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Old 01-28-2011, 03:17 PM
 
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I think that Montana doesn't have sales tax which VA does. (5%) Gas prices are roughly $3/gallon right now. State taxes are only slightly lower (5.75% vs 6%)
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Old 01-28-2011, 03:23 PM
 
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let me second if you are a homeschooler, there is a big homeschool community out in Loudon. We hs'ed DD for 8th grade only, DW made contact with folks up there. make contact with Vahomeschoolers, there are message boards, etc, and they can give you more info.
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Old 01-28-2011, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Austin, Texas
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HereinVA:
I'm sure they do get more expensive. But, I don't think I'll go planning that far in advance just yet. Hubby is able to move up within the company according the info online. And my husband is highly motivated at learning new things and making himself more valuable to a company. He absorbs information like no one else I know. LOL
And once that house is sold - we'll free up an extra $800 a month. That should be very useful!

I like the idea of the national parks pass. I'll have to look into that if we move there.
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Old 01-28-2011, 03:34 PM
 
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I think that Montana doesn't have sales tax which VA does. (5%) Gas prices are roughly $3/gallon right now. State taxes are only slightly lower (5.75% vs 6%)
That's one thing I'd miss about MT. Back where I lived in MN there was 7% sales tax.

Gas prices are $2.88 a gal here.

brooklynborndad:
Thanks for the info.
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Old 01-28-2011, 05:09 PM
 
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My wife and I are renting a 2 bedroom apartment in Chantilly for $1300 a month. It's a privately owned condo leased through a real estate agency. Talk to a realtor. There are LOTS of townhouses/condos in centreville/chantilly (we looked at like 6 or 7) that go for $1300-$1500. We have had a very good experience so far and we like Chantilly. Direct message me if you want to talk to me directly about it...

look here: http://www.realtor.com/homesforrent/...y_VA#/sortby-1

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Old 01-28-2011, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Austin, Texas
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finini01:

Thanks, I'll check that out.
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Old 01-29-2011, 01:05 AM
 
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not sure what the rents are now but south riding area of chantilly is really nice. I think you could def. make it with a two bedroom...keeping the baby in your room. It would be a way to save money until you could locate where you really want to be....also too - sometimes its really worth it not to look in dev't upon dev't places to rent.....you may find something a little cheaper if you opt for a place not in a typical HOA situation. Would caution though - even though you are frugal this area is very expensive and if you want your kids in even basic activities it can amount to a small fortune.....
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Old 01-29-2011, 08:39 AM
 
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I also second the Leesburg recommendation. Leesburg is a nice quaint older town and I actually used to live there and commuted to Chantilly every day. There is a back road way you can go to get to route 50 and then another back road way you can go to get down into chantilly without sitting on route 50 for an hour.

Chantilly traffic actually gets pretty crazy both directions on route 50 so, the back ways really helped me when I lived there.

The prices in Leesburg are also reasonable in your price range. There are a couple "not so great" townhouse neighborhoods there... but nothing terrible.
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Old 01-29-2011, 09:57 AM
 
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Thanks AmyinNOVA and TheBIGstep.

To TheBIGstep,

I truthfully have no interest in putting my kids in any activities. I will be honest here. I do not intend for this to be our home. If hubby gets the job, I would like him to stick with it a year or two and then look for jobs near Roanoke again. We have very good friends in that area. Originally he only applied at the company because we thought they had a Lexington office that would have been much closer to our friends. But, the position is in Chantilly and the Lexington office in now closed. So, since he's been applying for a while, we figure this would at least get us closer to our friends if it works out.
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