A local real estate agent breaks his own world record, Community ISD hosts a real estate workshop to welcome potential homebuyers to the area, Southlake tops the best small cities in America, and housing affordability tops the list of 2020 election issues for some demographic groups, all in this week’s roundup of real estate news.

A local real estate agent breaks his own world record, Community ISD hosts a real estate workshop to welcome potential homebuyers to the area, Southlake tops the best small cities in America, housing affordability is the biggest 2020 election issue for some demographic groups, and Preservation Dallas announces deadline for endangered places list, all in this week’s roundup of real estate news.

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PlanoPlano hits the top 20 when it comes to best places to rent, we have a look at June’s single-family and multi-family housing starts, and homeownership is up for one key age group. We have all this and more in this week’s roundup of real estate news.

Best Places to Rent? In North Texas, Start in Plano

Source: WalletHub

If you want to look for the best places to rent in North Texas, you’re going to need to head to Plano, where the city came in 19th out of 180 cities in a new report on the best and worst places to rent by personal-finance website WalletHub. (more…)

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From staff reports

Out of 180 cities, Plano made the top 5 in a comparison of what WalletHub describes as “essential family dynamics.” In other words, Plano is family-friendly.

Plano’s total score was 67.88, with top 10 scores in health and safety and in affordability. But Plano wasn’t the only North Texas city on the list: Grand Prairie came in 61st, Fort Worth 72nd, Arlington 83rd, Irving 101st, Garland 116th, and Dallas 133rd.

“WalletHub compared more than 180 U.S. cities based on 47 key metrics that consider essential family dynamics, such as the cost of housing, the quality of local school and health-care systems, and the opportunities for fun and recreation,” the company said. “While obviously not perfect — given personal preferences and the limitations of publicly available data — our findings will hopefully give movers a sense of their options.” (more…)

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With a mayoral and city council election still rather close in the rearview mirror, a recent WalletHub study into the best and worst run cities in the country — and where Dallas falls on that list — highlights some of the issues that drove at least a few people to the polls twice.

The study, which was released earlier this month, sought to measure the effectiveness of local leadership by focusing on how efficiently a city was run.

“In other words, we can learn how well city officials manage and spend public funds by comparing the quality of services residents receive against the city’s total budget,” the report explained.

WalletHub compared 150 of the largest U.S. cities, constructing a “quality of services” score comprised of 37 benchmarks grouped into six service categories, which were then measured against the city’s per-capita budget.

Source: WalletHub

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energyTexas isn’t the worst when it comes to energy costs (that dubious honor goes to Connecticut) or the best (Washington D.C.). In fact, the Lone Star State is toward the bottom when it comes to overall costs, however, anybody with an electric bill and a desire to avoid sweating will be wholly unsurprised to know that Texas ranks in the top 20 when it comes to electricity costs.

The personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019’s Most and Least Energy-Expensive States, and Texas was ranked 32nd overall.

Source: WalletHub

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The Dallas-Fort Worth metro came in fifth in a ranking of best travel destinations in the U.S. (Courtesy WalletHub)

Texas will add almost 300,000 jobs this year according to the Dallas Fed, the Offices Two at Frisco Station topped out recently, and DFW ranked fifth overall in a recent ranking of best summer travel destinations. We have details in this week’s roundup of real estate news.

Texas Will Add 294,100 Jobs In 2019, Dallas Fed Says

Texas will add 294,100 jobs in 2019, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas forecast recently. Texas employment will jump by 2.3 percent, reaching 12.9 million by December 2019. (more…)

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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…)