Can you afford a home with a LVN's salary in Sugarland,Texas

  1. I have applied to nursing school for the fall semester and if I am accepted it will take me a year to finish school. I want to buy a home because I have a one year old daughter and I know eventually we will need to invest in one. anyone have any advice?
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  3. by   txspadequeenRN
    if i had only one child and worked full time i could own a very nice home. i do own my house ,paid for and all ,but it is not in that great of shape and i have 6 kids .. so i have to do what i can but to answer your question ..yes
  4. by   TheCommuter
    Sugarland has a higher cost of living when compared to other cities in Texas, because it is regarded as an upscale bedroom community.
  5. by   txspadequeenRN
    what is a "upscale bedroom community"?.....

    Quote from thecommuter
    sugarland has a higher cost of living when compared to other cities in texas, because it is regarded as an upscale bedroom community.
  6. by   kakalika
    I agree with the commuter on this one. I live in Minnesota, but visit TX a lot to be with family.

    Sugarland is a somewhat higher priced area. I have a relative who lives there, he is a physician. You can get a nice house in places like Kingwood or Humble, but that might be further out than you want.

    I am sure you could comfortably cover your house payments if you were working as an LPN. Just don't go for something too expensive.

    PM me if you need the name of a good realtor.


  7. by   sunnyjohn
    Quote from TheCommuter
    Sugarland has a higher cost of living when compared to other cities in Texas, because it is regarded as an upscale bedroom community.
    True. You MIGHT be able to if you really do your homework. I would recommend looking at the cheaper neighborhoods nearby. You would get a nicer house for your money.

    That's one thing to love about Texas, cheap land!
  8. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from txspadequeen921
    what is a "upscale bedroom community"?.....
    an upscale bedroom community is a mid-sized, ritzy exurban city located adjacent to a large metropolis. these types of communities tend to be cluttered with mini mcmansions, emerald green lawns, and the latest retail outlets.

    sugarland and pearland are upscale bedroom communities, designed for upper middle class folks who commute from houston.

    plano, frisco, allen, and mckinney are upscale bedroom communities, designed for upper middle class folks who commute from dallas.
  9. by   txspadequeenRN
    i guess i am getting sugarland confused with another town. cause i was thinking it was more affordable .

    Quote from thecommuter
    an upscale bedroom community is a mid-sized, ritzy exurban city located adjacent to a large metropolis. these types of communities tend to be cluttered with mini mcmansions, emerald green lawns, and the latest retail outlets.

    sugarland and pearland are upscale bedroom communities, designed for upper middle class folks who commute from houston.

    plano, frisco, allen, and mckinney are upscale bedroom communities, designed for upper middle class folks who commute from dallas.
  10. by   prncessme
    I live in Sugar Land, and I have to tell you that there are houses out here that are not that expensive. If you get into an older neighborhood, even in first colony, it could run you between 100,000-120,000 thousand dollars. 4 bedrooms, nice backyard, and great schools. You just have to do your homework. One neighborhood that I know personally, I have a friend that lives there, is called The Highlands. It's right in first colony area (off hwy 6 by Williams Trace) and the school age children go to the same schools that Sugar Creek kids and Oyster Creek kids go to....Highlands elementary, Dulles Middle and Dulles High.
    I will say that the rent in this area is really insane though....1300 to 1500 a month, and sometimes more. If you want to live in the area, I would say buy...not rent.
  11. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from prncessme
    I live in Sugar Land, and I have to tell you that there are houses out here that are not that expensive.


    This discussion was originally started almost 3 years ago in March 2007, prior to the subprime crisis, and certainly before the time of the real estate crash. Houses were a little more expensive in the area few years ago, but today a house hunter could find even more properties that are reasonably priced and within the budget.
  12. by   sasha2lady
    When I was a week from taking my boards I found out I was pregnant....then he was born....and I bought a home ...its a nice one.....but not all fancy and what have you. Luckily my inlaws gave us an acre of land that its on and we had it built. The best advice I can think of.....once you are licensed...work for a year full time....save up for a down payment. Put a certain amount aside from your paychecks and pretend that you already have that mortgage. Thats what I did when I was pregnant and in 9 months I had saved up 5000.00. Of course...I cant do that now..since I actually do have the mortgage but I was planning on having my first payment while out on leave and with me out of work for those 8 wks I had run out of income and that was my backup. So yes, it can be done and done quite well.

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