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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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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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!
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.
You can get this in Katy. It's actually the next neighborhood over from us, a really nice place.
1400+ sq foot house on a 5K sq ft lot, 3 bed 2 bath. Houston and its environs are the hidden gems in Texas.
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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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.
it's now worth over 250k.
that is freaking crazy.