Texas A Top Destination For International Home Buyers Prior To Covid

By |2020-08-07T13:51:28+00:00August 7th, 2020|Denton County Real Estate, Denton TX Real Estate, DFW Real Estate, International Real Estate|

Texas was still one of the most popular destinations for international home buyers prior to the Covid outbreak. NAR's latest report for International Transactions in U.S. Residential Real Estate through March 2020 shows that Florida, California and Texas still command the most dollar volume and number of transactions for foreign investment in residential real estate. The most common foreign buyers in Texas included Mexico, India and Brazil heading up the list of countries showing the largest percentage of Texas property purchases through the latest one year period. The total number of transactions and dollar volume [...]

New Home Sales Continue Covid Rebound, Up 6.9% Year-over-Year

By |2020-07-24T17:53:41+00:00July 24th, 2020|Denton County New Homes, Denton County Real Estate, Denton County Relocation, Denton Tx New Homes, Denton TX Real Estate, DFW New Homes, DFW Real Estate, DFW Relocation, Economy, Employment, Mortgage Rates, New Home Sales, Texas Real Estate|

The Census Bureau reported new home sales for June at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 776,000. That was a 13.8% jump from May sales and a 6.9% increase compared to June 2019. This was far better than June existing home sales reported by the National Association of Realtors this week which were still down 11.3% compared to the same time a year ago. According to Census estimates for June, median and average new home prices rose to $329,200 and $384,700 respectively. Both figures are sharp increases from May, and even June 2019. The non [...]

Denton Texas Employment Rebounds, But More Assistance Needed

By |2020-07-20T21:00:57+00:00July 18th, 2020|Denton County Real Estate, Denton County Relocation, Denton TX Real Estate, DFW Employment, DFW Relocation, Employment, Mortgage Rates, Relocation|

Denton Texas employment levels continued to rebound in June, but it is obvious more state and federal assistance will be needed to weather the Covid-related job losses. Yesterday Texas reported the 3rd consecutive day of triple digit fatalities and a record high single day death toll of 174 people. Denton County saw its largest one day spike in coronavirus cases during the pandemic. The recent spike in Covid cases and fatalities in the state of Texas has put Texas' economic reopening on hold. The start of the new school year is still a moving target [...]

Corona Hangover Coming To The North Texas Housing Market

By |2020-07-15T14:46:54+00:00July 10th, 2020|Denton County Home Prices, Denton County New Homes, Denton County Real Estate, Denton County Relocation, Denton Tx Home Prices, Denton Tx New Homes, Denton TX Real Estate, DFW Employment, DFW Home Prices, DFW Homes For Sale, DFW New Homes, DFW Real Estate, DFW Relocation, Economy, Employment, Housing Market, Mortgage Rates|

A corona hangover is coming to the North Texas housing market. It's not a question of if, but when. Texas posted a 3rd consecutive daily record yesterday for Covid-19 fatalities, and the 2nd wave of the coronavirus has put the reopening of the Texas economy on hold. The fall opening of schools and universities is becoming more problematic by the day. Anxiety is a now common theme because there are few good choices available when leaders at the Federal and state level have failed us in so many ways. North Texas home sales rebounded sharply [...]

Denton County New Homes See Sales Boost With Covid Recovery

By |2020-06-23T17:31:32+00:00June 23rd, 2020|Denton County New Homes, Denton County Real Estate, Denton County Relocation, Denton Tx New Homes, Denton TX Real Estate, DFW New Homes, DFW Real Estate, DFW Relocation, Housing Market, Mortgage Rates, New Home Sales|

Denton County new homes experienced a dramatic Covid-19 sales recovery last month. While closings of new construction were down 7 percent during the month, pending sales of new construction in Denton County skyrocketed 42 percent. This should translate to higher sales figures in the coming months. Sales of new homes in the Dallas-Fort Worth area were down 10 percent last month following the lockdowns and economic fallout surrounding the coronavirus, but pending sales spiked 43 percent in North Texas as buyers took advantage of record low interest rates and a rebound in many parts of [...]

