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Old 06-04-2007, 07:24 AM
 
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I have been working with an agent but I am not sure I am getting the hard facts about the area and especially the schools. I have gathered quite a bit of info & am trying to balance it all out. I still have a choice to stay or move to SA, but will have to decide w/in the next two weeks. I can't get to SA prior to the move.
I have been looking more at NISD area. Can I get an opinon on the Helotes area? What about the Bandera road I have read that the traffic is bad.
Thanks again
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Old 06-04-2007, 08:49 PM
 
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Default Lots of Traffic

I have a very good friend who lives in Helotes and in the last year her 15 minute commute to work has doubled and on rainy days triples. Helotes is a beautiful area, unfortunately the houses have gone up WAY to fast and people are kind of landlocked in that area. If you want to allow yourself extra time to just sit in traffic and wait through SEVERAL light cycles then Helotes would be a nice choice, if not, stick inside of 1604.
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Old 06-05-2007, 06:25 AM
 
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You might want to reconsider your move since you have a choice. Unless you have priced your house in SC right (as in, less than everyone else who is trying to sell - much less), that is going to be a financial and emotional drain. You'll find nothing with your budget in Helotes - it is absurdly overpriced - and nothing is selling because of overpricing. Traffic is an issue as discussed previously. You need to find a place TO RENT when and if you move here. THEN you can figure out where you might want to buy. Please please - get off this kick of buying anything right now. Lots and lots of places to rent in this town!
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Old 06-05-2007, 07:22 AM
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I have to agree. One of the outcomes of all of the out-of-state specuvestor money has been a steadily rising number of single family homes for rent. I've seen signs for homes in nice Stone Oak communities for rent for way cheaper than what the PITI (principal, interest, taxes and insurance) on a home that size would be.

It's a really good time to be a renter, actually. Find a home in a neighborhood you think you like, live there for a year, and see what happens. You might decide to buy in that area, or you might find another part of town you like a whole lot better. I would hate to move here, and decide based on a short, rushed trip that Helotes is my ideal location, only to find out a year later that I really prefer, say, Schertz, and be kicking myself for buying in the wrong area for me. Since renting is such a good deal right now, I would take the slow and rational route to homebuying.
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Old 06-05-2007, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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PUt my two cents in for renting also. I know its a big pain to rent cause I just moved from Sa to Austin and I am not looking forward to another move in a year or so however rents are cheaper than house prices sometimes and you also can see for yourself for awhile if that is the school that you want or need for the kids, if thats the drive time you were looking for..heck if you even like the job or city. Lots of reasons to rent first.

Gl
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Old 06-05-2007, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Johns Island, SC
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I would also suggest you rent first, we rushed into buying before we got familiar with the city and are still second guessing what we ended up with. Let's just say I'm having a hard time imagining us staying in this house for the next 25 years. I'm not sure we won't mostly because of my distaste for packing and moving again will probably keep us put. If you'v never been to SA or lived here I really think you would be wiser to rent first and take your time finding your place in the city.
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Old 06-06-2007, 11:15 AM
 
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Thank you all, you have been very helpful. Having gathered as much info as I could I have decided not to move to SA.
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