Denton County Home Sales Fall Out Of The Gate In 2019

By |2019-02-14T14:02:47+00:00February 12th, 2019|Denton County Home Prices, Denton County Homes For Sale, Denton County Real Estate, Denton Tx Home Prices, Denton TX Homes For Sale, Denton TX Real Estate, DFW Home Prices, DFW Homes For Sale, DFW Real Estate, Economy, Housing Market, Mortgage Rates|

Denton County home sales remained in their downward trend as we started 2019. NTREIS figures show that sales of Denton County homes fell 12 percent from the same time last year. Pending sales, a more forward looking indicator, did show a slight improvement, though not enough to pull the index into positive territory. Pending home sales in the Denton County area were down 4 percent compared to January 2018. The recent plunge in mortgage rates back to 1-year lows has helped to cushion the fall in an otherwise stagnating housing market. DFW home sales fell [...]

High-Income Renter Households Growing Faster In DFW

By |2019-02-06T16:25:34+00:00February 6th, 2019|Denton County Homes For Rent, Denton County Real Estate, Denton TX Homes For Lease, Denton TX Real Estate, DFW Home Prices, DFW Homes For Lease, DFW Real Estate|

High-income households choosing to rent in the DFW area are growing faster than owner-occupied households. This is the news from a RentCafe picture of wealthy renter households in top U.S. cities. According to RentCafe, households making more than $150,000 have seen a 175 percent increase in renter-household growth between 2007 and 2017, comprising roughly 1.35 million households. Shifts in buyer mentality, housing availability, changing demographics and other factors are at play. It doesn't help that Federal Reserve policy has grossly distorted the U.S. housing market in many ways, causing affordable inventory shortages in many markets. [...]

Caveman Powell Looking To Levitate Stock, Housing Bubbles

By |2019-01-31T17:05:05+00:00January 31st, 2019|Denton County Home Prices, Denton County Real Estate, Denton Tx Home Prices, Denton TX Real Estate, DFW Home Prices, DFW Real Estate, Housing Policy, In the Press, Mortgage Rates, Politics, Spin Cycle, Texas Real Estate, Video|

Yesterday the Federal Reserve yelped like a whipped puppy as Jerome Powell turned into the latest iteration of his market-dependent Bernanke/Yellen/Greenspan predecessors. If you remember, Mr. Powell was here in the DFW area back in November playing up the fabulous state of the U.S economy and the Fed's wonderful policies. At the time expectations were that the Fed would be raising the Federal Funds rate four more times this year with a balance sheet reduction schedule that was supposedly on "autopilot" to the tune of $50 billion per month rolling off. Flash forward one quarter [...]

Buc-ee’s Suit Against Denton Central Appraisal One Of Many In Broken Property Tax System

By |2019-01-31T11:47:38+00:00January 31st, 2019|Denton County Home Prices, Denton County Property Taxes, Denton County Real Estate, Denton Tx Home Prices, Denton TX Property Taxes, Denton TX Real Estate, Housing Policy, Politics|

The new Denton Buc-ee's is already testing the waters of the two-tiered property tax system in Texas. Buc-ee's representatives already convinced the DCAD appraisal review board to chop over $850,000 off the initial appraisal last year, but apparently Buc-ee's feels the taxed value of the new Denton store is still too high, thus the suit in Denton County District court. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the efforts of business and industry as they buy justice at the local CAD. County records show 170 active cases against the Denton [...]

D.R. Horton New Home Orders Miss Expectations With Average Prices At 5-Year Low

By |2019-01-25T19:58:26+00:00January 25th, 2019|Denton County Real Estate, Denton TX Real Estate, DFW New Homes, DFW Real Estate, Economy, Housing Market, In the Press, Mortgage Rates, New Home Sales, Spin Cycle, Texas Real Estate|

Arlington-based D.R. Horton posted some mixed fiscal first quarter results today with the DFW homebuilder missing profit and sales order expectations. D.R. saw rising sales and revenue for the quarter, but even with a huge tax expense reduction and 4.1 million shares repurchased by the company, things didn't quite work out as well as the company might have anticipated. D.R. Horton closed 7 percent more homes in the latest quarter, 11,500, but net sales orders for the period ending in December rose only 3 percent to 11042 homes. That D.R. Horton was able to achieve [...]

