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Unread 10-25-2007, 04:25 PM
 
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Default rental prices?

i live in eastern pa outside philly. a 3 bdrm rental is $1300 and up. i have been looking at 3 bdrm rentals around the houston areas and they are $850 and up. is that expensive for down there? we are thinking of relocating because we cant afford to live in this area anymore. my husband makes around $43000 a yr here. obviously he would be taking a sizable paycut if we moved to texas.
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Unread 10-25-2007, 05:03 PM
 
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Anything under $1000 for a 3 bedroom rental is a good deal. What part of the city are you looking at?
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Unread 10-25-2007, 05:17 PM
 
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i have been looking in spring, the woodlands, kingwood, sugar land. from the research i have done they all seem to be good family areas and have good schools.
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Unread 10-25-2007, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Buda, Texas
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If you go with Spring and have kids, go with klein isd and make sure high school is not klein forest, all other schools have good reputations. Go to har.com for leases.
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Unread 10-25-2007, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX (Oak Forest)
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obviously he would be taking a sizable paycut if we moved to texas.
Why is it obvious? Most people move to Houston for better paying jobs. If he is sure his pay will be reduced will it be more than the $450 per month difference in your rent?
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Unread 10-25-2007, 08:41 PM
 
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i am still looking into the whole relocation thing. i have only ever lived in pa. from what i have been told salaries and the cost of living are less down south then up here. i havent really been able to find any salary info to compare pa to texas. but i do know my husband pays about $13000 a year in state income tax, which you dont have in tx. we are also looking to move to a warmer climate.
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Unread 10-25-2007, 11:13 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX (Oak Forest)
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What line of work is your husband in?
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Unread 10-26-2007, 07:42 AM
 
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he is currently a foreman for a commercial construction company. he also just got his associates in graphic design.
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Unread 10-26-2007, 10:11 AM
 
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...but i do know my husband pays about $13000 a year in state income tax, which you dont have in tx.
Are you sure that's not $1,300 for state income tax? Or is the $13K state AND federal? Yes, Texas has no state income tax (but you still have to pay federal tax, of course). Also, if you ever plan on buying property you might want to consider what the property tax will be. What most people end up saving from the no state income tax portion -- usually ends up going towards the property tax.

As for your original question, it depends on where you want to live, and how new of a place you want. Some of the newer developments (less than 5 years old) in the better areas (such as what you mentioned above) are charging $1300 or more for a 3Bed/2Bath 1700+sqft house.
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Unread 10-27-2007, 09:28 PM
 
Location: West Hempstead, NY
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Wink Just keep looking

My partner and I are relocating from NYC to the Houston area in January. We just rented a 3 bedroom, 2 Bath, and 2 car Garage home in Tomball, Which is about 30 minutes from Downtown Houston for $850.00 a month. I recommend postind an ad on Craigslist and definitely keeping your options open. Good luck to you. It can be found.
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