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Monroe County is located in North East Pennsylvania along the Delaware River, which separates Pennsylvania and New Jersey. It has become quite a commuting HUB, thanks to its proximity to Route 80, New Jersey and New York. There are bus stations sprinkled throughout the area, to help commuters with their trip to the office and back. There is also a plan in place, and moving forward, to have train service. 

We have four public school districts in Monroe County: East Stroudsburg Area School District, Stroudsburg School District, Pocono Mountain School District and Pleasant Valley School District. There are also Private and Montessori Schools, as well as higher education establishments, such as East Stroudsburg University. We have 16 townships and 4 boroughs within Monroe County, and the county seat resides in Stroudsburg. 

The largest employers in Monroe County are Tobyhanna Army Depot, Walmart Distribution Center, Pocono Medical Center and Sanofi Pasteur, a manufacturer of vaccines. 

Monroe County is a fast growing area, with the last census numbers showing nearly 139,000 people, and nearly 50,000 households. And with so much to do in the Pocono Mountains, no wonder it is growing so quickly! One of the greatest attributes of this area is the ability to enjoy all four distinct seasons. Spring is beautiful and blooming, Summer is warm and enjoyable, Autumn displays gorgeous foliage across the mountains and Winter gives us lots of snow to play in! 

The Appalachian Trail runs right through Delaware Water Gap, perfect for hiking and trail running. The Delaware River flows along our eastern border, giving us swimming, canoeing, kayaking, boating, tubing and fishing. We also enjoy the winter here, boasting great ski resorts with skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing. If you’re an outdoor person, we also have a few state parks right here, with lakes, picnic tables and playgrounds for the entire family to enjoy. The Poconos also hosts the NASCAR race twice a year at the Pocono Raceway in Long Pond. 

Not only do we like our outdoor activities here in the Poconos, but we also have a lot of retail and indoor activities to enjoy! Mt. Airy Casino has Monroe County's first slot machines! Many people from all over are enjoying the slots, the entertainment, and the delicious meals offered at Mt. Airy. The Crossing Premium Outlets are also a big draw (and we have no sales tax on clothing in Pennsylvania!), we have the Stroud Mall, and the entire strip on Route 611 from the Stroud Mall to the Crossing Outlets has become quite the retail road! Besides the shopping, you can enjoy movie theaters, a local independent cinema, a fine arts theater and bowling alleys, just to name a few. The restaurant chains have also been building here, and in addition the chains, there are a lot of great meals to be enjoyed at our locally owned independent restaurants. 

Whether you are relocating here for a career, looking to retire, or simply just love the Pocono Mountains and want to live here, there is plenty for everyone. My team and I would love to help you find the perfect home for you and your family. I invite you use my website as a resource and call me if you have any questions about our area! 

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First Time Buyers >Your Principal Residence

The Federal Tax Code allows married taxpayers to exclude from capital gains taxes up to $500,000 in profits from selling a home (singles can exclude $250,000). In order to qualify for this exemption, you must prove that that the home has been your principal residence for at least two out of the last five years. The establishment of the home as a principal residence depends on the facts of each homeowner's circumstance. Here are two cases to consider.

Homeowner A has lived at 25 Pine Drive for 12 years. Although he stays at his vacation cottage in another town for up to three months out of each year (sometimes more), 25 Pine Drive is his principal residence, where he lives most of the time. When he sells the home, Homeowner A (filing as a single individual) can keep up to $250,000 in tax-free profit.

Homeowner B buys 108 Maple Street, intending to live there. He rents it out while waiting to sell his current home, where he has lived for six years. His principal residence sells at the end of two years. Homeowner B moves into his new house, lives there for three months, and then decides to travel. After a six-month trip, he regrets buying 108 Maple Street and sells it. Even though he has owned the house on Maple Street for over two years, it won't qualify as "owner-occupied", because he only lived in it for a few months. Thus Homeowner B is not eligible to claim the tax exemption when he sells the house on Maple Street.

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