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2014: North Texas real estate market is one for the records

By Steve Brown Real Estate Editor Published: 25 December 2014 09:45 PM Updated: 25 December 2014 09:56 PM What a year for real estate — 2014 will go into the record books as a time when the Dallas-Fort Worth property market was white hot. The last time North Texas saw such a real estate boom was back in the 1980s, and most of that run-up was fueled by crooked savings-and-loan lenders and tax-dodge investors. This time, it’s pure demographics — surging population and job growth — that’s powering the property market. Construction cranes stretch from Uptown to Frisco. And the size of developments has exploded, with billion-dollar construction deals underway in several locations. The local housing market has the highest prices and tightest inventory of homes for sale in decades. As usual, the biggest question in the real estate sector is: Will it last? Biggest real estate deal: Toyota headquarters The relocation of Toyota Motor Corp.’s North American headquarters from Continue Reading

D-FW home foreclosure filings fall

By STEVE BROWN stevebrown@dallasnews.com Real Estate Editor Published: 29 December 2014 09:54 PM Updated: 29 December 2014 10:07 PM Fewer North Texans are facing the prospect of home foreclosure in the start of the new year. January foreclosure filings are down almost 20 percent from a year ago, according to the latest data from Foreclosure Listing Service. Lenders have scheduled 1,676 properties for forced sale in the four-county area, the Addison-based foreclosure tracking firm reports. The year-over-year decline in home foreclosure postings follows a trend that began more than a year ago. January’s foreclosure filings were up from December and were the highest one-month total since early in 2014. But compared with recent years, the rate of home foreclosures in the Dallas-Fort Worth area is dramatically lower. For all of 2014, home foreclosure filings in the D-FW area were down 26 percent to the lowest level in 13 years. Looking at January’s postings, the biggest declines from 2014 levels were Continue Reading

Case-Shiller: Dallas-area home prices up 7.6 percent in October

Steve Brown Email stevebrown@dallasnews.com Published: December 30, 2014 8:21 am Dallas had one of the biggest home price increases in the country. The Dallas area is among the top five cities in the country for home prices increases in the latest Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller Home Price Index. Dallas prices rose 7.6 percent in October from the same month in 2013, the new report shows. Only Miami, San Francisco and Las Vegas had great home price gains. And Dallas’ increase was significantly ahead of the 4.5 percent home price rise in the 20 markets Case-Shiller surveyed. Dallas’ October rate of home price growth was slightly ahead of the 7.4 percent annual increase in September, according to Case-Shiller. Dallas was one of eight U.S. markets that saw bigger price gains in October. “We are seeing hints that prices could end 2014 on a strong note and accelerate into 2015,” S&P’s David M. Blitzer said in the report. “Two months ago, all 20 Continue Reading

New report: D-FW residential rents rise by $600 million in 2014

Steve Brown Email stevebrown@dallasnews.com Published: December 30, 2014 8:47 am D-FW median rents rose by $35 a month this year. North Texas renters shelled out $600 million more to keep a roof over their heads in 2014, according to a new report from Zillow.com Dallas-Fort Worth residents paid an estimated $10 billion in rents this year, the online marketing firm estimates. That’s 6.2 percent more than in 2013, according to Zillow’s new survey. Nationwide, Americans in the 25 largest markets paid about 5 percent more for residential rents in 2014. The biggest increases were in the San Francisco area. Median rents in the D-FW area were $35 a month higher this year, compared with a nationwide rise of $26. “Over the past 14 years, rents have grown at twice the pace of income due to weak income growth, burgeoning rental demand, and insufficient growth in the supply of rental housing,” Zillow Chief Economist Stan Humphries said in the report. “This Continue Reading

D-FW home values rise by almost $25 billion in 2014

Steve Brown Email stevebrown@dallasnews.com Published: December 19, 2014 7:37 am D-FW home values rose by more than 7 percent in 2014, Zillow estimates. Dallas-Fort Worth homes gained almost $25 billion in value in 2014, according to a new report from Zillow Inc. The Seattle-based real estate marketing firm looked at real estate values in major home markets across the country. Zillow said nationwide housing values have grown by an estimated $1.7 trillion this year – an increase of 6.7 percent. D-FW –area home values rose by 7.4 percent during the year, Zillow’s analysts found. “Looking at the total value of the U.S. housing stock proves just how huge and important the housing sector is to the overall economy,” Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Stan Humphries said in a statement. “Virtually nowhere else will you see gains of more than a trillion dollars in one year represent only single-digit percentages of the total market. “As we conclude 2014 and look ahead at Continue Reading

