Dallas-Area Home Price Still Racing Up
9.8% Increase in January; Economists Predicted 3-4% Increase for DFW
Dallas-area home prices rose by almost 9.8 percent in January, continuing to grow faster than nationwide rates. The analysts had predicted the DFW area would slow to a 3% to 4% increase in 2016, but are now revising – there is simply too many jobs coming to North Texas. Analysts expect that North Texas’ near double-digit home price gains will continue as long as employment growth in the area remains strong. CoreLogic said Tuesday that U.S. home prices were 6.9 percent higher in January than they were at the start of 2015. “Heading into the spring buying season, home prices continue to rise across much of the country,” said Anand Nallathambi, president and CEO of CoreLogic. “With rates staying low for now and continued solid job and income growth, the spring buying season is shaping up to be a good one.” CoreLogic is forecasting that nationwide home prices will rise by 5.5 percent in the year ahead.
– Dallas Morning News, March 1, 2016 (excerpt of article)
Castle Hills Developer Has Bought Singer Ranch; Negotiating with Clem Ranch.
Will Be Larger Than Valley Ranch
About 3,400 houses have been completed in the Castle Hills community. Another 1,500 lots are in development. Now Chris bright has announced the purchase of the Singer Ranch (Old Denton Rd, just south of Windhaven) and negotiations underway for the Clem Ranch (Josey at Parker Rd)
Bright Realty just acquired the next door Singer Ranch, a more than 100-acre property on Old Denton Road. The former horse boarding and riding facility is surrounded to the east on three sides by Castle Hills. Bright Realty CEO Chris Bright said the purchase will give Castle Hills land for more than 300 additional homebuilding sites. “We moved fast to buy it,” Bright said. “We knew the way things are working right now in single-family home development that it would sell fast. Bright Realty is already working with the City of Carrollton to plan and zone the property – much of which is located in a floodplain and is wooded creek area.
Bright said he’s working with the Clem family, which owns about 140 acres north of Castle Hills to expand the project further. “That family has owned that property since 1860,” he said. “We are doing a joint venture with them that will give us another 400 to 500 lots north of Parker Road.”
More than 12,000 people now live in Castle Hills. In addition to the custom home communities, Bright Realty is building shopping apartments and an office park to complement the residential neighborhoods.
– Dallas Morning News, March 2, 2016 (excerpts)
No Dallas Bubble Most Housing Analysts Say in New Poll
North Texas were up 11 percent on 2015. With a year of double-digit home price gains, concerns about housing costs in North Texas are growing. Most housing experts polled for the study by Zillow said Dallas has no significant risk of a housing bubble in the next five years. The rest said Dallas is either already in a bubble or will be in the next few years. That is a better forecast than almost any other major city. “It is very clear that nationally we are not seeing a return of the conditions that caused the last national bubble,” Gudell said. “Tighter lending restrictions today mean we aren’t seeing buyers get loans they realistically can’t pay back, like we did in years past. “It’s significant that some experts are starting to worry about bubble conditions, but in my opinion, there’s no real danger of a severe crash like the one we all remember from the last decade.” But continued employment gains and population increases will keep housing demands strong in Dallas. Some 20 of the analysts saw no risk for Dallas in for more than five years.
– Dallas Morning News, December 9, 2016 (excerpts)
You’ve decided to sell your house. You begin to interview potential real estate agents to help you through the process. You need someone you trust enough to:
- Set the market value on possibly the largest asset your family owns (your home)
- Set the time schedule for the successful liquidation of that asset
- Set the fee for the services required to liquidate that asset
An agent must be concerned first and foremost about you and your family in order to garner that degree of trust. Make sure this is the case.
Be careful if the agent you are interviewing begins the interview by:
- Bragging about their success
- Bragging about their company’s success
An agent’s success and the success of their company can be important considerations when deciding on the right real estate professional to represent you in the sale of the house. However, you first need to know they care about what you need and what you expect from the sale. If the agent is not interested in first establishing your needs, how successful they may seem is much less important.
Look for someone with the ‘heart of a teacher’ who comes in prepared well enough to explain the current real estate market and patient enough to take the time to show how it may impact the sale of your home. Not someone only interested in trying to sell you on how great they are.
You have many agents from which to choose. Pick someone who truly cares.
Keeping Current Matters, September 16, 2014
Dallas-Area Home Prices Reach Record
Prices of preowned homes in the Dallas area were up 7.4 percent in the latest Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller Home Price Index. The gain in September from a year ago was the fourth highest in the country – significantly ahead of the 4.9 percent nationwide increase. Home price increases nationwide have slowed in recent months, but in the Dallas area, the year-over-year price increases have remained steady. Charlotte, North Carolina and Dallas continue to have price increases considerably above the national average. Dallas-area home prices are now 12 percent higher than they were before the recession and at record level in the Case-Shiller index.
- Dallas Morning News, November 26, 2014
Dallas-Area Home Appreciation in 2015 to be Twice the National Average
Get ready for 2015! “I expect the appreciation to stay in the high single digits,” said David brown in the Dallas office of housing analyst Metrostudy Inc. “Our forecast is for homes to appreciate in the 7 percent to 8 percent range in 2015.” “This is still about double the long-term average rate of increase.” It is also about double what is expected around the country.
- Dallas Morning News, November 26, 2014
Prosper: The Name Says it All
Prosper got its start as a railway whistle-stop is on the verge of a building boom that will forever change the once rural community. Homebuilders are plowing up thousands of acres of former farmland to create housing to serve growing employment centers to the south in Frisco and West Plano. And on the south edge of Prosper along U.S. Highway 380, surveyors are laying out sites for new shopping centers, office buildings and medical complexes.
“It’s been a whirlwind summer,” said Robert Winningham, who heads the Prosper Economic Development Corp. “We have 15,000 residents and are getting ready to double to 30,000. We will hit close to 500 new homes this year,” Winningham said.
With Frisco’s neighborhoods quickly filling up with new homeowners, Prosper is next in line to benefit from North Texas’ need for more housing. It’s already the second-fastest-growing community in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, according to recent census reports. The town couldn’t be in a better location, straddling Preston Road and the route of the Dallas North Tollway. Prosper stretches about 9 miles east to west and 3 miles north from U.S. 380 to the Celina city limits. “We’re like a big net catching everything that comes up from Frisco,” said Winningham, who came to Prosper about two years ago after a stint as Allen’s top economic officer. “As Frisco fills up along the tollway, that leaves us next.”
Two major residential projects in the works in Prosper will eventually add more than 15,000 residents. The 2,000-acre Windsong Ranch community on the west side of Prosper opened this summer and has seen sales of dozens of new houses. The development by Terra Verde Group will eventually have about 3,000 homes.
- Dallas Morning News, November 21, 2014