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Benjamin, Home Buyer in Scotch Plains, NJ

Hi there, I am considering buying a house in Charlotte, NC but I am not from the area as I currently live in

Asked by Benjamin, Scotch Plains, NJ Mon Mar 23, 2009

NJ. Can someone advise me what areas are good to live in terms of location (North, South, East etc.) that have low crime rates and good schools. Thanks in advance,

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Hi Benjamin,

I moved to Charlotte, NC from NJ just three years ago and my only regret is that I didn't do it sooner. The Charlotte area is so large and diverse that I could never do it justice in just one short answer. I have a relocation packet that is jam packed full of information on Charlotte that I can send out to you free of charge if you're interested. To answer your question properly, requires a long conversation that I would be glad to have with you at anytime. The packet of info will be really helpful, too and it includes area maps. Feel free to call me at your convenience to discuss. Oh, and let me know if you care to receive the relo packet.

All the best,

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Dear Benjamin,

I have had a number of clients from New Jersey and they love the Charlotte area. One client from New Jersey moved to Matthews several years ago a still just loves it.

Because of the taxes and a few other issues, I am also suggesting to my clients that they look in the the northern areas of South Carolina. Lower property and income taxes are in South Carolina and the schools are getting very good reports in Fort Mill (York County) and in Indian Land (Lancaster County). These are both growing areas that you might want to consider. I currently live in South Charlotte and like the area but will move into the Indian Land area as soon as possible because of the lower taxes. It is still a very easy drive to Uptown Charlotte on good roads.

Please check out our website at http://www.RichProperties.net. There you can search the entire Charlotte Regional Multiple Listing service as well as the South Carolina Piedmont Multiple Listing Service (MLS). I would love to show you around our area when to come down to check it our.

Have a blessed day!
Sara Rich
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Hi Benjamin, we moved here from the Washington DC area in 1989. We settled in South Charlotte, and almost 20 years later we are still in South Charlotte. My 3 girls went to school here and we were very pleased with the schools, parental involvement, amenities that the schools had, etc. I received my RE license in 1990 and continue to practice full time. I have had many clients come from the NJ, CT, NY area and would love to help you find a home here in Charlotte. Feel free to visit my web site: http://www.PropertiesinCharlotte.com. There is also a link for Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools on our site. I'd love to hear from you. Good luck.

Debbie Arriero, ABR, ASP, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SRES
Arriero Realty, Inc.
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NJ. Can someone advise me what areas are good to live in terms of location (North, South, East etc.) that have low crime rates and good schools. Thanks in advance,
Web Reference: http://yahoo.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 24, 2009
NJ. Can someone advise me what areas are good to live in terms of location (North, South, East etc.) that have low crime rates and good schools. Thanks in advance,
Web Reference: http://yahoo.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 24, 2009
Hi Benjamin,

The Charlotte area is fantastic, continues to grow and has some great schools. I like Union County, south Charlotte, Huntersville, Cornelius and Mooresville. To check out different schools and their test scores go to http://www.greatschools.net. Let me know what I can do to help you in your search. Have a great day!

Morris Reed
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 24, 2009
I would like to suggest that you investigate Union County. It's Charlotte's best neighborhood... only minutes away from downtown Charlotte. You'll find the lifestyle here more relaxing, taxes lowerand excellent school system. As far as a trip to the beach... it's only about 3 1/2 hrs. away. The crime rate is definately better than the larger metropolitan area of Charlotte. You can get a wealth of information about Union County and the Charlotte NC area on my website. I've loaded it up with all the information I could gather for people just like yourself.... eager to learn more about our area. You can also search for homes, townhomes or condos on the website. I'll be very eager to assist you upon your arrival too. Find out what so many people have already come to love about Charlotte's best neighborhood... Discover Union County! Check out my website at http://www.ISellUnion.com and click on "about the area" for more information. Thanks!
Web Reference: http://www.ISellUnion.com
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Hi Benjamin,
Great question. It's really good to do some investigating as you are doing. One area to consider is just across the border in Fort Mill, SC. This is where we chose to move to 10 years ago when we relocated from Pittsburgh, PA. Schools are great and taxes are much lower. However if you go to my website and click on "About the area" you can check out the schools for yourself. The next up and coming area for growth is expected to be in the Clover, SC area. It is less than a half hour to downtown Charlotte. Let me know what else I can do to help you.
Marilyn Hudson
Keller Williams Baxter office
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Benjamin, I am a licensed agent in both North and South Carolina. Charlotte and it's surrounding areas is an ideal place to live and raise a family. I have lived in the area for over 25 years and while some areas of Charlotte are more desirable than others, you may also want to consider York County, Fort Mill, SC. Fort Mill is just across the border from Charlotte and only a 20 minute drive to Uptown Charlotte. Many folks are moving across the state line to take advantage of the lower tax rate and the excellent school system that Fort Mill has to offer. Fort Mill schools are rated top in the state and there are two new elementary schools slated to open this Fall.

Did you also know that Fort Mill was recently rated in the top list of "Best Affordable Suburbs 2009"?

For further information on the schools and to search the MLS you can visit my website at http://www.kellyacahill.com. I have a lot of good information on my site in reference to Fort Mill, Charlotte and it's surrounding areas. I would be happy to answer any questions you have as well, if you would like to contact me at the number below.

Kelly Cahill
Keller Williams Realty
803.389.0080 (cell)
Web Reference: http://www.kellyacahill.com
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Hello Benjamin! I am so excited that you are considering Charlotte as your new home. I moved to Charlotte over 10 years ago and this city keeps getting better and better. Of course the wonderful weather here makes it even better!

I would love to direct you to certain areas of town that may be of interest. I think one place I would start is life style. This would help me direct you best because we have so many areas of Charlotte that might be ideal. You can also check this website for school ratings...http://www.ncreportcards.org/src/.

As for crime rates I can direct you to CMPD.org which is Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department's website. There you can search areas and possible crimes.

I would love to learn more about you and your situation. I am always available via email at debra@hmproperties.com or via cell at 704.421.2107. I hope to help you find your new home in Charlotte!
Web Reference: http://www.hmproperties.com
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Well there are a number of good areas. The Northern area has the Lake Norman (Huntersville, Cornelius ) The western part of the Charlotte area has Denver(Lincoln county) the south part of charlotte around the Matthews area is very nice. It depends on your life style. If you want to be closer to downtown Charlotte due to jobs etc. I would be glad to send you more information if you tell me alittle more about your specific situation.. You can email me directly at rosecramer@ncrealtorsales.com and give me some of information. Like where you will be working, or working at home. What your likes and dislikes are.. The size of your family.. Look forward to hearing from you..
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 23, 2009
Hi Benjamin,
First, let me say what a great idea it is for you to move to the Charlotte area. I did so, about 8 years ago, from New York. I haven't looked back since.
While Charlotte has many nice areas to move to, have you considered a move to the neighboring city of Concord located in Cabarrus county?
Concord has become the move to place. One reason is the school system. It is favored by most as compared to Mecklenburg county, where Charlotte is located.
Please visit me at my web site to find out more about Concord and it's school system. I will be happy to answer any questions you have and guide you through your home buying process.
I look forard to hearing from you.


Tony Orefice
The Suddreth Group
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