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McBane

join:2008-08-22
Plano, TX
reply to buckweet1980

Re: Moving.. Dallas/Fort Worth FIOS availability

Yeah cable is TWC for Dallas


buckweet1980

join:2011-12-31
Plano, TX

Is real estate taxes around 2.5% everywhere in the DFW metro area??

I know there is no state income tax, but higher taxes on other things. I assume the real estate taxes make up for the difference? Sales tax is around 8% isn't it? 8% isn't too much higher than here in PA.


RonPaul

join:2011-08-03

It's around 8% but some places have lower. Part is set by the state and part is set by the City. There is no tax on food though (groceries, not restaurants).


pappy97

join:2007-03-12
Dallas, TX
reply to buckweet1980

said by buckweet1980:

Is real estate taxes around 2.5% everywhere in the DFW metro area??

I know there is no state income tax, but higher taxes on other things. I assume the real estate taxes make up for the difference? Sales tax is around 8% isn't it? 8% isn't too much higher than here in PA.

You said you are targeting Plano and Murphy, both of which are Collin County, whose taxes are higher than nearby Dallas County or, say, Rockwall County, but good luck trying to find FIOS in those counties.

My house in Wylie has a tax assessed value of $197k or something like that, and this year our property taxes (county, city, etc combined) is still over $5k for the year. My parents in Cali in their home where I grew up has a tax assessed value of over $500k, but they pay thousands less. But then again, they pay high CA state income tax, and their house in a 1970 something 3/2 1800 sq ft, while my house is 2005 6/3.5 (with an additional room for huge HT), 3700 sq ft. I don't blame you for coming to Texas, and if you find Plano/Murphy too expensive, just come down the road to Wylie, which is just East of Murphy. Houses here are cheaper than Murphy.

McBane

join:2008-08-22
Plano, TX

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reply to buckweet1980

Yes, Texas makes up a majority of the state income tax with property taxes. That's usually how it ends up in most non-state income tax states. It's great if you rent (But you're still losing that rent money instead of gaining any equity from it), but even owning a house it's still cheaper in the long run from the much lower cost of living in Texas than from living on the east/west coasts.

I live in Murphy and love living here. Murphy is pretty much just an extension of east Plano (Although we do have much larger lots than Plano residents for the same house prices). My biggest gripe about living in Texas is it is the bible belt... You'll be surrounded by a red bible state, but Dallas is probably the most diverse city in the South so that is somewhat buffered here than in most southern cities. My other biggest gripe is Dallas needs a better night life, but I'm into my 30s and raising a family now so it's not like I still have time for that anyway.


buckweet1980

join:2011-12-31
Plano, TX

Thanks for the comments guys.. It helps. We definitely want a nicer area and will look at Wylie a bit too.. We just need to get down there and nail down the final area.

We're just excited to not be freezing our asses off during winter. While it does get chili down there, it's not going to be the nastiness like up here. I don't know how people can live further north that even here, lol.. Every year I get older the more I hate it.

We're just excited to be able to have In-N-Out and Grimaldi's Pizza whenever we want!!


kes601

join:2007-04-14
Virginia Beach, VA
kudos:2

You'll probably be asking yourself how people can deal w/100+ degree temps every day during the summer next year


buckweet1980

join:2011-12-31
Plano, TX

Hehe..yeah there is that opposite extreme.. My brother lives in phoenix and I've been there during the summers several times. We were in Texas in August in both Dallas and Houston. So I'm familiar with the temps.

I can deal with hot more than I can cold


joelsplace

join:2005-09-19
Roanoke, TX
reply to buckweet1980

You can't really trust the online address checker. In Keller my neighbor had it 6 months before I could convince them to sell service to me. They kept telling me it wasn't available even though the box was in my front yard, I got fliers in the mail constantly and my neighbors had it. I have a customer in Lewisville on 121. He had a box on the street also and they insisted service wasn't available. He managed to get in touch with the area manager and had him come out. He said "I guess we do have service here" and got it hooked up for him.


stewlevine

join:2002-05-28
Dallas, TX
reply to buckweet1980

I moved from Mt Lebanon to Plano. It'll be an adjustment.

As people said before, make sure you look at school district boundaries as well as city boundaries, they won't be the same.

By the way, there are Steeler bars in Plano!


RonPaul

join:2011-08-03
reply to buckweet1980

Go here and type in 75040 with 20mi+ radius, you can get a decent idea of the Fios areas. Some areas are not shown though like Flower Mound and Double Oak.

»communities.verizon.com/fiosavail/


buckweet1980

join:2011-12-31
Plano, TX
reply to stewlevine

said by stewlevine:

I moved from Mt Lebanon to Plano. It'll be an adjustment.

As people said before, make sure you look at school district boundaries as well as city boundaries, they won't be the same.

By the way, there are Steeler bars in Plano!

I'm not a true Pittsburghian so I have no ties to the Steelers I'm from Columbus, so I'm a OSU fan!

Shay

join:2010-07-29
Dallas, TX

You will learn that OSU usually means Oklahoma State University versus Ohio State University.


balkme

join:2000-09-16
Plano, TX

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reply to buckweet1980

I am in far west Plano. AT&T is the LEC, but Vz has a cable franchise in Plano and laid fiber in our neighborhood. AT&T decided not to extend U-verse to my neighborhood even though the one next to use has it so when FIOS was turned on, I dropped ATT DSL immediately.