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Old 04-09-2020, 11:32 AM
 
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Is Easton, PA a good place to settle for an Indian (Asian) family with school-going kids?

My office in located in North NJ which is 55 miles from Easton. Since I will go office 3 days in week, this commute seems very reasonable.
I was initially planning to move near my office but that area is very expensive, for both rental and buying.

I see lots of new and nice houses in Easton PA with reasonable rate. I wanted to understand few points:
- Is this good place to settle (Safety, Schooling)
- Are there any Indian population in Easton? I see few Indian restaurants and stores there so I assume yes.
- Is $375k is good price for a new townhouse (3br, 3 bath, 2200 sq ft)?
- How tough will be to sell the house? Since I am on H1 visa so this is important point for me.


Thanks in advance

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Old 04-23-2020, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Monroe NJ
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The way I would do this is to actually go there and try talk to a realtor who knows the locale well. Try to find the local temple or Indian grocery store and go there to talk to people. Without physically visiting these questions will be tough to answer.

As far as resale is concerned no one can answer that as no one has a crystal ball. Perhaps trends can be seen from the CD city stats and online real estate sites - look at sold houses and their price history.
Same goes for schools although you did not ask that.

In general I can say and I am not local to the area, that Easton is developing but since it is not really close to a major urban region its development is a bit slow.
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Old 04-24-2020, 11:35 AM
 
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I think eternalsands has given you some pretty good general advice. I don't know Easton well but I will caution you on the commute because I have some experience with that. The reason home prices are lower in Pennsylvania is because we are NOT within an easy commute to Northern Jersey or NYC. Route 78 often gets backed up due to accidents, construction and weather. I would suggest renting for a year.
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Old 05-04-2020, 09:55 PM
 
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I own a house in Easton. It will be much easier to sell a house quickly in an older, established area rather than a new subdivision. First, you might still be competing with the builder. Second, your sales price would be limited by similar (cookie-cutter) houses in your development. And third, when you sell, the home will not be new, but used. You’ve paid the “new” premium and lost it. If you like Easton, I suggest looking up by Lafayette College at a “used” house. It would be better value for your money and definitely more substantial.

As for the commute, it will be hellish. It’s not 55 miles of leisurely driving or everybody would be doing it! It’s idiot drivers, endless trucks, and heavy traffic. Even on the weekend it’s bad. Trust me, I know the drive well. Why do you think house prices are cheaper in Easton?

I personally have not seen any Indian community in Easton. That’s not to say it doesn’t exist.
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