Sales tax in NYC is 8.875%, so I would actually still
be saving money, LOL... But your notation of power costs is indeed an eye opener, and I thank you for the warning. And yes, property tax is the savage beast in New York and
our neighbors, New Jersey & Connecticut, so there won't be much surprises there. In fact some of the areas that I'd been looking at seen rather cheap by comparison. One colleague pays over 7K per year in Valley Stream (a Long Island, NY suburb), from real estate listings I'd looked at, that seems rather "average" for the area. I looked at some Sugar Land, Tx (a Houston area suburb that I'm considering) listings and found the historical data of homes that I would want hovering around 4-6K per year. Not great, but still at a substantial discount to NY!
Additionally, I went on one of those pay scale web sites, and had it calculate my needed salary cost of living equivalent
in Houston, in order to maintain my exact same lifestyle in New York, and it worked out to be 41.8%! In other words, in Houston, I only need to make about 42% of what I used to, in order to be economically at the same COL point. Since even the lowest
average paying nursing job in Houston is roughly at 54% (compared with my previous salary), taking even the lowest paying nursing job in Houston would literally mean an effective 12% COL raise for me. And if I got a "typical" paid nursing job, the, average salary would be 63% of NY (or effective 21% COL raise).
Now I finally understand why people have been moving to Texas!!! Only a year and a half to go; I can't wait!
BTW, speaking of high electrical costs, I noticed that many homes I've been looking at seem to only use electric ranges (would probably suck a huge amount of power on a daily basis)
; my question is, is natural gas lines pretty accessible throughout all of Houston or are there some areas that only have electrical but no gas utility? In line with that, are there any specific Texas or Houston tax incentives for solar power usage? Thx.