homebuyersSo you are mulling over putting your home on the market, but you know it could use some updating. What do you spend your money on, and what can you hold off on? Turns out, some things that homebuyers find turn them off can cost you thousands, so making good choices can make the difference in how much you end up getting for your home.

It’s also important to know what is trending style-wise, too. For instance, furniture maker Joybird found that when it comes to interior design, the top three searches in Texas were vintage, industrial, and rustic.

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What else do homebuyers want? Laundry rooms, energy-saving features, and more green home certifications, according to the National Association of Home Builder’s “What Home Buyers Really Want” survey. Homebuyers also wanted more storage, hardwood flooring, patios, and exterior lighting.

In Dallas, Opendoor crunched the numbers and found exactly what is turning area homebuyers off — call it a road map of sorts on pre-gaming that decision to list. 

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housingWhile across the country approved housing permits remain about 38 percent below pre-recession peaks, Dallas is chugging along, despite certain conditions hampering a more robust effort. 

In the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington MSA, about 5.9 new housing units per 1,000 residents were permitted in Dallas from 2008 to 2018, making the area seventh among the 50 largest U.S. metros, a new study from Apartment List released this week found. In that same time frame, DFW added 8.3 jobs per 1,000 residents, ranking eighth. Just shy of one-and-a-half jobs were added for every new housing unit, indicating at least close to a balance between supply and demand. 

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It may not be a new phenomenon exactly, but grandparents making big moves to be closer to grandchildren have a relatively new term — “baby chasers.”

In fact, real estate research firm Meyers Research recently released its Meyers Baby Chaser Index, which indicates that 25 percent of Baby Boomers will likely retire to be near their grandchildren, even if it requires a state switch.

Dallas, the firm said, was at the top of the list, along with Charlotte, North Carolina; Austin; and Nashville, Tennessee. “Dallas’ growth decelerated in the latest data for both age groups but remains among the highest in the country,” Meyers said. (more…)

I’d always envisioned the opening line to this story would be, “When I first met Robert Blackman …” but I never did because I didn’t need to.

Robert Blackman is with Solvent Realty Group, a flat-fee brokerage who charged me $495 to sell my home – flat. As you may recall, it was under contract in a week with the first couple who saw it. Last Tuesday, the transaction closed with nary a hitch.

Happy? Yes. Is it for everyone? No.

I decided to go with a flat-fee brokerage for many reasons. Of course, I wanted to save money on agent fees – and I did.  But I also had good personal knowledge of the market and the right product to sell.  Let’s walk through the steps.

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new buyers

While the housing market might be lightly tapping the brakes as of late, a new report found that a wave of new buyers is coming — although how robustly they arrive will vary from city to city.

While there was an impressive wave of first-time home buyers over the last decade, Zillow did the math and found that in the next 10 years, an extra 3.11 million people will be at that prime first-time buyer age — 34.

“From 2019 through 2028, 44.9 million people will turn 34, the median age of current first-time home buyers,” Zillow said. “That’s an increase of 7.4 percent from the past 10 years, when 41.8 million people passed that threshold.”

Now, sure, not all of these prospective new buyers will actually be clamoring to buy homes when they hit their mid-thirties, that huge influx in potential buyers will definitely have an impact on the market.  The largest three-year generational group in the U.S. right now is only 24 to 26 years old — which means that the increased strength of their potential buying power has not been realized yet.

In Dallas-Fort Worth, it’s estimated the metro area will see about a 3.1 percent increase in potential homebuyers in that age range. Other major metros in Texas will also see increases — Austin and San Antonio well each see an estimated 14.2 percent increase, while Houston will see a 6.1 percent increase. (more…)

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From staff reports

If you want to sell your house in less than a week, you might want to live in the zip codes for Euless, Lancaster, Irving, or Balch Springs, new data from iBuying start-up OpenDoor revealed.

The hottest zip codes were gleaned from data from the first three months of 2019 and have given the real estate company a good indication of the areas they think will be most attractive to buyers this summer. (more…)

Panelists Corey Clothier (Mobility e3), Rod Schebesch (Stantec), Kelley Coyner (Mobility e3) and Tom Yardley (Stantec)

 
We’re starting to see the impact that self-driving, autonomous vehicles will have on real estate development. It corresponds, interestingly ,with the same trends we saw in the recent WalkUp Wake Up Call for DFW: these will be two major real-estate-driven boons to our local economy that will change the landscape of our cities over the next few decades.
 
If you’ve been following the autonomous vehicle conversation, you know there are LOTS of different companies working on AV technology with a variety of different applications, from long-haul platooning to neighborhood delivery robots and everything in between. Experts from Mobility e3 & Stantec broke down the real estate impacts of AVs at a panel discussion hosted by Munsch Hardt law firm.
 
Bottom line, the AV technology with the greatest impact on local real estate development will be the AVs adept at navigating high pedestrian densities. That is, once the novelty wears off and people stop jumping out, playing with, and laying in front of them, making for a very long and jerky ride. There are a few companies honing this technology for high-density, mixed-use areas where originations and destinations are within relatively close proximity. Navya is one. It’s a French company that built one of the first driverless vehicles and has been operating a driverless shuttle minibus in Las Vegas. They just delivered a public bus fleet to Oslo, Norway.
 
All but one of the prototype vehicles in use in the U.S. now are small vehicles carrying 4-8 passengers.

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The majority of sellers in 2019 are prepared to deal with a slower housing market, know they need an agent, but are still unclear on costs associated with selling a home, a new report revealed.

The report by Clever.com found that 65 percent of those surveyed were aware that 2019 might signal a slowdown in the market, and were prepared to wait longer for a good price versus selling their home quickly.

More than 60 percent of those surveyed said they wouldn’t feel comfortable handling the paperwork for a real estate transaction and would hire a Realtor, and half said they wouldn’t feel comfortable negotiating with buyers on their own. (more…)