Thinking about buying a house in Fort Bend County (Fulshear, Katy, Meadows Place, Missouri City, Richmond, Rosenberg, Stafford, Sugar Land, and adjoining communities)? You’ve driven around the county and were impressed, but is Fort Bend County what you’re looking for? Well, for the right home-buyers, Fort Bend is the right choice.
Regardless of what you earn, living comfortably and within your means is critical. Affordability is more than just housing expenses; it also includes grocery items, utilities, transportation, health care, and miscellaneous goods and services. Compared to the rest of the country, Fort Bend County’s overall cost of living is 1.6% lower than the national average.
Fort Bend County has a flourishing corporate community, with many Fortune 500 companies and small businesses taking advantage of its pro business environment, fiscal strength, and educated workforce. It was ranked 4th nationally in job growth in a Forbes 2014 survey, and according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Q3 2014 job growth for Fort Bend County was 5.1% (compared to 2% nationally) and the February 2015 unemployment rate was 29% lower than the U.S. rate (3.8% versus 5.5%).
Real Estate Value
Since buying a home is the single largest investment you will probably ever make, you need to seriously consider this factor. According to the Texas A&M Real Estate Center, the average price of a Fort Bend County home in February 2015 increased 5% over the same period in 2014 (from $271,300 to $284,300)… a nice return on investment when you consider a high-yield savings account is only returning around 1% these days.
Crime Rates and Statistics
Crime happens wherever you live; it’s a fact of life… but you can reduce the odds of it happening to you and your family by wisely choosing where you live. According to the Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council, Fort Bend has the lowest crime rate in Houston’s eight-county area.
A good education is crucial in preparing children to succeed in life, so the importance of good schools cannot be overstated. The Fort Bend Independent School District was named a “National School District of Character” by Character.org in 2011 – one of only two districts in Texas to be honored with this designation. Furthermore, the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District is a Texas Education Agency-rated Recognized District, with 75% of its schools in the upper tiers of the agency’s rankings.
If you think buying a Fort Bend County home is right for you, visit my website SugarLandLiving.com and let’s turn that dream into a reality.