My family and I have lived in Austin for almost 9 months. A lot has happened during that time: Both hubby and I have started new jobs, thus ending my journey as a stay at home mom; my son has attended two daycares; I’ve been sicker during that time than any other time in my life; and we bought a new house.
If I could do anything different, would I? You’re damn right I would. For one thing had we done more research, we would not have moved to Austin, Tx. Don’t get me wrong, I like the city for the most part. Except for the horrible humidity, everything we need is only minutes away, and we’re closer to the east coast where all our family is.
BUT, let me repeat one of the things I listed above: I’ve been sicker than I’ve ever been in my life. That is not an exaggeration. Within one month of moving here, my entire family was sick with some horrible intestinal problem. Yes, it was coming out of both ends for all of us. YUCK! And it didn’t stop there, I have either been congested or coughing off and on since then. I’m actually feeling pretty good right now, but that is probably because I take generic zyrtec every night before I go to bed…and I don’t doubt I will be taking it every night from now on, at least until I leave this great state.
The next nightmare has been buying the house. Both hubby and I fell in love with it as soon as we saw it. We had to have it. Unfortunately, our realtor, who had been told not to show us any houses with an HOA, forgot it had one until after we had fallen in love with it. We still bought it, against our better judgment. Within a month of living there, the HOA sent us two complaint letters: one about our lawn and the other about our fence. No welcome to the neighborhood, just complaints. Immediately reminded us why we didn’t want an HOA, which are evil, evil things.
On top of that the property taxes in Texas are outragious. To make matters worse, our property lies in two counties, and both want their share. Since our bank wants to escrow based on the total tax, they have been making us pay too much every month. So they will have thousands extra after they pay the bills and will only adjust the monthly escrow payment after all the bills have been paid. Who cares if it is creating a financial hardship having to pay these inflated amounts. After all, customer service is not only dead, but a relic.
And the shiz doesn’t stop there. Texas is so greedy for money that they appraise property values every year, so they can increase the taxes every year. So while normal states in our country lock in whatever value at purchase, Texas will continue to increase the taxes for as long as the house is owned. So in 10 or 20 years, if we are still stupid enough to be living here, we will be paying property taxes on whatever the house is worth (according to the tax appriaser’s office) in 10 or 20 years. So when we’re retired and on a fixed income, we would be paying far more taxes than we are now. How is that for logic?
Of course their point is that since they don’t have state taxes, they have to make up for it through property taxes. BS!! California has both state and property taxes, and we paid less in both together than we will be paying for just the property taxes on our new house here. Shocking? Damn right it is!
So for anyone considering moving to Texas, take two things very seriously. Even if you have never suffered from allergies, you will suffer them here. And most importantly (unless you’re rich) rent don’t buy!!!