Home in NJ or move to CA ( Northern CA)

Jan 17 16 Comments

Hi Blinders,

I’m looking to purchase a home and settle down. I have 2 kids and I’m looking for a place that works both for family and myself (professionaly)

The houses in NJ are very very expensive and also have to pay a lot in taxes. We pay 20k in taxes for 3BR condo.

I visited Cupertino recently and I really love the location and was wondering if you guys can help me if the move can be beneficial considering CA has low home taxes.

Thanks.


My TC - 350
Wife - 220

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TOP 16 Comments
  • Intel hkll
    Hahaha, the worst places in America to live. Do you want to give 50% of your income to the government or 51%?
    Jan 17 1
  • Salesforce kmgdgjytd
    Hate to break it to you but the home prices in Cupertino will be worse lol taxes lol
    Jan 17 1
    • Amazon potato999
      OP
      True I understand !
      I’m just wondering I get more space/lot for the same price and I can drive to work 😆
      Jan 23
  • Intel z08Fx!
    Property axes in CA are not really low (about 1-1.5%), and housing is expensive ($2mil+ in Cupertino).
    Jan 17 3
    • Amazon potato999
      OP
      Are you sure about this ?
      I’m seeing 1mil home in Los Gatos have 10k as property tax
      Am I missing something ?
      Jan 23
    • Intel hkll
      State prop tax is 1%. There are frequently de facto property taxes at a local level that raise it to a higher level.

      Don’t trust Redfin or whatever on property tax estimates.
      Jan 23
  • Prudential -asdf-
    Home prices in NJ are far less than CA. Yes, property taxes are high, but they pretty much fund the schools. You can find suburbs in NJ with some of the best schools in the country. Everything else in NJ is fairly cheap. And we have full service gas stations.
    Jan 17 1
    • Intel hkll
      $30K in property tax paid in NJ is the same as $30K in property tax paid in CA. Everyone who touts “But prop tax are low in CA!” are morons.
      Jan 17
  • Oz Management swusr
    What is your tc? Is your wife working? It will be difficult in CA on a single income.
    Jan 22 0
  • Microsoft freedom!
    Move across the river to NY! New York City has lower property tax for home and amazing life.
    Jan 17 1
    • Capital One TeYa61
      And inherit the nearly 4% city income tax? Property taxes in NYC are nowhere near cheap enough to justify it on the premise of attempting to escape NJ taxes. The real answer is to GTFO of the northeast in general (or move to a different town in NJ).
      Jan 17
  • Oz Management swusr
    Where in nj?
    Jan 17 1
  • Amazon potato999
    OP
    My TC is 350
    My wife’s is 220

    I’m sure our TC’s will go higher ( May be a little) if we decide to move
    Jan 23 0

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