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Old 01-07-2010, 07:48 PM
 
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Hello everyone,
I really appreciate any insight i can get. My company has a branch in Plano texas and would like to move to a nice family neighborhood 20-30 miles vicinity of Plano. My fiancee and i are getting married this year as well so we are budgeting to find a house in the 130k range. I realise the nicer neighborhoods are on the higher end so if anyone can tell me if there are any decent neighborhoods that a reasonably priced and have good schools.
Thank you all.
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Old 01-08-2010, 05:01 AM
 
Location: Kaufman County, Texas
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In that price range, and with a job in Plano, look at The Colony. You might also consider renting until you can afford a higher-priced house.
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Old 01-08-2010, 02:23 PM
 
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130k budget, job in Plano? And 20-30 mile range? I'm thinking you can get a house in Wylie, Garland, Sachse, Rowlett, and Rockwall.

I think your bang for the buck is Wylie. You can get a decent 3/2 built in the last 10 years in your price range. Also has great schools.

Example current movoto listings:
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On Movoto, there is not even ONE listing for a house in The Colony, TX, that is asking $140k or less for a 3/2 built on or after 2000. I had to remove the requirement of 2000 on for any listings in your price range in The Colony. Here is an example:
Moderator cut: link removed, linking to competitor sites is not allowed. If you want a house built 27 years ago, be my guest. But considering Wylie is easily in your 20-30 mile range and budget, you can get newer).

Wylie is your best bet for your budget AND needs. I just moved from CA to TX and moved to Wylie and love the bang for the buck I got ($210k for 6/3.5, 3700 sq. ft, built in 2005, closed on purchase in late Nov. 09), and I have a much farther commute than you.

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Old 01-08-2010, 02:39 PM
 
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I never understand the "newer is better' thing. Quality is better, no matter when it was built. If the 1983 house was built well, I don't understand the problem. New also means it's off-gassing all sorts of chemicals used in building for about 10 years. I'd rather move in after that's done.
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Old 01-08-2010, 02:45 PM
 
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I never understand the "newer is better' thing. Quality is better, no matter when it was built. If the 1983 house was built well, I don't understand the problem. New also means it's off-gassing all sorts of chemicals used in building for about 10 years. I'd rather move in after that's done.
Well it is a personal preference. I wanted and would always rather have a new home, since newer homes usually have less problems, especially those that are associated with wear & tear and age of house. Not every case, but most of the time the home built in 1983 requires more maintenance than one built in 2003 (Assuming both have similar types of owners who don't let the house go to hell, i.e. assuming all else is equal except age of house). Let's not kid ourselves here.

If the OP doesn't mind an older house, then a place like The Colony can make sense. But if the OP wants newer, i.e. built on or after 2000 (my own personal bottom of the line cutoff, but others can vary), Wylie makes a lot of sense.

When I moved here from CA in November, I was in a position coming from an area where the houses even close to "affordable" (near $500k for a 1200 sq. ft 3/2) were built in the 1950's. Coming to a low COL area, I personally wanted a nice, newer home with bang for my buck. And Verizon FIOS availability. Wylie was the no-brainer choice, although we looked at houses in Murphy and newer parts of Plano. Although we could have technically afforded those homes we viewed that were in the $300-350k range, Wylie allows us to live well below our financial means but have a great huge newer house for a ridiculously low price.

Like the OP, it's also our starter home too as we were first time homebuyers. If we love it so much we'll stay for a long time. If not and finances work out, we'll end up in The Hills of Breckenridge, our current "dream" subdivision in the Firewheel area of Garland. That said, right now we REALLY love our house so who knows.

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Old 01-09-2010, 01:58 AM
 
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You would be able to find a spectacular house here in Anna...about 30 miles north of Plano
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Old 01-09-2010, 09:10 AM
 
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Ennis is REALLY nice.
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Old 01-09-2010, 11:43 AM
 
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Well it is a personal preference.
Yep, I agree. I love homes from the 1800s-1940s best!
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Old 01-09-2010, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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Ennis is REALLY nice.
Now there is a commute.
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Old 01-09-2010, 01:26 PM
 
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Oh, I've worked in Dallas with folks from Ennis. They could get to work faster than I could coming from fewer miles to the north. Less traffic.
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