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Old 02-17-2010, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Just moved to Lehigh Valley, PA from So. Calif.
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My husband and I are planning on moving to the Lehigh Valley before the end of this year from So. Calif. My mother-in-law lives in Allentown, and we have visited her once a year for the last four years. While we were there, we took drives to different areas, some of which included Northampton, Coplay, Walnutport, Slatington and Bethlehem. We liked what we saw in those areas as possible places to live. I also check online from time to time for homes for sale in those areas and notice that the taxes are a bit high.

What I need some information on is where else can we look that won't have taxes as high. We originally wanted to live around 30 minutes or less from my mother-in-law, but I'm wondering if we go further away from Allentown, will we be able to get more for our money and pay less taxes? We would like a 3 or 4 bedroom home with 2 or 3 bathrooms, and we would like around 1-2 acres of land. The house can be new or less than 20 years old. We can spend around $325,000 at the most.

We are getting our house ready right now to put it on the market, hopefully by summer. We will then live with my mother-in-law in Allentown while we look for our own home. Any suggestions? Thanks much for any insight you can give us.
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Old 02-17-2010, 03:32 PM
 
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My husband and I are planning on moving to the Lehigh Valley before the end of this year from So. Calif. My mother-in-law lives in Allentown, and we have visited her once a year for the last four years. While we were there, we took drives to different areas, some of which included Northampton, Coplay, Walnutport, Slatington and Bethlehem. We liked what we saw in those areas as possible places to live. I also check online from time to time for homes for sale in those areas and notice that the taxes are a bit high.

What I need some information on is where else can we look that won't have taxes as high. We originally wanted to live around 30 minutes or less from my mother-in-law, but I'm wondering if we go further away from Allentown, will we be able to get more for our money and pay less taxes? We would like a 3 or 4 bedroom home with 2 or 3 bathrooms, and we would like around 1-2 acres of land. The house can be new or less than 20 years old. We can spend around $325,000 at the most.

We are getting our house ready right now to put it on the market, hopefully by summer. We will then live with my mother-in-law in Allentown while we look for our own home. Any suggestions? Thanks much for any insight you can give us.

The problem with California is that you guys passed a referendum years ago making the maximum tax 1% of your home's value. That's great, except that like fools you spent as if you were taking in 5% of everyone's home value. So...you're broke. I believe Pennsylvania's avg property taxes are around 15th in the country, which is far lower than in NY, NJ and most other large states. Here is a link to the 2009 PA millage rates. Click on the map, then click on the county you want to check out, then click on the municipality and it will show you the local millage.

Municipal Statistics Tax Reports
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