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Tue Jul 4, 2017
Bruce Lynn answered:
It's been years since you posted this.
Did you ever make the move to Flower Mound?
I would think your cost of living would be lower here.
Although housing prices are moving up quickly, especially in Flower Mound. ... more
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Sat Jun 3, 2017
Veritas219 answered:
Tolerance for humidity is kind of personal. People who were are used to California or other non-humid places seem to always complain about the humidity in Texas, the Midwest(I've lived there also) etc. I have always lived with humidity, except for the two years I lived in California so I guess I'm used to it. It just seems from personal observation that some people just can't seem to get used to it. I have to admit, it can get kind of oppressive....even for me. ... more
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Wed May 3, 2017
key2nb answered:
There is a neat Cost of Living Comparison web page through Bank Rate that you can check out at http://www.bankrate.com/calculators/savings/moving-cost-of-living-calculator.aspx

I see that you are moving from San Antonio and my first thought was that the cost of living is very similar and then I noticed San Antonio and New Braunfels are combined for the calculator so I think it is safe to assume your cost of living will be very similar.

I moved to New Braunfels from the Houston area 5 years ago and I was surprised at how inexpensive my car insurance rates and utilities were here! But rates have increased in that five years.

Hope that helps!

Laura Hallam
Broker/ Owner
Laura Hallam Real Estate
512-922-5282
www.keytonewbraunfels.com
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Mon Mar 20, 2017
Susie Kay answered:
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Sat Dec 10, 2016
Keller Pest Control answered:
You are all wrong in your answer. While its important to get it resolved as soon as possible. Its more important to not be responsible for what could be as much as 1000.00 to 4000.00 cost. Also if not done correctly they will not be eliminated and can easily travel from one apartment to another. Contact your landlord in writing and date the certified letter, require signature from him. Talk to the other tenants to find out who else has them. Getting resolution quickly is not the best answer. Getting it done right and a professional can usually determine how long they have been there based on amount and size of Bed Bugs. It will be important to know how long you have been in the apartment More times than not the landlord will be liable for treatment and possibly damages. Contact a bed bug attorney and get a second opinion from a reputable pest control operator Make sure its a company that deals with bed bugs regularly. Do not use the landlords pest service for the second opinion and inspection You must allow his company to inspect but remember they are working for the landlord not you. Check the laws in your state and contact Government housing resources. You need to be aware if you live in an apartment they can be coming from next door. Its critical to determine the source of the infestation Be quick but don't be in a hurry to get it done. ... more
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Fri Nov 25, 2016
Sharryaz2013 asked:
Anywhere in the Hill Country but I had to list Kerrville down below
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Fri Sep 30, 2016
Elistia answered:
I hope that you've found a resolution, but just in case I know that people with similar situations have been successful with Single Family Homes (townhouse, duplex, condo). You may have to pay a higher deposit and have him write a letter showing that he's a "productive" citizen. This would list any community service, regret for previous action (ie: I was young and easily influenced) and current status (married, want to raise kids in a safe environment). ... more
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Sun Aug 28, 2016
Gallerytreasures answered:
It is more expesive to live here than in Dallas, Ft. Worth or McKinney.
1) Grayson County property taxes are higher than anywhere else.
2) Disabled peoples taxes are higher than anywhere else.
3) the economic deveoplment company says, in publications that it has to pay for as propaganda "that this town is a top 10 place to retire." That said, not one person 'welcomes' you here. Not the Mayor, not the city commisioners, no one.
4) tell people you are from McKinney..you get a big eye roll, you'd think they would embrace retirees and the money they will bring!
5) utilites are MORE here...$66 for internet that is $50 in McKinney
6) $72 for Dish TV...and you do NOT get any Dallas stations, yet you pay the same $$
7) all of the news on the TWO stations is 75% geared to Oklahoma..heard a marine boat ad on tv for TULSA OK!??? Why not for Dallas.?! The locals own the TV stations, charge big city rates for 3rd tier-low quality reporting. If I had a dollar for every time I heard a word misrponounced, I'd be rich..
8) need your yard mowed b/c you are cippled? You pay $40 for the same $25 service in McKinney.
9) food prices, same as big city...gas, a hair cheaper, bit if you don't drive a lot, who cares?
10) Downtown...plain, dull and only 2 places to eat.. All the store fronts are lawyers. No atmosphere.
11) restaurants..meh...not many "ethnic" places at all..
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Thu Aug 4, 2016
Stain_key_hensley answered:
It's so cool! One time when I was walking; I saw a pecan actually fall from a tree; bounce off of a car; a real car that used gas; wow, the pollution is so severe. It then rolled into the drain. The pecan, not the car. ... more
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Fri Jul 29, 2016
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Tue Feb 23, 2016
Bdkk003 answered:
Oak Lawn puts up with way too many fligh overs. On Sunday, February 21, there were 15 flights in one hour from 8 pm to 9 pm. That is one plane every FOUR MINUTES. The planes fly quite low, preparing to land at Love Field, and the noise is deafening. This is not a count of total fligh overs for one 24 hour period. Inside my residence with all windows and doors closed, I feel like I am on the planes. I have lived in my residence for a year and a half.l