NAR: Existing Home Sales Dropped 10.3% In December

By |2019-01-23T18:33:42+00:00January 23rd, 2019|Denton County Homes For Sale, Denton County Real Estate, Denton TX Homes For Sale, Denton TX Real Estate, DFW Homes For Sale, DFW Real Estate, Existing Home Sales, Housing Market, In the Press, Mortgage Rates|

Yesterday the National Association of Realtors told us existing home sales in the U.S. were down 10.3 percent compared to the same time a year ago. NAR's chief economist, Lawrence Yun, blamed the rise in mortgage rates. "The housing market is obviously very sensitive to mortgage rates. Softer sales in December reflected consumer search processes and contract signing activity in previous months when mortgage rates were higher than today. Now, with mortgage rates lower, some revival in home sales is expected going into spring." Yun is correct to a point, but still missing the bigger [...]

Dallas Fort Worth Employment Growth Still Solid, For Now

By |2019-01-22T10:46:48+00:00January 22nd, 2019|Dallas Tx Employment, Denton County Real Estate, Denton County Relocation, Denton TX Real Estate, DFW Real Estate, Economy, In the Press, Markets|

Dallas-Fort Worth employment numbers show that the DFW economy was still on solid footing in December. While local job growth has been slowing a bit, the economy has been rather resilient. Texas posted annual employment growth for 104 consecutive months in December 2018. The state unemployment rate stood at 3.7 percent. Unemployment in Texas was near record lows for a third consecutive month as we ended the year, and unemployment in the DFW area was lower than the state average at only 3.3 percent. With the recent slowdown in the economy, it will be interesting [...]

Hunter Ranch Cole Ranch Development Presented To Denton City Council

By |2019-01-16T11:27:58+00:00January 16th, 2019|Denton County Real Estate, Denton County Relocation, Denton Tx Home Prices, Denton Tx New Homes, Denton TX Property Taxes, Denton TX Real Estate, Development, Texas Real Estate|

The Denton City Council received a detailed presentation from Hillwood and Stratford Land representatives during Tuesday work session. The proposed master-planned community of Hunter Ranch and Cole Ranch would encompass roughly 6000 acres and bring 15,000 new homes to the City of Denton, boosting Denton's housing stock by nearly 50 percent if the project were to be approved. A central question at the Denton City Council meeting was whether or not a special financing district or MMD (Municipal Management District) is the best path for the city to partner with developers Hillwood Communities and Stratford [...]

False Narratives About The Housing Market Refuse To Die

By |2019-01-12T19:06:33+00:00January 12th, 2019|DFW Real Estate, Economy, Education, Housing Policy, In the Press, Spin Cycle, Texas Real Estate|

False narratives about the U.S. housing market refuse to die. Mainstream media and real estate industry shills continue to deflect attention from the complex, but at the same time rather simple reasons behind the lack of housing affordability. Politico author, Lorraine Woellert, offers us a perfect example of everything that is wrong with the U.S. housing market, including the mainstream media reporting on it. I hadn't come across this piece previously, but having  now read it, there are a number of red flags that are worth calling out. Woellert seems appropriately concerned that only wealthy [...]

Denton TX Mortgage Rates Lowest In 9 Months

By |2019-01-11T22:39:05+00:00January 11th, 2019|Denton County Home Prices, Denton County Real Estate, Denton Tx Home Prices, Denton TX Real Estate, DFW Home Prices, DFW Real Estate, Mortgage Rates|

The benchmark 30-year mortgage interest rate dipped to 4.45 percent in the latest Freddie Mac weekly survey. That's the lowest level for mortgage interest rates that Denton Texas home buyers have seen in since last March. Not surprisingly, mortgage purchase applications have picked up slightly to start 2019. That's good news because purchase applications were trending lower for much of the fourth quarter of 2018 It remains to be seen whether the dip in interest rates will be enough to spark area home sales into the green. While mortgage rates are the lowest we've seen [...]