midland-odessa real estateThe reports are in for August and it’s not just the temperatures that are hot, hot, hot in Midland-Odessa. The real estate market is ranking among the top performing in the nation.

Realtor.com listed Midland as the No. 8 market in the country—and that’s not the only report about this West Texas market that says it’s doing well.

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Two new reports from the Local Market Monitor say Midland and Odessa can expect a strong housing market for the next few years.

Two new reports from the Local Market Monitor say Midland and Odessa can expect a strong housing market for the next few years.

More good news about the real estate market in Midland and Odessa: two new reports from Local Market Monitor say the housing market in both markets is strong and should stay that way for the next few years.

According to the reports, home values for Midland are forecast to increase by 8 percent over the next 12 months, compared to a national increase of 4.6 percent. In the second and third years, prices are forecast to increase 9 percent each year.

In Odessa, home values are forecast to increase by 7 percent over the next 12 months, and 9 percent each year in the next two years.

Why this positive outlook on the strong housing market? Jobs!

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Here we go again: CoreLogic’s latest HPI report is telling us what our boots-on-the-ground Realtor sources already know. Fewer homes on the market has meant higher-than-average home price appreciation ahead of one of the most brisk times of year for Dallas-area Realtors. The spring selling season has been filled with cold calls and pleas from Realtors for homeowners who are on the fence about selling to just get off their duffs and do it.

But, while the limited inventory may be a pain in the posterior for those searching for the right home, it has had one side-effect worth mentioning: Market stabilization.

“Since the second half of 2014, the dwindling supply of affordable inventory has led to stabilization in home price growth, with a particular uptick in low-end home price growth over the last few months,” said CoreLogic chief economist Dr. Frank Nothaft. “From February 2014 to February 2015, low-end home prices increased by 9.3 percent compared to 4.8 percent for high-end home prices, a gap that is three times the historical difference.”


Home Prices for Dallas-Plano-Irving are projected to increase in the coming years, according to Local Market Monitor.

Home Prices for Dallas-Plano-Irving are projected to increase in the coming years, according to Local Market Monitor.

Sure, economists are saying that the Dallas-Fort Worth area have posted new gains in 2014, and that home price growth for the North Texas metro areas is projected to increase in 2015 to the tune of 9 to 11 percent, but more and more people are starting to take a closer look at those numbers and see that, while it’s good news overall, home prices need to be viewed with greater local perspective. Afterall, the MSA that includes Dallas — Dallas-Plano-Irving — is vast and diverse. The same can be said for the Fort Worth MSA — Fort Worth-Arlington.

So, while we are encouraged to see both Local Market Monitor and CoreLogic give glowing reviews of the Dallas area and Texas as a whole, we need to get more specific data to get a clearer picture of home prices, home values, and where you can buy a property that will actually appraise. After all, real estate isn’t just local, it’s hyper-local.

In the Fort Worth-Arlington MSA, home prices will have a year-over-year boost of 9 percent, according to Local Market Monitor.

In the Fort Worth-Arlington MSA, home prices will have a year-over-year boost of 9 percent, according to Local Market Monitor.


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We wanted to get some boots-on-the-ground perspective from North Texas Realtors after Forbes named Fort Worth-Arlington and Dallas-Plano-Irving as the top two “best buy cities,” or areas in the U.S. where buying a home is a good investment. Forbes teamed up with Local Market Monitor to measure the “equilibrium home price,” which strips away several layers of market influence such as speculation and the cyclical boom-bust nature of housing.

Fort Worth-Arlington, Tex., and Dallas-Plano-Irving, Tex., top the list of our Best Buy Cities, at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. Both cities offer homes that would be within reach for middle-class Americans, at $168,383 in Fort Worth-Arlington and $180,645 in greater Dallas. Prices in greater Fort Worth are considered 20% below their actual value, according to Local Market Monitor. Homes in the greater Dallas region are 12% down, so less off, but they are expected to rise more–29%–over the next three years.

For buyers who intend to rent out their homes, the populations in these cities are growing at a healthy clip: from 2009 to 2012, at 4.9% in Fort Worth and 6.1% in Dallas. At that rate, Dallas is tied for the fastest-growing city on the Best Buy Cities list. It’s ranked fifth in terms of job growth, at 3% as of the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics stats.


