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Old 02-11-2008, 11:36 PM
 
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I am looking for a good school district and affordable housing. I want buy a house under $200,000. Your input is highly welcomed.
John
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Old 02-12-2008, 02:29 AM
 
Location: Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
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Hello NiceJohn,
I would depend on what you want in a house. In Plano, you will find older homes in that price range, I mean built before the 90s.... and very few built after 2000. Great school district.

Frisco, a lot more to choose from: Some are not from such great builders and some are good. Schools are pretty good too.

McKinney is a nice town too. Great schools too. Lots of homes here that are newer for sale. It really would depend on your lifestyle, how far you have to commute, shopping, dining, do u need frequent access to the airport? explore the areas individually and you'll find the one that feels more like "home"

Naima
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Old 02-12-2008, 10:30 AM
 
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Thank you for your reply. I will check Mckinney and Frisco areas. Hopefully, the housing there cheaper with good schools. I will drive to Texas next month to check the area out.
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Old 02-12-2008, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
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Please don't limit yourself to just these 2 cities. I urge you to visit Plano, Allen, Richardson, Murphy.

Naima
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Old 02-13-2008, 09:04 AM
 
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What about Denton, Lewisville, Carrollton?
Those are other nice areas where you can find a great deal on a home.
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Old 02-13-2008, 09:29 AM
 
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where is your job? If you are working downtown Dallas both McKinney and Frisco will be a long commute.

coppell has great schools buit like plano your housing dollar won't go as far and it will be older, but great schools and a nice community.

Others have given you other towns to consider as well.

When we researched moving here I found the good school districts far out number the bad ones. There are some lovely older neighborhoods closer in.

Now if your job is in Plano, then Frisco will get you a much bigger/ newer house for the money than Plano.
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Old 02-13-2008, 09:38 AM
 
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In the out-of-control growth Frisco and McKinney, school attendance zones change frequently. Also there are many foreclosures (especially in that price range), communities to be built-out or which may remain unfinished by bankrupt builders, very low if not negative appreciation etc. If you plan to stay in your home for at least a decade or more you might come out ok financially -- if not you are better off looking at more established areas.
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Old 02-13-2008, 07:14 PM
 
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Here is a link to an article about the current economic situation for McKinney.

Star Community Newspapers

And one that sort of provides some general info about some of the smaller communities in this direction.

Star Community Newspapers

It's not as bad as some communities, not as good as others. Still a pretty good place to live. The thing about the lines drawn for school attendance zones is they can change yearly due to the continued district growth. Still, I think most of the McKinney schools with an exception of one or two are all on a fairly equal level. I would let the location of my employer dictate where I actually live considering the horrible commute times from North Collin County to the north/central Dallas area. But it really depends on what you are specifically looking for.
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Old 02-14-2008, 12:12 PM
 
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I would definitely go with Mckinney. They have a great schooling system and the area is very clean with access to almost everything. They have a beautiful selection of homes in that price range, and from what Ive seen, should continue to grow and appreciate. I think it is the perfect setting for young adults.
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Old 02-14-2008, 10:58 PM
 
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Thank you all for nice input.
I am going to work at Plano. So sounds like Frisco and Allen are my best choices. How much tax I have to pay on a $200,000 house in the area? I heard real estate tax is a killer in TX. Thanks.

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