Denton TX Home Sales Hit The Breaks In July

By |2018-08-12T20:53:16+00:00August 12th, 2018|Economy, Texas Real Estate|

Denton TX home sales hit the breaks in July. It would appear that the summer selling season peaked a little sooner than normal in the Denton County area this year. It looks like both the city of Denton and the greater Denton County area saw home sales volume peak in June. Closed home sales in the city of Denton are off by 20 percent according to preliminary stats this morning. Pending home sales in Denton are off by 10 percent. Denton County looks like it will squeak out a 1 percent sales increase for July, [...]

New Home Builders Clipped By Weak Order Growth

By |2018-08-12T13:50:56+00:00July 28th, 2018|Denton County New Homes, DFW New Homes, DFW Real Estate, Economy, Housing Market, Housing Policy, In the Press, Mortgage Rates, New Home Sales, Real Estate|

New home builders had a relatively rough week with several major publicly-traded builders experiencing some nasty haircuts in their stock prices. With the exception of DR Horton, it wasn't a good week for home builder stocks. While Facebook and Twitter were seeing record drops in their share prices, new home builders were also experiencing a hangover from weak growth in new home orders. The Dow Jones Home Construction Index has trended lower for most of the year, down almost 18 percent year-to-date. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand why the index peaked just [...]

Foreign Buyers Purchasing Fewer U.S. Homes In 2018

By |2018-07-27T21:30:48+00:00July 27th, 2018|DFW Real Estate, Housing Market, In the Press, International Real Estate, Markets, Real Estate, Texas Real Estate|

The latest 'Profile of International Transactions in U.S. Residential Real Estate 2018' shows that foreign buyers were purchasing fewer U.S. homes and for lower average prices compared to the same 12-month period. The latest survey from the National Association of Realtors covers April 2017 through March 2018. Some of the highlights include A decrease in purchases from $153 billion to $121 billion A unit decrease from 284,500 properties to 266,800 An average price decrease from $536,900 to $454,400 Texas accounted for 9 percent of foreign purchases of homes, behind Florida (19%) and California (14%) For [...]

New Home Sales Miss Expectations In June Despite Lower Prices

By |2018-07-25T21:17:19+00:00July 25th, 2018|Denton County Home Prices, Denton County New Homes, Denton Tx New Homes, DFW Home Prices, DFW Homes For Sale, DFW Real Estate, Existing Home Sales, Housing Market, Mortgage Rates, New Home Sales, Texas Real Estate|

The Census Bureau reported new home sales for June at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 631,000. This was below expectations, and a 5.3 percent decline from May. The previous three months were also revised lower. Compared to last June, new home sales were up a modest 2.4%. Surprisingly, the decline in new construction sales came despite lower median and average prices for new homes in June. The median price of $302,100 was $13,100 less than last year. The average price of $363,300 was $7300 lower. It would appear that new home buyers are suffering [...]

RECenter A&M Economists Still Wasting Texas Realtors’ Money

By |2018-07-22T13:10:35+00:00July 22nd, 2018|Dallas Tx Home Prices, Denton County Home Prices, Denton County Real Estate, DFW Home Prices, DFW Real Estate, Economy, Education, Housing Market, Housing Policy, In the Press, Politics, Real Estate, Spin Cycle, Texas Home Prices, Texas Real Estate|

RECenter at A&M economists and data junkies are still wasting the dues of Texas Realtors that pay a good chunk of their salaries. It seems the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M economists are phase-locked in a myopic pursuit to somehow rationalize or justify the status quo situation with Texas housing. "Intellectual Phase-Locking is a condition that results when dogmatic 'scientific' assumptions inhibit further inquiry." Rupert Sheldrake Last year I wrote about some of the interesting details on the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M and their funding. I have also clued readers in on the [...]

