That's how my husband and I ended up here. He still commutes everyday to the city.
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Unfortunately for all buyers out there the market is pretty efficient in evening out any (perceived) tax advantages. Towns with a viable commercial/industrial base do have an advantage over towns without this extra income. Some towns with excellent school systems get an additional boost as a larger than typical percentage of children still gets sent to private school, making for more resources for those students that do attend public schools. Tax rates are usually available on each town's website. The most recent tax bills can be found on http://www.njactb.org
If you compare properties tax rates by comparing market value vs. annual tax bill, you would be surprised to find that Livingston for example is actually not that high compared with many of the lower priced communities surrounding it like Newark and East Orange. Just food for thought, plus I like to debunk what many people are quick to proclaim but few take the time to research in detail.
Jacobus "Jack" Vollenberg
RE Appraiser/RE Sales Associate
Vollenberg Appraisers/ERA Statewide Realty
I am a realtor in Prundential New Jersey Properties in Livingston. When looking to move into any county
there is usually a matter of two prices; Home price and Taxes. Taxes will depand on your home price propety size and improvements. I think that it is a very general statement that Livingston Taxes are high. It depands on the house. for example- If you compare West Orange to Livingston, Livingston taxes are low but house prices are high. I think that before you really start looking for a house you need to get a better idea about your budget -that can be achieved by speaking with a morgage representative who will be able to let you know where you stand. I work with my partner Sharon Avram and we've been succesful matching buyers to homes including price and taxes. Should you require any further information you may contact me directly via email or cell:
I wish you luck in your search. Karen Abramson
These towns are slightly further out that 25 miles. Harding Township in Morris County and Bedminster Township in Somerset County are very desirable towns with good schools and very low taxes. The homes prices are high however. Let me know if you would want further information on these areas. Good luck!