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Old 03-16-2007, 09:56 PM
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first of all---any homeowner can claim a homestead exemption--we have had one for every home we have owned in TX since we bought our first one when we were about 25--some counties and towns and taxing authorities give extra exemptions to senior citizens or handicapped homeowners so their tax rate is capped at certain percentage---

get on an MLS site and look for yourself
Moderator cut: realtor websites site will also show when home as contract on it so you can eliminate it from your shopping

Grapevine's crime rate is higher because it is more spread out and has two things that would add more crime to any city--plenty of apartments and residents w/lower per capita incomes
Southlake and Colleyville don't have any apartments--where there is only residential housing--even if some are rentals and subdivisions are older, less expensive homes--there is just less crime...
Grapevine has certain areas with breakins/burgularies and vandalism--but it also has areas that are very safe--
I would venture to say almost any area we would feel is safer than NYC--where the reality is that certain areas in NYC are as safe as any place in Iowa--it is just knowing the place...

If you are considering living someplace for the next 20 years--factor in issues like water sources, how the current governments are dealing with issues like energy needs for future consumption, illegal immigration, health care of uninsured, global warming---
If I were in position to freely choose where I wanted to live for next 20 years and did not have to live where my job was--I think I would be looking at a state with energy from water power, good local/state governments, high literacy rate -don't know which states qualify but Washington st seems like one and Oregon on west coast--maybe Maine or Vermont on east
Minnisota in middle...Water and energy and government that plans well for the future are going to be driving forces in coming economies...

Last edited by AustinTraveler; 03-17-2007 at 08:11 AM.. Reason: No real estate websites please.
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Old 03-17-2007, 12:40 PM
Location: Pound Ridge, NY
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No offense at all. We appreciate any feedback we get. It is difficult to figure out property tax and I don't understand why they just don't list it with the home listed for sale. In NY, they tell you the taxes on the listing so there is really no question. It is still a beautiful area and especially if you have kids, worth the expense for them to get a quality education.
Thanks for the feedback.

Originally Posted by Guingirl View Post
So it would depend on your salary and whether you want to pay an income tax and whether that equates out to less than the difference in property taxes.

Im sorry if I offended you in some way. I was just trying to help. Good luck in whatever place you choose to live.
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Old 03-17-2007, 04:08 PM
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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Actually when you contact an agent and have them pull the listing on their end, it does list the "non-exempt" taxes that are the current rate on that particular house.

So we were looking at houses in North Richland Hills at 350K and was surprised when the taxes there were only 7500.00 Non-exempt. I figured it would be higher.
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Old 03-22-2007, 06:06 AM
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I posted a realtor site which gives the yearly taxes paid by current owner of home--and it was deleted....not all MLS sites give that information or when a house was listed--which I think are two pieces of info that help give background info for houses when you seach...

You can go the the Tarrant Appraisal District site and check the address of any property owned in Tarrant Co for the appraised value--not the taxes paid--and there is separate chart showing the taxes charged by each entity--like the school district/hospital district/county/city/and any others that property might be affected by....

Just be aware that a new home that has not been purchased at least one will have taxes based on raw land--not improved property--your taxes will be adjusted over next couple of years to take the house on the property into account--the full amount of tax can't be required the first year and it depends on when you close the deal as to when the county will be notified of the new status...a good realtor can explain that to you...
just don't think the taxes the developer/builder pays will by your tax...
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Old 04-11-2007, 04:41 PM
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Thumbs up Southlake

We lived in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC for 15 years and decided to move south for quality life reasons. Our kids were 12 and 9 at that time. We considered NC, Atlanta area and one past neighbors from Potomac , MD suggested Southlake TX. People from Washington do not consider Dallas as a city and reluctantly we decided to call the old neigbor. After hearing them rave about the city we decided to make a visit with the entire family. We checked Plano (yuck), Colleyville, Keller, and Flower Mound. We visited the neighborhoods Southlake looked appealing. We visited the schools and the kids fell in love with the school. We rented a place in Keller and build our house, and moved to the house end of 2003.
The pace and quality of life is unbelievable. Southlake and Colleyville offer very similar ameneties. SL is more homegenous, land bound and there is extra through traffic. CV has some part that look very urban and some very rural. At 500K price range for a resale home, you will have plenty choose from at either. You will not regret choosing either of the cities.

After almost 4 years since our move, we are still happy with our decision

Welcome to TX
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Old 04-11-2007, 08:51 PM
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Scottsdale is beautiful, but traffic is TERRIBLE in the Phx area. Crime is high as well. Az as a whole doesn't seem "neighbor and family friendly". I currently live in Az (Bullhead City), far cry from Scottsdale however, we checked into the entire Phx area and were basically scared off by the crime, traffic and not to mention the education in Az is a joke! We visited all of the above areas and checked them out although we are not looking anywhere near the $500K range, I think if you are looking for a more laid back, friendly, know your neighbors kind of life, I'd stick with Tx.! Scottsdale and Southlake, Colleyville, Keller, etc. are totally different animals! Just be sure you do your homework. As a matter of fact we get the Phx news here and when we vacationed in Tx we made sure to check out the evening news... you would think you were on 2 different planets. Whatever you do, good luck. Its just an opinion but that is our findings!
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Old 04-22-2007, 06:58 AM
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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Check out this link. It is the Tarrant Appraisal District and lists the tax rates for previous years.


Also...check this out (this is what we used when we were looking at our new home we are having built):

http://www.tad.org/WebPages/taxestimator_home_page.htm (broken link)
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Old 06-29-2007, 11:30 AM
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Hi Moved to Southlake, I know I am very late getting to this post.....we just moved to DFW from the Washington, DC area, as well. We are renting a place in Coppell now while we decide where to buy. At this point, we have it pretty much narrowed down to Southlake/ Colleyville/ Flower Mound. I am so glad to hear you like it! Are there any specific neighborhoods you would recommend, or any general advice?? Thanks so much!!
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Old 06-29-2007, 02:15 PM
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Mill Creek in Colleyville
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Old 07-01-2007, 07:23 AM
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I think you would be satisfied with probably any development in Colleyville and Southlake--residents tend to keep their yards up, don't have too much trouble with noisy neighbors/burglaries (lots of home w/security systems), neighborhood schools for most part very satisfactory...
Flower Mound I am no so familiar with--know that some parts of that ISD are not too cool--there are apartments in Flower Mound which Southlake and Colleyville do not have--makes their per capita income higher with better education level--more stable--no renters moving around which helps the schools tremendously....
Grapevine in same GCISD does have apartments and suffers because of that--as well as having less expensive housing...
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