I have a home in Virginia and unfortunately a home in Texas. The real esate taxes and the home owner's insurance is off the charts expensive. My house in Texas cost $340 and the real estate taxes are almost $7,000. The insurance is about $2,300 per year. So don't be enamoured by a cheap house. Yes, there is no state taxes but sales tax ranges from 8.5 to 10.25 cents per dollar. And the worst part of real estate in Texas is that when you go to sell it, you'll be lucky to get even 3/4 of what you paid for it. I'm trying to sell this $340K home and the real estate lady says I'm lucky to get $275K for it. The comparables in the neighborhood are very unequal. Some at $150K which brings your value down. My home in Virginia is $1M and I pay $9000 in real estate taxes. And not even close to $2K in insurance per year. And in about 10 years, I'll get $1.5 when I sell. Sales tax is .05 cents per dollar.
And beware of homes that aren't built on a pier foundation as the land in Texas shifts. I had to sign a waiver when I bought the house that I must water my foundation so the foundation doesn't crack.
Oh, & water bill in Virginia is about $300 every 3 months. Water in Texas is $300 per month, $60 per month even if you don't use any water.