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Old 10-07-2008, 08:57 PM
 
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Default Honest info. for relocation

Hi, I'm new in the forum. I am currently living in Miami, Florida and coming to the sad realization that its just way to expensive here. I was wondering if perhaps anyone can give some info. about Pitts. in regards to property taxes for homes (200,000.00 - 300,000) and homeowners ins. Unfortunatley, in Miami I am paying 8,000.00 in taxes a year and 5,000.00 for insurance (thanks to the hurricanes.).

Also if you can guide me to good places to live with children, I would really appreciate it.

You'll probably be hearing a lot from me since, I'm planning to relocate in 2 years. after graducating as an Elementary Teacher.

Thank you.
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Old 10-07-2008, 09:23 PM
 
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Well, the big thing with property taxes is are they are very dependent on the area you are living in. The taxes themselves aren't high but in Pennsylvania, funding for school districts is calculated into property taxes so that usually puts them up higher...in the case of Allegheny County, the better the district, a lot of times, the higher the taxes. This may give you some ideas... Allegheny County Treasurer

There are plenty of nice places to live with children. It really depends on what you're looking for. There's new suburban homes, old suburban homes, homes in the middle of nowhere, city neighborhood homes, condos, etc.

Lastly, it is important to know that teaching jobs are harder to come by up here than in the South. The Pittsburgh area has a lot of colleges producing teachers and currently not enough jobs to offer. A lot of people say it will change soon when the baby boomers retire but they're not retiring as predicted because our country is sorta a mess right now.

But we certainly would love to have you and definitely would like to hear more from you about any questions you might have and more specifically what kind of area you're interested in living in.
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Old 10-07-2008, 10:46 PM
 
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I'm a Pittsburgh-area resident who is currently selling all my possessions and moving elsewhere -- anywhere I can find a job. I'm not a teacher, but I am a college-educated professional...and the job market here is a JOKE.

A few weeks ago I met a woman in the Pittsburgh area -- a teacher -- who was selling all her possessions and moving to Austin. She indicated that there was a considerable need for teachers in Austin. Since you're used to the heat, you might do well to look at the Texas capital for work.

In closing, I love my hometown of Pittsburgh, but when the national economy is in dire straits, Pittsburgh gets slammed doubly hard. Just sayin'.
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Old 10-08-2008, 12:57 AM
 
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I've heard the Virginia market has been needing teachers for years now. A friend of mine, and a cousin, both moved to the Winchester, VA area. They were able to find jobs teaching very easily, but they don't get paid very well.
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Old 10-08-2008, 03:50 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Both VA and MD school systems in general need teachers in Math, Science, Foreign Language and Special Ed. Not so much in the other areas. Starting pay is comparable to much of PA but the cost of living, especially housing, is much higher here. Property taxes vary a bit but I pay about the same as my mother in PA did in PA for a house assessed about 7 times higher than hers was. Where I live the median house price is about $300K, some counties are much higher, some are a bit lower. MD and VA are both "at will" employment states. The teacher's unions as such don't exist, they are called associations, and public employees, including teachers, do not have the right to strike.
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Old 10-08-2008, 04:00 AM
 
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Teacher's unions are very strong here in PA and have a lot of political clout.
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Old 10-08-2008, 04:28 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Teacher's unions are very strong here in PA and have a lot of political clout.
Teacher's Associations have very little clout in either MD or VA. In fact the MD state association came out in support of slot machines, even though most members oppose them, because the Association was flat out told that there would be no raises for teachers for the forseeable future if slots weren't endorsed by the Association. I belong to a local that was offered a 5% raise/year for a three year contract, the negotiating team turned it down and then settled for 2%-1%-1%. Also, my first paycheck from the school system bounced, this was back in 1984.
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Old 10-08-2008, 06:06 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Depending on which municipality you live, a $200,000 - $300,000 house's taxes could be $3 - $6 thousand/year, and insurance well under $1,000/year. No hurricanes.
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Old 10-08-2008, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, USA
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You've got to figure 3% to 4% real estate taxes if you live in a decent school district in the suburbs.
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Old 10-08-2008, 10:08 PM
 
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What is a descent school district in the suburbs?
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