A recent report from Owners.com , a tech-driven real estate brokerage, found that Dallas/Fort Worth was among the top 10 markets nationwide for career-focused single women to live. The analysis was based on a variety of factors, including the percentage of single female homeowners, female median earnings, and female unemployment rate. The Metroplex has some unique factors that make it a great place for single professional women looking to buy a home. (more…)

By Phil Crone
Executive Officer, Dallas Builders Association

 

 

Unlike prior years, 2019 will not be full steam ahead for our area’s housing market. The predicted return to normalcy after a run of several frenzied years will be hard to characterize with a broad brush (though many will try). While more nuanced and complicated than before, there will be no shortage of opportunities and no reason why we cannot continue to be the envy of the nation.

Looking ahead, here are four things to watch in the year to come and why they matter:

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The Dallas market continues to sizzle, with the median price for single-family homes increasing by about 8 percent in May compared to last year.

To paint a bigger picture, prices in North Texas have increased by about 40 percent since the 2009 economic recession, according to a new report from the Dallas Builders Association (DBA) and Meyers Research for the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Earlier this year, Dallas overtook Houston as the leading new home market in the country, and it still keeps that spot. Overall, housing inventory was at a 2.3 months’ supply with certain areas, like Collin County, with even less.

The report says about 29,000 new homes are expected in the North Texas region by the end of 2016. This is due in part to one of the strongest employment markets in the country. But prices are still going up, with labor shortages and more regulation increasing prices as builders still struggle to keep up with demand.

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Skyrocketing prices and appraisals are good news for Dallas homeowners who want to sell, but what about those who want to buy? According to data just released by Apartment List, 79 percent of Millennials who are renting would prefer to own a home, but cite high prices as the biggest barrier to homeownership.

The data, which comes from 30,000 Millennial renters surveyed by Apartment List, shows that those who want to own a home are putting off their purchase until at least 2018. But if housing prices continue to rise, could the affordability gap grow, too?

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Photo: Daxis via flickr

Photo: Daxis via flickr

Three Texas MSAs are ripe for investors, according to a report from the Home Buying Institute. Markets in Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio are attracting investment at a breakneck pace, putting them in the top 10 best markets to invest in a home out of 100 MSAs. After an analysis by Forbes and Local Market Monitor, these three cities were named “Best Buy” housing markets. San Antonio beat the Dallas real estate market, with Austin following. the cities ranked third, sixth, and seventh, respectively.

Additionally, the Home Buying Institute named Dallas one of the hottest markets in 2016, and considering the pace at which sales are clipping along — especially cash sales from investors — we have to agree. The market is huge for builders and teardowns, which seem to happen every day in the Park Cities and East Dallas neighborhoods such as Lakewood and Forest Hills.

Jump to see what other cities landed on the Top 10 Best Buy Markets for Investors:

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Could rising housing prices in Dallas-Fort Worth indicate another bubble?

There’s no doubt that Dallas-Fort Worth is one of the hottest real estate markets in the U.S.

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Aaron Terrazas, senior economist at Zillow. Photo: Zillow

Zillow recently named it No. 3 in the country, noting a 4 percent unemployment rate and solid income growth. Additionally, the Zillow Home Value Forecast predicts the Dallas-Fort Worth median home value will go up by 5.6 percent in 2016.

But some housing analysts and mortgage insurance companies fret over the 6 percent increase in North Texas home prices over the past six years. They wonder, could this be another bubble?

Probably not, according to Zillow senior economist Aaron Terrazas.

“Dallas looks pretty good compared to so many other parts of the country,” Terrazas told the Dallas Morning News‘ Steve Brown. “We don’t have anything artificial right now inflating the housing market—the lending standards remain fairly tight.”

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Yes, it’s that time of year again. CoreLogic has come in at the head of the pack for 2016 predictions, issuing its forecast and data brief today. And while we’ve heard a bit of “doom and gloom” from Steve Brown, CoreLogic’s report says that not only will we see more home sales and more demand, but rents will continue to tick upward as well. Read the full list of predictions after the jump.

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Case-Shiller’s recent Dec.2014 report shows home prices inching even further skyward, with an increase of 7.5 percent year-over-year, topping the national average of 4.5 percent by a healthy margin. Shrinking inventory is to blame, but one must wonder if supply will ever catch up at this rate.

“As long as we have a tight sellers’ market, it’s going to be in that area,” said Dr. James Gaines, an economist at the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University in this story by Steve Brown. “The good news is it’s not 12 or 15 percent.

“We can live with this for a while.”

But really, can we?

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