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Old 06-25-2007, 09:44 AM
 
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For the OP, who is coming from TN, don't forget to factor in the high cost of heating your home, not to mention the long, long cold winters and non-existent spring.
Excellent point...the winter heating bill can be a great shock if you're aren't aware of what you can expect....
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Old 06-25-2007, 11:56 AM
 
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Default New England is great....but

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Anyplace inside the 495 belt is outrageously expensive, if you're comparing to TN--and even outside 495 is spendy, too. You do get lots of land, but you pay premium taxes on that land, and excise tax on your cars and lots of other hidden taxes in Taxachusetts!
Taxachusetts is correct!

I grew up in the Framingham/Ashland(near 495 and Route 9) area during the 70's and 80's. It was very expensive during that time period as well. New England is very nice but the cost of living is insane(near Boston) compared to living in many parts of this country.

If you really want to live there look into towns in central/western MA. Yes, places around Springfield are still much more affordable. Parts of southern New Hampshire may also work for you.

Good luck,

VH
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Old 06-25-2007, 01:11 PM
 
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Excellent point...the winter heating bill can be a great shock if you're aren't aware of what you can expect....
LOL. I had my heat on not more than a week and a half ago. The high temp on June 14 and 15 was about 55.
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Old 06-26-2007, 09:10 AM
 
Location: 42°22'55.2"N 71°24'46.8"W
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LOL. I had my heat on not more than a week and a half ago. The high temp on June 14 and 15 was about 55.
But on the other end of that argument, we don't need A/C here. Well, at least I don't have one ... just a few $40 fans from Target. In TN, it's going to cost several hundred bucks a month to cool the house in the summer.
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Old 06-26-2007, 09:11 AM
 
Location: 42°22'55.2"N 71°24'46.8"W
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Taxachusetts is correct!

I grew up in the Framingham/Ashland(near 495 and Route 9) area during the 70's and 80's. It was very expensive during that time period as well. New England is very nice but the cost of living is insane(near Boston) compared to living in many parts of this country.

If you really want to live there look into towns in central/western MA. Yes, places around Springfield are still much more affordable. Parts of southern New Hampshire may also work for you.

Good luck,

VH
Grew up in Ashland? Make sure to get checked for all types of cancer... a high percentage of kids growing up in that area now are adults and have cancer... mostly from playing in the river polluted by that dye factory (yes, the one you can smell from a mile away).
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Old 06-26-2007, 09:52 AM
 
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But on the other end of that argument, we don't need A/C here. Well, at least I don't have one ... just a few $40 fans from Target. In TN, it's going to cost several hundred bucks a month to cool the house in the summer.
lol this can be very true for many people...but I need my a/c in the summer! lol
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Old 06-26-2007, 12:36 PM
 
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We found we absolutely need a/c in the summer. It might only be for 3-4 weeks total out of the entire summer but when you need it, you need it. Fans don't help when it's ultra humid. All it does is pull that wet air in the house and make everything sticky.
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Old 06-27-2007, 10:03 AM
 
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We found we absolutely need a/c in the summer. It might only be for 3-4 weeks total out of the entire summer but when you need it, you need it. Fans don't help when it's ultra humid. All it does is pull that wet air in the house and make everything sticky.
A fan blowing hot air at me definately doesn't help the situation much! lol I have central a/c in the house, but one or two window a/c units can serve a lot of justice too!
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Old 06-27-2007, 10:18 AM
 
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A fan blowing hot air at me definately doesn't help the situation much! lol I have central a/c in the house, but one or two window a/c units can serve a lot of justice too!
I spoke too soon. Today is pretty unbearable w/the all the humidity from the impending rain storm making it feel much hotter than yesterday's 95. I guess I'm going to Natick mall today to get some free A/C
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Old 06-29-2007, 10:36 PM
 
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Smile Possible move to Massachusettes

I was born in RI and lived in Peabody, Ma for a year before I moved to New Hampshire. If you love Ma you will really love the beauty of New Hampshire! I lived there for 15 wonderful years. The cost of living is lower than Ma. There are no state income taxes or taxes on purchases. The state gets it's revenue from state run liquor stores. However, the property taxes are high. You can get some decent homes for reasonable money and the crime rate is lower than in MA.

It would be a bit of culture shock if you moved to certain areas in Ma from TN.

Good Luck!
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