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Old 09-05-2013, 07:50 PM
 
Location: SC
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I am new to the area and looking to buy a new home in the near future. Can you please fill me in on the higher tax areas on the east-ish side of Greenville? Did I read that a Greenville address will require you to pay city income taxes, compared to say, living in Greer or Simpsonville?

Right now I am browsing in the region of Roper Mountain and 14, north of Woodruff and south of Pelham. Any feedback on the developments in close proximity to this intersection, as far as taxes go? The homes there are really beautiful.

In my last state for example, I paid around 1.3k per half for a nice home on 7 acres with a 4 car garage and finished outbuildings. Someone I know who lives 25 mins away in a 1.8k sq foot cramped subdivision, pays 3k per half. There was a huge difference in taxes.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 09-05-2013, 08:15 PM
 
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Check zillow for neighborhoods you are interested in - and most houses should list the taxes paid. Assume most are primary residences.
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Old 09-05-2013, 09:34 PM
 
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The address has nothing to do with it. If you are inside a city limits you will pay city and county property taxes - the only income taxes in SC are state and federal. If you are in the county, but not a city, you will pay county property taxes. We lived on eastside of Greenville with a Greenville address but were in the county and paid county taxes. I believe the area you are referring to is in Greenville County and not inside Greenville or any other city.

Once you buy, you need to fill out form that states it is your primary residence (as opposed to a second or vacation home). That will allow you to pay a substantially lower property tax rate.
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Old 09-05-2013, 09:55 PM
 
Location: SC
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Thanks roadpony. I have looked at several homes close to the Grenville border, where it may be a Greer or S-ville address a few streets away and was confused as to potential tax ramifications based on simply having a Greenville address. I will look for a map that shows the city limits.
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Old 09-06-2013, 07:26 AM
 
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I would suggest you check out the Greenville Tax Assessor website, but that might be considered "advertising", so I won't do that. But it would tell you what the taxes were on any home last year, and give you an idea of what you are looking at. But this would not tell you the city taxes involved.
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Old 09-06-2013, 09:44 AM
 
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Having a Greenville postal address and being inside the city limits are different things. There are a lot of homes with a Greenville, Greer, or Simpsonville address that are not inside and city limits.
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Old 09-06-2013, 05:05 PM
 
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What you should define is the city boundary. If it is outside the city proper, it is in the county. This I think is standard in most states. One thing to consider is services. City police and fire do not generally answer emergency calls in the county. Depending upon the location, the Internet may not be as fast.

AT&T just announced it is upgrading the Internet in Greenville to a faster speed. It's good for Greenville and the area.
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Old 09-06-2013, 05:16 PM
 
Location: home state of Myrtle Beach!
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I would suggest you check out the Greenville Tax Assessor website, but that might be considered "advertising", so I won't do that. But it would tell you what the taxes were on any home last year, and give you an idea of what you are looking at. But this would not tell you the city taxes involved.
If the home OP looks at on that site is a city property (either one) the RE taxes for that city most certainly are included in the bill.

I live in Mauldin city, with a 1600 sq. ft. home with attached garage. My taxes before any rebates are about $1100. Because this is our primary residence we get a discount of about $300-$400 for the school portion of the bill. Because hubby is disabled with SSA approval we get an additional $300-400 rebate! Can't beat living cheap in SC! YMMV
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