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I wanted nh but we need to be on the 95 corridor and those communities had outrageous property tax rates. We landed in Maine but will not retire here. It all depends on where you are in life. The political pendulum has swung towards full retard in Maine the 5 years I’ve been here. It may swing back the other way. Who knows? Pretty sure nh has it’s swings as well.
 
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House here in CT going on the market 5/1, ready or not. Loading up the motorhome and searching for our new place...in TN and W. VA....We just started thinking more on W. VA., their air and water has gotten cleaner, their freedom still dominates, and it's some beautiful land.
Got a letter from the mayor of Portland ME a few years ago, wanting me to join in the "mayors against Trump" movement....another state ruined by the cities. NH is nice, but surrounded by present and future crap. Time to gtfoh.
 

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What state would you choose: Maine or New Hampshire? From a firearms point of view. Taxes, chances of future legislation, etc.
alaska? :)

anyway, the more people you get the more pro-socialist legislation you will get, as majority of people are sheep and they want to remain sheep - they know the safety is in numbers and feed throw is more important than a hypothetical protection from the wolves, that may not even exist. a pendulum is still on its way toward socialism until most sheep will get scared enough to revert the flow. right now all they want is some free shit, and 'tax the rich'. nothing else matters. and guns are as bad as smoking.
 
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Depends on a lot of things.

Are you retiring? If not, what do you do for work and can you find work where you're considering moving to? How dependent are you on medical services and can you get the medical services you need where you're considering? What do you want to actually get out of moving?

The two downsides to Maine that NH doesn't have regarding guns is (1) Maine requires a special permit to hunt with a suppressor, though @JRT posted about a hearing/bill to have that removed; and (2) Maine requires a carry permit to carry into certain state parks. NH involves neither.

OP posted a similar thread nine years ago, so...

If you lived in Mass and had to move
 

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Depends, do I still need to work?
I would not include "guns," in my decision. My gut says NH and ME will get worse on gun laws

Moving over gun laws doesn’t make sense. No matter where you go to the laws aren’t gonna get any better....Then pair that with if you have enough money everything’s legal anywhere...
 
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We just bought a place in NH. Property taxes are $10k a year.
wife found a small (824 sq. ft.) log home in W. VA. yesterday. 2 outbuildings, RV pad/hookup; lots fairly new, real clean, new HVAC etc...on 54 acres....taxes....$70/mo. My kids 4 bed/3 bath pretty new place in the 'burbs in TN is $1400/yr....and he has 3 classes coming up with John Lovell (Warrior Poet Society), as the culture there is sooooo very different, though perhaps what the northeasts was back when the Constitution was just a dream.
 
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Moving over gun laws doesn’t make sense. No matter where you go to the laws aren’t gonna get any better....Then pair that with if you have enough money everything’s legal anywhere...
gun laws are just laws. Any place having strict gun laws just seems to be a highly taxed, over regulated place to be anyways. Look at your gun"control" states, then look at their taxes....CA,NJ,NY,CT,MA,HI....the worst for gun owners, the highest taxes...
 

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Are you retiring? If not, what do you do for work and can you find work where you're considering moving to? How dependent are you on medical services and can you get the medical services you need where you're considering? What do you want to actually get out of moving?

This is the elephant in the room which hardly ever comes up in the initial inquiries. It isn't just here, but also on forums such as city-data or early retirement.

Source of money?
Source of health care?
Source of specialized health care if you need it?
Amenities to assist aging in place?
 

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We just bought a place in NH. Property taxes are $10k a year.

That's high, but no state income tax. We pay ~$11K per year in property tax plus the MA state income tax. If I were to leave MA and stay in New England, definitely would go to NH.

For anyone considering TN, property taxes will be somewhere near 1/3 or less than what they are for the same value in MA depending upon how 'nice' your assessment is. One year our new TN assessment came back high. I called the tax office and got the county assessor. Told him I'd be thrilled to sell my house at their value. He laughed and said let's pull it up in the system, then agreed that the jump was excessive. Right over the phone we agreed on a reasonable assessed value- it was that easy.
 

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It depends on the amount of money you have and earn. Maine punishes high income earners and so does Vermont. The knock on NH is property taxes which can be lessened but not avoided by choosing your location. If you make $50-$80k per year and plan on retiring on mainly your social secuity check than it really doesn't matter. The Maine estate tax doesn't kick in until $5M unlike the MA estate tax which is the worst in the nation.
 

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So, if the topic is NH, what would be a top 10 best localities in there to settle in, today? Wife keeps harassing me on the idea to get some property on the cape, but i frankly would prefer NH by far, somewhere near good enough lake. She will probably win, but, nevertheless?
 

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How many acres necessary for that? 10?

Yeah. You need 10 acres in current use.

The trick is to buy a larger lot-say 40 acres. Keep or put 38 acres in current use, and pull the remaining 2 acres out to build. A gotcha is if those 2 acres are in current use, you'll have to pay a penalty to change the status.
 

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26 years ago I made the call to retire in Maine and it involved many reasons including what I want to do. Bought low, sold super high (200% profit) then designed and had built a custom home for the two of us. Spent the whole nut on it and then some more.
If my tax bill was 10K a year I'd crap myself. For 10K I could pay my property taxes, all LP burned plus pay most all of the utilities.

My retirement date is in 2023 or maybe sooner. We both will work in some capacity to stay busy but it will be something that we want to do.
 

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Property taxes in NH are highly variable from town to town. Just looking at the rate is also misleading.

Look at some towns with a high tax rate, and then dig into assessed values. Then look into other towns with low tax rate and dig into assessed values. It loosely tends to even itself out and oftentimes the higher tax rate towns assess lower and property sells for less.
 

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So, if the topic is NH, what would be a top 10 best localities in there to settle in, today? Wife keeps harassing me on the idea to get some property on the cape, but i frankly would prefer NH by far, somewhere near good enough lake. She will probably win, but, nevertheless?

it really depends on what you like to do for activities, etc.
 
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