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Old 10-02-2006, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Pontiac, Michigan
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My husband just started a job in Owings Mills, MD. We're looking for a home, and were thinking about Southern PA or somewhere in MD (a city that would allow my husband's commute to be an hour or less). Our limit is approx $250,000 for housing. We were hoping to find something w/4 beds, 2 baths, and a 2 car garage, but are finding that that is nearly impossible for either state. So, we're revising our criteria and need some HELP!!!! What are the advantages of PA vs MD? Taxes, schools (we have a 7 month old), shopping, quality of living differences? And, since we're not too familiar with townhomes or duplexes here in MI, what are the advantages/disadvantages of those? Can you hear the other families through walls? Is resale value as good? We are so overwhelmed with the options that any advice would help. THANKS!
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Old 11-05-2006, 09:14 PM
 
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My wife and I are moving into Dover, PA in December. We really like the area since it's very calm and quiet. There are a few development projects going on in the area so the property values are going to go up. Dover seems to be the promising area to live right now plus it's only an hour of commute time to MD. Currenly there are a lot of people from MD that are moving up to Dover so we're sure that the area will soon be more diverse and interesting. If you are looking for a place where property values are affordable but will go up and is very familiy oriented, we recommend Dover.
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Old 11-08-2006, 06:40 AM
 
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Default PA vs MD, single vs townhome vs duplex..?!

The whole idea of moving to southern PA and commuting to and from the Baltimore area in under an hour is quickly becoming a fantasy. There are SO many people that do it, and I-83 is only so big. You will no doubt be able to find a home in southern PA for cheaper, however you have to look at the total cost, which includes gas (it will not stay at $2.10 for ever), wear and tear on the vehicle, and insurance. There are many benefits to Maryland. I highly recommend living near Owings Mills or even in Baltimore City. Baltimore as a whole gets a bad rap even though crime is fairly contained to certain areas and decreases every year. I live on the west side of the city and have had no problems, even though the west side is pretty **** bad. I believe there is a light rail to Owings Mills, not to mention plenty of cheap housing in the area, you just have to look. You should actually take a drive around Baltimore city sometime and check out some of the nicer neighborhoods on the north side, I think you will be pleasantly surprised - they have low crime, good schools, and the yards are way bigger than one you will get with a townhouse or even the new single family homes they are building lately (I am a surveyor, so I work on these jobs every week).
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Old 11-08-2006, 07:35 AM
 
Location: Newtown Square, PA
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townhomes in my opion are a bad move, some of the assosiations are run poorly so you must be involved or they waste your money. plus they have a lot of rules and regs that no one ever reads before buying the place. I know I'm a realtor. Twins or dups as you call them are nice but sometimes you can hear your neighbor, and the big key is your neighbor. Meet them before buying a twin you will have to work with them to get things done on occasion. I have a brother who lives in havre de grace, MD and he loves it, he commutes down to the balt area regularly, but there is no doubt that traffic is horrible!!
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Old 01-08-2007, 12:07 PM
 
Location: MARLYAND
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My husband and I are moving to Dover, PA. I work in Maryland and yes the commute will be a bit long, but if you want do not want to be house poor, then some of the sacrifices you have to make is to commute.Dover, PA has some new developments coming up and pretty soon it will be very developped and equity will be high. Many Marylanders are moving there and most of them work in Baltimore Metro area. With that influx of Marylanders there will be several options of commute. So if you do not want to be house poor and at the same time live in a beautiful spacious home your best bet is York or Dover, PA.
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My husband just started a job in Owings Mills, MD. We're looking for a home, and were thinking about Southern PA or somewhere in MD (a city that would allow my husband's commute to be an hour or less). Our limit is approx $250,000 for housing. We were hoping to find something w/4 beds, 2 baths, and a 2 car garage, but are finding that that is nearly impossible for either state. So, we're revising our criteria and need some HELP!!!! What are the advantages of PA vs MD? Taxes, schools (we have a 7 month old), shopping, quality of living differences? And, since we're not too familiar with townhomes or duplexes here in MI, what are the advantages/disadvantages of those? Can you hear the other families through walls? Is resale value as good? We are so overwhelmed with the options that any advice would help. THANKS!
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Old 01-08-2007, 12:10 PM
 
Location: MARLYAND
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My husband and I are moving to Dover, PA. I work in Maryland and yes the commute will be a bit long, but if you want do not want to be house poor, then some of the sacrifices you have to make is to commute.Dover, PA has some new developments coming up and pretty soon it will be very developped and equity will be high. Many Marylanders are moving there and most of them work in Baltimore Metro area. With that influx of Marylanders there will be several options of commute. So if you do not want to be house poor and at the same time live in a beautiful spacious home your best bet is York or Dover, PA.
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