While we do like our reports from Local Market Monitor, which give clear investment outlooks, our major sticking point with broad surveys such as this one is that real estate markets are hyper-local, meaning that West Plano could be having an outstanding year, with tons of price increases and new development, but on the other side of U.S. 75, growth may not be as great. The same holds true for neighborhoods such as Berkeley Place in Fort Worth, where some homes are reaching price peaks never seen before, while northern Fort Worth suburbs may be struggling to break even.

Still, Realtors remain optimistic, pointing to growth across all price points and through many different developments. Condos are up, single-family homes are up, new homes are up, and investment buyers are out of control.

“The fact that Dallas, Plano, and Irving are named as the No. 2 metro area to buy a home for investment in the U.S. is no surprise at all,” says Vivo Realty founder David Maez, who is based in Plano. “Our job market is, and always has been one of the best in the nation. That together with low cost of living, a high percentage of renters, and good schools, it’s an investor’s dream.”

Maez specializes in the northern suburbs of Dallas, where you’ll see tons of single family homes for sale and for rent, in his area, Realtors are noticing tons of activity on MLS for buyers and for renters. Maez is currently working with many investors, both local and out-of-state, all of which are looking to capitalize on the North Texas market.

“In the field we are seeing no more than 10 to 15 days on the market for a good lease, sometimes leasing on the same day. Supplement to that, home prices are also very affordable — you can find an amazing home here for $160K to $200K,” Maez added. “So whether you’re looking to purchase your first home or are a first-time investor looking to pick-up a rental, this is an amazing market to do so.”


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Rarely do you see both home prices and rents grow in the same market where, as we reported earlier this week, net migration is in the red. And yet that’s what Local Market Monitor is projecting for Dallas-Irving-Plano area over the next 12 months.

That’s partially due to unemployment rates dropping and a strong financial and service job market in the Dallas area. Local Market Monitor projections show 9 percent growth in housing prices over the next 12 months and 12 percent growth over the next three years. And demand for housing, both buying and renting, will grow thanks to overall population growth that is outpacing the national average.

For these reasons, Local Market Monitor is categorizing the Dallas-Plano-Irving area as “Low Risk” for investors, which is good news for international real estate investors, a growing market in DFW.

Boots on the ground reports from Realtors still show sales as somewhat brisk, but according to RedFin reports, the fall season is showing its traditional slowdown from a hot sellers market to a better buyers market.

“At the end of this summer, you could smell the rubber on the road from buyers hitting the breaks,” said Redfin San Diego agent Sara Fischer. “The cutthroat competition and frenzied demand has relaxed considerably.”

So with prices reaching equilibrium and short inventory, those homebuyers who were waiting for the right time to find their dream home will be happy to hear that today’s the day.

CoreLogic HPI April

Dallas is on its way to becoming a residential real estate boomtown, thanks to our growing job market and influx of corporate employers. Interestingly, both CoreLogic and Local Market Monitor show very positive, low-risk projections for our real estate market based on previous months’ performance.

According to the CoreLogic report, Dallas-area home prices are up 10.2 percent for the year ending in April. That’s among the top-performing markets that include Las Vegas and Los Angeles, which posted 19.2 percent increases from a year ago. The national average is 12.1 percent.

Local Market Monitor is still calling the Dallas-Plano-Irving market “low risk” thanks to “higher home prices and low unemployment.” But the report says that while the area can look forward to a 4 percent increase in home prices over the next 12 months, the average home price has already peaked.

In the past 12 months, jobs in this market have grown by 3.2 percent. This compares to a national increase of 1.6 percent. Job growth is our most immediate guide to the demand for housing. New jobs spur population in-migration while jobs regained in a recovery create new households. Investments are riskier when job growth is falling, less risky when job growth is strong.

Home prices in this market peaked in Q2 2013 at $203,475. Since their peak, prices have fallen by 15%. In the last 12 months, prices have gone up by 3 percent. The average home price in this market is currently $172,782.

So, do you think home prices have peaked? Or do you see growth in the future? Also, how do we maintain a healthy housing market? Comment below!

May Local Market Montitor Report

We’re in the money, folks. If you have friends, clients, and friends who are clients who were waiting for the right time to buy or upgrade in the Dallas/Plano/Irving area, Local Market Monitor is giving you the green light!

Last month’s report showed that we had low risk in some sectors, but it was nothing Dallas agents hadn’t heard before. This month, however, the Dallas metro area got the green light for investors.

Local Market Monitor forecasts prices to grow four percent in the coming year, which is huge compared to national rates. We definitely have a healthy real estate market, and with the forecasted growth, the time to buy is right now!

Does this report jive with what you’re hearing, agents?