How is Mckinney compare to Allen TX. Which one is better in term of school and property tax. Thanks.

Asked by Moving, McKinney, TX Mon Aug 9, 2010

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T.E. & Naima…, Agent, Dallas, TX
Mon Aug 9, 2010
Tax rate for Allen is 2.42 and for McKinney it's 2.45. As you see, a very small difference. Allen is closer to downtown Dallas which makes it more expensive. The biggest downside to Allen's school district is that it only has one high school and there are no plans to build another one. There are over 5000 students. It is not for those that want a "small school environment" for their kids.

I would still send my kids there.

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Pelin Guzel, Agent, Dallas, TX
Thu Aug 12, 2010
You can easily find settled neighborhoods in both cities, just drive there to see the difference, I am sure you will find a neighborhood that fits your lifestyle, commute time and schools preferance. Working with a Realtor will help you to see all available homes in the area existing or brand new.

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Linda Lorenzo, Agent, McKinney, TX
Wed Aug 11, 2010
Well for both cities it depends on the area you are in. Both Allen and McKinney began in the 1840"s! You may want to search for an older home say 5 years or more, but the best way is to drive the neighborhood you are interested in and look to see if there are any vacant lots. Both cities have well established areas where there is no construcion going on. There are plenty of Realtors, myself included, who would be happy to help you find a home. Look forward to hearing from you.
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Moving, Home Buyer, McKinney, TX
Wed Aug 11, 2010
Thank you all for the helps. One more question: Which one is opened - settled longer? I don't want to buy a house where or close to all new construction houses.

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Patrick Jack…, Agent, McKinney, TX
Mon Aug 9, 2010
Both Allen and McKinney have great individual schools. As other agents have already mentioned, the main difference is in the size and structure of the high schools. McKinney currently has 3 high schools and is considering going to a two stage high school program more like what Plano uses. However, this is just in the discussion stage. Individual schools are rated by the Texas Education Agency. Very few high schools and even fewer entire districts achieve Exemplary status. Often the ratings have as much to do with the age of the school as anything. New schools take a few years to reach Exemplary ratings. Sometimes the economic diversity of an area affects the ratings. But diversity is a part of life and it doesn't necessarily weaken the education students receive. You must choose what you believe works best for your family. Allen ISD is Exemplary rated. For the full report on all Collin County schools, go to… and enter Collin.

One catch in asking about schools in McKinney is that there are areas of McKinney that are within McKinney ISD, Frisco ISD, Allen ISD or Prosper ISD. School zones were established a long time ago and the city boundaries overlap the school boundaries.

The largest portion of the property tax in Texas is the school property tax. However, I would never recommend that a client base their home search on the lowest rate. You might consider what you are getting for your tax dollar more than how much you are spending. One of the highest tax rates is in Prosper. However, they have a very small district with that rare Exemplary rating and one of the most well planned and inovatinve high schools in the area.

McKinney was just named the "5th Best Place to Live in the Country" by Money Magazine. However, Allen, McKinney, Plano, Frisco and other area cities all have their unique properties. Work with an agent who knows the area and will take the time to learn the needs of your family. I've lived in McKinney for twenty years and I'm here to help, even if you prefer to buy in Allen. :)

Make it a great day!
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Linda Lorenzo, Agent, McKinney, TX
Mon Aug 9, 2010
Oh boy did you open up a can of worms!!!! You will get all sorts of answers here, from people all over the metroplex. As a McKinney Realtor I would beg to differ with Lynn's assessment that there is not much difference between the two cities. There are people who love Allen as well as those who love McKinney but they do have differences, basically it is up to you, no one can or should make that decision for you. Drive around various neighborhoods in your price range, talk to neighbors, check the amenities. What suits your lifestyle?

Both cities have great Parks & Recreation Departments that offer lots of activities.

The new school rating report is out. Here is the link: However,
don't just go by the reports as they can change year to year visit the schools themselves. As Naima said Allen High School is huge (only a 3 year school, all 9th year students are at a separate school - Lowery Freshman Center) so the 5000 are not on one campus. McKinney has 3 high schools and McKinney Boyd is very large as well - just under 3000.

As mentioned elsewhere the property tax rates are very close so that isn't a major consideration.

Let me know if I can be of any help to you. Check ou my facebook site for information on Mckinney and places around:
Good luck.
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Ronda Allen, Agent, Plano, TX
Mon Aug 9, 2010
Better is too subjective. It depends on too many factors. Each buyer's criteria is established, and from that, we determine where to take them to look at homes. Where they work is going to be a big factor. If they work closer to downtown Dallas, Allen is closer, and that would be a factor. Most of my buyer clients are open to homes in a number of areas. Our suburbs sort of run together. So, a typical buyer may tour homes that meet their search criteria in McKinney, Allen, Prosper, Frisco, and Plano. Schools are important, but there is enough school info online that people can research and determine for themselves if the schools meet their requirements. is a tremendous site for that, and/or the school's own website. Property taxes are 2.3 to 2.9%, and we can adjust the price of the homes from one area to the next based on the property taxes to try to get an apples-to-apples comparison of homes.
Have a blessed day!
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Bruce Lynn, Agent, Coppell, TX
Mon Aug 9, 2010
In my opinion these are about the same. I've had several buyer look at both. We can send you tax comparison charts if you would like to see the different tax rates for different cities and school districts.
You buying decision might come down to drive time and purchase price though. I would look at both and see which neighborhoods you like better.
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Dallas Texas, Agent, Dallas, TN
Mon Aug 9, 2010
Against professional code of ethics for Realtors make any comment. UP to the family make that decision the two cities back up to one another not much difference

Both are top rated.

ISD - check their websites

Property taxes check Collin County Tax website

I have a great listing 4 bed 2 1/2 bath with amenity center backs up to elementary school on market for $185K

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