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Old 11-28-2006, 02:05 PM
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Does anyone know of a resource where I can compare the various property tax rates in my locale? We're thinking of building a new home, and tax rates are a consideration in terms of where we move. Thanks! Rick.
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Old 11-28-2006, 07:37 PM
Location: Newtown Square, PA
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the only way to get that info is to check each municaplity/township. online or over the phone. New homes get taxed at 100% make sure you leave the basement unfinished or the taxes will be higher, it's based on finished living space.
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Old 11-30-2006, 04:35 AM
Location: Portland, OR
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Not sure. Althroughout chester county it is fairly low.

I think about 1 to 1.25 percent of house value per year. Appraised value makes it lower because we are in a bubble. If you build a new house you will have to pay a higher tax because of that higher house value.

The bigger issue is the cost of land and building the house. I would recommend West Chester area, Great Valley, and Tredyffrin Easttown. Best schools and closest to the city. Sure you can build in Downingtown or Exton but the schools are not good ie avoid Owen J Roberts.
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Old 12-14-2006, 09:39 AM
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West Chester, Exton has lowest taxes in area. Stay away from Delaware Co, Bucks and Philadelphia counties unelss you want to pay high taxes.
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Old 01-14-2007, 12:46 AM
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Take a look at Downingtown Schools-they are much better than you may believe. The area is full of professionals and most families use the public schools, so they demand a little more. Downingtown Area School District encompasses Chester Springs, Exton, Uwchlan, Upper Uwchlan, East Caln and the borough of Downingtown.
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Old 02-14-2007, 08:00 PM
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Yes, I must say I was quite surprised by the comment above stating that the Downingtown schools were not good. The schools are rated very high - all 9s and 10s on a scale of 1-10 on www.greatschools.net. Very impressive.
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