A warm welcome to Texas to you! I hope you find your move a pleasant one & enjoy the variety of homes & communities Texas offer, not to mention our moderate climate.
I have to say, $65K max is unrealistic for the specifications you are looking for. It goes without saying, like anything, they come with a price-an exemplary or good school district and neighborhood. Fortbend, Katy & Lamar School Districts are the most sought-after.
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I have to agree with the other responses. Home prices in Houston are comparatively lower than most markets in the US, but not that much lower. You will still be looking at a foreclosure or short sale in the $125K+ range or a non-distress home in the $150+ range. That also depends on your definition of "good schools" and "safe area" which can be very different from one person to the next.
I advise you do some research into school ratings and crime rates in the areas you are interested in. As realtors we are prohibited from giving opinion on these points. Then contact a realtor who can tell you what the price points are in the neighborhoods you find desirable. Be prepared to do some adjusting either up in price or lower in criteria.
Good luck to you and let me know if I can be of further assistance.
Those areas have great schools, but with great public schools comes higher sale prices on the homes. That price would be extremely hard to find. It would likely be a small home and in rough to extremely rough condition.
Let us know if you could go up on the price. Maybe a big chuck down payment and a small mortgage to get you closer to atleast $100,000. Rates are extremely low right now and your mortgage would be cheaper than a 2 bedroom apartment. Let us know if we could assist you.
Bernstein Realty, Inc.
If you would like to talk I am open to explaining what the possibilities are.