Photo courtesy Oak Cliff Blog

The clock is ticking for the old Mission Motel in West Dallas as Trammell Crow Residential begins work on a new development on the site and adjoining lots, which will include 300 rental units, as well as 14,000 square feet of retail space.

“We are tearing it down. We just finished asbestos abatement and will start demo soon,” said Matthew Enzler, Managing Director for Development at Trammell Crow Residential.

We reported on the developer’s purchase of the Mission Motel last July. Over the holidays, the developer tore down an old bank at Fort Worth Avenue and Yorktown Street. The Mission Motel and two other nearby properties will also be cleared soon, Juan’s Body & Frame and Nino’s Body Shop. Jump to read more.

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Mission Courts

Photo: Flickr user Christian Spencer Anderson

First, let’s disambiguate: Trammell Crow Residential is not the same Trammell Crow Co. that is looking to build the Sam’s Club in Uptown East/East Village/Cityplace, which is a subsidiary of commercial development firm CBRE. Trammell Crow Residential is owned by Crow Holdings, and has no connection to Trammell Crow Co., but is actually owned by the Crow family.

Now that we’ve got the name game out of the way, let’s talk dirt: TCR has purchased the old Mission Motel — an old Route 66-era motor inn on West Commerce street just down the road from Sylvan | Thirty, which was once an old motel (Alamo Plaza Hotel Courts), too. They are both just down the way from the beautifully restored Belmont Hotel, which is also home to the award-winning restaurant from sausage-preneur Tim Byres called Smoke.

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Spoken For

It’s official: According to the latest numbers from CoreLogic, the Dallas-area real estate market is fully recovered from the recession and housing bubble. Dallas real estate prices are up 9.7 percent according to the CoreLogic HPI report.

Nationally, prices are up 12 percent year-over-year, too, the report showed, showing that regions across the U.S. are making great strides. It’s the 19th straight month that the housing market has showed gains.

“U.S. home prices continued their ascent in September. Average home prices in nearly half the states are now within striking distance of their pre-downturn pricing peaks,” said Anand Nallathambi, president and CEO of CoreLogic. “We are seeing a slowdown in the rate of price appreciation over the past few months from the rapid pace experienced over the first half of this year. This deceleration is natural and should help keep market fundamentals in balance over the longer-term.”

Let’s juxtapose that great news (and it is great!) with some less-than-stellar reports from the National Association of Realtors. According to the NAR’s Pending Home Sales Index, fewer people are poised to buy homes. The index fell for the fourth month in a row this past September, down 5.6 percent. It was a shock to economists who had forecasted a slight increase.

It’s been attributed to the rise in mortgage rates and an increase in prices in some markets, as well as the shrinking middle class income.

Does the NAR report affect your optimism about the Dallas real estate market?