North Texas home market gave up its gains in June

After a jump in May home sales, North Texas housing activity retreated in June. Sales of houses in the area by real estate agents fell 5% last month, with more than 10,250 properties changing hands. June’s dip in home purchases was enough to put total sales for the first six months the year down 1%…

The Dallas Real Estate Market Has Cooled Off. Don’t Panic.

Can you say “reversion to the norm”? Mike and Tracy Voegtle are not getting back into the Dallas housing market anytime soon. Who can blame them? It took months of constant searching for the couple to find their Far North Dallas home back in 2013. That year, the local residential property market was the hottest…

Top 25 Cities Where Home Values Are Soaring

While across the U.S. many housing markets have been undermined by a recent slowdown, in many other markets times have been good. Looking at the year-over-year change in median home values for the 300 largest cities, sourced from Zillow, reveals an impressive number of cities that have seen home values appreciate by more than 10% in…

The 15 best questions to ask when buying a house

Before making an offer on a house, you want to be absolutely sure that it’s “the one.” But with so many options out there, how do you find your perfect match? Finding the right home involves research, so you’ll need to ask the right questions. That way you know you’re making a competitive offer on…

The Top Real Estate Market for Home Buyers Is What?

As the real estate slowdown continues, more places are shifting from sellers markets to buyers markets. You’ll never guess the top buyer’s market. Good news for buyers: The days of frenzied bidding wars, insanely high offers over asking, and buying a home sight unseen may be coming to an end in certain parts of the…

Here’s what to do with all the storm debris in your yard

Dallas Code Compliance will not issue citations for brush and storm debris placed out for pickup, the City of Dallas said. If you have a downed tree in your yard or have scattered storm debris all over your apartment complex after Sunday’s storms (or last Sunday’s storms), you’re not alone. This week’s storms knocked over…

Texas leads the U.S. in population growth

As of July 1 2018, more than 3.5 million people had packed their bags and headed to the Lone Star State since 2010. The United States is home to the 328 million people, the first man to walk on the moon and the world’s most tornadoes. Despite that, our population continues to grow, and it’s…

Feds warn of 1,100% rise in real estate phishing scams

In 2017, scammers intercepted $1B in transactions. The downpayment on a house is the largest single sum of money many people spend in their lifetimes, and now the feds have a stark warning for would-be homebuyers: Watch yourself, or lose it all to scammers. The warning from the Consumer Protection Bureau (CPB), issued in a blog post…

Dallas-area home price increase trails nationwide gains in latest report

Dallas-area home prices were up just 3% in the latest nationwide comparison. The year-over-year price gain from March 2018 levels was the smallest increase in seven years in the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index. Nationwide prices rose 3.7% from a year ago, continuing a trend toward weaker housing appreciation in many U.S. metro areas. “Home price…