Mar 23, 2024 - Real Estate

Texans' starter homes

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Axios Local readers across Texas told us about their first homes. Here's a sampling of what y'all said.

🫣 Curtis Dickinson bought his San Antonio home sight unseen 15 years ago while living in Massachusetts.

  • "I am now a proud Texan," says Dickinson, who tells Axios he watched a walk-through of the property via CD.

📦 Sara Schorn recently ditched her Austin apartment for a three-bedroom house in Lockhart.

  • "It's new construction but built in an established neighborhood, not one of the cul-de-sac cookie-cutter neighborhoods … The growth won't catch up to where I am for some time."

🏘️ Morgan Peters closed on a house in Houston's Energy Corridor area last spring.

  • "After living in Montrose for seven-plus years, we really wanted to buy a roughly 2,000-square feet home in a neighborhood that had a suburban feel."

📈 Judy Kriehn bought a small two-bedroom in Garland in 1983, when the annual average mortgage rate topped 13%.

  • "I was fortunate to qualify for a special rate of 10% offered for first time home buyers in certain neighborhoods."

🤑 Cody Dishman purchased a starter home in Cedar Park in 2009 for $160,000.

🏚️ Lisa Stout bought her first home, a foreclosure in Spring, at an auction in 1986. "That is all we could afford at the time."

🛠️ Randy Case purchased a repossessed Austin home in 2004 for $80,000, fixed it up and lived there for 15 years.

  • "The house was a wreck. The back door didn't lock, there were dead cockroaches and other dead bugs all over, and everything inside needed to be replaced."

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