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Old 11-05-2012, 08:36 PM
Location: IN
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Originally Posted by swanstone1 View Post
Well, I've been in that area of VT for 9 years and the Littleton area for 8 years prior to that and Vt is the better choice for me. Sure, NH has no state income/sales tax but for ME everything else seems more beneficial in VT. I have a nicer, new house (basically the same as the one in NH) and my property taxes are 1/3 of what they were. VT has a tax rebate system based on your income. If you're looking to retire and possibly have more equity in your house or own it outright and don't need a huge income then VT could work better. Remember... There is NO tax free state so you need to look at your own situation.

Also, I'd look at the growth potential in Newport stemming from Jay Peak expansion and we have been getting a lot more Canadians. In Littleton it's basically unplanned urban sprawl based on shopping. As for the people/environment? Same.
I heard about the Jay Peak expansion. I also heard a possibility of continued expansion for Burke Mountain. You must have found a low tax town in VT because many of them have a property tax burden that is at or higher than NH towns. St. Johnsbury being a primary example. My favorite area of northern NH would be the rural corridor of route 2 in Jefferson and Randolph. Now, that is a great area, especially for outdoor recreation with the Appalachian Trail and all the spur trails off Bowman junction.
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Old 11-06-2012, 04:58 PM
Location: Eastern Washington
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When I spent a couple weeks working near Brattleboro, it was entertaining to see the natives drive their Volvos over the line to the big Wal-Mart in NH nearby. With NH being so similar to VT but with generally lower taxes, why anyone would pick VT over it is beyond me.

This was obvious to me after only 2 weeks there. If you were already in VT, OK then - or maybe in swanstone's particular situation. If you want to live in a bigger, nicer house but don't have much income (not sure how you would make that work unless you already have the paid-for house or sell one elsewhere and pay cash for the house) maybe VT would work better.
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