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Old 03-01-2016, 09:30 PM
 
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Hi we are a family of 5 me my wife, 15 years old boy, 6 year old girl and 6 month old baby we are planning on moving to San Antonio within the next year or year and a half we're planning to visit at the end of May. We currently live in Santa Ana CA. South of L. A. and North of San Diego we have heard a lot and read a lot in this forum our budget to buy a house is around 160,000 we have heard of good neighborhoods in northeast and northwest San Antonio but would really concerns me is what have I heard about new houses here at the Forum saying that KB Homes and DR Horton homes are starter homes that they're not really good in quality I would like to know what you guys recommend for a new house since we're planning to visit and meet with some builders also what part of San Antonio it's better for kids to grow up any help will be greatly appreciate it. Also how is the job market my wife works in accounting and I am a CNC machinist. Thank you
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Old 03-01-2016, 09:44 PM
 
Location: San Antonio. Tx 78209
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Don't buy a new house if your budget is only 160k. But an existing home and have it inspected. Most homes in the 160k range new are going to be a future slum.
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Old 03-02-2016, 05:03 AM
 
Location: Stone Oak, San Antonio
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I'd have to second that opinion. Buy a fixer upper. 160 won't get you a condo. There's a nice town in KY I know where 160 will get you a nice place, but not in San Antonio.
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Old 03-02-2016, 07:10 AM
 
Location: Austin, Texas
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I disagree. KB does make a very nice solidly built home. I do recommend you hire a phase inspector and not rely on the builder to inspect their own homes.
$160K is a little on the low side but you have a greater chance of living in a nice community long term if you build ( or buy a ready to move in new home) than if you buy re-sale in that price range. You CAN get a new KB home for the $160's - $170's.
I also recommend you have a Realtor represent you who is experienced in New Homes/builders, it costs you nothing to have that representation.
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Old 03-02-2016, 07:18 AM
 
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I wouldn't buy anything until you've lived here awhile. You don't want to get locked into a neighborhood or house you don't like. You need to get a feel for the place first.
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Old 03-02-2016, 07:36 AM
 
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I would rent first but you can get a perfectly nice (not fancy of course but better built) older home in NE SA for 160k. Look at these zips - 78217, 78218, 78213
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Old 03-02-2016, 07:40 AM
 
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Not really sure about DR Horton, but KB does not have an good reputation for starter homes in the San Antonio area. I personally would not consider KB at all if I was buying new at around $160K.

Just drive around the KB communities that have been built in the last twenty years. Many are not aging well but that could be partly blamed on owner neglect as well.
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Old 03-02-2016, 09:11 AM
 
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I disagree. KB does make a very nice solidly built home. I do recommend you hire a phase inspector and not rely on the builder to inspect their own homes.
$160K is a little on the low side but you have a greater chance of living in a nice community long term if you build ( or buy a ready to move in new home) than if you buy re-sale in that price range. You CAN get a new KB home for the $160's - $170's.
I also recommend you have a Realtor represent you who is experienced in New Homes/builders, it costs you nothing to have that representation.
No way..cannot agree with this at all. They don't call 'em "KB Crappers" for nothing. Maybe the 160K product is different than what is offered here in SA.
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Old 03-03-2016, 01:51 PM
 
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Default Thank you all

Really appreciate all your comments and tips. So do you guys think N E San Antonio is a good part of the city?
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Old 03-03-2016, 03:02 PM
 
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I do, yes. You're going to get all kinds of opinions here. But personally I like the older parts of SA - Alamo Heights, Monte Vista (too expensive for your budget but would be my first choices), Terrill Hills, Castle Hills, etc. some of that I guess is veering towards NW... These neighborhoods are close in, easy to get downtown and to places like the zoo, musuems, North Star mall, etc. some people prefer living in more suburban areas, or newer areas
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