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Old 05-26-2020, 03:23 AM
 
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So we are relocating back to the area after 20 yrs in Europe.

Husband will be working in PA (HVAC) but we are considering houses near the DE/PA border - Brandywine, Naamans Manor - and maybe as far down as Talleys Corner.

Just curious as to if it's worth it due to the tax differences of living in DE but working in PA? It seems like you can more bang for your buck in DE. Anyone else doing this and any advice?

Thanks!
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Old 05-26-2020, 10:30 AM
 
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If your concern is taxes, DE real estate taxes are generally well below those set by townships in PA. PA has an across the board income tax rate of 3.06% while Delaware maxes out at 6.6% on incomes of $60,000 and above. Any income tax paid in PA will be credited to your tax obligation to DE.

Delaware has no sales tax, while PA has a 6% sales tax, though there are numerous exemptions, including food, clothing, textbooks, computer services, drugs and medical devices (including OTC), and residential heating fuels. Those of us who live near the border have the option of purchasing big ticket items in DE.

PA is generally considered to have better schools.

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Old 05-26-2020, 03:55 PM
 
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PA is generally considered to have better schools.
New Castle County, not including Middletown, has non-contiguous school districts. School districts on the border of Delaware (Garnet Valley, Landenberg, Kennett) are more homogenous in socioeconomic status, whereas schools in New Castle county above the canal have a greater mix of students from lower and middle-income families.
A lot of times, when people in high paying corporate jobs relocate to Delaware, they will opt to live across the border. If they can afford a $300k, or $400k and up home, and have school-aged kids, they have strong reservations about sending their kids to the neighborhood schools where master-planned communities are also zoned with high poverty, crime-ridden areas of the inner city.

It appears that your choices are within the Brandwine Hundred aka North Wilmington aka 202 Concord pike area. Those choices are fine, and that's one of the most desirable suburban areas Wilmington. There is a slight increase in what homes are going for between ones zoned to Brandywine High vs. Concord High, with Concord being the more expensive real estate of the two. While I cannot comment on the individual quality of education between those two schools, I will say that area of Wilmington is a good choice depending on your husband's commute distance.

Keep in mind that once you cross the Delaware border into PA on 202, those lanes merge, and traffic can get pretty nasty at all hours of the day.

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Old 05-27-2020, 08:18 AM
 
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^^^ I agree! You certainly are a Young Prodigy!
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Old 05-27-2020, 11:24 AM
 
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I've been on here so long that I should change it to "Old Prodigy." When I was younger, I was big fan of the band Prodigy, hence the screen name choice.
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Old 05-28-2020, 09:07 AM
 
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New Castle County, not including Middletown, has non-contiguous school districts. School districts on the border of Delaware (Garnet Valley, Landenberg, Kennett) are more homogenous in socioeconomic status, whereas schools in New Castle county above the canal have a greater mix of students from lower and middle-income families.
A lot of times, when people in high paying corporate jobs relocate to Delaware, they will opt to live across the border. If they can afford a $300k, or $400k and up home, and have school-aged kids, they have strong reservations about sending their kids to the neighborhood schools where master-planned communities are also zoned with high poverty, crime-ridden areas of the inner city.
The schools are what drive many people with families to settle in PA v Delaware. The cost of private schools can more than eat up any tax savings. It’s different calculus for those without school-age children.
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Old 05-28-2020, 11:37 AM
 
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I've been on here so long that I should change it to "Old Prodigy." When I was younger, I was big fan of the band Prodigy, hence the screen name choice.
Nonetheless.....thanks for your Delaware expertise....(from an old Delaware native). I remember Prodigy!
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