Texas

Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center is home to two top 20 Best High Schools, according to U.S. News & World Report (photo courtesy Dallas ISD).

Two Dallas ISD schools make a national list of best high schools, the 2019 Texas Homebuyers and Sellers Report​ is out, and we take a look at how the state housing market fared in March, all in this week’s roundup of real estate news.

Two Dallas ISD High Schools Ranked in Top 20 Nationally

The School of Science and Engineering (SEM) and the School for the Talented and Gifted (TAG) both made the top 20 in the most recent rankings of best high schools conducted by U.S. News & World Report. Both schools are located at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center, and were ranked 12th and 16th respectively.

This year, Texas led all states, with three schools in the top 20 — and two of them from Dallas ISD. (more…)

economyAs the state economy grows and employment continues to rise, how are new home sales in North Texas faring? We have the answers in this week’s roundup of real estate news.

Texas Economy Still Growing Faster Than Nation

The Texas economy is still going like gangbusters, adding 271,000 nonagricultural jobs year-over-year in March, the Texas Real Estate Center’s Monthly Review of the Texas Economy revealed.

That’s an annual growth rate of 2.2 percent, which is better than the national rate of 1.7 percent. (more…)

north texas

From staff reports

The good news is, North Texas isn’t dead last. The bad news is, North Texas barely cracked the top 50 best places for Realtors to live. But even that bad news is actually fairly good news, when you consider that WalletHub’s rankings were based on 170 cities.

Of North Texas cities, Fort Worth fared the best, coming in 43rd (Austin was the highest ranked Texas city, at 42). Dallas, Garland, Plano, Grand Prairie, Irving, and Arlington ranked 52, 72, 74, 82, 97, and 104, respectively.

In fact, statewide North Texas cumulatively fared much better than other pockets of Texas. (more…)

Browne + DouglasWhen the dynamic duo of Cathy Browne and Beth Douglas joined forces as Browne + Douglas Group last year, it was expected that the two — long known for being top-producing Ebby Halliday agents — would do big things from their home base at the company’s state-of-the-art offices in Allen.

Between the two, they have 25 years of combined experience in a busy North Texas real estate market. But recently, they added two more agents — Leah Graybeal Ashley and Howard R. Roth.

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buyer-friendlyHow big of a shift to a more buyer-friendly housing market did DFW make? What locals were appointed to a TREC advisory committee? What is MetroTex up to?

We have all this and more with this week’s roundup of real estate news.

Market Shifts to Buyer-Friendly

As DOM and days of inventory begin to lengthen slightly, the housing market in North Texas has shifted — slightly — to a more buyer-friendly one, research by Trulia revealed.

“Beyond the pricey West Coast, markets including Denver and Dallas – both often destinations for those moving away from the West Coast – have also shifted in favor of buyers over the past year, though less dramatically,” the report said. (more…)

Grand PrairieFor this week’s Weekend One Hundred, we trek to Grand Prairie, where we found a Midcentury Traditional that puts the cherry on top of a move-in sundae — it’s super close to the new IKEA, the mecca for anyone who moves into a new home.

I mean, how convenient is that?

This three-bedroom, two bath home is located at 305 West Springdale Lane, and is also within walking distance to Barbara Bush Elementary. It has nearly 2,000 square feet of space, and that includes a garage conversion that provides some flex space for a den, playroom, or even office.

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Ridglea HillsYes, yes, we know we just threw two groan-worthy puns in a headline, but seriously — this Ridglea Hills corner lot home is one of those houses you’ll be very sorry you didn’t jump on (see what we did there?) immediately.

We’d be remiss, however, not to mention this backyard at 6478 Lindell Avenue in Fort Worth. Yes, the house is updated, adorable, and ready for move-in, but it’s Easter, and this yard — from the lush grass to the covered back porch with ceiling fans to cut that Texas heat — is just begging for the Easter Bunny to visit and hide a few eggs.

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Dallas-Fort Worth

Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Four Texas metros hit the U.S. News and World Report list of best places to live — and Dallas-Fort Worth was in the top 25. But how did the city fare in a study of diversity? And where do Millennials want to move?

We cover all this and more in this week’s roundup of real estate news. (more…)