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Old 06-12-2007, 10:05 AM   #21
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I am familiar with the housing price in both OC and Houston. The 775K home in OC is at best comparable to a 200K home in Houston. Probably even less.
We moved from San Jose to Houston in 2003, so I am pretty familiar with this as well.

And I can tell you that it's very unlikely that someone selling a $775,000 home in OC will settle for a $200,000 house in Houston unless they wanted a rotten commute out in the burbs. Yes, the homes aren't directly comparable, but most people will use this as an ideal chance to "move up" -- perhaps to a more expensive house more or less in town, perhaps in the Spring Branch ISD.

The sad thing is, a $775K home in California probably has about the same property taxes as a $250K home in much of Texas.
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Old 06-12-2007, 10:15 AM   #22
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The sad thing is, a $775K home in California probably has about the same property taxes as a $250K home in much of Texas.
Why is it sad? Texas has no income tax. All things taken together, the tax bite is probably less in Texas.

And what about the homeowner who just bought a 775K house in OC today? How much is his property tax?
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The 775K home in OC is at best comparable to a 200K home in Houston. Probably even less.

Yeah, but no chiggers, rattlesnakes and scorpions here.

Although we do have mountain lions, bears...oh...I guess we've got a few rattlesnakes.
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Yeah, but no chiggers, rattlesnakes and scorpions here.
Although we do have mountain lions, bears...oh...I guess we've got a few rattlesnakes.
Tarantulas-- don't forget the tarantulas.

And postmasters too...
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Yeah, but no chiggers, rattlesnakes and scorpions here.

Although we do have mountain lions, bears...oh...I guess we've got a few rattlesnakes.
Well, we have no rabbitt here in TX.
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Tarantulas-- don't forget the tarantulas.

And postmasters too...
Speaking of which, I saw both yesterday...a tarantula and the postmaster. No, they weren't one in the same since the postmaster (who was delivering our mail!) had three earrings in his pierced left ear, and the tarantula in the driveway didn't.

I'm thinkin' mebbe that postal boy's an import from waaay out west somewhere...
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Speaking of which, I saw both yesterday...a tarantula and the postmaster. No, they weren't one in the same since the postmaster (who was delivering our mail!) had three earrings in his pierced left ear, and the tarantula in the driveway didn't.

I'm thinkin' mebbe that postal boy's an import from waaay out west somewhere...
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Greg,

While I do appreciate your efforts, I'll remind you this is Texas, where a man doesn't need to become a dues paying member of some organization just because he's a little buggy.

One question: I'm having trouble locating "postmaster" on the critter list you linked. You think maybe it could be #23?
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One question: I'm having trouble locating "postmaster" on the critter list you linked. You think maybe it could be #23?
Maybe in Texas that's the postmaster. But in Minnesota this is the postmaster:










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It's not him. No earrings.
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It's not him. No earrings.
It was really really tough to find a Texas postal employee that wore clothes AND earrings:


Is this him?
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Is this him?
OK, how did you get Martha to put on that outfit?
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Man, I'd be signing up for some junk mail lists and having large USPS packages delivered to my door...

If of course I wasnt married to my lovely bride...of course.
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OK, how did you get Martha to put on that outfit?
I promised her she'd never have to move to Texas .
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