Less than 10 percent of Dallas homeowners are underwater in their loans

Steve Brown Email stevebrown@dallasnews.com Published: December 17, 2014 7:45 am Only 9.3 percent of Dallas-area homeowners with a loan have negative equity. The number of Dallas homeowners who owe more than their property is worth has fallen to below 10 percent. Zillow.com reports that 9.3 percent of Dallas area residents with a home loan are underwater in their mortgage. That’s down from about a 30 percent share who were upside down in their home at the worst of the recession. Nationwide 16.9 percent of all homeowners with a mortgage in the third quarter owned more than the property was worth, according to Zillow. “The market has made terrific strides since bottoming out in late 2011 and early 2012, with millions of underwater homeowners freed in just the past few years, and millions more set to surface in coming months and years,” said Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Stan Humphries. “Looking at negative equity helps us understand so many of the currently Continue Reading

Dallas on lists of top housing markets for 2015

Steve Brown Email stevebrown@dallasnews.com Published: December 9, 2014 10:48 am Trulia has ranked Dallas as one of the top U.S. housing markets for next year. With North Texas home prices up 12 percent from a year ago and sales at an all-time high, it’s no surprise Big D is landing on the lists of the top housing markets for 2015. Trulia Inc. just gave Dallas a spot on its list of the 10 top residential markets for next year. Dallas is the only Texas city on Trulia’s forecast. “Our 10 markets to watch have strong fundamentals for housing activity,” said Trulia economist Jed Kolko. “These include solid job growth, which fuels housing demand, and a low vacancy rate, which spurs construction. “We gave a few extra points to markets with a higher share of millennials,” he said. “These young adults are getting back to work and that will drive household formation and rental demand.” Realtor.com also has Dallas on its Continue Reading

North Texas home prices jump 12% in November as inventories fall

By STEVE BROWN stevebrown@dallasnews.com Real Estate Editor Published: 08 December 2014 09:48 PM Updated: 08 December 2014 09:48 PM With the number of houses for sale in North Texas at the lowest level in more than a decade, prices jumped in November as demand for properties surpassed supply. Median home prices in the area rose 12 percent last month from November 2013, according to the latest report on local home sales. It was the second-largest annual price increase this year. Real estate agents sold 5,994 preowned single-family homes through their multiple listing service, according to data from the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University and the North Texas Real Estate Information Systems. November’s sales were down 1 percent from the same month last year. The tight supply of homes on the market is limiting sales, property agents say. So far in 2014, preowned home sales in North Texas are unchanged from a year ago and median prices are up Continue Reading

Dallas-area home price gains second highest in U.S.

Steve Brown Email stevebrown@dallasnews.com Published: December 2, 2014 8:31 am Only Houston had a bigger home price gain in October among major U.S. markets. The Dallas area had the second highest home price gains in the country in a new nationwide comparison. Dallas home prices were up by 9.1 percent in October from a year earlier in the new report by CoreLogic Inc. Only Houston at 11.3 percent had a higher annual home price increase for the year, CoreLogic researchers found. Nationwide prices were up 6.1 percent from October 2013. The large Texas housing value growth comes at a time when home price gains are moderating in most parts of the country. “Home price growth is moderating as we head into the late fall and is currently running at half the pace it was in the spring of 2014,” said Sam Khater, deputy chief economist at CoreLogic. “However, there are still pockets of strength, especially in several Texas markets, as Continue Reading

Dallas-area home price gains continue to outpace nation’s

Dallas’ housing market remains strong compared with much of the rest of the nation. Area prices are now more than 12 percent higher than they were before the recession. BY STEVE BROWN stevebrown@dallasnews.com Real Estate Editor Published: 25 November 2014 08:15 PM Updated: 25 November 2014 11:58 PM 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 appreciation has been moderating in recent months in most parts of the country. But in the Dallas area, the year-over-year price increases have remained steady. “The overall trend in home price increases continues to slow down,” S&P’s David M. Blitzer said in the report. “The national index reported a month-over-month decrease for the first time since November 2013.” The biggest price increases in the country were Continue Reading

