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  1. John

    John Guest


    I'm helping clean out an old house in Scituate, Massachusetts, along
    the south coast. If anybody's interested, we have

    One classic Hallicrafters SkyBuddy sw receiver

    One Yaesu FT-101B ssb xcvr

    a huge pile of TV-repair-type tubes

    gobs of other electronic and mechanical stuff you really
    don't want to know about.

    You can have things for just the cost of shipping, or maybe less.
    Seems a shame to throw it out.

    Boy, they have a lot of regulations here! In California, we just sell a
    house. Here, all sorts of inspectors make sure it's worthy of being

  2. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    Wait until you see the tax bill ;-)

    ...Jim Thompson
  3. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    Call PBS! Put it on "Antiques Roadshow"!

    Don't let any of that old crap go for less than a thousand dollars an

    Good Luck!
  4. Franc Zabkar

    Franc Zabkar Guest

    If they decide it's not worthy of being sold, will they allow you to
    keep living in it? If not, I guess you could always petition the
    governor. It seems he knows all about defective homes:

    - Franc Zabkar
  5. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Hallo Jim,
    Didn't you once call it "Taxachusetts"?

    I remember when I met a group of EEs from NY State. They were all miffed
    because they just received their property tax bills. Some went straight
    from $6,000 (!) to a whopping $10,000. For plain ordinary houses,
    nothing ritzy.

    A friend retired and moved from California to Arkansas. His tax for a
    2500 sqft home (he bought the same size there) went from $2500 or so to
    about $500. How is AZ doing here?

    Regards, Joerg
  6. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    We've been Californicated here... $4000 annual tax on a $750K/3650
    sq-ft house :-(

    ...Jim Thompson
  7. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Hello Jim,
    Ouch. But in CA it would be much higher. If the assessed (or recorded)
    value is $750k then the tax would be about $9000, roughly 1.2% with all
    the little extra taxes, bonds and whatever on there. The tax mostly
    depends on what you paid for the house, not what a bureaucrat thinks it
    is worth.

    A long time ago voters here had a hissy fit and passed Proposition 13.
    That put a lid on deliberate "re-assessments" so you don't get taxed out
    of your home so easily. Of course, it still goes up 2% or so every year.
    If somebody still lived in his old house that he bought for $30k way
    back when he'd probably pay under $500, considering the extra 2%
    assessment increases. If the same house sells for $400k now then the new
    owners get socked with almost $5k.

    I wonder what the most decent place would be if you didn't need to be
    physically close to clients. Arkansas?

    Regards, Joerg
  8. Luhan Monat

    Luhan Monat Guest

    Motorhome? --- can't find you, can't tax you.
  9. keith

    keith Guest

    You *must* be joking! My taxes are $5500 on a house I bought less for
    than $150K twelve years ago (assessed at $183K, and perhaps worth $240K)
    1800 sq. ft. cape on a 1/2 acre, mostly unusable. It *is* time to move to
    a red state.
  10. keith

    keith Guest

    Don't let 'em find you in New Hampshire! They may not have an income tax,
    or a sales tax, but man do they have a vehicle registration tax! My son's
    2002 Taurus is $400/yr. Of course CA has 'em all.
  11. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    If I could stand the weather I could always go back to WV and go on
    welfare like everyone else in the state ;-)

    ...Jim Thompson
  12. Richard H.

    Richard H. Guest

    Maybe. In AZ a $250k property pays ~$2400/yr for taxes. Mind you, car
    registration costs more than one month's car payment here...
  13. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    Mind you, that's _assessed_ value. My house is presently assessed for
    $430K, but they'll catch on fast.

    As for vehicle taxes, it just cost me $173 to renew the 2001 Frontier
    registration, and it only cost $15K new :-(

    And it's hotter than hell here... no one in their right mind should
    consider moving to Arizona ;-)

    ...Jim Thompson

  14. I've got some superb 5 acres of streamside property smack in the middle
    of the Gila Wilderness. Taxes are $1.26 per year, payable quarterly.

    Yes, it is for sale.

    Many thanks,

    Don Lancaster
    Synergetics 3860 West First Street Box 809 Thatcher, AZ 85552
    voice: (928)428-4073 email:

    Please visit my GURU's LAIR web site at
  15. Bob Stephens

    Bob Stephens Guest

    Count your blessings. It would be double that here in Ca.

  16. Well, now I'm confused. I thought it was the demon-rat, knee-jerk liberal
    weenies who were so addicted to taxing the citizenry into slavery.

    Can somebody explain this to me?

  17. "Hissy fit?" Isn't that what Democracy is supposed to be _for_?
    To whom? seems to think it's a national
    wildlife preserve of some kind:
    "The Wilderness Act of 1964 designated certain Forest Service primitive
    areas as wilderness. These areas vary greatly across the United States
    from alpine to desert plant and animal communities. Humans are visitors,
    not residents of these areas, and machines are not allowed."

    So, which flea is it that claims to own that particular patch of the dog?

  18. This is a very rare private inholding nearly completely surronded by
    Forest Service wilderness. The east fork of the Gila River is along one
    edge of the property.

    The taxes are low because the access is limited to foot or horse only.

    The property is definitely mine and definitely for sale.
    I have owned it since the 1970's.

    Did I mention it is also a hydro site?
    The scenery is beyond spectacular.

    Many thanks,

    Don Lancaster
    Synergetics 3860 West First Street Box 809 Thatcher, AZ 85552
    voice: (928)428-4073 email:

    Please visit my GURU's LAIR web site at
  19. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Hello Luhan,
    Not quite. It needs to have a license plate ;-)

    Regards, Joerg
  20. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    Unless you have the good fortune to find a parking spot that you
    can back it in to. :)

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