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Old 03-25-2008, 09:03 PM
 
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We're hoping to relocate to Dallas from Winnipeg, Canada. Are there any nice neighborhoods for a home budget of $200,000? We have 2 kids ages 4 and 5 so we need to be close to schools too. Also, where can we get information about costs of utilities?
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Old 03-25-2008, 09:56 PM
 
Location: Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
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Hello Canadian Girl,

Where will you be commuting to for work? that would help a lot to give you advice? Also, what is an acceptable commute time for you? 30-45min???

Naima
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Old 03-26-2008, 08:16 AM
 
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Old 03-26-2008, 10:47 PM
 
Location: Denton TX
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Smile Get a newer energy efficient home!!

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We're hoping to relocate to Dallas from Winnipeg, Canada. Are there any nice neighborhoods for a home budget of $200,000? We have 2 kids ages 4 and 5 so we need to be close to schools too. Also, where can we get information about costs of utilities?
With NEW/newer homes, your utilities should be a little lower than an older home, say built in 2002 or before. Many builders use an "Energy Star" system which insures that your electric bill won't exceed a certain amount. In TX, your AC will be your best friend in the summer months. House prices here are good and you should be able to find a nice brick home around 2000 sq. ft. or more for 200K, depending on the area. I used to live in a 1700 sq. ft. house built in '99 and my electric bills were around 300-350Kmonth in the summer. With our new home, that was built in '07 it cost the same amount, but my home is 3200 sq. ft. So, energy efficiency is key! Also, be aware that our property taxes are high, and that you can figure 1% of your home cost for your payment. 200K- about 2,000 (PITI) a month...maybe a little lower depending on your interest rate. Blessings, Amy
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Old 03-31-2008, 02:39 PM
 
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We're looking at having a home built by Ryland? Do you know much about them? Do you know anything about the Wright Farms community? How far of a commute to Presbysterian Hospital of Dallas? I might be getting a job there.
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Old 03-31-2008, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Denton TX
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Red face Ryland & Seagoville Schools

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We're looking at having a home built by Ryland? Do you know much about them? Do you know anything about the Wright Farms community? How far of a commute to Presbysterian Hospital of Dallas? I might be getting a job there.
Ryland is not a bad builder. I would be more concerned with schools (DISD) in that area. If you have children I would look at the TEA (Texas Education Agency) website.-Kleberg Elem./S'gille Middle and HS are Academically Acceptable which is not very good. You might want to consider looking out East at Wylie, Sachse, and Rockwall/Royse City/Lavon areas. The commute from east of Dallas is not too bad and the schools are better. Just my opinion. The homes might be less expensive in Wright Farms, but its because the schools are probably not as desireable. I would shop around and do my homework before making any decisions. Blessings, Amy
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