$450K can buy you a great house in both towns. I would suggest having your agent pull up the homes in your price range in both towns and simply taking a look. Once you begin the search, you'll have a better feel for where you're more comfortable.
If you need assistance, I'd be happy to send you listings.
You can call 860-214-6893 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Good Luck in your houseing search
Hope this helps.....Amanda
Resale value (age could be a factor here)
Quality of Schools
Amenities (parks & Rec, shopping, recreation, etc.)
Convenience to work/family/recreation of choice
Character of the neighborhood or town.
Since most of these things are subjective, only you can decide most of them. For the taxes, your agent can give you the numbers for comparable houses in each town, or you can check with the town assessors office.
Hope this helps
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