Dallas is still the top location for home building, according to data from Metrostudy.

New data from Metrostudy shows that Dallas is still the top new home market in the country, with builders starting 31,911 homes in the 12 months ending in the third quarter of 2017. Additionally, quarterly new home starts increased 7.6 percent year-over-year, with new homes priced between $200,000 and $350,0000 seeing the greatest buyer demand. Shockingly, new home starts in the luxury range — starting at $750,000 — overran third quarter 2016 numbers by more than 60 percent. 

Price increases are getting pushback from buyers, according to Metrostudy’s research. The median new home price seems to be stagnating around $321,000. That’s good news for homebuyers still hoping to snag a new build without breaking the bank.  This, however, highlights the affordable housing crisis in Dallas-Fort Worth, Metrostudy notes. “In order to satisfy the greatest buyer demand, builders and developers must work together with municipalities to deliver attainably priced new homes or D/FW could be on the declining end of the cycle sooner rather than later,” the report stated.

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Watauga’s 76148 was named the hottest ZIP code by Realtor.com. (Map: Google Maps)

Is it the year of the affordable suburb? As more Millennials search for single-family homes with affordable addresses, more and more suburbs with short commutes and great prices are catching on. So we’re thrilled to see some lesser-known neighborhoods get attention as Realtor.com has named Watauga’s 76148 as the nation’s hottest ZIP code for the second year straight.

“Millennials are the largest generation in U.S. history and they are flexing their muscle when it comes to the housing market,” said Danielle Hale, chief economist for Realtor.com. “Increasingly, the hottest housing markets are the ones that appeal to millennial preferences, and right now the standouts are relatively affordable suburbs with local ‘it’ factors such as hiking trails, great restaurants, and nightlife. With the largest cohort of millennials turning 30 in 2020, we can expect these types of areas to stay in demand in the years to come.”

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Dallas Housing Director David Noguera addresses members of the Greater Dallas Planning Council

The new City of Dallas director of housing and neighborhood revitalization, David Noguera, has jumped in with both feet — and seems to have a good handle on what he’s up against. The Greater Dallas Planning Council invited him to address to a group of dedicated local professionals last Thursday, and he made quite an impression.

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We need solutions to the North Texas housing crisis before it’s too late

In Part I we learned that there is a Housing Crisis in North Texas

In Part II we learned that New Construction Not Helping Housing Crisis in North Texas

In Part III we learned about the first-hand Struggles of Finding a Home in North Texas

Now let’s talk about solutions to this crisis.  Notice I said “solutions” with an “s” because there isn’t just one fail-safe, simple way that this housing crisis will be solved.  It’s going to take many different methods and changes to see real improvement.

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If it’s Red, full steam ahead; if it’s Yellow, say “hello;” if it’s Blue, you might’ve missed your queue.

Last week, Seth Fowler wrote about a client of his looking for a home in the sub-$200,000 market close to his job in Bedford.  “Ted” had been on a roller coaster of 43 showings and 11 contract offers … still without a home eight months on and counting. In today’s Dallas, it’s a story that’s been accelerating since the housing market began recovering in 2013. While slacking in the upper end of the market, the entry level remains full steam ahead.

Also last week, Alex Macon posted on D Magazine’s Frontburner about the legacy of redlining and a new set of charts overlaying 1930s redline maps against the current racial makeup of Dallas (U.S. Census data).  It’s clear that the 30-year pox of redlining, from the 1930s until 1968, still infects the Dallas landscape (as it does nationwide in many previously redlined areas).

But what’s the reality? I’m going to find out.

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This home at 618 Candlewood Trail is inside the Murphy Middle School attendance boundaries and is priced at $324,900.

It’s back-to-school season, and it’s crunch time for families looking to score a home inside great school attendance areas. Of course, you’d love to hit the sweet spot where you can get into a great house with tons of amenities that is also inside a great school district, but be prepared for competition.

Realtor.com just released some new stats that rank the most affordable housing markets with the best schools, and Wylie ISD’s Murphy Middle School attendance area made the charts. It followed Chandler, Ariz., in the No. 10 spot as the top affordable neighborhood with the best middle school campuses. Interestingly, though it’s inside Plano ISD, the homes are located in the little suburb of Murphy, Texas.

The only other Texas town that made the list was Katy, with two of its campuses scoring a spot on the most affordable neighborhoods with the best high schools.

“When searching for a new home, finding something affordable in a good school district with family-friendly features, such as large backyards, tops the list of homebuyer priorities,” said Javier Vivas, manager of economic research for Realtor.com. “These markets offer strong public schools and affordable homes, making them a great fit for homebuyers with elementary school-age children.”

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Blue Home Oak Cliff

Once-affordable neighborhoods are seeing a lot of activity from investors and cash buyers, keeping some buyers out of the market. 

Eli’s coming..Eli’s coming…Well you better hide your heart, your loving heart…Eli’s a-coming and the cards say… a broken heart.

Yes, I am going to compare the Dallas-Fort Worth housing market to “Eli’s Coming” by Three Dog Night, a song about a womanizer on his way to breaking hearts. “Eli’s coming” also means that something evil or bad is on the way.  That “something” is the pending affordable housing crisis in the region.

There is an affordable housing crisis coming to the Metroplex (if not already here) and it has potential to drastically affect our cities, market, and economy in a bad way.

No this is not the crisis of 2007-2010 where loans were hard to get, prices dropped, foreclosures abounded, and inventory skyrocketed. It could be worse.

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townhome4

We called it. When we first heard of Sphinx Development‘s plans for a townhome community just west of Corinth and south of Cedar Creek, we had a feeling it would sell out quickly. There’s a dearth of new construction in the $200,000 range, and plenty of opportunities for infill just east of North Oak Cliff. So we’re not surprised in the least to hear that all 49 units of the development’s initial phases have been snatched off the market.

The Fiji Townhomes development, marketed by Virginia Cook Realtor Angela Downes, will soon launch a third phase that will include lofts and retail, as well as office space. According to Sphinx, Phase Three will be ready for occupancy in 2018.

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