The Rochester area has been fortunate in that we haven't experienced many of the extremes that other areas have in terms of real estate highs and lows - we've kept a pretty stable market. In fact, we are on the rise - http://www.rbj.net/article.asp?aID=193754
As Carmen said, what we endure in regard to property taxes we make up for in overall home value - you get a lot for your money here!
Here's a link to town tax tables in Monroe County to give you an overview. http://www2.monroecounty.gov/property-taxrates.php
Keep in mind we also have STAR exemptions that come off the true tax amount listed on a home as well.
Of course, this is a general overview. Real estate trends can fluctuate on the micro-level - from neighborhood to neighborhood, price range to price range - so it's best to have an agent who knows the area well on your side.
Good luck with your relocation, and if you have any further questions I'd love to help!
Developers are building and prices are going up. Bonita Springs is generally a desireable area. Possibly the homes you are looking at do not have the 2012 taxes posted or the current owners do not qualify for homestead exemption.
Do you have an agent working for you? If so, ask them to explain our taxes. If not, please feel free to call me at 239-560-4159
RE/MAX Realty Group