Thanks Mate, I have been looking at Texas too, purely from a BBQ view....but after a little bit of research I couldn't believe the cost of housing in some of the places I was looking at, I have to admit the thought "Too good to be true?" was running through my mind!
I need to get my head round the US taxation system compared to what I'm used to in the UK, basically we pay a 'Council Tax' based upon the size of your house, how many people live there etc. and this pays for the emergency services, binmen, street lighting, etc,etc,etc.
Then you're taxed on your income, depending on what you earn this ranges from something like 22% to 40% of your pay.....then there is the National Insurance Contribution, this is about 3% of your pay and gives you access to the National Health Service (Doctors, hospitals but not opticians or dentists) and your Basic State Pension Contribution
Most of the stuff we buy has VAT on it (VAT=Value Added Tax) and is 20%, some things are 5% (child car seats for example) and some do not attract any VAT....'basic' food is non VATable.
Have to say, I LOVE the humidity, and as I'll be retired I'll (hopefully) be able to just slob about in the garden and jump in the pool every now and then to cool off!
Oh, and thanks for throwing Alabama into the mix Mate....I'll be checking Trulia later!
Well, that's me plan....just gotta carry on working towards it for the next 25 years or so and hope that when the time comes I am accepted as a US Citizen.