There are some great areas in Rancho Cucamonga with lower tax rates. Obvioulsy the older neighborhoods have lower tax rates and if the homes are further North, they are located within the boundaries of excellent schools! You have to look at tax rate as it relates to the home values. For instance, if you buy a house with a 1.7% tax rate in a great area, but the sales price is $300,000 as opposed to a home in a tax rate of 1.25% with the sales price of $350,000, unless you are paying all cash, the lower price will be more affordable and quite possibly be the better investment. Woking with your Realtor to look at each neighborhood collectively would be the way to go.
You not only want a great location, but that purchase that is going to give you the best opportunity to an equitable position in the future!
Feel free to call me if you have any questions as I have lived in this area and worked in real estate since 1993 and I love to talk Real Estate. 909-980-1818.
Take care and make it a great day! Kelli Vanevenhoven