I don't know where Chesterfield is, but you can get rough estimates from google maps. You can estimate commute times both by car and by public transport including busses and trains and in some cases walking.
So far these estimates do not include the private transport companies, who usually provide direct express services into NYC. Also with NYC being 'special' unlike anywhere else in the world, I expect the rough estimates to be a little on the 'short' side especially in rush hour traffic.
If you download and install goggle earth (warning it is a huge program and ties up a lot of resourses in your computer), it will also give you the location of businesses, churches, schools, fire departments, etc as well.
If you are lucky and the goggle team has been to Chesterfield, you might even be able to 'virtually drive' through the neighborhood. I used it extensively at the begining of my home search.
Hi Patrick, I hope that you have an agent assisting you - he/she can help you get your arms around the pricing analytics specific to this community and development. I concur with your assessment of 1% per month but what needs to be carefully considered is the starting point. Many builders are offering steep discounts to move properties - part of the '09 decline may be built into the discounted price you are being offered, in which case a full 12% off would be too great a number.
It sounds to me as though you are doing quite well, negotiate the best price you can and then realize that the combination of good prices and rates that are so good as to almost be silly, is a scenario that may not repeat.
Good luck to you!
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