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Old 03-31-2007, 05:55 PM   #41
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Now here's a good reason to retire in Texas -- alligator hunts.

I know of a place inside the Houston city limits that has many 12 to 14+ foot gators.
I hope you don't have to check whether its a "doe" or a "buck" before you shoot them!

er..you do shoot them don't you?
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Re: Retiring in Texas?
Old 03-31-2007, 07:03 PM   #42
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I lived in Houston from 89 to 96. My house appreciated from 96K to 106K. I paid about $2K a year in property taxes although there were no state income taxes, which bears repeating.
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Old 03-31-2007, 08:27 PM   #43
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I hope you don't have to check whether its a "doe" or a "buck" before you shoot them!

er..you do shoot them don't you?
Mostly I give them a big kiss. A "doe" will swoon. A "buck" will be startled; and when he backs off, he's a goner. It's too much trouble to turn a gator over to check. A big kiss is easier.
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Old 03-31-2007, 08:48 PM   #44
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Thanks REWahoo for the insight on the Del Webb community in San Antonio.

I visited there on a Sunday when traffic was light. Obviously, I need to see it in the rush hour too.

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Old 03-31-2007, 08:51 PM   #45
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I've seen ReWahoo's property, and conservatively it would cost $750,000.00 Inland, and probably in the area of $1,200,000.00 on the coast. Prop 13 gives you a limitation on increases, but initially, the figures $8000.00 and $13,000.00 would be very close.
Jarhead, I think you're low-balling, especially after our recent remodeling job - installed a set of new tires and tornado resistant roll bars.


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Old 03-31-2007, 09:06 PM   #46
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Jarhead, I think you're low-balling, especially after our recent remodeling job - installed a set of new tires and tornado resistant roll bars.


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Old 03-31-2007, 09:10 PM   #47
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I visited there on a Sunday when traffic was light. Obviously, I need to see it in the rush hour too.
When you do check it out, imagine how much worse it will be once the hundreds of acres surrounding Del Webb are filled with several thousand tract homes. Note that there are only two ways to enter/exit the area and both will surely become traffic choke points.

The city will eventually do something to help relieve congestion (they are already widening the two miles of Hwy 471 to 4 lanes between Loop 1604 and FM 1560), but it will be several years before any real relief is in place. Today's paper noted that one road improvement project in the area had been postponed - to 2018!

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I sold my house and made South Dakota my home base....no income or personal property tax and no vehicle inspections. I'm a full-time RVer. It works for me.
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I think the secret to retiring in Texas is to "live" in a PO box at a local UPS store. You then have "vacation homes" in other states so you can make extended visits without triggering that state's income tax. You get to move to nicer areas during the year plus avoid Texas' property tax and the other state's income tax.

The Ebola has wiped out most of my neighborhood. I'm paying about 3.8 cents per hundred.
That's what I do - texas resident but own no real property. Whenever I hear of an Ebola outbreak I put down the wheels and move to a different county.

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