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May
27

Dallas-Fort Worth saw the largest spike in home sales prices in the nation, according to a new study, with home prices up 39.5% over last year.  The jump brought the current median home sales price in DFW to $362,782 in April, according to the latest Re/Max National Housing Report.

Todd Luong, a real estate agent with RE/MAX DFW Associates, called the increase "astonishing."    Breaking it down in some of the popular suburbs north of DFW shows Frisco increased 36.6% over one year ago, McKinney rose 34.2%, and Little Elm climbed 33.9% over one year ago, Luong said.  Luong said that population and job growth are pushing home prices higher across North Texas.  "Corporate relocations have been the primary driver for all this," he said in an email. "During these past 10 years, office space in Dallas-Fort Worth has increased by over 55 million square feet, and only New York City has had more office space growth.  "During the same 10 years, industrial space in Dallas-Fort Worth grew by 230 million square feet. All this growth means more jobs, and more jobs mean more people are moving here."

The high price growth affects longtime homeowners and current and recent home buyers and sellers, Luong noted.  He said that appraisal districts have increased 2022 market values significantly across North Texas. On average, he said that home appraisals across Dallas County are up 25% compared to previous years.  "I have never had so many people asking me for help with protesting their property taxes than this year," Luong said. "I hope there can be property tax relief for homeowners in the future. Otherwise, some people may not be able to afford to live in their current neighborhood anymore. I have clients who have already expressed this concern." 

  • Dallas Business Journal, May 18, 2022
June
24

Colleyville, Coppell and Southlake – Top 3 Cities in Texas with Most College Graduates

 

The DFW Northern suburbs have the most educated residents in the state of Texas – and nine of our northern suburbs rate at the top in education in the Unites States.   Colleyville ranks first in Texas with most educated citizens, followed closely by Coppell and Southlake.  Over 26% of all residents have a bachelor's college degree, but when adults and children below the age of 21 are excluded, all three cities have approximately 45-50% of all adults with a college degree, and over 70% of all adults with three or more years of college.

 

The nine Dallas northern suburbs that ranks at the top nationally with adults with college degrees include Colleyville, Coppell, Southlake, Argyle, Flower Mound, Roanoke, Plano, Prosper, Frisco and Richardson.

  • Dallas Morning News, June 22, 2020
June
24

What Are the Experts Saying About Future Home Prices? | MyKCM

A worldwide pandemic and an economic recession have had a tremendous effect on the nation. The uncertainty brought about by both has made predicting consumer behavior nearly impossible. For that reason, forecasting home prices has become extremely difficult.

Normally, there's a simple formula to determine the future price of any item: calculate the supply of that item in ratio to the demand for that item. In housing right now, demand far exceeds supply. Mortgage applications to buy a home just rose to the highest level in 11 years while inventory of homes for sale is at (or near) an all-time low. That would usually indicate strong appreciation for home values as we move throughout the year.

Some experts, however, are not convinced the current rush of purchasers is sustainable. Ralph McLaughlin, Chief Economist at Haus, explained in their June 2020 Hausing Market Forecast why there is concern:

"The upswing that we'll see this summer is a result of pent-up demand from homebuyers and supply-in-progress from homebuilders that has simply been pushed off a few months. However, after this pent-up demand goes away, the true economic scarring due to the pandemic will begin to affect the housing market as the tide of pent-up demand goes out."

The virus and other challenges currently impacting the industry have created a wide range of thoughts regarding the future of home prices. Here's a list of analysts and their projections, from the lowest depreciation to the highest appreciation:

We can garner two important points from this list:

  1. There is no real consensus among the experts.
  2. No one projects prices to crash like they did in 2008.

Bottom Line

Whether you're thinking of buying a home or selling your house, know that home prices will not change dramatically this year, even with all of the uncertainty we've faced in 2020.

 

- Keeping Current Matters - June 23, 2020

June
18

KEY POINTS

    • * Builder sentiment jumped a striking 21 points in June to 58, the largest monthly increase ever in the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index.
    • * Any reading above 50 indicates a positive market. In April, it plunged a record 42 points to 30.
    • * Of the index's three components, current sales conditions jumped 21 points to 63. Sales expectations in the next six months rose 22 points to 68. Buyer traffic more than doubled from May to June, from 22 to 43.

A faster than expected turnaround in demand following a sharp drop-off at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, has the nation's homebuilders bullish on their business again.

Builder sentiment jumped a striking 21 points in June to 58, the largest monthly increase ever in the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. Any reading above 50 indicates a positive market. In April, it plunged a record 42 points to 30.

"As the nation reopens, housing is well-positioned to lead the economy forward," said NAHB Chairman Dean Mon, a homebuilder and developer from Shrewsbury, New Jersey. "Inventory is tight, mortgage applications are increasing, interest rates are low and confidence is rising."

  • CNBC, June 16, 2020
June
16

How dramatic will home recovery sales be in coming months?

As more Americans jump back into the housing market, competition for limited inventory is increasing among prospective homebuyers.  Many major cities around the U.S. experienced an uptick in interest, creating bidding wars for available properties, according to real estate brokerage firm Redfin.  Nearly 50 percent of Redfin offers faced competition in May, up from 43.9 percent in April.  Meanwhile, the number of listings on the market was 18.9 percent lower than the same period last year.  "Bidding wars also jumped in May because homebuyers felt they were starting to get more clarity around where the economy was headed, with cities around the nation lifting stay-at-home orders," Redfin lead economist Taylor Marr said in a statement. "This gave house hunters more confidence to compete."

