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…)

Home For Sale yard Sign

You know those Millennials and how they want their mortgages with cheap rates and minimal down payments. They want speedy pre-approval and closings with no hiccups. And they want it all right now.

If that seems demanding, well, that’s the Millennial generation for you. The interesting news is, according to a recent survey by Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, Generation Z is more willing to make sacrifices to achieve home ownership. That’s right: The same generation that knowingly misspells words all over Twitter and Facebook is willing to sacrifice more than the “y” and “o” in “your.” They say they’re willing to sacrifice social media access (HORRORS!) in order to own a home.

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8822 Redondo Front

This is a real tragedy, people. What you’re about to see should never, ever happen.

Brace yourself. Here is an adorable home in Shamrock Shores inside Little Forest Hills, with three bedrooms and two baths, and photos that would send homebuyers running.

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Trulia Heatmap

What a cool feature! I love that Trulia is coming up with cool ways to make their cache of data more accessible. If you’re a buyer and want to know if it’s more prudent to rent or to buy a home in your city, check out this cool color-coded heat map.

My favorite feature is that you can adjust the data points you want to see, like rent/buy ratio and rent prices, without having to do all the rigamarole that usually comes with finding the data you need. Hopefully Trulia will come out with a similar map feature for first-time homebuyer data. Now that would be enlightening.

Of course, some of the results will stun absolutely no one. Of course it makes more financial sense to rent in NYC, San Francisco, and Seattle. The shocker for me is that corresponding rent prices vs. rent/buy ratios were high in Kansas City, Mo.,  and Memphis, Tenn.

Anyway, go fiddle with the interactive map and post your personal insights below!

Trulia RentvBuy Graph