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Old 09-17-2010, 07:37 PM
 
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hey gang, the family and I may move one day to Virginia, or Maryland. The area would be in the eastern shore part of virginia, and the neighboring area of maryland.
If you were planning on living near the state line, what state would you choose, and why? Which state has a lower cost of living? (taxes).
We would be looking to spend up to 550,000, and like the ocean side of the eastern shore. Thank you for any wisdom!
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Old 09-18-2010, 06:32 AM
 
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I would choose Virginia, due to the lower income taxes. Maryland typically has higher income taxes but a low property tax. I think the real estate property tax in VA can vary by county. So you really need to check how much it is going to be. It is usually listed on the real estate listing. Good luck!
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Old 09-18-2010, 08:02 PM
 
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If you are looking to be near the ocean do your homework on the Eastern Shore..

Maryland has Ocean City and Assateague Island, all State & National Park

Virginia starts with
Assateague Island Park then has Chincoteague Island then mostly marsh/wetlands.. no real "Ocean Front" in Virginia and very little in Maryland..

Virginia's Eastern Shore is pretty rural..

Maybe a visit would help..
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Old 09-21-2010, 07:02 PM
 
Location: 5 years in Southern Maryland, USA
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Maryland has tax-exempt groceries, but 6 percent on other merchandise. Virginia taxes groceries as well as residents' motor vehicles and boats annually.
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Old 09-25-2010, 03:03 PM
 
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Great post! I am considering a move to the D.C. area and Northern Virginia (NoVa) came to mind (Fairfax County.) I was wondering if anybody could give me a little insight on Fairfax County (i.e. schools, lifestyle, cost of living, etc.) In other words, why should or shouldn't I move here? Which would you recommend. Living inside Washington, D.C. and especially Bethesda is out of the question (for me.)
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Old 09-28-2010, 02:12 PM
 
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all great replies, but if you were going to spend 350-400,000 on a house with 2 or more acres of property. ( I would like to hobby farm) What state would you choose? Thanks again!
Frank
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Old 09-30-2010, 07:05 PM
 
Location: The South
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Keep in mind Maryland has a millionaire's tax, if you're in that range.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124329282377252471.html
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Old 10-04-2010, 06:21 PM
 
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all great replies, but if you were going to spend 350-400,000 on a house with 2 or more acres of property. ( I would like to hobby farm) What state would you choose? Thanks again!
Frank
If you meant me, the one I am really hoping for at the moment is Northern Virginia (only if I should choose the Washington, D.C. area.) If I picked Maryland, I would probably move towards Cumberland and avoid places like Bethesda like the plague.
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Old 10-05-2010, 06:13 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Hi, I am a newbie to this forum and I will suggest here for Virginia, it is a good place to live and you can easily get the house there. I am areal estate agent and helped many people in buying their houses, who are finding difficulty in selling house.

This will be the best place for you and if you need any help then, I am there to help for sure.

Regards,

Zoya-capitalareahomebuyers.com
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Old 10-05-2010, 08:03 PM
 
Location: 5 years in Southern Maryland, USA
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If you meant me, the one I am really hoping for at the moment is Northern Virginia (only if I should choose the Washington, D.C. area.) If I picked Maryland, I would probably move towards Cumberland and avoid places like Bethesda like the plague.
If by "Northern Virginia" you mean the suburbs of Washington, housing and costs of living there are extremely high (although they have come down some due to the recession). This is due to the many high-paying professional jobs, highly-educated workforce, and nearly full-employment rate. The D.C. area overall has the nation's second-worst traffic congestion, according to annual A.A.A. rankings for the past several years. Housing near "metrorail" stations is even more at a premium.
Try to live as close as you can to your job, if possible, to avoid sitting in gridlocked traffic for hours. Schools are very highly-rated in Fairfax County = this is also true of Montgomery, Howard, and Calvert Counties in Maryland.

If by "Northern Virginia" you mean the countryside further west, or Blue Ridge Mountains, then housing costs are less there. But there are fewer good-paying jobs there - although many people in outlying regions commute to Fairfax County and Loudoun County (Loudoun a few years ago had THE fastest-growing population of the entire USA).
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