it makes all of the above kind of insignificant. We liked Florida - we loved Florida, but we like it here more. It's just a great place to live, and it is affordable.
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