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Me and my GF live in Las Vegas currently. We've been here for over a year and looking to move somewhere in the next 12-18 months. The main reason for moving is cheaper housing. The housing market sucks in Las Vegas, with 1200sq ft houses going for over $250,000. Also, my GF doesn't like the Vegas atmosophere, and I guess I can't blame her.

The criteria for our next city is the following:
1. No snow, mild winters. Don't care if the summer is hot.
2. Cheap housing. We want to spend $100-$130K on our first house (less than 5 years old).
3. Large city (500,000 plus) that is easy to get around. Nothing large. Good job market would also be nice.
4. Cheap living. Prefer no state/local taxes. This is why we like Texas so much (even though property taxes seem high there).


She is a RN, so finding a job will not be an issue for her. I'm in IT; been doing helpdesk/sysadmin stuff for last 2 years out of college. It will take some time for me to find a decent job no matter where we go.

Our list so far:
1. San Antonio, TX
2. Dallas, TX (Not so sure about the "cheap houses" here though.
3. El Paso, TX

We've considered Houston, but traffic sucks and you must live close to your work. I just think it's too big. My sis lived there for 5 years and I'm not excited about it.

So, any other cities we should consider? :cool: :beer:
 

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theericharris said:
2. Cheap housing. We want to spend $100-$130K on our first house (less than 5 years old).
Hate to burst your bubble, but I've been looking at houses for a long time and never saw anything in that price range that is less than 5 years old. In fact, everything we looked at in that price range was a fixer-upper. Housing markets are different though so hopefully you can find what you are looking for.
 

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Yeah, the cheap housing will be a tough one. I sold my townhouse for over 300k recently.
100k-130k? Apartment or condo maybe? And even then, they start off in the mid 200s around here.
 

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I have found them in Texas. My sister had a very nice hosue for around $130K in the Katy area.


San Antonio, TX:
$125K 1955 sq ft 3b/2ba
http://century21.com/buy/property_detail.aspx?teasers=property-detail-pic+Property+Detail+with+Pictures&tr_key=31938342&bSite=N&City=San Antonio&State=TX&PriceMin=125000&PriceMax=150000&BedsMin=3&BathsMin=2

Another similar one: http://century21.com/buy/property_detail.aspx?teasers=property-detail-pic+Property+Detail+with+Pictures&tr_key=32312362&bSite=N&City=San Antonio&State=TX&PriceMin=125000&PriceMax=150000&BedsMin=3&BathsMin=2

El Paso, TX:

$141K 2049 sq ft 3b/2ba

http://century21.com/buy/property_detail.aspx?teasers=property-detail-pic+Property+Detail+with+Pictures&tr_key=32319530&bSite=N&City=El Paso&State=TX&PriceMin=125000&PriceMax=150000&BedsMin=3&BathsMin=2

$135K 1923 sq ft 3b/3ba

http://century21.com/buy/property_detail.aspx?teasers=property-detail-pic+Property+Detail+with+Pictures&tr_key=32315305&bSite=N&City=El Paso&State=TX&PriceMin=125000&PriceMax=150000&BedsMin=3&BathsMin=2

If you are willing to spend $150,000, you can get something like these:

$150K 2300 sq ft 4b/2ba

http://century21.com/buy/property_detail.aspx?teasers=property-detail-pic+Property+Detail+with+Pictures&tr_key=32205188&bSite=N&City=San Antonio&State=TX&PriceMin=125000&PriceMax=150000&BedsMin=3&BathsMin=2

$150K 2540 sq ft 4b/2.5ba

http://century21.com/buy/property_detail.aspx?teasers=property-detail-pic+Property+Detail+with+Pictures&tr_key=32252617&bSite=N&City=San Antonio&State=TX&PriceMin=125000&PriceMax=150000&BedsMin=3&BathsMin=2
 

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V-Dub Duluth said:
Especially when you add "less than 5 years old" to the criteria. That's gonna be tough, if not impossible to find.
According to http://money.cnn.com/2005/05/12/real_estate/re2005_100markets_0506/

According to this 2005 article, the median home prices in Houston are $136,000 and in San Antonio is $123,000. The median price in the twin cities is $225,000. Houston and San Antonio are the lowest on that list, other than the "hick towns" ;)
 

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Eric,

Is this a new post or an update?

