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Old 05-07-2008, 11:01 AM
 
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Thanks for all that replied to my first thread, however i still have some questions unanswered and I really need your help since you are the experts on the area!!

How far is the Mexican boarder?

Why are property taxes high?

Are there foundation problems with the houses?

How far is the ocean?

What is the difference between Plano, Allen, McKinney and Frisco? As far as schools, town life etc..


What is the sales tax rate?

Are groceries reasonable?


Can you REALLY buy a really nice house for 150K?

Thanks again!!

Jennifer
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Old 05-07-2008, 11:18 AM
 
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How far is the Mexican boarder? The mexican border is quite a ways south. By the way it isn't "boarder" its "border". A "boarder" is someone who you rent a spare room out to.

Why are property taxes high? Property taxes in Frisco are lower compared to McKinney and Allen. Don't know what area you are comparing it to.

Are there foundation problems with the houses? Over a 100,000 people live there and you have quite a lot of people who have bought homes in Frisco. I have not heard of any epidemic as far as foundation issues with homes in the area. I am sure it happens from time to time, it is to be expected.

How far is the ocean? If you are looking for a beach then Galveston is the closest. I would not advise anyone to go there let alone set foot in the water. If you want ocean then California or Florida -depending on if you want to see the Pacific or the Atlantic Ocean.

What is the difference between Plano, Allen, McKinney and Frisco? As far as schools, town life etc..


What is the sales tax rate? Sales tax is about 8.25%

Are groceries reasonable? Compared to what area? Again lots of people live here, have not heard any complains about groceries being more or less in the area.
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Old 05-07-2008, 11:24 AM
 
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Property taxes are high because there's no state income tax.

There's very little real difference in the cities you listed. All have experienced high growth, all have good schools, good retail, similar diversity, new and older homes, park programs, etc.

I think everywhere in the metroplex the sales tax is 8.25%. What that funds may be a little different depending on the city collecting it - some cities are in the DART transit fund and some collect what is called 4A Economic Development and 4B Community Development. Those are to help attract businesses to the area and also to enhance things like parks, medians, community centers.

It's been a long time since I bought groceries somewhere else but I don't hear a lot of complaints from transplants.
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Old 05-07-2008, 11:42 AM
 
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In Frisco you should be asking, 'how far is the Oklahoma border?"
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Old 05-07-2008, 12:14 PM
 
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seriously "How far is the Mexican border?" did you look on a map? It's way down in the south, about 11 hours, my guess. Google it on map quest.

as someone else stated property taxes are high here because there is no state income tax. avg is probably around 2.5-3% we calculated 3% to be high in estimate. So for 150K house..aprox 4500/year in taxes. (lots of states are around the 1% range)

Also high home owners insurance...due to wind/hail damamge

Foundation problems...yes the exist here, clay soil that expands and contracts causing hte shifting of foundations. you water the foundation year round to augment this. (house with auto sprinkles is a plus for this) some areas are more prone than others. Sellers will have to disclose any repairs. Have a inspector that knows what to look for etc...
One reason we were wary of homes that had been vacant for a long time... had the foundation been "unwatered" all summer??? etc..

How far is the ocean? again google maps it. Galveston is the closest..
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If you are looking for a beach then Galveston is the closest. I would not advise anyone to go there let alone set foot in the water.
But this is an ignorant statement. MANY people have VERY nice vacation homes on Galveston Island. I grew up going there every weekend in the summer. WE swam etc...
The bottom is silty brown sand so no the water isn't clear etc... go out about 100yds off shore and the water turns a blue green.

Plano, Allen, McKinney and Frisco? all have good schools.
Plano is closer in so it's busier etc... (more established)
Frisco has a lot of new development and new stores etc...

Can you buy a nice house for 150k....yes. The newer the house you want the futher out you will have to go. But yes there are nice 3 bedroom 2 bath 2 car garage houses for 150k all over the DFW area.
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Old 05-07-2008, 12:19 PM
 
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Sorry about the spelling, didn't mean to offend anyone, I have 9 kids in my home so I type fast and sometimes don't think about spelling. Anyway thanks for the info!
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Old 05-07-2008, 12:23 PM
 
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seriously "How far is the Mexican border?" did you look on a map? It's way down in the south, about 11 hours, my guess. Google it on map quest.

as someone else stated property taxes are high here because there is no state income tax. avg is probably around 2.5-3% we calculated 3% to be high in estimate. So for 150K house..aprox 4500/year in taxes. (lots of states are around the 1% range)

Also high home owners insurance...due to wind/hail damamge

Foundation problems...yes the exist here, clay soil that expands and contracts causing hte shifting of foundations. you water the foundation year round to augment this. (house with auto sprinkles is a plus for this) some areas are more prone than others. Sellers will have to disclose any repairs. Have a inspector that knows what to look for etc...
One reason we were wary of homes that had been vacant for a long time... had the foundation been "unwatered" all summer??? etc..

How far is the ocean? again google maps it. Galveston is the closest..

But this is an ignorant statement. MANY people have VERY nice vacation homes on Galveston Island. I grew up going there every weekend in the summer. WE swam etc...
The bottom is silty brown sand so no the water isn't clear etc... go out about 100yds off shore and the water turns a blue green.

Plano, Allen, McKinney and Frisco? all have good schools.
Plano is closer in so it's busier etc... (more established)
Frisco has a lot of new development and new stores etc...

Can you buy a nice house for 150k....yes. The newer the house you want the futher out you will have to go. But yes there are nice 3 bedroom 2 bath 2 car garage houses for 150k all over the DFW area.
My bad about the Galveston comment. I'm sure the water is just fine.
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Old 05-07-2008, 12:25 PM
 
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In Frisco you should be asking, 'how far is the Oklahoma border?"
Isn't this true with DFW in general??
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Old 05-07-2008, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Lake Highlands - Dallas
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Isn't this true with DFW in general??
I dont think so! It's just that those who live in more established parts of the metro (south) literally think that those to in the newer parts (typically to the north) are literally in Oklahoma
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Old 05-07-2008, 01:18 PM
 
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I dont think so! It's just that those who live in more established parts of the metro (south) literally think that those to in the newer parts (typically to the north) are literally in Oklahoma
Did not know that. Just odd that this would be the thought because anything North of Dallas is nothing like Oklahoma (maybe Gainsville I can see being that way).
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