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Old 05-28-2018, 03:38 PM   #31
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Kevin said, "While Texans don't pay income tax, they pay a higher property tax. A downside if you own valuable property. "

In places, it is high. My little 2200 sq ft brick house cost me 32k in 1978. Now, Zillow has it at 218k and my property taxes are up to about 1800 a year. I actually think the 218k on Zillow is a little too high. With values going up, it'll get worse of course.
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Old 05-28-2018, 04:17 PM   #32
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Yeah but your moderator pay just about covers your taxes.
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Old 06-13-2018, 02:20 PM   #33
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Anyway, just added another 20 plus acres to my little ranch--2500.00 per which to my way of thinking is a pretty good price for land these days.
Dang John. Must be nice. In our part of north Texas the land is a little bit more than that. Currently it is running ~ $65K an acre. Yes, you read that right, $65,000.00 per acre. We recently had a 2 acre empty lot down the road from us, no amenities, nothing close for $129,100.00. We are located on a dead end country road north of McKinney on 3.5 acres. If we were to look at this house now, we couldn't afford it. We got in just in time.

Out of curiosity I went to Zillow. We paid $225,000.00 for the house in 2009. Zillow has it at $390,941 now.
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Old 06-13-2018, 11:46 PM   #34
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The day I moved from Philly to Houston in 1994 it snowed 3 feet. I took that as a sign from above.

While the rates for labor are lower than many areas, you can make a very nice living setting tiles. Doing complete residential bathroom remodels keeps us more than busy. We turn down more work than we take on. Enough so that I can take off for 2 months and have customers who will wait. Right now we are booked into February 2019.

As we have been preaching on the JBF for years; separate yourself from 'those guys' by offering a quality product. Right now there is another thread on the forum about tenting tiles in Houston. With regular flooding and hurricanes, there is plenty of work.

The weather - you get used to it pretty easily. We air condition everything. I certainly don't miss frozen wet saw water and bucket heaters, nor my food getting cold when someone else enters the restaurant. Houston is 50 miles from the coast. We rarely get over 100ºF, but flirt with 99º on a daily basis. Its only hot 11 1/2 months a year. The pre-season garden sale ends January 5th.
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$65,000.00 per acre
Lets see... the county has the 6600 square feet dirt under my house listed as being worth $400,000 which converts to $2,640,000 per acre.
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Old 06-14-2018, 08:53 AM   #36
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Paul,
We're talking 100% non improved empty fields. Not improved sub-division lots.
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That is astronomical price per acre. Land round here goes for $6500.00-$15000.00 and there some parcels located near the speedway that are up there in price but no where near 65k/acre that is just ridiculous. Maybe if there was known gas or oil deposits and you would make money off your land or never pay a gas bill then maybe...
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$220,000 for bare undeveloped land in our little village gets you maybe 1/2 acre. Our lot is 10,000 sq ft +/- value per tax is $235k or nearly $1.2 mil per acre developed. 5 houses per acre for me. Now building zero lot lines and 7 houses per acre. And there’s a line of people who can’t wait to pony up the bucks.

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Prices are on the rise everywhere, I guess. The median home price in Austin is 380K. I can't afford to live anywhere except where I am. Don't know what this place is worth, but it's paid for.

Four years ago Janie and I paid 11,500 per acre for this two-acre "ranch." It was cleared, fenced and had a pond. Utilities were available.

We are 20 mi. south of Bastrop, which is 30 mi. east of Austin. We are five mi. from town whose only business is a post office that is open half a day.
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