It has been several days since you asked your question. Have you found a Realtor to serve as your buyers agent? That might be the best place to start. Your agent will help you get specific answers on the taxes in the area that you plan to purchase. Before you write an offer on any home you will want to know what your monthly tax burden will be because that will have a pretty big impact on the price you can pay for your home.
Pennsylvania property taxes have three parts; school tax, county tax and municipal tax. York COUNTY taxes are the same across the county, but you will see large tax differences from one school district to another, and also from one municipality to another within the school district. It would be nice if you could use the tax rate as an indication of how good the schools are, but I am afraid that line of reasoning just won't hold up.
Another thing your buyers agent will do is to help you find a trusted local lender. A local lender knows what taxes you will have to include in your monthly mortgage payment. My experience has been that out-of-state lenders often don't get that right. If you don't know the tax cost you might be looking at the wrong homes for your budget.
Another thing to think about is your drive time, but probably more important these days, the cost of your commute. Your lender is not going to ask if you have budgeted for gasoline, so you will have to estimate for yourself what that is going to cost, and how it effects your ability to pay your monthly bills.
York is a beautiful county to live in. You can live on a lake or river, in a townhome or on ten acres of your own woodland, in a new home or one that somebody else has loved for a while. Lots of good choices to be made! Have fun; we would love to see you here in our neck of the woods.
Let me know if you want some local listings in the area or if you want to find some buiders and new communitys. I am happy to help you....
Southern York county has some great offerings and is a convenient commute. Southern Lanc. Co. is another locale that works for Baltimore commuters (though this is more of an I-95 commute, vs. I-83)
Best of luck to you! Welcome to PA! :)
Keystone has been around for a long time.I have only heard good things about them.The taxes in York are reasonable compared to other counties in PA.Keep in mind New construction is always valued at a higher percentage rate.If you do buy there.Make sure you apply within 30 days to have it reassessed.It should lower it a tad in most cases.I have sold a few clients homes up that way and they are very happy.
Run for the border and take a break from BGE!!! Let me know if you have other questions. Good luck...