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Wed Dec 27, 2017, 12:09 PM

Where is the affordable Texas I hear so many people brag about?

Currently in Denver and what I see on local message boards are former residents gushing about how much more affordable Texas is versus "liberal" Colorado. So I checked it out and I'm just not seeing where it's cheaper to live. With the exception of Lubbock, none of the cities were any cheaper than Denver and some, like Austin, were worse! Even Midland and Odessa are expensive.

Is all the bragging true?

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Reply Where is the affordable Texas I hear so many people brag about? (Original post)
Jake Stern Dec 2017 OP
Cicada Dec 2017 #1
DBoon Dec 2017 #4
Cicada Dec 2017 #10
ExciteBike66 Dec 2017 #9
Cicada Dec 2017 #11
Merlot Dec 2017 #2
Xipe Totec Dec 2017 #3
littlebit Dec 2017 #5
Lucky Luciano Dec 2017 #12
Jake Stern Dec 2017 #6
KatyMan Dec 2017 #8
KatyMan Dec 2017 #7
marble falls Dec 2017 #13
Javaman Dec 2017 #14
Paladin Dec 2017 #15
Javaman Dec 2017 #16

Response to Jake Stern (Original post)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 12:25 PM

1. Median home Denver $389,000, Lubbock $122,000

We do need to learn from Texas or somewhere how to lower home costs.

We need to blend what California does to create strong economic growth with what Texas does to lower home costs. We have dropped the ball in figuring out how to drive home prices down.

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Response to Cicada (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 12:33 PM

4. As in create more flat buildable land?

I think leveling the Rocky Mountains might prove to be expensive

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Response to DBoon (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 06:00 PM

10. There are many ways to lower costs even in mountains

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Response to Cicada (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 02:24 PM

9. LOL

The only lesson Lubbock can teach you about lowering home costs is that it is always cheaper to live where other people do not want to live.

In a similar vein, there are plenty of places in Ohio where you can get a house even cheaper than in Texas. S***, in Detroit they are giving homes away!

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Response to ExciteBike66 (Reply #9)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 06:02 PM

11. No disgrace being from Texas, only disgrace is having to go back

The great Texas philosopher Kinky Friedman said that. But there are a ton of ways to cut costs even in the civilized parts of America.

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Response to Jake Stern (Original post)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 12:31 PM

2. There's not much else to brag about in texas



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Response to Jake Stern (Original post)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 12:32 PM

3. I live in McAllen, Texas

I rent a 5,000 sqft apartment, 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, attached 2 car garage, all appliances included, access to two pools and 3 gazebos in an inner court yard. All for $1,250 per month. That's typical in the Rio Grande Valley area.


McAllen is on the list of 10 cheapest places to live in the US.

https://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/10-cheapest-places-to-live-in-the-us/3/

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Response to Jake Stern (Original post)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 12:33 PM

5. Just about anywhere in the TX panhandle

is cheaper. But you probably wouldn't want to live here. Midland and Odessa are expensive because of the oil fields. To many people moved there to work and there is not enough housing. Also the suburbs around the Dallas Fort Worth area are reasonable.

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Response to littlebit (Reply #5)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 06:04 PM

12. I know someone that bought a huge mansion in Flower Mound outside Dallas FTW.

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I thought it was like $5MM from the pictures even accounting for Texas. - was only a bit over $1MM!! LOL, I could barely get a postage stamp sized apartment for that amount in Manhattan!

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Response to Jake Stern (Original post)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 12:42 PM

6. Thank You

Truth is that, while I love Denver, it's getting too expensive to live here. Right now I live in a teeny 2 bedroom duplex, no basement and a postage stamp yard for $1400.

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Response to Jake Stern (Reply #6)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 01:10 PM

8. For $1460

You can get this in Katy. It's actually the next neighborhood over from us, a really nice place.

http://www.har.com/26614-marble-falls-bend/rent_95464351

1400+ sq foot house on a 5K sq ft lot, 3 bed 2 bath. Houston and its environs are the hidden gems in Texas.

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Response to Jake Stern (Original post)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 01:05 PM

7. Try Houston

Depending on where you like to live--suburbs, city, exurbs, etc. The far west side of Houston (Katy TX) is affordable but growing fast. Brookshire (the next town past Katy) isn't too bad for house prices. But these are the suburbs. There's still a lot to do, but it's not city living.

On edit, to view properties and prices in and around Houston, go to www.har.com

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Response to Jake Stern (Original post)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 10:12 PM

13. http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/texas/cheapest-places-to-live-tx/

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Response to Jake Stern (Original post)

Thu Dec 28, 2017, 09:28 AM

14. 10 years ago, you could get a house in Austin at a reasonable price. no more. nt

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Response to Javaman (Reply #14)

Thu Dec 28, 2017, 11:24 AM

15. My folks built our Austin home in 1954 for $14,000.

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Today that modest home lists in the $600,000 range.

There are plenty of areas of affordable living in Texas: Houston and San Antonio come to mind. Forget about Austin, however.

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Response to Paladin (Reply #15)

Thu Dec 28, 2017, 02:56 PM

16. We bought our house back in '5 for 89k. 1320 square feet...

it's now worth over 250k.

that is freaking crazy.

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