The old adage 'you get what you pay for' is usually true when it comes to high-tax states. Buyers looking to buck taxes, like baby boomers planning retirement or families living on a budget, might find states with little to no taxes also have minimal benefits they once enjoyed.
Clare Trapasso writes for Realtor.com that high taxes usually pay for the parks, arts programs, mass transit, bike lanes, and good schools that many people take for granted after awhile. "Taken aback by the lack of services they encounter in their new community, refugees from expensive states often wind up advocating the same sorts of taxes they were trying to escape," she says.
Trapasso suggests buyers look at the bigger picture and determine the types of community amenities they may want to use in their new state. And as Greg Nino suggests, beauty is in the eye of the beholder: some people don't need mass transit and bike lines, but simply just want the good weather.