It’s true! Everyone is moving to Texas! Just yesterday I saw a license plate from California, right outside the radio station! Governor Greg Abbott even tweeted about it. “Yahoo Finance” reported that U-Haul ranked Texas as the number one state that people are moving to.

 

Now, not only are people from out of state moving to major metropolitan areas like Dallas, Austin, Houston, and San Antonio, but there also moving to more mid-sized cities like Wichita Falls as well.  In fact, Wichita Falls is currently experiencing housing shortage. According to “News Channel 6”, usually there are around 1,200 homes available to move into, however right now, there’s only 287 vacant houses in the area, and that the lack of options in the area are affecting those who are looking to buy a home.

As someone who just moved to Wichita Falls, I can relate. After I accepted a job at this radio station, I had a difficult time finding a place to live. I was beginning to wonder if I would be able to find a house or even an apartment that I could afford before I started my new job.  Luckily through good old, “word of mouth”, I found a great place to call home, however the process was not easy.

Now as a native Texan myself, I can understand why people want to move here. The good news is that if you’re looking to sell your house, you should have no problem finding a buyer willing to pay top price. However, if we are to grow as a city, the we need to start building more apartments, houses, condos, and townhomes to meet the demand.

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