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Old 07-06-2008, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Cockeysville, MD
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My husband, two boys and I are looking to relocate to Mercer or Burlington County in August of 2009. I know little to nothing about these areas but I want a decent place to live that is not to far from our family in New York (I do not want to move back to New York). I am currently a teacher and I would like to know which areas pay the highest for teachers. Also, what areas are the best to live in but can work out for me on a teacher's salary. All responses will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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Old 07-07-2008, 07:58 AM
 
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Lots of a good school systems in Mercer County, no idea what they pay. Burlington is farther to NY so unless you want better access to Philly probably should stick with Mercer which has train access to both Philly/NYC. Suitable family locations in Mercer include Hopewell, Pennington and Lawrenceville.
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Old 07-07-2008, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Cockeysville, MD
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Thank you. If you have anymore information, I would greatly appreciate it.
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Old 07-07-2008, 06:28 PM
 
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Check into Hopewell Township, very nice area, very good schools, decent location. One of the most bucolic towns in Mercer County with lots of farms and some rolling hills. You can probably find a good value on a house in the 450s-550s in that area with this market.

Hopewell Township - Official Web Site
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Old 07-07-2008, 07:06 PM
 
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Hopewell is actually QUITE pricey and nowhere near the prices you quoted. And it's important to factor in real estate taxes....
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Old 07-08-2008, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Center of the universe
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My husband, two boys and I are looking to relocate to Mercer or Burlington County in August of 2009. I know little to nothing about these areas but I want a decent place to live that is not to far from our family in New York (I do not want to move back to New York). I am currently a teacher and I would like to know which areas pay the highest for teachers. Also, what areas are the best to live in but can work out for me on a teacher's salary. All responses will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
As far as work goes, if you want to go to Burlington County, Northern Burlington pays the highest for teachers; they only have the upper grades though. In Mercer County, Princeton and West Windsor-Plainsboro pay the best salaries. As far as living costs, parts of Ewing (north of I-95) are relatively reasonable, but they have fiscal problems and taxes are skyrocketing. As far as other parts of Mercer, parts of Lawrence and Hamilton are reasonable too; Hightstown and East Windsor, and maybe even Robbinsville, are possibilities. In Burlington County I would say check out Bordentown and Chesterfield; otherwise you might be really far from New York. There are lots of condos and apartments in West Windsor and Plainsboro (which is in Middlesex County), but it seems to me you are looking for a single-family home, right?
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Old 07-08-2008, 08:22 AM
 
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Hopewell is actually QUITE pricey and nowhere near the prices you quoted. And it's important to factor in real estate taxes....
Hopewell is pricey but you will get lots of house and land for the money depending how much you spend. You can absolutely find a decent house in this market in the 500 range in Hopewell especially on the western part near Hunterdon county. A friend used to live there, I know what I'm talking about. Taxes are no worse than surrounding towns.
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Old 07-09-2008, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Cockeysville, MD
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Yes, I am looking for a single home
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Old 07-09-2008, 10:30 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Default NJ By the numbers web site

The NJ Star Ledger is one of the major newspapers in New Jersey. Every year they post on thier web site information regarding property taxes in each municipality, Crime info, how schools compare to each other etc. This should help give you a start. Here is the link.

[url=http://www.nj.com/news/bythenumbers/]NJ.com: New Jersey by the numbers[/url]

The other thing you are going to need to consider is auto insurance. NJ is one of the highest states for auto insurance premium. In the past 3-4 years there have been some new insurance companies that have come into the marketplace and have helped drive down some of the cost of insurnace, however NJ is still higher than other states. To help you better compare how insurance companies fare against each other the NJ Department of Insurance has a web site with comparison guides. You can find that link here:

[url=http://www.state.nj.us/cgi-bin/dobi/autopremiums/ziplist.pl]2007 Auto Insurance Premium Comparison[/url]

Regarding Teachers Salaries there is a web site that can give you an idea of how much teachers are making in any school district. When I first found this web site I was rather suprised that this is public data, but this is NJ.

The web site is sponsered by the Asbury Park Press, the other large newspaper in New Jersey

[URL]http://php.app.com/edstaff/search.php[/URL]



Good Luck!

Last edited by Camp H; 07-09-2008 at 10:35 PM.. Reason: needed to add another link
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Old 07-10-2008, 06:20 AM
 
Location: Stewartsville, NJ
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I have a house for sale in Lawrenceville. Lawrenceville has good schools. Call if interested 609-731-2532
The OP is looking to spend around 1200/month mortgage.. that's probably max. 200K home. I have a feeling you are selling for much more than that in Lawrenceville : )))
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