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Old 04-30-2021, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Chandler, AZ
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For any property you are going to make an offer on, I'd ask to see a year of utility bills.
SRP, at least, will give you a rundown for the last year. No details, but you can get an idea of what you're looking at.
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Old Yesterday, 08:57 PM
 
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School districts overlap town municipalities. Parts of Scottsdale are in Scottsdale schools and parts are not, example 85257 in far south Scottsdale are in Phoenix schools and considered less desirable and cost more. Most people do not have grass and xeriscape with drip irrigation to plantings. Done right, the look is attractive and water is not wasted. Many people install artificial turf for “green.” Water rates vary around town too as there are many water companies. My bill with old citrus and xeriscaping on Epcor, 18,000 lot is around $76 a month plus similar sewer charge from Town of Paradise Valley. I know people who have water bills over $600 a month. Our 3000 square foot ranch house is energy efficient and worse months run close to $300 but drop dramatically in cooler months. Property taxes and house insurance are reasonable. I’m struggling with the intense summer heat. We live less than a mile from Scottsdale Fashion Square. When we visit friends in far north Scottsdale, in Troon, the temps are 6 degrees cooler. As others suggest, get the utility bills from the seller. Be suspicious of flips to older homes because they often lack infrastructure updates. Prices have gone so high with limited inventory. Good luck finding your next home.
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Old Yesterday, 09:23 PM
 
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Just don't forget that you will be paying State Income Tax now, but your property taxes will go down, your car registration will go up, Premium gas is almost $4 here, Electric is variable.

Scottsdale has a lot of older homes as it has pretty much been built out unless you keep going North. Chandler and Gilbert have better school districts but that may change going forward, both just laid off hundreds of teachers for next year due to students transferring to Charters, Private Schools and homeschooling from the pandemic. There are newer homes in Chandler/Gilbert but they will be on postage stamp lots as builders tried to maximize the number of homes on a given plot of land.
Car registration will probably go up but how much depends on the age and value, a $35K car that is 6 years old will only cost you about $200. A $60K 2021 car will run you about $1000 but it ramps down quickly each year thereafter.
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Old Yesterday, 09:53 PM
 
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9000 per year for property taxes!!!!!!!!!!! That is crazy!!!!!!
NY/NJ/CT property taxes are $9k minimum, often much more, and a 4%+ income tax, and $1k+ per year in tolls.
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Old Yesterday, 10:35 PM
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Location: Scottsdale, AZ and Redwood City, CA
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Most people do not have grass and xeriscape with drip irrigation to plantings. Done right, the look is attractive and water is not wasted. Many people install artificial turf for “green.” Water rates vary around town too as there are many water companies. My bill with old citrus and xeriscaping on Epcor, 18,000 lot is around $76 a month plus similar sewer charge from Town of Paradise Valley. I know people who have water bills over $600 a month. Our 3000 square foot ranch house is energy efficient and worse months run close to $300 but drop dramatically in cooler months. Property taxes and house insurance are reasonable. I’m struggling with the intense summer heat.
We live in Scottsdale with drip irrigation everywhere on a ~1 acre lot. We don't have xeriscaping, don't like it at all. Average water bill is about $140. About 1/4 of the back yard is grass shaded by enormous pine trees. Great for kids and pets.

As far as electric goes last year we had a four-digit bill one month because both the main house and the guest house were occupied. Keep in mind this area doesn't cool off much at night due to the heat island effect.
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Old Today, 12:08 AM
 
Location: Phoenix Metro Area
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That's nothing we were paying almost $12,000 a year for a 3 bedroom 1 bath 1,100 sq. ft. home in the semi run down City of Peekskill, NY and that was 11 years ago.
Ah NJ is the worst state in property tax - 15k for a 1400sf back in early 2000s couldn't or wouldn't move up nothing less than 25k a year in tax - friends were paying 75k a year in tax for their mansions - nuts!
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Old Today, 11:06 AM
 
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Your budget is good enough to not have to deal with San Tan Valley or Glendale, just don't do it.

East Valley homes tend to have SRP which is much cheaper than APS on the west side.

If you run the equal payment plan for electricty, they usually use the $.10 sq ft as a base calculation and that is pretty much accurate.

My kids are in Gilbert Schools and I have been very happy with the schools. Chandler is also good based on experiences of people I know.

I prefer Gilbert over Chandler and Scottsdale because Gilbert neighborhoods tend to be more green, a holdover from the agricultural past. Chandler and Scottsdale has more desert landscaping.
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