DFW Adds 10,000 Jobs In June, CPI Still Running Hot

By |2018-07-25T02:29:01+00:00July 21st, 2018|Dallas Tx Employment, Dallas Tx Home Prices, DFW Home Prices, DFW Real Estate, Economy, Relocation, Texas Employment, Texas Home Prices|

The DFW area tacked on another 10,000 jobs during the month of June according to numbers released by the Texas Workforce Commission. That was more than a third of the 27,200 positions gained in Texas during the month. The unemployment rate for the Dallas-Fort Worth- Arlington MSA posted a 3.8 percent, just slightly below the 3.9 percent figure at this time last year. Midland Texas still held the lowest unemployment rate in Texas at only 2.4 percent. While the Dallas area still posted solid job gains during the month of June, the unadjusted numbers show [...]

Dallas Morning News Real Estate Desk Still Missing The Boat

By |2018-07-14T15:38:02+00:00July 14th, 2018|Dallas Tx Home Prices, DFW Home Prices, DFW Homes For Sale, DFW Real Estate, Economy, In the Press, Mortgage Rates, Spin Cycle, Texas Real Estate|

Dallas Morning News' real estate editor, Steve Brown, seems to be waking up to the fact that the DFW real estate market is cooling. He's still off the mark when it comes to the recent peak in DFW home sales, but at least he acknowledged the sales decline last month.  DFW home sales fell for the month of June. See, that wasn't so hard. After successive years of abnormal price growth, the DFW area saw a reported 3 percent decline in home sales in June. I say "reported", because as I detailed in a previous [...]

Denton Home Sales Soar In June As DFW Sales Swoon

By |2018-07-13T18:17:50+00:00July 13th, 2018|Denton County Home Prices, Denton County New Homes, Denton County Real Estate, Denton Tx Home Prices, Denton TX Homes For Sale, DFW Home Prices, DFW Homes For Sale, DFW New Homes, DFW Real Estate, Economy, Housing Market, Mortgage Rates|

DFW home sales fell in June with the diminishing supply of affordable homes. Home prices are still rising in many DFW submarkets, but sales are cooling in the more expensive submarkets. NTREIS stats reflect a sales decline of roughly 3-4 percent in June in the Dallas-Fort Worth area compared to the same month last year. The same held true in Denton County where sales also fell 3-4% compared to last year. The city of Denton bucked the trend in June with a 30 percent sales gain in June. How? In a word, it was all [...]

Zero-Down Mortgages Return With New Names

By |2018-07-09T13:08:26+00:00July 9th, 2018|Denton County Home Prices, Denton County Real Estate, Denton Tx Home Prices, DFW Home Prices, DFW Real Estate, Economy, Education, Housing Market, In the Press, Mortgages, Texas Real Estate|

Surprise! Zero-down mortgages are back! Just when you thought we had learned the lessons of the subprime mortgage meltdown nearly a decade ago, along come new twists on an old formula. The recipe is pretty simple, and the inevitable outcomes are fairly predictable, yet that won't deter some people from making irrational decisions when it comes to the fear of missing out (FOMO). The latest strategies to put cash-strapped buyers into homes they probably can't afford are similar to crowdfunding. HomeFundMe is an example of one such program where buyers can solicit donations for a [...]

All Roads Still Point Toward Yield Curve Inversion

By |2018-06-30T10:51:03+00:00June 29th, 2018|Denton County Real Estate, DFW Homes For Sale, DFW Real Estate, Economy, Housing Market, In the Press, Markets, Mortgage Rates, Politics, Spin Cycle|

With the Federal Reserve's balance sheet normalization process set to kick into a higher gear next month, all roads still point toward a yield curve inversion. While govt officials and the Fed's pie-in-the-sky economists continue to was about a robust economy with unemployment levels hovering near cycle lows, there are some widening cracks appearing in the global QE Ponzi scheme. Yesterday the Fed found some "widespread and critical deficiencies" in Deutsche Bank's capital planning controls. You don't say! The stock of Germany's largest bank, a toxic time bomb of opaque derivatives, continues to plumb news [...]