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Old 03-03-2019, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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Perhaps there are plenty of cheaper homes that are perfectly good but don't appeal to you.
The "large lot" requirement can be a real deal-breaker in DFW. We just don't have a lot of homes on a large lot until you get over $500k, or are willing to drive in from a rural area.
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Old 03-03-2019, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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@ChristieP--yeah, I've given up on the big lot part. :-D

@Campeador--In the past 10 years, I've relocated from PA to NC to IL to NJ and now to TX (maybe). I did rent for a year first in IL before buying but only because they decided to sell the house I was renting. However, having moved this many times in 10 years--and being 50 now--I'm tired and really don't want to rent for a year, just to move yet again after a purchase. They usually allow 3 months in temp housing when you can get a feel for the area. I'd like to narrow in on areas where the homes move quickly, so if I have to move in 2-3 years, the home will sell quickly. That's what I've learned from moving so much for work--buy in an area where the house will sell quickly. Other than the home having to be a single family (no duplexes, no condos) and located in a safe, desirable area, I can be flexible with other aspects of the house.

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Old 03-03-2019, 04:42 PM
 
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@ChristieP--yeah, I've given up on the big lot part. :-D

@Campeador--In the past 10 years, I've relocated from PA to NC to IL to NJ and now to TX (maybe). I did rent for a year first in IL before buying but only because they decided to sell the house I was renting. However, having moved this many times in 10 years--and being 50 now--I'm tired and really don't want to rent for a year, just to move yet again after a purchase. They usually allow 3 months in temp housing when you can get a feel for the area. I'd like to narrow in on areas where the homes move quickly, so if I have to move in 2-3 years, the home will sell quickly. That's what I've learned from moving so much for work--buy in an area where the house will sell quickly. Other than the home having to be a single family (no duplexes, no condos) and located in a safe, desirable area, I can be flexible with other aspects of the house.
Everyone moving to DFW wants close to work, reasonable prices, all the amenities possible, safe area and guaranteed easy resale. Nobody can tell you today what the market will look like when you sell. Sales are driven by location, condition and price.
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Old 03-11-2019, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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Everyone moving to DFW wants close to work, reasonable prices, all the amenities possible, safe area and guaranteed easy resale. Nobody can tell you today what the market will look like when you sell. Sales are driven by location, condition and price.
Agreed--there is no guarantee that an area will remain desirable forever, but one can usually earmark certain areas that are more likely than others to keep their value (Tanglewood, for example) in the next 10 years or so. Those are the areas where I try to buy when moving to a new state.
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Old 03-25-2019, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Keller, TX
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Thanks for the heads-up Tcualum. I've worked in the pharma/device industry for 20 years in big and small companies. They all have politics. I agree with your comment to keep initial investment low because if it does not work out, I'd likely have to move back to the North East because there aren't alot of pharma jobs in the DFW area. This is one reason I'm concerned about the length of time that houses in Burleson are sitting on the market. These are very nice homes in the 400k range that are sitting for 6 months. That makes me concerned about purchasing and I'm leaning toward renting right now.

So, bringing things back to my original question, I'll look at Burleson, Joshua, Briaroaks, etc....

If anyone can recommend specific neighborhoods in Burleson, I'd appreciate it. Despite the small lots, it is close to work and seems like a safe place to live, so renting on a small lot wouldn't be all that bad to start out.
Fellow Alcon (former NVS) colleague here . That's really good advice you're getting from Tcualum. Unless you're dying to own property in Texas, I would advice renting a nice apt in the West 7th or FTW uptown area until you get acclimated to the environment (both of Texas and Alcon), get to know the area better and get a feel for where you want to buy. I know you want a short commute but lots of people at work actually drive from Dallas. Differences in the kind of community you want to live in (especially as a single person without kids) may influence a lot your decision of where you want to live. Good luck with the new job! feel free to PM me with any questions.
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Old 03-25-2019, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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Fellow Alcon (former NVS) colleague here . That's really good advice you're getting from Tcualum. Unless you're dying to own property in Texas, I would advice renting a nice apt in the West 7th or FTW uptown area until you get acclimated to the environment (both of Texas and Alcon), get to know the area better and get a feel for where you want to buy. I know you want a short commute but lots of people at work actually drive from Dallas. Differences in the kind of community you want to live in (especially as a single person without kids) may influence a lot your decision of where you want to live. Good luck with the new job! feel free to PM me with any questions.
Thanks jcamber. I might f/u with you in PM about your take on Alcon. I've moved several times for work (this will be the 5th state to state move) and am a homebody, so as long as the neighborhood is quiet and safe and I like the house, its all good. I've bought and sold homes in each state where I've lived and haven't spent more than 2-3 years in each place, so if I'm not happy in TX or at Alcon, I'd sell and move again--no biggie. Moving often is a great way to ensure you only keep what you need. :-) I will initially stay in temp housing in Ft Worth near Sundance Square for 3 months and scope out the neighborhoods around Tanglewood and Burleson to see what's what on the weekends.
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Old 05-15-2019, 11:20 PM
 
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Be aware of high property taxes if you buy in Johnson county (Burleson, Joshua, Keene, etc.).
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Old 05-17-2019, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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Default You aren't kidding about the property taxes!

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Be aware of high property taxes if you buy in Johnson county (Burleson, Joshua, Keene, etc.).
I ended up finding a nice home in Overton West Addition with a pool. And yes, the taxes are ridiculously high. I am chalking it up as a premium to live less than a 15 min drive to work and in a nice neighborhood. Eventually, they're going to have to figure out another revenue stream because at these property tax rates, more and more people will not be able to afford to stay in their neighborhoods, which is sad.

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Old 05-17-2019, 05:50 PM
 
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I ended up finding a nice home in Overton West Addition with a pool. And yes, the taxes are ridiculously high. I am chalking it up as a premium to live less than a 15 min drive to work and in a nice neighborhood. Eventually, they're going to have to figure out another revenue stream because at these property tax rates, more and more people will not be able to afford to stay in their neighborhoods, which is sad.
You chose a great area. Taxes are high, but values will be solid in 76109= smart investment. Great quality of life too.
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