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Artist Eric Fischer created maps using data to show where locals go, and where tourists head. This is a close up of his Dallas map – a larger, interactive image in the story (Photo courtesy Flickr/Eric Fischer)

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Early this week, an interesting article popped up in our inbox — a post in Arch Daily that highlighted the data-driven map artwork of Eric Fischer, who has created maps that show where the locals go in any given city, versus where the tourists go.

“Artist Eric Fischer has developed a project that explores precisely the difference in perceiving — and photographing —a city from the point of view of tourists and locals,” the post said. “The work, which is entitled Locals and Tourists, gathers the maps of 136 of the largest — and most visited — cities in the world.”

Using MapBox and Twitter data compiled between 2010 and 2013, Fischer created visualizations of where tourists (the red dots) and locals (the blue dots) took pictures. (more…)

populationTwo out of three of the metropolitan areas that had the largest population growth were in Texas, and three Texas metropolitan areas were in the top 10 nationally, new census figures revealed.

The Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington MSA topped the nation when it came to numeric population growth, the most recent Census Bureau data revealed Thursday, with a gain of 131,767 in 2018, or 1.8 percent.

Census officials attribute the growth to migration — both domestic and international migration — as well as natural increase (having more births than deaths). In fact, natural increase impacted DFW growth the most, while domestic migration was the largest source in Phoenix.

“One interesting trend we are seeing this year is that metro areas not among the most populous are ranked in the top 10 for population growth,” Sandra Johnson, a demographer in the Census Bureau’s Population Division, said in a statement. “Though no new metro areas moved into the top 10 largest areas, Phoenix, Seattle, Austin, and Orlando all experienced numeric increases in population since 2010, rivaling growth in areas with much larger populations. This trend is consistent with the overall growth we are seeing in the south and the west.” (more…)

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Photo courtesy Plano Parks and Recreation

Which North Texas cities made the cut for Niche’s best places to live list? How did Texas fare in a ranking of best (and worst) states to retire in? How is Texas trending in foreclosure starts? We have all this and more in this week’s roundup of real estate news. (more…)

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How much better did the 75243 zip code in Dallas fare in flipping profit than the rest of the nation? How did home sales look for North Texas in August? How are home sales and prices looking across the state?

We’ll answer all that and more in this week’s real estate news roundup. (more…)

cool downEver since reports that home sales in the Dallas-Fort Worth market (and nationally, too) slowed in June, there has been a steady flow of stories proclaiming doom for the market. But is it really a cool down?

For our July 27 Friday Question, we took to Facebook and asked our readers what they thought about the reports.

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Home prices in North Texas broke more records last month, according to reports. Properties in Far East Dallas are selling for close to $300K in some cases, such as this one at 2031 Housley in Casa View, which is listed for $279,000.

Far East Dallas is swarming teeming with work trucks as investors, eager to catch the wave of demand within inner-loop neighborhoods, remodel homes on these close-quartered blocks. But even with all of the flippers tacking up new drywall and painting these post-war ranches varying shades of gray, supply of move-in ready homes hasn’t kept up with demand. Because of these market dynamics — the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area’s net population growth is at about 974,000 new residents since 2010 — prices are surging, breaking new records.

Of course, one can’t help but wonder if this breakaway price growth could mean that a bubble is about to burst …

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electionJustin Henry came within 69 votes of winning the election for trustee seat for Dallas ISD District 9 outright, but is now headed to a runoff election with incumbent trustee Bernadette Nutall.

District 9 includes parts of the Fair Park/Deep Ellum area, South Dallas, Uptown and East Dallas.

Nutall was up against three challengers — Edward Turner and Ona Marie Hendricks, plus Henry. Turner and Henry received endorsements from Educate Dallas and Dallas Kids First, and Henry got the Dallas Morning News nod.

Nutall received endorsements from both teachers unions — NEA-Dallas and Alliance-AFT. (more…)

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David Blum, Director of Development, Terra Verde Group; Craig Martin, Partner, Terra Verde Group; Lauren Stephan, Lifestyle Director, Windsong Ranch (Photo: Chris Blumenshine/BellissimoFoto)

Congratulations are in order for Windsong Ranch in Prosper, which snagged “People’s Choice Community of the Year” at the 37th annual McSAM Awards from the Dallas Builders Association. The event, which recognizes “maximum creativity in sales and marketing,” drew more than 300 entries this year with winners named in 58 categories and jurists from all over the nation.

“The People’s Choice Award is THE coveted award of the night because it is a customer satisfaction award that shows our success in creating the best community for our homeowners,” said Craig Martin, Founding Partner of Terra Verde Group, the developer of Windsong Ranch. “Our residents ranked Windsong highest in overall lifestyle, amenities and customer service compared to all the other communities in DFW.”

We’re thrilled at the news, as it’s another trophy in Windsong Ranch’s growing awards case.

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