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Old 04-04-2014, 06:29 PM
 
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Hi. My husband came home very suddenly tonight and told me in all likelihood we would be relocating to St. Louis. I don't even know where to start. Please help.

He would be working the St. Louis airport. I would like his commute to be around 30 minutes or less but could go up to 40 minutes. We currently live in Texas and are from Tennessee. We have family in Indiana so being on the IL side is okay.

We have a 2nd grader and a 7th grader so good schools is a must!

Thoughts, suggestions, ideas?

Thanks so much,
Mindi
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Old 04-04-2014, 09:10 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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Are you looking to rent or buy? What is your budget? That will be a huge factor in determining where you should begin your search. A commute of 30 mins is do-able from a large part of the metro area.

The neighborhoods immediately surrounding the airport, or anywhere north of Downtown near I-70 will be places to avoid. You will also want to avoid the St. Louis City public schools for your kids, but there are some good charter/magnet school options if you are so inclined to live in the city itself, which has a wide range of opportunities for any budget.

I'd be more than happy to give you some more info about some of the suburb options if you can provide a little more information
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Old 04-04-2014, 09:53 PM
 
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Thank you! Budget under $350,000 hoping for closer to 300,000. 4 bedrooms 3 baths. I think my mom will also be living with us. 2750 sq ft.
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Old 04-04-2014, 10:41 PM
 
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I would look at Maryland Heights and Creve Coeur, within the Parkway School district. Your husbands commute would definitely be less than 30 mins during rush hour, and you'll easily be able to find something within budget Good Luck!
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Old 04-04-2014, 10:45 PM
 
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P.S Almost all houses have basements here and anything below grade isn't factored into square footage in real estate listings, even if it's a walkout basement with windows. Many basements are finished, and have bedroom areas and bathrooms (not counted since they're below grade) so be mindful of that when looking at listings. A 2000sqft house may actually have 3000 or more square feet of usable finished space, depending on what has been done to the basement
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Old 04-05-2014, 04:06 AM
 
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Thank you for the information. Texas isn't known for houses with basements so that is good to know. Can someone tell me about the property taxes. When we moved to Texas that was a very big shock coming from Tennessee.

Thank you again.
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Old 04-05-2014, 05:20 AM
 
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when you find houses you like- pull them up on Zillow. Zillow will list the previous years' property taxes, as well as sales history that you may find helpful in your search. I'm not familiar with Texas or Tennessee to know if property taxes are higher or lower, but at least you can see the last assessment on Zillow.
good luck
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Old 04-05-2014, 07:08 AM
 
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Can someone tell me about the property taxes. When we moved to Texas that was a very big shock coming from Tennessee.

Thank you again.
For me it's a little less than $10 per $1000 appraised value. So for a $300,000 house, expect about $3000 per year. I think this might be close to US average, perhaps a little low even, but don't really know.
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Old 04-05-2014, 08:15 AM
 
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According to this, Missouri on average is less than Texas.http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/10/bu...ates.html?_r=0

We pay around $2000 / year which looks to be about on par with that percentage average.
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Old 04-05-2014, 08:21 AM
 
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Thank you for the information. Texas isn't known for houses with basements so that is good to know. Can someone tell me about the property taxes. When we moved to Texas that was a very big shock coming from Tennessee.

Thank you again.
You're welcome! the initial square footage here can really be deceiving so it's worth reading the listings of houses with less square feet, too, and looking at the photos as chances are there's some great below grade space

When you start looking for a Buyers Agent, let them know too that you're ok with some of your sqft requirement being below grade as long as there are adequate windows / ventilation.

Some basements are gloomy but a lot that I've seen (particularly on houses built in the last half century) have been done so well you'd barely know you were below grade
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