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post #1 of 139 (permalink) Old 05-06-2008, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
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Should I move to TEXAS??

Hi everyone, I was hoping you, sorry y'all could help me with a big decision. I have been contemplating a move to the U.S.A. for many months and narrowed the location down to North Dallas for the weather, house prices, income tax, opportunities, crime rates and overall quality of life.

Here's the low down. I am 32, married for nine years with two sons, ages 6 and 3. I am a professional engineer with 8 years of experience mainly in municipal engineering. My wife and I struggled to get into our first home two years ago and then benefited from a huge housing boom in our area near Calgary, Alberta. This boom and the rising canadian dollar has opened up an opportunity for us. We could buy a home in Texas while essentially eliminating all of our debt.

We researched the suburbs of most of the major cities and really liked the look of Frisco or McKinney, just north of Dallas. I should be able to get a job with either the City of Frisco, City of McKinney, etc. as that is in line with my current work, so my commute time would drop from 1 hour/day to 20 min/day. A nice 2500sqft - 2800sqft home in those cities would cost about $250,000 which is less than half the cost of an equivalent home here in Calgary.

I had the opportunity to visit Dallas last weekend as part of a training course I went to. My wife joined me for the weekend and we stayed at a hotel in Frisco. We did a tour of the area and were surprised how much of a rural feel much of Frisco has. The roads, traffic, and 'ruralness' were the only downsides we found. The people were all awesome. We had fantastic service and everyone we met was very friendly. The services, shopping, and restaurants are all top notch.

I haven't fully worked out all the numbers, but it looks like I would make about 10% less salary, however my income tax would decrease about 20%. I would have the additional cost of health care coverage, but fuel and groceries would be about 10% less. The big difference is that I would go from paying $2500/month for mortgage and line of credit to $0.

So what do you think I should do?? I love Canada, but I am really getting tired of the cold weather during the winters and the "cool" summers (average 70F). I am not really liking the commute here, but will Highway 121 be causing similar problems in Texas?

Throw out your thoughts and questions.

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Dwayne

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post #2 of 139 (permalink) Old 05-06-2008, 03:35 PM
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Re: Confused - Should I move to Texas??

As another person debating making the move to Texas, I'd say go for it!!!

I'd probably be making the move to Austin myself, but I'd be visiting Dallas quite often as my parents live in Plano. Right off 121. In my experience 121 wasn't really bad during commuting hours, 75 was a bit of a mess, but it was manageable.

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post #3 of 139 (permalink) Old 05-06-2008, 03:48 PM
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Re: Confused - Should I move to Texas??

Our summer is definately much warmer. I don't know if you have experienced 90+F conditions, but after a few months it gets tiring, much like you winters I would imagine. But dallas is one of the few cities in Texas that has all 4 seasons.

Other than the hot weather, dallas is ok; its got nothing on Houston, but that's my biased opinion. Pretty much anywhere in Texas you will find low cost of living, friendly folks, and plenty of companies to work for.

My advise, if you decide to make the move, you won't regret it. My only suggestion is to find a career first, move yourself a few weeks/months ahead of the family. Settle yourself in before your little ones get here and they will be much beter off.

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Re: Confused - Should I move to Texas??

Thanks for the thoughts. I have not been subjected to 90F temps too often, but like you say it would be sort of like my winters. We have lows into the -40F and you just avoid being outside. The way I see it is that my office, car and house would all be air conditioned, so it might just mean spending a bit more time indoors on those 95+ days. Do kids still play soccer, baseball, etc. when it is 90+ outside?

I would make the transition as easy as possible for my oldest son by moving during the summer break, but he still is in kindergarten, so it shouldn't be too difficult. One of the things we really like about the Frisco area is the Frisco ISD. It is highly regarding and has a great record. I would/could not move until I had a firm job offer as that is what would get me my TN visa at the border. I've been through that before when I worked in Minneapolis for a year.

So smokin, what makes you want to move to Texas? The nearby family? That would be one thing we would miss. My family and my wife's family are a 6 hour drive away right now. I guess they would only be a 3.5 hour flight away from Dallas.

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Re: Confused - Should I move to Texas??

The DFW Metroplex is one of the fastest growing areas in the US because of everything you listed. Frisco and McKinney are also two of the fastest growing cities in the area. Frisco has grown a lot in just a few years and McKinney is right behind them. Both places have very nice suburbs and tend to lend themselves to the higher middle class faction if not lower upper class. Like Frosty said though, it gets very hot here. The weather that you experienced last weekend was not normal at all. In fact we are usually in the 90s by now. I suggest getting a house with a pool that has something to cast a shadow on it. The water in my parents pool gets up to 90 in the summer because they don't have any shade for it. At that point it's not even refreshing. There's tons to do in the area too like clubs, shopping, and sporting events. We also have a mazda club at www.dfwmazdas.com that do local meets every week. Good luck on your decision.


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Re: Confused - Should I move to Texas??

St. Louis sucks for the most part. I have just as many friends if not more friends down in Texas. I have immediate family in Texas, I have none here. I lived in Texas for 10 years earlier on in life. I no longer have a job keeping me here, I really don't have much here besides loose ends which makes it difficult to leave.

Lets put it this way, the mazda guys in Texas are amazing and people I would consider some of my closer friends, I mean hell, I drove 14 hours just to get drunk with them for a weekend.

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Plus, St. Louis weather sucks. It's often hotter than Dallas or Austin in the summer, with a lot higher humidity, and in the winter, yeah, we can get 16 inches of snow in just 4 hours. Aaaaand I'm sick of dealing with fuel cut in my car, I'm willing to move just to avoid that, lol.

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Re: Confused - Should I move to Texas??

Sports do continue despite the temperature outside. Played football in full pads in 98 degree heat often and played tennis on a court that was probably close to 120. Like anything, you kinda get used to it. Your kids won't notice as much as you will so you'll have to make sure they are drinking enough water.


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Re: Confused - Should I move to Texas??

Yeah, I know that last weekend was unusual. I actually found it quite cool all day Saturday. We were hoping for 90F temps to see how it felt and because we wanted to do some outdoor activities. It was a high of 74 on Saturday and my wife actually called off the walk through the sculpture garden because she thought it was too cool.

The biggest turn off for my wife was the roads. Continuous construction - and why were we driving on a 'freeway' (121) that had street lights every mile?? And roads through Frisco like Eldorado that had only one lane in each direction with poor traffic management on a Saturday. Does anyone know if the traffic concerns are being worked out?

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Re: Confused - Should I move to Texas??

Well....121 is interesting, theres the tollway part of it with no stop lights, and then the part with stop lights which is old 121, the tollway is pretty much all new, the old 121 part is pretty much going to just be the feeder road running parallel to the tollway. If you had a tolltag, traffic wouldn't be much of an issue at all.

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Re: Confused - Should I move to Texas??

Like you said, continuous construction. 121 is being expanded and made into an actual freeway out until about the McKinney area as far as I know. By the time they finish that it will probably need to be expanded more. The Tollway (Dallas North Tollway) is nice though and has good traffic flow during regular hours. Rush hour on any of the freeways here is hell.
The area is growing too fast for the cities to keep up so there seems to be a constant rotation of construction. If you were to move a little further south to say Plano, you should be able to get away from most of the construction and traffic problems on streets.


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