D-FW tops the U.S. in new home starts

Dallas-Fort Worth is still the country’s top homebuilding market. But analysts aren’t expecting an increase in North Texas house production this year. At the end of the first quarter, the D-FW area ranked just ahead of Houston as the country’s busiest housing market. Home construction in the area totaled more than 34,500 units on an…

US adds robust 263K jobs; unemployment at 49-year low at 3.6%

April’s jobs report showed that solid economic growth is still encouraging strong hiring nearly a decade into the economy’s recovery. U.S. employers added a robust 263,000 jobs in April, suggesting that businesses have shrugged off earlier concerns that the economy might slow this year and anticipate strong customer demand. The unemployment rate fell to a…

6 tips for millennial home buyers from realtors across the country

How to navigate adult life like a boss, from turning your job into a career, investing your hard-earned money, building relationships and more. Because adulting is not easy. When it comes to home buying, millennials rule the game. Millennials as a whole accounted for 37% of all buyers last year, making them the most active generation of buyers…

Property Tax Protest Season Beginning in North Texas

The first property tax appraisals of the year are hitting North Texas mailboxes as the Tarrant Appraisal District began sending notices this week. Dallas, Collin and Denton counties are expected to mail notices mid-month and most homeowners should expect to see an increase. “Notices go out and the phones light up,” said Will Wiggins, a…

Fight Your Taxes

It’s tax time . . . not anyone’s favorite time of the year 🙁 I am here to help. It is time for the Appraisal District to send out proposed property values for 2019. If you think your appraised value is too high, (and who does not), I can provide comparable sales data to help…

Plano’s Collin Creek Mall redo will include a new Crystal Lagoon

Developers who plan to knock down most of Plano’s Collin Creek Mall say they’re adding a Crystal Lagoon to the $1 billion mixed-use project that will replace the ailing shopping center. Plano’s planning and zoning commission unanimously approved a plan by Centurion American Development Group on Monday to build the ambitious project on the 100-plus-acre site along U.S….

Optimism in the Dallas-Fort Worth Multifamily Market

Barring interest rate hikes and/or a bottoming out of the job market, North Texas multifamily is on deck for another great year. Last month’s National Multifamily Housing Council event held in San Diego saw a record number of attendees. The overall sentiment was extremely positive and upbeat. It appears that there will be an abundance…

D-FW Topped Texas for 2018 Home Sales

Dallas-Fort Worth led the state in home sales last year, even though sales declined from record 2017 levels. Texas real estate agents sold 344,030 homes in 2018 — up 1.7 percent for the year. “The unprecedented real estate market activity in Texas in 2018 is a testament to the state’s business-friendly atmosphere and strong economy,”…

D-FW homeowners are hatching larger nest eggs

Home price appreciation is slowing in North Texas. But that doesn’t mean Dallas-Fort Worth residents don’t already have big nest eggs built up in their homes. Nationwide, homeowners made an average of $61,000 profit on their property sales in 2018. That’s up from $50,000 in 2017 to a 12-year high, according to a new study by…