North Texas Housing Market Hit With Two Viruses

By |2020-06-15T16:33:21+00:00June 9th, 2020|Denton County Home Prices, Denton County Homes For Sale, Denton County New Homes, Denton County Real Estate, Denton County Relocation, Denton TX Homes For Sale, Denton Tx New Homes, Denton TX Real Estate, DFW Employment, DFW Home Prices, DFW Homes For Sale, DFW New Homes, DFW Real Estate, DFW Relocation, Economy, Housing Market, Mortgage Rates|

The North Texas housing market is being hit with two viruses. The Covid-19 coronavirus and the subsequent lockdowns which halted economic activity resulted in a 26 percent decline in home sales in May. That was the worst annual decline for the Dallas-Fort Worth housing market in a decade. Contrary to the story spun in the area's largest newspaper it wasn't the pandemic that "chased buyers away". The 42 million new unemployment claims and a cliff dive in the stock market were responsible for that. It's difficult to get a mortgage when you are on unemployment, [...]

DFW New Home Buyers Getting Squeezed By Fed Asset Inflation

By |2020-05-28T10:33:55+00:00May 26th, 2020|Texas Real Estate|

New home buyers in the DFW housing market are getting squeezed. Despite the continued trend of lower overall new home prices, the price buyers are paying on a square foot basis continues to shoot higher. This is particularly the case if you look at the median new home buyer in the Dallas-Fort Worth market. The median price of a new home in the DFW area fell by 3.2 percent in April while the average price of a new home was 4.4 percent lower compared to April 2019. Even with record low mortgage interest rates, Dallas-Fort [...]

Denton County Unemployment Spikes To 12.9% In April

By |2020-05-26T12:07:41+00:00May 26th, 2020|Denton County Employment, Denton County Relocation, DFW Employment, DFW Relocation, Economy, Employment, Relocation, Texas Employment|

Denton County unemployment hit 12.9 percent in April, and the City of Denton saw unemployment spike to 14.1 percent last month. For the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington MSA, unemployment rose to 12.8 percent in April. Those were the sobering statistics from the Texas Workforce Commission. The destruction to the North Texas labor force created by the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns is hard to grasp, because the United States hasn't experienced anything similar since the Great Depression. Even after the Great Recession in 2008 U.S. unemployment levels peaked around 10 percent. The May unemployment numbers for Denton County [...]

Coronavirus Hits DFW Home Sales, But Prices Holding Up

By |2020-05-15T12:25:25+00:00May 11th, 2020|Denton County Home Prices, Denton County Homes For Sale, Denton County New Homes, Denton County Real Estate, Denton County Relocation, Denton Tx Home Prices, Denton TX Homes For Sale, Denton TX Real Estate, DFW Home Prices, DFW Homes For Sale, DFW Real Estate, DFW Relocation, Employment, Housing Market, Housing Policy, In the Press, Mortgage Rates, New Home Sales, Relocation|

DFW home sales took another hit in April. Home sales slid 18 percent during the month of April as the coronavirus took a toll on the Dallas-Fort Worth real restate market. Pending home sales slid even further, falling 24 percent for April. Despite the noticeable seasonal increase in activity during the past few weeks, it appears the spring/summer selling rush we would typically expect is going to be muted by Covid-19 this year. With over 33 million Americans filing for unemployment during the past two months, a downturn in real estate activity should be expected. [...]

U.S. New Home Sales Fall 9.5% To 627,000 SAAR

By |2020-04-24T11:21:15+00:00April 24th, 2020|Denton County New Homes, Denton County Real Estate, Denton Tx New Homes, Denton TX Real Estate, DFW New Homes, DFW Real Estate, DFW Relocation, Economy, Housing Market, Markets, Mortgages, New Home Sales, Texas Real Estate|

The Census Bureau reported new home sales (contracts) for March at a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 627,000. That was 15.4 percent below the revised February rate and down 9.5% from the same time a year ago. As a reminder, the Census counts a new home sale at the time of contract signing, not the actual closing. In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic we actually have a more relevant, forward-looking indicator of new home sales activity, similar to the pending sales metric we would use in the MLS. The median new home sales [...]