Denton County TX New Home Sales Rebound With Lower Rates

By |2019-03-05T19:44:12+00:00March 5th, 2019|Denton County New Homes, Denton County Real Estate, Denton Tx New Homes, Denton TX Real Estate, DFW New Homes, DFW Real Estate, Housing Market, Mortgage Rates|

New home sales in Denton County rebounded in February as lower rates helped to push some prospective buyers off the fence. New home prices in the Denton area are still a bit sluggish as the shift toward more affordable new home inventory continues so far in 2019. This can be seen in the lower average new home prices and stagnant price per square foot.  So far at least, new home buyers in the Denton area are willing to sacrifice some space in order to keep overall prices down. New home builders are trying to match [...]

Want To Sell Your Denton County Home? Time To Get Real

By |2019-03-04T17:51:56+00:00March 4th, 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, Economy, Housing Market, Real Estate|

Denton County home sellers are experiencing a different real estate market in 2019. It's the type of market some people probably remember, but one they haven't experienced for a number of years as the Federal Reserve and other global banks jawboned markets higher and fueled a speculative frenzy in global real estate. Average days on market continued to rise in February. Even though sales activity rebounded a bit last month, the Denton County housing market correction that started during the last half of 2018 is still taking shape. While many housing pundits and professional economists [...]

Shadow Bank Lending, Rising Debt To Income Ratios Fueling Denton County Home Price Growth

By |2019-02-28T23:11:31+00:00February 28th, 2019|Denton County Home Prices, Denton County Real Estate, Denton Tx Home Prices, Denton TX Real Estate, DFW Home Prices, DFW Real Estate, Housing Market, Housing Policy, In the Press, Mortgage Rates, Mortgages, Regulation, Texas Real Estate|

Shadow banks, or nonbanks as they are often called, continue to dominate the mortgage space in the real estate echo bubble. This is the case in Denton County Texas and all across the country. Since 2008 the share of mortgage originations by nonbanks has more than doubled, rising from 24% in 2008 to 54% in 0217. The share of mortgages issued by traditional large banks continue to decline. As home prices rose throughout Denton County, the quality of the mortgages originated during this boom began deteriorating. Last year the deterioration in mortgage quality was pronounced. [...]

Case-Shiller: Dallas Home Prices Continue To Cool In December

By |2019-02-26T20:04:46+00:00February 26th, 2019|Dallas TX Real Estate, DFW Home Prices, DFW Real Estate, Housing Market|

The S&P/Case-Shiller home prices indices for December showed that Dallas home prices continued to cool in December. While the national index for home prices was 4.7 percent higher, Dallas trailed at an annual growth rate of 3.9 percent. The index for Dallas home prices was essentially flat for the sixth consecutive month. Among the major cities in the 20-city index, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Atlanta showed the highest yearly gains in December, with increases of 11.4%, 8.0% and 5.9% respectively. San Diego and DC showed the smallest increases, registering price gains of 2.3% and 2.7%. [...]

Zillow Offers Coming To Dallas, Company Losses Widen

By |2019-02-22T22:50:11+00:00February 22nd, 2019|Denton County Real Estate, Denton County Relocation, Denton TX Real Estate, DFW Real Estate, Housing Market, In the Press, Real Estate, Spin Cycle|

Zillow Offers are reportedly coming to the Dallas market sometime in 2019. The internet giant/real estate portal will reportedly be expanding its Zillow Offers iBuyer program to sellers in the DFW market sometime this year. Zillow's version of the cash offer buy-your-home-at-a-discount service is already operational in several markets including Phoenix, Vegas, Atlanta, Denver and Charlotte. Zillow reportedly has some lofty plans for their iBuyer program according to their latest investor presentation and earnings release. After posting a full-year loss of more than $119 million for 2018, Zillow founder, Rich Barton, is returning as CEO [...]

NAR: Existing Home Sales At 3-Year Low In January

By |2019-02-21T19:23:37+00:00February 21st, 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, Economy, Existing Home Sales, Housing Market, In the Press, Mortgage Rates, Real Estate|

The National Association of Realtors reported that existing home sales for January posted at a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 4.94 million. This was 1.2 percent lower than the December reading, and 8.5 percent lower than the same time a year ago. The median price of a resale home sold in January was $247,500 while the average price of a U.S. resale property sold in January was $286,800. With the modest rise in prices, January saw the 83rd consecutive month of year-over-year price gains. The inventory of existing homes in the U.S. rose 4.6 [...]

Denton County Home Sales Fall Out Of The Gate In 2019

By |2019-02-18T20:21:10+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 13 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 6 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 [...]