Where did Dallas fall in a list of metro areas experiencing a market slowdown? How did home sales in Dallas and Fort Worth compare to statewide numbers?
We have all this and more in this week’s roundup of real estate news.
DALLAS IN TOP 10 METROS EXPERIENCING BIGGEST SLOWDOWNS
After a spate of headlines about a slowdown — or even sputter — in the housing market, Realtor.com took a look at the 10 metro areas experiencing the biggest shifts. On the list, Dallas comes in at No. 8.
“To be clear, prices aren’t always dropping in these places, which are predominantly located on the West Coast,” the piece reiterates. “Mostly, they’re decelerating, coming back down to earth. So bargain hunters can put their wallets away.”
However, the report also says that things like surging amounts of inventory and number of days on market could also signal market adjustments are happening — list prices rose this year (from October 2017 to October 2018), but only by 7.3 percent nationally, less than the 10 percent increase in 2017.
“There’s a rebalancing that needs to happen,” says Freddie Mac deputy chief economist Len Kiefer told Realtor.com. “Prices have risen so high in some of these markets that it’s very tough from an affordability perspective [for buyers]. … It’s not surprising to me that we’re seeing a little bit of a leveling off.”
In other words, the bubble isn’t popping — but the bathwater is leveling. (more…)