 

Single-family homes were more likely to have multiple competitive offers when compared with condos and townhouses. As previously reported by FOX Business, the pandemic has caused prospective buyers to value space and private property more than they may have in the past.  Homes priced below $500,000 are in the highest demand, Redfin agents said.  The metro area that experienced the highest amount of competition was Boston, followed by Dallas and Washington, D.C. 

  • Fox Business, June 16, 2020
February
20

DFW January Home Sales UpdateIn Dallas County, home sales by real estate agents fell more than 12 percent in January from the same month in 2018. Sales were down almost 13 percent in Denton County and down 10.5 percent year-over-year in Collin County. The smallest sales decline was in Tarrant County — 8.5 percent — where a larger inventory of more affordable houses on the market has made purchase activity stronger. Real estate agents are scrambling to adjust to the downshift in the local home market. "We are being realistic with our sellers, telling them you need to price your house at what it will sell for," said Cathy Mitchell, 2019 president of the MetroTex Association of Realtors. "I think this market correction is good for us." There was about a four-month supply of houses on the market in North Texas at the end of January.

  • Dallas Morning News, January 16, 2019
February
19

An increase in Home Listings in JanuaryA flood of North Texas houses hitting the market in January means it will take longer to sell a Dallas-Fort Worth home. The number of houses up for sale in Dallas County rose more than 43 percent in January compared with a year earlier, according to the latest numbers from the MetroTex Association of Realtors. Home listings were also up by more than 42 percent in Denton County and were 37 percent higher than a year ago in Collin County.

The wave of properties hitting the market comes at a time when home sales in the area are declining and price increases have evaporated. At the end of last month, there were almost 22,000 houses listed for sale with North Texas real estate agents — the largest January inventory in six years. More than 10,000 additional home listings hit the market in January alone. Real estate agents are warning sellers not to expect a quick sale like the market was seeing few years ago. "You can't expect to get 30 offers in 30 minutes," said Cathy Mitchell, 2019 president of the MetroTex Association of Realtors. "It's a market correction — we couldn't be sustainable the way the market was."

  • Dallas Morning News, February 16,2019
January
22

2019 Real Estate Transfer Tax

No Real Estate Transfer Tax

Texas is one of a handful of states that does not have a transfer tax when a seller sells their home. Dallas is one of the few cities in the nation that does not have a city transfer tax. Several years ago the voters in the state of Texas passed a constitutional amendment that disallowed any such taxes in the future. So not only do some 40 states have a transfer tax, the cities as well have an additional transfer tax. Another reason so many are moving to Texas. See below the city and state transfer tax on a home sale of $500,000 in selected northern cities.

2019 - Real Estate Transfer Tax

Based on a $500,000 Sales Price

CITY

 

STATE TRANSFER TAX

 

CITY TRANSFER TAX

 

TOTAL TAX

                 

Boston, MA

$2,280.00

   

$0.00

   

$2,280.00

Chicago, IL

$750.00

   

$3,750.00

   

$4,500.00

Los Angeles, CA

$550.00

   

$550.00

   

$1,100.00

New York City, NY

$2,000.00

   

$7,125.00

   

$9,125.00

Philadelphia, PA

$5,000.00

   

$15,000.00

   

$20,000.00

San Francisco, CA

$550.00

   

$3,400.00

   

$3,950.00

Seattle, WA

$6,400.00

   

$2,500.00

   

$8,900.00

 

January
10

Home Prices Stumbled in December

Local real estate agents sold 9 percent fewer homes in December than they did a year earlier — the fifth month in a row of year-over-year declines in home purchases.  Last month 7,786 homes were sold through the agents' multiple listing service, according to data from the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University and the North Texas Real Estate Information System. Last year's slight decline in home purchases in the area followed almost eight years of increases.  "It's still the second-best year ever," said Dr. James Gaines, chief economist with the Real Estate Center. "The whole state is reverting to a more normal market.  "We've been going really, really strong for years, and ultimately that slows down." Higher mortgage rates and record home prices in the Dallas-Fort Worth area have caused some prospective buyers to pull back from the market.

 

The number of homes for sale in the almost two dozen North Texas counties included in the report was 22 percent higher than a year earlier, with more than 21,000 preowned single-family homes listed for sale with real estate agents. On average it took 57 days to sell a property -- 8 percent longer than a year earlier. Even with the increase in inventory, there was only about a 2.4-month supply of houses listed for sale in the area at the end of December.

  • Dallas Morning News, January 8, 2019

 

December
4

DFW Holiday Markets
The Christmas season is upon us, which means that holiday shopping is in full swing. For people who are new to the area or are in town to see our real estate agents about buying a Dallas-Fort Worth area home, finding out where to go for the best shopping experience is essential. To give those new or potential residents a head start, here are five holiday shopping destinations in Dallas-Fort Worth:

  1. Texas Christkindl Market - The Plaza at Texas Live! 1650 E. Randol Mill Road, Arlington
    The Texas Christkindl Market is a traditional German holiday market. This family-friendly community market offers a unique shopping experience, featuring a great selection of handcrafted gifts and authentic German gifts and collectibles, among many other types of merchandise. For the 2018 season, it is open from November 23 to December 23 and runs seven days per week during that time. From Sunday through Thursday, shoppers can enjoy the market from 11 am to 9 pm On Fridays and Saturdays, the market an hour longer, until 10 pm. If you are in town to shop Arlington homes for sale, stopping by the the Texas Christkindl Market is a great way to get a feel for the local community.

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