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Old 11-15-2007, 07:08 AM
 
Location: Denver Colorado
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Why did you move to the Houston area?
Is it because of jobs? Housing? Quality of life?
The reason I ask; we'll be relocating to the Houston area soon (job transfer) and I'm curious if employment is the biggest draw to Houston and vicinity.

Maddie Claire
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Old 11-15-2007, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Clear Lake, Houston TX
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People don't come here for the same reasons a wannabe writer/model/actor/slacker would move to say, Venice Beach. People (with the correct skills) come here because they can get a well-paying professional job and live in a nice house on a decent sized lot for less than they could in any other very large city. Or they're here because their family is here. Or all of the above, like me.

If it wasn't for those 3 key things, I honestly don't think anyone would move or stay here.
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Old 11-15-2007, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Kingwood, Texas
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The main reasons that we made the move:
Nicer, bigger house
Weather
Quality of life.
Friendlier, family-oriented neighborhood.

The fact that I can do same work I do/did in California and earn the same was the final factor, though.
Technically, I'll earn more, my mortgage/property tax was just cut in half (went from 6,800 to 2,800) and the size of the house went up 2.5x sq. ft, double the property and 30 years younger.

The negatives so far aren't that crucial to me, but you should consider them.
It's very humid here, and I hope you like bugs. I think the warmth and humidity makes for a beautiful garden, so I don't complain.

The property tax is high. Coming from California where i pay 1% on a 750k house to Kingwood paying ~2.6% on a 270k house, it isn't necessarily more money out of my pocket. The difference will likely mean more to a retired person, or someone who has paid the mortgage off and is on fixed income.

I'm told that at some point it will flood here. But, coming from California I had earthquakes and brush fires to contend with, so what's the difference.
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Old 11-15-2007, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Denver Colorado
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Is there city and or state tax in Houston?
How about auto license plates taxes - are they pretty standard cost or based on the value of the vehicle?
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Old 11-15-2007, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Denver Colorado
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I honestly like humidity (call me crazy, but I do!).
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Old 11-15-2007, 12:36 PM
 
Location: The land of sugar... previously Houston and Austin
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- Have the big city amenities (top-notch performing arts, museums, restaurants, shopping) in a city with a much lower cost of living than most other large cities
- Abundant jobs
- Lots of smart, interesting, diverse people from many backgrounds (due to the energy industry, Medical Center, NASA and related industries)
- Got bored with Austin being too much of a university-centered town... and the northeast US, though I love it, is just so expensive
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Old 11-15-2007, 12:58 PM
 
Location: where nothin ever grows. no rain or rivers flow, TX
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it sounded like a good idea at the time. since i'm determined to be a good provider and future father i though I should start showing my sense of responsibility by starting the sacrifices now by moving to plain and affordable houston TX living - I didnt go all the way out to the famous suburbs tho because thats just silly sacrifice for a child not even conceived yet
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Old 11-15-2007, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Denver Colorado
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it sounded like a good idea at the time. since i'm determined to be a good provider and future father i though I should start showing my sense of responsibility by starting the sacrifices now by moving to plain and affordable houston TX living - I didnt go all the way out to the famous suburbs tho because thats just silly sacrifice for a child not even conceived yet
Do you live uptown or downtown (not sure of the phrasing)?
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Old 11-15-2007, 07:13 PM
 
Location: Mo City, TX
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Plentiful employment opportunities in engineering.
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Old 11-15-2007, 07:52 PM
 
Location: God's Country
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I honestly like humidity (call me crazy, but I do!).
Hello crazy just kidding!!!! All things are not for everyone, I hate the humidity. I moved to Houston when I was young and wanted to be on my own in the big city.
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