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2551 I 45 NORTH, Houston, Texas, 77034, United States
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Property Taxes in Houston

by Refosco

We are a couple from South Florida and are thinking of relocating to Houston (prices of single family homes are still affordable and in our range, 150-180K, something that it is impossible to find here) and it seems that, despite being a huge city with everything you need, you still can find safe areas to raise a family especially, from what we gathered, in the suburbs

But... our excitment while researching everything about Houston was pretty much killed when we checked the property tax bills!!! Is it true that for a house valued 180K you end up paying over 4K/year in taxes?!? (we noticed that the ISD taxes are the ones that push the numbers up)

Our biggest concern at this point is that two average office jobs (25-28K/year) could not be enough to pay all the bills at the end of the month: here in South Florida you just make it and property taxes are not so huge (and for those who don't know, we don't have Stae Income Taxes either).

We were planning to make a trip next month to check out area and job situation, but now we are a little bit worried about the property taxes which changed completely the idea we had of Houston's cost of living.

We'd like to hear from people of average income living in Houston to have an idea of how they feel the real cost of living is.

Any information will be much appreciated!


RE: Property Taxes in Houston

by sahel578

That is accurate about the property tax.. its how the public schools are financed. The taxes increase every year as well because of legislation.. something about being allowed a 10% increase, i hope someone else knows about it in more detail.

My husband and I have a home WWWAAYY in the suburbs.. around 200K, we pay over $7000 a year in property taxes...not to mention the homeowners association fees (if not paid, they can take your home, even for an amount as little as a few hundred dollars). These fee's can be as low as a few hundred dollars a year to several thousand as well.

My sister has a 650 sq foot condo (built 1960's, purchased for $50K) with no yard or patio or balcony.. and she pays over $1500 per year.

Another not so pleasant lesson learned.. because its so cheap to build houses here.. if you build on and want to sell can be difficult to sell it for what you paid. So many new homes are being built.

RE: Property Taxes in Houston

by bigtexanhair

Yes, the property taxes are outrageous. For whatever reason (we still haven't been able to figure it out) some areas (meaning from neighborhood to neighborhood)have higher taxes. We moved from CA so we made a lot of $ off the sale of our home there but we were under the impression that it was cheaper to live here all around. That's just not true. Apart from a high morgage like you'd have in CA, you have higher health care, phenomenal property taxes, and probably like FL, but unlike CA, you have to have the ac on continually for 5 months. We are convinced, the only thing cheaper here are the prices of homes. Have you looked into TN?

RE: RE: Property Taxes in Houston

by ATXtraveler

I think this property tax situation is blown completely out of proportion. First and foremost, if both partners are working and making less than 60K a year, then you will be getting heavy tax breaks by being in a very low tax bracket, and the break will be larger since you will not be paying state income tax (I believe Florida does not have it either). Also, if you are making 60K a year, you may consider a smaller house than 180K. There are hundreds of 80K-120K houses in Texas that need loving parents and will be a great starter home until your salaries increase a little bit.

Texas also allows for the Homestead Exemption which is legislation which makes it almost impossible for the government to take away your primary residence, and also gives you about a 20% break on your overall tax burden.

Our family income was about 65k when I bought my first house, and had no problems purchasing and making payments on a 170k home, but it was a little stretched. I chose to make the real estate investment for tax purposes and it worked out in my favor.

Best of luck making your decision!

Travel Tips for Houston

Houston From a Different Angle

by cjuliette

My ex's father had a spot at a hangar, and i got a chance to fly in an open top airplane built in the 1920's Red Barron style. Everyone we met at the hangar was eager to talk planes, and even more eager to get you to ride in it. For anyone interested I'd say a local hangar is a day trip outside Houston well worth taking.

It's a car town

by spgood301

Despite the new light rail system, Houston is still a driving town. That's unless it REALLY rains-then it's a sit in your car for hours town. Heavy rains (which Houston gets quite a bit of) can really bring traffic to a standstill. The freeways and main roads can become parking lots.

If you're stuck on a main street, you may want to pull off, get a bite to eat or do some shopping, and watch the rest of the cars sit there-just like you were just doing.

I don't know if this is my...

by Angela0667

I don't know if this is my favorite but it's a goodie: Felix.
Four generations of Houstonians have dined on no-frills Tex-Mex specialities like chili con queso and cheese enchiladas!

The menu has remained the same since the Tijerina family open the white stucco restaurant in 1948. When a fire destroyed much of the building in 1999, the decor was painstakingly re-created, with linoleum floor, 1940's wrought-iron chandeliers and colorful Mexican chairs. The family feeling of the restaurant remains; the walls are papered with houston history. Menu is In-expensive.

Lift Off!

by wegass

Johnson's Space Center - see the original and new center. You can see Mission Control (the old one) and view the labs. Mock ups of the Space Shuttle, get interactive games/activities for young and old kids.

Downtown Houston - There IS Stuff Here!

by H-TownJourneyman

Many people complain that downtown is largely a business district, mostly a ghost town after 5pm. It is not the excitement of Manhattan or Paris, yet in recent years’ revitalization has improved the downtown atmosphere. There are many things to do here, & it is a nice place to stay if you are visiting from out of town. There are excellent accommodations here; the Sam Houston Hotel, the Magnolia & the Lancaster are some of the best in town. Many restaurants, pubs & clubs are downtown for nightlife. On the weekends part of Main St. is closed to traffic, many places set up tables outside & vendors sell snacks & refreshments & frequently a stage is set up for live music performances. The Houston Theater District is located downtown & has some of the best facilities & performances for the arts in the world. Bayou Place has several bars, clubs & restaurants, including the Hard Rock Cafe, a cinema & the Verizon Theater for events & music concerts. Minute Maid Park & Toyota Center are located here for sporting events. There are a few historical buildings here to visit, but unfortunately much of Houston's physical history has been demolished due to bad civic planning in the past. Besides the permanent sites & events, there are excellent festivals held here. The Houston International Festival is put on for two weekends every spring showcasing Houston's multicultural population. But if all of this doesn't do it for you, downtown is one of the few locations in town served by the Metro Lightrail, which can take you to the Museum District & Hermann Park if you are looking for other things to do outside of downtown.


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