Buying Your Katy-Cinco-Ranch-Richmond Area Home For The Best Price!
Katy-Cinco-Ranch-Richmond Area Home
For The Best
Chapter 7 Location, Schools and Taxes
What should I consider when choosing a community to live in?
Well kept houses and strong home owners associations protect your property values as well as making a neighborhood more pleasant to live in. Proximity to parks, schools, playgrounds, and shopping are important to some people. The traffic pattern between your home and your job at the time you go to work is important. (This changes rapidly over time and should be checked out before you buy.)
Your agent should be able to help you with many questions. Also ask as many friends and relatives as possible.
Where can I get information about local schools?
Again a good real estate agent should be able to help you. All of the schools now have web sites. If you live in the area now find some people with children in those schools and ask about their experiences. Almost everyone has different expectations from their school. Schools are ever changing and require investigation. You can’t know everything from reading their web site!
How can I find how much my taxes will be?
Taxes are due annually and are very significant in Texas. We can provide you with the amount of taxes that were paid or are due. (Taxes are due January 1 of each year, so if you buy in December the estimate is for the previous year.) Consider that the amount of property taxes will probably go up even more. The amount of tax varies with the value of the house and the taxing bodies that levy a tax against it. The house is reappraised by the Central Appraisal District each year. It varies from around a thousand dollars for cheaper homes to several thousand dollars per year for more upscale homes.
I am moving from the Houston area. Is there any way I can screen homes before I go to the new city?
Yes. We can put you in touch with a reputable agent within the vicinity of your move. The agent should be able to sent you by mail, fax, E-mail information on homes. Also Multiple Listing Services in many areas are on the internet. If the MLS is not on-line real estate agents will have web sites displaying their listings.
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