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My fiancee and myself have just landed jobs in Phoenix. We should be there within the month - hooray!!!!
Can anyone give me some info regarding any the following list of queries? I am trying to be as prepared as possible for when we arrive.
Many thanks, looking forward to the sun!!!
List of queries
1) what neighbourhoods (or rental agents) should I look at (quiet, houses rather than apartments, good restaurants nearby etc)
2) how much is taken from your pay in taxes etc.
3) what is a reputable car dealer to visit
4) is car insurance expensive
Any other info would be most welcome.
You will find Phoenix cheap compared to the UK, especially London. We pay about $1100/year for car insurance, one with full coverage, one with the basic. We just bought a house on the outskirts in a town called Surprise, it would be a drive to St. Joe's, for $170,000. It's a 5 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, 2287 sq ft. The price included granite kitchen counters and all appliances. Plus, it has a decent sized garden. The best is it will be brand new and should be ready in Sept./Oct. time. You will pay alot more in town.
You will be in a shock with the heat. Especially in August. :angryfire But if you think you will head south in the afterlife you will be prepared.
Not sure how much you will be taxed. It is based on your marital status and the number of dependents. And I am married with 3 kids so yours would be alot different. Don't forget to take the health insurance. Not sure how much St. Joes expects you to pay towards it, if anything.
Congrats on the new job. You can pm me if you want.
Just wanted to add a website.
This will have rentals, news and temperatures.