Originally Posted by jdpesz
I've thought about going back to Texas. I really liked it there, and recently I heard Texas has the most reasonably priced real estate in the country right now.
We are moving from Mississippi to Texas Saturday (Jan 14th) and i have to say that their real estate costs are much much higher than we are used to here in MS. ( the standard of living isnt that much higher in Texas than it is here) Our current home in MS could easily sell for upwards of 200,000 $ in Texas whereas we will be very very lucky to get 95000$ for it here. We are having to rent a house in Texas for almost 2 times our current house payment here. Plus all the deregulation of utilities is crazy. Right now in MS we pay 6 cents per KWH for electricity-- Our bills run about 150-200$ permonth. The cheapest power company rates in Texas in the area we are moving to are 16 cents per KwH. Thats almost triple what we pay now. But we are still moving, & im extrememly excited. Even after all my whining above though, i can understand. No grocery tax, no state income tax, tax free weekend once per year, and a bit better wages and more job opps, as well as better education for my kids and better, more open minded vet care for my furbabies.
I was there the week following christmas and it was in the high 70s and low 80s-- although last christmas Houston woke up to a WHITE CHRISTMAS. I for one will be glad to get out of this crazy winter weather us Mississippians have had to deal with in the last few years. ( it was 30 degrees two days ago, 55 yesterday, and supposed to be close to 70 today with temps supposed to drop monday back into the low 50s-- its enough to keep most Mississippians sick all winter long)
Just remember, tornadoes and hurricaines are common in the south and the closer you are to the coast, the more likely you are to get those wonderful afternoon summer rainshowers.