Anything good about working in Texas? - page 2

I'll be moving to Rice, Tx in 6-12 months. I'm a little uneasy about working in Tx from reading some of the threads. I'll be living near Corsicana, Waxahachie, and Ennis..any good places for an RN to... Read More

  1. by   Conqueror+
    I'll be in TX in '08 to close on a house with hubby. We are from FL but home prices have skyrocketed in the areas we would be willing to live in and property taxes and home insurance(IF you can get it) are ridiculously high. And you want to start an RN off there at $18? I make $32 an hour now in PA as a LPN and pay 780/mo in rent (well the travel co pays it but still) I will not pay 9k a year in tax and insurance for a 350k house on 18 bucks an hour in central FL. Not to mention the house is half the size of what we found in TX for a third of the price.
  2. by   BellaCerraRN
    actually the same I mentioned happened less that a year ago.
  3. by   BellaCerraRN
    Being a native californian living ALL over the state over 25+ years, visiting places that I didn't live, having friends and relatives all over the state, as well as having a brother in law who is one of the number one contractors in the state with a wife who is one of the premier real estate agents in the states qualifies me to speak about the states real estate market in a little more than "just a stupid hick from texas baggin on california" status.

    Yes, the RE market is in decline, but the RE market out there is still outragelously out of line with most of the country and their salaries do not compare with their cost of living. You cannot tell me there are many of not ANY decent houses in decent neighborhoods, with decent schools that are selling for 50K in California. Whereas here in N Texas where I'm living, the median house price may be 119K there are more houses (nice little houses) selling for 45-75K than there are over 100K.

    I can't think of a city in Cali (and no I'm not thinking about San Fran, or LA) that if I saw an ad in the paper for a 50K house that I'd be willing to drive thru the neighborhood to look at it, at least not without a 9mm in my purse. And I definitely wouldn't sleep there at night.


    Quote from Sheri257
    Well ... obviously you guys haven't been out here for awhile because the market has completely changed. Just do a google search on California real estate.

    I can guarantee you that nothing priced at $625K is moving fast these days and if they are lucky enough to get that price, it won't last long because prices are falling fast. The idea that any property would easily fetch $650K in this market is ridiculous.

    Places like San Francisco are actually losing population because people are moving inland where they can pick up houses for as little as $200-$250K. And, because of the population growth in those inland areas, hospitals are expanding where you can make great money as a nurse with a much lower COL.

    California is a huge state with 35 million people. You can't make generalizations for the entire state based on one visit or one area .... when so much has changed with housing prices just in the last few months.
  4. by   MBsGirl
    Housing is not an issue on my end.
    Anyone have any more info about working in Texas, esp in the DFW area?
    thanks.
  5. by   BellaCerraRN
    sorry, I guess we did get off on a rabbit trail didn't we.... that's a problem with me... keep me away from shiny objects!
  6. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    In my area of Texas, housing prices are dropping. My house is probably worth less than I paid for it 5 years ago. Houses are sitting on the mkt for months and months. The listings and signs frequently say "price reduced!"

    My house is a 3/1.75/2. Nice house in a nice area. Paid $107,000. 5 years ago. However, there is a big surplus of nurses here. Wages are very low, and jobs are scarce. All the RNs I know in this town (including me) have become travelers just so we can work.

    I hope we can make some money on our house when we sell.
    Last edit by Hellllllo Nurse on Oct 30, '07
  7. by   kimhaw
    Is it really that bad in Texas? I have always heard the opposite. I sure hope not because I will moving in a couple of months. Sounds depressing.
  8. by   RainDreamer
    I've heard the same thing that there's a surplus of nurses there, but I'm sure it depends on the area ..... it's a big ole state!
  9. by   MBsGirl
    I guess I'm stuck in the 70's or something. 100k for a house seems like a huge amount of money to me. I certainly could not afford something like that on my own.
  10. by   txspadequeenRN
    right

    Quote from mbsgirl
    i guess i'm stuck in the 70's or something. 100k for a house seems like a huge amount of money to me. i certainly could not afford something like that on my own.
  11. by   Conqueror+
    Quote from Hellllllo Nurse
    However, there is a big surplus of nurses here. Wages are very low, and jobs are scarce. All the RNs I know in this town (including me) have become travelers just so we can work.

    I hope we can make some money on our house when we sell.

    Is This true ? A surplus of nurses in TX ? Can somebody chime in cause hubby and I are coming in '08 and thats contrary to what we're being told evrywhere else. Im baffled.
  12. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from Pageantnurse
    Is This true ? A surplus of nurses in TX ? Can somebody chime in cause hubby and I are coming in '08 and thats contrary to what we're being told evrywhere else. Im baffled.
    The aforementioned poster lives in the Texas Panhandle, which has a surplus of nurses and the resulting low pay rates. However, the market for nursing is good in DFW and Houston.
  13. by   RN1989
    I just thought of something good about working in TX - there is no state income tax! Of course property tax probably takes as much as state income tax would.

    For those who are moving to TX, I would recommend moving south of DFW. I've been in a good portion of areas of TX and the worst jobs I had were in DFW.

close