BTW, those job posting that I told you about got filled three days ago.

regarding job posting in RN: San Antonio has a *HUGE* medical presence! World-wide recognized for various research and treatment facilities.
This is a new post. Not sure what ob you are talking about... might got me confused with someone else :thumbup:

How you like SA? Any idea how much a "new" start 3bedroom house goes for there? Could a nice house in a good neighborhood be had for $120-140K?
 

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Lived in San Antonio for 10 years, El Paso for 3. All of your criteria housing, job market, living conditions, traffic will be met by SA. El Paso is a dirty, poor, crime ridden mess. You are basically living in a foreign country here. If you don't speak fluent Spanish drop EP from your list immediately. Seriously San Antonio will be a great place to live work, and play, especially compared to El Paso. Austin has traffic but is also a nice place to live/work. Dallas too much traffic, great job market but it is more expensive to live there versus San Antonio.

I'm stuck here with the wife's job through September, we're already planning our hasty exit.
 

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I am going back to San Antonio this week. Personally I dont like the road layout there, but oh well. Some parts of Florida may meet you criteria. I have a buddy who just moved down there because they couldnt afford there house here. Your in IT??? Any security experience??? If so, PM me. We are looking for people, but then again would you move to the DC area?? Cause cheap housing, mild winters, and no traffic are just myths around here.
 

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Get out of Texas :)

Tallahassee, the only place to live :)
Cheap housing, 200 k will get you a real nice home.
RNs, my wife is one too. She makes about $35 hr.
Cool winters, hot summers.
Beaches about an hr south.
Population, 300-400 k
Low taxes..
No state tax.
 

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2. Dallas, TX (Not so sure about the "cheap houses" here though.
Have to look at the 'burbs in Dallas area. Less expensive areas are going to be East of Dallas(Rockwall(see my Location :) Garland, and Rowlett), and closer to Ft. Worth and Arlington. North is just crazy, that is Plano, Frisco, McKinney. South of Dallas is sketchy in my mind.
 

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Of your list, I like San Antonio the most and El Paso the least. Dallas is similar to Houston in term of traffic in the big city, with Houston having more green vegetation to the landscape, but flat as a pancake.

San Antonio on the other hand, is beautiful with rolling hills. This city & Austin are the two cities in TX that I wouldn't mind moving to.
 

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Visit this one for more info: http://www.sanantoniovisit.com/

I forgot specifics for house prices:

Our house:
Pulte: 2300+ sq ft - 2 stry (40 x 40 foot print for house)
Lot size: 125 x 65
Bought in 2001 was $131k
Came with low-e windows and programmible thermostate and they didn't charge for the two mature hackberry trees.

Now, in 2005/6, the house is worth $155k. Heck the neighbors house two houses down (about the same size with no mature trees), sold in 2 wks for $153K during December about 2 yrs ago.

Location: 1604 & IH-10 W - http://www.sanantoniovisit.com/visitors/com_samaps.asp
Near: UTSA, USAA HQ, Medical Center, La Cantera, Six Flags and Sea World, Valero HQ

Think of SA highway system as a two wheels (410 inner wheel & 1604 outer) and many spokes: 281/IH-35/IH-37 Hwy 90, IH-10.
 

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Of your three, I would choose San Antonio. If you don't want Houston, then you won't want Dallas. I also agree with the guy who mentioned Florida. If I didn't live between the Red and Rio, I would choose Florida. It's a close second to Texas.:thumbup:
 

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Get out of Texas :)

Tallahassee, the only place to live :)
Cheap housing, 200 k will get you a real nice home.
RNs, my wife is one too. She makes about $35 hr.
Cool winters, hot summers.
Beaches about an hr south.
Population, 300-400 k
Low taxes..
No state tax.
Don't forget to mention your sales tax is upto a penny higher and your gasoline tax is 12 cents/per gallon higher than Texas.:lol:
 
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