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Old 08-20-2013, 11:00 AM
 
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I have been reading this forum for a long time now and I know that commute times can be long, but what if you know that you want to live in the suburbs in a community? My husband is a building engineer and I work for a very large entertainment company in nyc. We would put more than half down on the house we would buy, so would not be mortgaging that much. Just wondering what people do when they know what kind of area they want to live in (esp for kids). Is commute time worth living in an area that is not what you want.
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Old 08-20-2013, 11:14 AM
 
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When we moved from Georgia to the DFW area, we knew we wanted to live in or near Grapevine. My job search focused on companies that were a commutable distance from there. But we still didn't buy or even really look at a house until I secured a job offer in Hurst. If a specific area is that important to you, then definitely focus on finding a job near that area. But I personally still wouldn't buy a house or even enter a long-term rental agreement until you have secured a job.
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Old 08-20-2013, 11:20 AM
 
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I agree with Hal. You can target your job search to focus on areas that would be a reasonable commuting distance, but there is always the potential that the perfect job might end up being all the way across the metroplex from that place. This is especially true if your place is in one of the edges of DFW, such as McKinney, Mansfield, Aledo, etc.

We usually recommend renting for 6 months or a year before buying. This lets you decide whether an area really is right for you or not.
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Old 08-20-2013, 05:17 PM
 
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I have been reading this forum for a long time now and I know that commute times can be long, but what if you know that you want to live in the suburbs in a community? My husband is a building engineer and I work for a very large entertainment company in nyc. We would put more than half down on the house we would buy, so would not be mortgaging that much. Just wondering what people do when they know what kind of area they want to live in (esp for kids). Is commute time worth living in an area that is not what you want.
If you're dead-set on a specific suburb or two (say, Southlake or Allen), then you would either need to:
1. Focus your job search only on companies in a 5-10 miles radius (to keep drive in the <30 minute range)

OR

2. Be willing to spend up to 2+ hours a day in a car to commute.

#1 works if you work in common industries (ie, hospital/ health care, attorney, retail management, plumber, electrician, etc).
#2 is a very possible reality if you work in a more specialized field (the arts, higher education, etc)


I would also say there are great suburbs all over the DFW metroplex - north, south, east, and west....despite the "Big 6" that are discussed on this particular forum everyday (McKinney, Allen, Plano, Frisco, Grapevine, Southlake) so unless your heart is set on one particular suburb or geographic direction, you should easily be able to find a suburb within 30 minute commute that would be a great home.
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Old 08-20-2013, 05:28 PM
 
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Is commute time worth living in an area that is not what you want.
Only you can answer that, and probably only you can answer it when you know what community it is and what commute it is. Will the happiness of the preferred community outweigh the unhappiness of the commute? And vice versa. In my experience, in the end people (your family) are more important than things (a house). But does that weigh in favor of a shorter commute and more family time, or a longer commute and the schools you thoughtfully determine are preferable for you children? With more information about your specific concerns, you may receive more guided advice.
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:31 PM
 
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Having lived in L.A., I can only say that Dallas commutes aren't near as bad but they can be frustrating at times.
You know how it is, you plan your day around your commute if you have to. But as I got older I can say that my threshold for traffic isn't what it used to be, so take that for what it's worth. I would seriously recommend finding a satisfactory rental first, I just can't stress that enough. Get acclimated to the traffic patterns... take time finding a place that meets all your criteria because unless you really know the area and are familiar with all the pros / cons... buying the right house in the wrong area can be a major disappointment.

You have to remember that DFW area is constantly changing.... highway construction.... infrastructure.... hot neighborhoods this year...cool next year... etc. There's a lot of dynamics to the DFW area... and smart money is on those who perform their due diligence. You need to be here to really get the gist.

Good luck!
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