Best Cities

Mansfield ranked No. 9 in a list of best cities for young families compiled by Apartment List (Photo courtesy City of Mansfield).

By Angelina Bader
Apartment List 

If you are looking for a family-friendly city to relocate to, look no further, since Apartment List has recently published a new ranking of the best cities for young families. So, finding a city where your family will thrive just got a little easier.

Fishers, Indiana, is in the first place overall out of 554 cities that are ranked in the study. Otherwise, the state of Texas dominates the Top 10, with the exception of San Ramon, California, which placed as #3. Santa Cruz, California, is last out of 552 cities, with an F as its overall grade, with the numbers not looking too promising. As of 2017, Santa Cruz had 6,284 crimes per 100,000 residence.

Photo courtesy Town of Flower Mound

Texas cities took four out of ten top spots in the ratings. Flower Mound, Cedar Park, League City, and Mansfield ranked #4, #7, #8, and #9 respectively, receiving A+ grades for family-friendliness. All of these towns are located not far from large Texas metropolitan areas — Houston, Dallas, and Austin. So, while your youngster is learning his numbers and ABC’s, you’ll be just a short drive away from career opportunities and booming tech hubs. (more…)

Photo by Simon Luna photography

Corsicana invites you into their booming downtown and onto the porches of their historic Carriage District this weekend with their Inaugural Porchfest and Crafternoon. You may have heard of the Porchfest craze sweeping the nation musicians playing on grand porches of neighborhood homes for a family-friendly afternoon of socializing and entertainment. (more…)

A slowdown isn't a bad thing for real estate

The slowdown in the real estate market is more like a shift toward balance for sellers and buyers.

WOW–tremendous responses and feedback on Part I of this real estate slowdown blog topic from last week.  Thanks so much!  Nice to know people are reading, following and giving thought to #tarrantcountytuesday.

Last week we established (with data) that there indeed is a slowdown or market shift in the housing market.  One Dirty Reader asked about this “recession” and I would strongly caution the use of that word.  There’s a big difference from a slowdown to a recession.

Is This Slowdown a Good Thing?

Many have indicated that this shift from a sellers’ market to a buyer-friendly market might actually be a good thing.  I would agree.

As the data indicated, when prices are increasing so quickly, interest rates are going up and individual incomes not keeping pace buyers aren’t buying.  That’s not good for anyone in the real estate business. (more…)

affordable home

Photo courtesy Flickr/Woodleywonderworks

It’s official — the likelihood of finding an affordable home for less than $200,000 in Dallas-Fort Worth is slim to none, economists with Metrostudy said last week.

“While DFW’s strongest price point during the last cycle, below $200,000, is no longer viable, the “new affordable” price bracket, $200,000 to $300,000 grows,” Paige Shipp, regional director of Metrostudy’s Dallas-Fort Worth market said. (more…)

Q3 2017 Home Flipping Heat Map, Credit: tableau, darenjblomquist

ATTOM Data Solutions, curator of the nation’s largest multi-sourced property database, today released its Q3 2017 U.S. Home Flipping Report, which shows that single-family homes and condos flipped in the third quarter yielded an average gross flipping profit of $66,448 per flip, representing an average 47.7 percent return on investment for flippers — down from 48.7 percent in the previous quarter, and down from 51.2 percent in Q3 2016 to the lowest average gross flipping ROI since Q2 2015.

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AT&T Stadium is home to the Dallas Cowboys, but what city is better for football-loving homeowners: Dallas or Green Bay?

AT&T Stadium is home to the Dallas Cowboys, but what city is better for football-loving homeowners: Dallas or Green Bay?

Are you ready for some football? Surely you’ve wondered during less-than-stellar seasons of Cowboys past whether it would be better off to live in a city where a team doesn’t bomb the playoffs. As it turns out, Owners.com wanted to know which city, Dallas or Green Bay, Wis., were better for homeowners who are football fans. We were intrigued, too, especially considering that the home teams of these homeowners are going head-to-head on Sunday, Jan. 15, in the NFL Divisional Playoffs.

Who do you think won? Jump to find out!

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Selling your home can be a complicated project. Here are 25 ways you can make the process easier.

Steve Brown has a snippet on his Biz Beat Blog the other day, saying the brakes are about to be slammed on DFW’s runaway home prices.  This will happen next year.

Which is like in 3 weeks.

A friend in Phoenix is an appraiser, and lived through the mess that the Phoenix/Scottsdale market became during the downturn: it was a really rough ride. He tells me that DFW is regarded as one of the most over-valued, if not THEE MOST over-valued, markets in the nation. Dallas-area home prices are up almost 10% from 2014 levels, and CoreLogic, Inc. says we lead the pack on home price gains. We have not just re-gained the trickle that was lost during the Great recession, we have surpassed it.

So that means, if you sell your home before 2016 hits, you will have timed this market perfectly. At least according to Jonathan Smoke and the folks at Realtor.com, who say we will be cooling our horses in the price gains department: (more…)