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New Home Sales Improve On Lower Rates, Big Drop In Prices

According to the Census Bureau new home sales for March posted at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 692,000, a 3 percent increase from the same time last year and 4.5 percent better than February sales numbers. Apparently the big drop in mortgage interest rates continued to provide some lift to the new home market in March. This confirms what we were seeing in the DFW market last month as new home sales outperformed the resale market. The supply of new homes stood at 5.0 months in March, up from 4.5 months a year ago. [...]

NAR: Existing Home Sales Disappoint, Down 5.4% In March

The National Association of Realtors reported existing home sales dropped 4.9 percent in March. This puts existing U.S. home sales down 5.4 percent compared to last year. Apparently the stimulus provided by crashing mortgage interest rates has already run its course. Home builders certainly aren't taking any chances, as confirmed by the weak starts and permits data we saw last week. Builders are apparently happy to sell off some of their remaining new home inventory rather than ramp up production in a meaningful way. NAR reported that the median price of an existing home in [...]

Denton County Home Sales See March Revival

Denton County home sales experienced a spring revival in March as plunging mortgage interest rates helped to offset continued affordability constraints. Home sales jumped 5 percent in the area while pending sales edged 6 percent higher for the month. The big decline in mortgage rates boosted home sales activity. Average home prices in Denton County also edged higher in March, rising almost 2 percent compared to March of last year to nearly $365,000. New home sales in the Denton area experienced the biggest boost from the recent interest rate swan dive. Sales of existing single-family [...]

Denton County New Home Sales Spring To Life In March

Denton County new home sales are enjoying a spring revival courtesy of lower mortgage interest rates. Preliminary March data for North Texas shows that home sales rebounded in March, with new home sales driving the action. Buyers were obviously lured off the fence in the DFW area when it came to buying new homes. It also helped that new home builders were keeping price points lower. The average price of new homes in Dallas-Fort Worth still shows to be softening. Pending sales data for March looks a bit weaker than closings, so it will be [...]

Denton County Real Estate Market Gets Lift From Crashing Yields, Lower Rates

The Denton County real estate market is getting a much-needed lift going into the spring selling season. That lift is coming courtesy of crashing bond yields and a drop in mortgage interest rates. Lower interest rates were desperately needed to stimulate a stagnating housing market. The Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey confirmed today what many have been expecting.... a continued drop in mortgage rates. Freddie Mac's index just posted the biggest one-week drop in a decade. If the economy continues to slow, 3 percent mortgage rates could be in play again. That could be [...]

Lower Mortgage Rates Fuel February Rebound In Denton County Real Estate Market

Lower mortgage interest rates and a sharp rebound in the stock market helped fuel a rebound in the Denton County real estate market in February. Closed home sales declined 4 percent year-over-year, improving from poor January figures. Average home prices in Denton County rose 2.4 percent compared to February of last year. Pending home sales for February actually moved into positive territory rising 6 percent for the month. The increase in contract signings indicates that buyers were enticed by dramatically higher inventory levels and the improvement in mortgage interest rates. New home sales in particular, [...]

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

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

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%. [...]

Denton County Home Sales Fall Out Of The Gate In 2019

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

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. [...]