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Old 04-27-2008, 12:12 AM
 
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In the general Houston area what is the range of the tax rate and how much are the average utility bills (heat, hot water and electric). Thanks
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Old 04-27-2008, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX (Oak Forest)
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Taxes range from 2.4% - 3.8% from what I have seen. Utility Bills vary according to the energy efficiency of the home construction, time of year and square footage of course. I have a 3000 sq. foot home that is less than 1 year old. Currently in the spring my electric bill is around $100 per month and my gas bill (gas cooking, water heater and dryer) is $60 per month.
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Old 04-27-2008, 03:29 PM
 
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Taxes range from 2.4% - 3.8% from what I have seen.
So, if you own a house worth $200,000, your yearly property tax will be say 3.0% times $200,000 = $6000? Is there an exception for the first $25,000? Aren't there any deductions if you're a resident for a year?
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Old 04-27-2008, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX (Oak Forest)
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If you live int he house on Jan 1st then yes you can file for your homestead exemption and knock a bit off (15k). Also the appraised price for taxing purposes is typically a bit lower than what you actually paid for the house. Mine for example is 20k less.

In your example if you bought a 200k house then it will probably be tax appraised closer to 180k then take out homestead and your taxed amount would be 165k. 165k*3% = 4950 or $412 per month.
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Old 04-28-2008, 07:31 AM
 
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Your electric bill depends alot on what home you have.

If it is a newer home, your bill may be 25% less than one that is an older construction home.

Like the person stated above me, rough estimate for property taxes in Houston is aprox 3% of your house value.

Now if you live in a newly developed area, for example parts of Katy.

Your property taxes can easily run past 4% due to the additional bonds and MUD taxes the area may have.
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