Why does Love Field allow this incessant racket to go on, day and night? I am sick of it and may have to move. Thank you.

Barbara K. Kuether
3907 Gilbert Avenue
Dallas, TX 75219
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Fri Nov 6, 2015
Dan Tabit answered:
Lyzza,
First things first. Fix your credit. In the early 2000's money was easy and lots of people with bad credit bought houses and then in the late 2000's many of those people lost their houses. Some people fixed the issues that caused their bad credit and are still owners.
Getting on a budget. Scheduling your bills, creating an emergency fund to avoid having to go further into debt. Paying down your balances but leaving accounts open, disputing any errors on your report are just some of the steps you need to take. It's easier than you think, but it takes some effort. Maybe the goal of buying a home will be the motivation you need.
There are lenders who assist with credit repair. They may have more specific help for you based on your situation.
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Wed Sep 9, 2015
Kevin Elliott answered:
I would say Yes. If you are in a comfortable environment at home, you will be able to function much more easily in society.
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Thu Jun 18, 2015
Sukasi3 answered:
Hello Chelsea,
I have house for rent that would be available in the first week of August 2015. 4b/2b (3b+Off) on a quite stree, located in the middle of High, Middle and Elementary schools with walking distances off of 1-35/Hwy 156.

You may want to check with
(Refer to the house on Harriman Dr)

Ally Birchfield
Agent/Apartment locator (Free Locator Service)
4360 Western Center Blvd. #108
Fort Worth, TX 76137
Cell: 817-714-3200
ally@ultimarealestate.com
Free Locator Service/Relocation Specialist
Sorrow looks back, Worry looks around, but Faith looks up
"Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you." -Psalm 55:22
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Mon Jun 8, 2015
Cindyedinger4 answered:
It's larger than both Hallsville and Longview. Lived there for 2 years. Advantages: nice size town with community college and private university; 35 minutes to the metroplex; nice selection of stores and restaurants; Disadvantages: mall is tiny.
Apartments are plentiful! It should be a nice change from east Texas. You'll love access to metroplex! At least, I did!
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Wed Mar 11, 2015
Billy Walker answered:
Great Schools all are either new or remodeled in the last few years with some of the best sports facilities anywhere and is a great little town to live. It is growing and you are starting to see more conveniences in the area with many more to come. several new subdivisions and more businesses are on there way. Not far from the Super HEB in Leander and with the additions of Ronald Reagan and 183A over the years Liberty Hill is a easy commute to Austin RR,GT,and cedar park as well as the Hill country.I would highly recommend Liberty Hill. I have been selling Real Estate in Liberty Hill for almost 13 yrs. ... more
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Wed Feb 11, 2015
Amy Arey answered:
Since crime can happen in any zip code, a licensed Realtor can not comment on an area being "safe" or not.

I have a link on my website that people have told me has been very helpful to them. You can compare zip codes and you'll see the demographics, crime-statistics, etc. Hope this is helpful for you:

Go to www.MckinneyRealEstateInfo.com, then go to "insights" and from there you can compare zip codes.

Amy S. Arey, Realtor, CNE
Halo Group Realty, LLC
214.901.1341-Cell
www.Arey.HaloAgent.com
www.MckinneyRealEstateInfo.com
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Wed Jan 28, 2015
Travis Reed answered:
San Antonio is a ever growing market with new jobs that come up every day. It is all a question of the degree that you have earned and the field you are wanting to go into. If you do not know, would suggest taking a placement test that most colleges offer for free to their students. Some companies out there would approve you taken those tests as it shows you would be a right fit for the field. ... more
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Wed Jan 14, 2015
Libby Ross answered:
For apartments or short term rentals in San Antonio, (furnished or unfurnished) call Apartment Relocation at (210) 493-1688. Ask for Jerry Berry-Mostyn and tell her Craig Ross sent you. She can definitely give you some possibilities and a direction. ... more
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