recessionDallas was among nine metros where the bulk of home values have hit pre-recession levels, affordability is hampering one age group in particular from purchasing homes, Zillow is making yet another bid toward world domination, and mortgage rates are ticking up — all this and more in this week’s real estate news roundup. (more…)

DallasHow much does it cost to buy a home in a good school district in the Dallas area? What do single-family rents look like in Dallas? And are people remodeling? We find out in a roundup of real estate news. (more…)

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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…)

Dallas-Fort Worth topped the nation in new apartment completions last year — finishing almost 28,000 new rental units in 2017.

According to RealPage, the metro area’s 27,974 completions were part of the 395,777 completions for the 150 largest metro markets nationwide for the year. New York City’s 23,207 came in second, and Houston was third place with 21,404 new units. Austin made the top 10 with 10,907 apartment completions. (more…)

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Ask just about any homeowner who has ever sold a home — the looming prospect of an open house is daunting.

There’s the cleanup involved (it really doesn’t matter if you’re normally a very clean person, there’s just something about people coming into your home that brings you to your grout with a toothbrush at 3 a.m.) There’s the fact that strangers are coming to your house where your stuff lives, and you really, really hope they like what you’ve done with the house with your stuff. (more…)

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Texas schools aren’t failing, but they’re close, Education Week’s annual report card revealed. The biggest mark against the state seems to be no surprise — school finance (we talked more about how school finance affects the real estate world here). (more…)

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Demolition on the former Dallas ISD headquarters on Ross Avenue began last week, making way for luxury apartment units (Photo courtesy Kim Whitaker)

Demolition began last week on Dallas ISD’s former headquarters on Ross Avenue, and while part of the historic art deco design will be saved, you won’t be seeing any affordable housing coming from the 365-unit development that will replace it.

“Set to begin construction this summer, the four-acre luxury development known as ‘The Academic’ will include approximately 365 rental units ranging from 500 to 1,150 square feet, a six-level parking garage and a courtyard at the center of the complex,” developer Leon Capital Group said in a press release announcing the project. (more…)

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The holiday season can be a great time to find a bargain on a new home, experts say (Photo courtesy Pixabay).

Why would anyone want to buy or sell a house during the holiday season? Who in their right mind would want to pack and move in the middle of all those Christmas parties, family gatherings, and other assorted holiday commitments?

Turns out, plenty of people like to take advantage of a traditionally slower period to go shopping for a new house. (more…)