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The 9 Percent DFW Home Sales Gain That Didn’t Happen

The Dallas Morning News continues to allow real estate editor Steve Brown some serious latitude with the truth when it comes to DFW home sales. In the latest article on May home sales Mr. Brown would apparently have you believe that "11,302 preowned single-family homes" traded hands in May. Unfortunately that didn't happen! You would think that Dallas' largest newspaper would have the resources to fact-check the horse manure Mr. Brown is printing in the digital edition of the paper, but apparently that is asking too much. The Dallas Morning News real estate desk is [...]

Denton County Home Sales Edge Higher In May

Denton County home sales edged up slightly during May with closed sales rising roughly 3 percent compared to a year ago. Sales of new construction were a bit softer than resales during May due to inventory mixes. The city of Denton saw home sales rise by almost 11 percent in May as lower average price points continued to boost activity. With the Federal Reserve poised to hike rates again this week, it's all about interest rates and affordability. The greater DFW area saw relatively flat home sales volume in May. Although new home builders were [...]

Denton County Homes For Rent: Less Is More

Denton County renters continued to get squeezed in May with prices for single-family rentals edging up slightly compared to the same time last year. As home price inflation continues to push higher, the average rent per square foot rose a bit faster. In Denton County the average price for a home leased during the month of May registered at roughly $1921. This was essentially unchanged from May of last year, but the price per square foot rose from $0.93 to $0.96. Within the city of Denton where average rents are lower ($1617), the price per [...]

Denton TX Mortgages – Lock Your Rate Or Not?

Should you lock your Denton TX mortgage interest rate at the time of application? If you are buying a home, it's a difficult question to answer. As early as last week Treasury bears were screaming at the rooftops that yields (and by default mortgage rates) were going to shoot higher, as evidenced by the 10-year Treasury crossing a supposed line in the sand above 3%. What a difference a few days makes! This morning the yield on the benchmark 10-Year Treasury dipped to 2.82 percent, retracing 29 basis points from the recent "line in the [...]

Denton ISD Housing Activity Poised For Future Growth

The Denton Independent School District board of trustees received their quarterly growth report at the last school board meeting. The Q1 report from Templeton Demographics highlights current district growth patterns as well as future lot development within Denton ISD's 180 square mile boundary. There are also some interesting statistics on Denton home prices and Denton homes for sale. Some of the more interesting highlights from the demographic report include: Student Enrollment within Denton ISD stands at 29,420 Unemployment rate of 3.2% within Denton ISD, compared to 3.7% for the DFW MSA Over 32,000 future new [...]

April Existing Home Sales Soften 2.5%

The National Association of Realtors reported a 2.5 percent slide in existing home sales for April. That translates to a 1.4 percent decline compared to last year. According to NAR the median price of an existing home sold in April was $257,900, a rise  of 5.3 percent compared to last year. The average price of an existing home was $297,300, an increase of 3.3 percent compared to last year. NAR chief economist, Lawrence Yun, blamed low inventory for the sluggish April sales... “The root cause of the underperforming sales activity in much of the country [...]

New Home Sales Rise Less Than Expected In April

The Census Bureau reported new home sales for April that were a little lighter than expected. April new home sales posted at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 662,000. The previous three months were revised lower, with March sales seeing a significant downward revision. The average price of a new home contracted in April was $407,300, a sharp increase from the same time a year ago. The median price of a new home sold (contract signing) was roughly flat at $312,400. That dramatically higher average contract price in April offers a good clue as to [...]

Denton TX Mortgage Rates Highest In 7 Years

Denton TX mortgage rates reached their highest levels in 7 years according to the latest weekly survey data from Freddie Mac. With Denton area home prices at record levels home sales activity and prices could soon be affected. As I have detailed in previous posts, you can already see this happening in many of the more expensive DFW submarkets. It is rather ironic that the Fed's latest Quarterly Report On Household Debt and Credit shows that debt rose for a 15th consecutive quarter with the latest increase fueled by mortgages and student loans. The real [...]

The Fed Has Successfully Destroyed The U.S. Housing Market

A few days ago a friend of mine sent me a link to some "insight" on the coming economic developments that we should be preparing for in terms of debts and deficits. The company providing this research piece has over a $trillion in assets under management. Since I have a healthy skepticism of anything the financial "services" industry is selling I decided to give it a read. It was very informative, partly due to a complete fundamental ignorance of basic economics, but also because of an obvious contradiction with the author's stated assumptions. As I [...]

Meritage: “Strong Demand For Entry Level Homes” Drives New Orders Increase

Meritage Homes reported first quarter sales yesterday, and the publicly traded home builder admitted what many, including myself, have been saying. New home prices have eclipsed the threshold of what most Americans can afford (or are willing) to pay. Meritage saw a 2 percent increase in closed sales for the quarter on average new home prices that were up by just 1 percent. New orders grew 10 percent compared to the same quarter last year on average sales prices that were 2 percent lower. This is the dilemma now facing most new home builders with [...]