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San Antonio to Mission: Your Home-Buying Guide for RGV

Considering a move from San Antonio to Mission in the Rio Grande Valley? We bid you a warm welcome to the vibrant culture, warm weather, and a rich historical setting like Mission. Find a guide for the homebuyer moving to Mission with ample reasons to make the move!

The Property Market Scene

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The latest Texas Real Estate Research Center data indicates that housing sales grew modestly despite elevated mortgage rates. San Antonio experienced a drop in new listings with an increase in the average number of days on the market. Single-family construction permits increased by 2.9%, but there was a decline in San Antonio for building permits for single-family homes, and multifamily dwellings followed this trend with a slow decline since.

In Mission, a competitive housing market prevails, with prices 6% higher than last year. There is demand, with 0.10% of homebuyers nationwide searching to move to Mission from outside metros such as San Antonio, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Seattle. One of the key attractions to moving to Mission is its affordability, with housing costs being less than 46% of the U.S. average. Housing prices are more budget-friendly compared to San Antonio. The median housing prices are about $ 160,000 less than comparable cities, and the rental market is about $300 less monthly.

Cost of Living

Mission is part of the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission Metro area and is ranked 268 out of 273 cities nationwide in terms of cost of living, estimated to be 80,9% of the national average, making it one of the least expensive cities in the U.S. San Antonio, TX, is 14.4% more expensive than Mission, with the median home cost being the more significant factor in the difference in cost of living. Other expenses for living cost include:

  • Food and groceries: 9% higher in San Antonio.
  • Commute: 13,7% higher in San Antonio.
  • Health: 2,9% higher in San Antonio.
  • Child care: 62,5% more expensive in San Antonio.

Living in Mission is much more affordable than living in San Antonio.

Schools and Recreation Opportunities

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There are 89 good public schools in Mission. Many green spaces allow residents to enjoy warm weather all year round with their families.


Crime in San Antonio is significantly higher than in Mission. Violent crimes, composed of four offenses: murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault, are 37/100, whereas in Mission, it is 11.1/100. Property crimes, which include burglary offences and larceny-theft, are 72.4 in San Antonio, compared to 40.8/100 in Mission. 98% of the communities in Texas have a lower crime rate than San Antonio.

Top 10 Neighborhoods in Mission

The following ten neighborhoods are considered the best in Mission:¿

  • Sharyland Plantation: a mix of residential and commercial properties with top schools.
  • Cimarron Country Club: a gated community for people who like an active lifestyle with access to golf courses.
  • Meadow Creek: well-kept community with tree-lined streets and charming homes.
  • Bentsen Palm Development: an energy-efficient community where sustainable living is the norm.
  • Redstone Estates: a popular neighborhood with walking trails, modern amenities, and a beautiful playground.
  • Tanglewood at Bentsen Palm: a community with a swimming pool, fitness center, and well-maintained grounds.
  • Mission Hills: a neighborhood with a mix of old and new homes, good schools and a quiet, relaxed atmosphere.
  • The Legends at Cimarron: luxurious homes in a gated community with first-class amenities.
  • Woodland Ridge: a newer neighborhood in Mission for younger families.

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The Next Steps

After researching information about Mission, consider the requirements for the home and communities you want to move to in Mission. Determine your budget, and contact Dolcan Homes to walk through the process of getting pre-approved and selecting a location, style, and design for your new house.

Moving to Mission from San Antonio could start an exciting new time in your life. Contact us now to guide you on this journey!