2014: North Texas real estate market is one for the records

By Steve Brown Real Estate Editor Published: 25 December 2014 09:45 PM Updated: 25 December 2014 09:56 PM What a year for real estate — 2014 will go into the record books as a time when the Dallas-Fort Worth property market was white hot. The last time North Texas saw such a real estate boom was back in the 1980s, and most of that run-up was fueled by crooked savings-and-loan lenders and tax-dodge investors. This time, it’s pure demographics — surging population and job growth — that’s powering the property market. Construction cranes stretch from Uptown to Frisco. And the size of developments has exploded, with billion-dollar construction deals underway in several locations. The local housing market has the highest prices and tightest inventory of homes for sale in decades. As usual, the biggest question in the real estate sector is: Will it last? Biggest real estate deal: Toyota headquarters The relocation of Toyota Motor Corp.’s North American headquarters from Continue Reading

D-FW home foreclosure filings fall

By STEVE BROWN stevebrown@dallasnews.com Real Estate Editor Published: 29 December 2014 09:54 PM Updated: 29 December 2014 10:07 PM Fewer North Texans are facing the prospect of home foreclosure in the start of the new year. January foreclosure filings are down almost 20 percent from a year ago, according to the latest data from Foreclosure Listing Service. Lenders have scheduled 1,676 properties for forced sale in the four-county area, the Addison-based foreclosure tracking firm reports. The year-over-year decline in home foreclosure postings follows a trend that began more than a year ago. January’s foreclosure filings were up from December and were the highest one-month total since early in 2014. But compared with recent years, the rate of home foreclosures in the Dallas-Fort Worth area is dramatically lower. For all of 2014, home foreclosure filings in the D-FW area were down 26 percent to the lowest level in 13 years. Looking at January’s postings, the biggest declines from 2014 levels were Continue Reading

Case-Shiller: Dallas-area home prices up 7.6 percent in October

Steve Brown Email stevebrown@dallasnews.com Published: December 30, 2014 8:21 am Dallas had one of the biggest home price increases in the country. The Dallas area is among the top five cities in the country for home prices increases in the latest Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller Home Price Index. Dallas prices rose 7.6 percent in October from the same month in 2013, the new report shows. Only Miami, San Francisco and Las Vegas had great home price gains. And Dallas’ increase was significantly ahead of the 4.5 percent home price rise in the 20 markets Case-Shiller surveyed. Dallas’ October rate of home price growth was slightly ahead of the 7.4 percent annual increase in September, according to Case-Shiller. Dallas was one of eight U.S. markets that saw bigger price gains in October. “We are seeing hints that prices could end 2014 on a strong note and accelerate into 2015,” S&P’s David M. Blitzer said in the report. “Two months ago, all 20 Continue Reading

New report: D-FW residential rents rise by $600 million in 2014

Steve Brown Email stevebrown@dallasnews.com Published: December 30, 2014 8:47 am D-FW median rents rose by $35 a month this year. North Texas renters shelled out $600 million more to keep a roof over their heads in 2014, according to a new report from Zillow.com Dallas-Fort Worth residents paid an estimated $10 billion in rents this year, the online marketing firm estimates. That’s 6.2 percent more than in 2013, according to Zillow’s new survey. Nationwide, Americans in the 25 largest markets paid about 5 percent more for residential rents in 2014. The biggest increases were in the San Francisco area. Median rents in the D-FW area were $35 a month higher this year, compared with a nationwide rise of $26. “Over the past 14 years, rents have grown at twice the pace of income due to weak income growth, burgeoning rental demand, and insufficient growth in the supply of rental housing,” Zillow Chief Economist Stan Humphries said in the report. “This Continue Reading

D-FW home values rise by almost $25 billion in 2014

Steve Brown Email stevebrown@dallasnews.com Published: December 19, 2014 7:37 am D-FW home values rose by more than 7 percent in 2014, Zillow estimates. Dallas-Fort Worth homes gained almost $25 billion in value in 2014, according to a new report from Zillow Inc. The Seattle-based real estate marketing firm looked at real estate values in major home markets across the country. Zillow said nationwide housing values have grown by an estimated $1.7 trillion this year – an increase of 6.7 percent. D-FW –area home values rose by 7.4 percent during the year, Zillow’s analysts found. “Looking at the total value of the U.S. housing stock proves just how huge and important the housing sector is to the overall economy,” Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Stan Humphries said in a statement. “Virtually nowhere else will you see gains of more than a trillion dollars in one year represent only single-digit percentages of the total market. “As we conclude 2014 and look ahead at Continue Reading

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