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June
1

New Home Sales Plunge Nationwide

The numbers: Sales of new homes in the U.S. fell in April for the fourth month in a row to the lowest level since the pandemic owing to high prices and soaring mortgage rates.

New sales slowed to a 591,000 annual rate from 709,000 in the prior month, the government said Tuesday. That's how many homes would change hands in a full year if the number of sales were the same in every month as they were in April. 

Big picture: The red-hot housing market was bound to cool off after mortgage rates jumped from just 2.75% in the fall for a 30-year fixed to more than 5.25% in mid-May. Low mortgage rates had made it easier for buyers to purchase a home despite record prices.  Builders, for their part, still aren't producing enough homes to meet demand. High material costs, supply and labor shortages and lack of cheap lots are among the constraints holding back construction.  A slower housing market is also likely to weigh on the broader economy. When people buy homes, they also need to buy lots of stuff to furnish it.

Key details: Sales fell in all four major regions of the country, but the largest decline occurred in the South, where about half of all new homes are built. Sales sank 20% in the South.

reverse the upsurge in prices over the past few years.

  • Market Watch, May 24, 2022
March
21

What to Know About Moving Expenses

DFW Moving Tips

Depending on how much stuff you own and how far you're moving, moving expenses can add up quickly. Our real estate agents know that many individuals feel financially unprepared because they underestimated their moving costs. When calculating your moving budget, here are a few moving expenses to account for. 

  1. Materials to Pack Your Belongings
    At a minimum, you'll need moving boxes, tape, and packing materials to pack up the contents of your home. While you can potentially procure moving boxes for free, they may not be the quality you're looking for, or it may be too time-consuming to get enough boxes for your whole home. If you're transporting extremely heavy furniture or valuable items, you'll need more specialized moving products (like furniture sliders, protective covers, and corner savers) to ensure these pieces survive the move unscathed. 

  1. Moving Insurance
    Ensure that you're properly reimbursed for items that are lost or damaged during your move by purchasing moving insurance. While movers often have valuation coverage, this isn't the same as moving insurance. Valuation coverage states a specific amount that the moving company will provide you if your belongings are damaged during the move. It may be a specified amount per item or per pound. The compensation might not be sufficient to actually replace your stuff, and there may be exclusions that limit compensation for specific items or prevent you from receiving compensation under certain circumstances. Moving insurance offers more extensive coverage that will be sufficient to replace your items. 

  1. Storage Costs
    To prepare your home to add to the list of Dallas homes for sale, you'll need to declutter and store overly personal pieces so potential buyers can better envision themselves living in your home. Many homeowners rent storage units to conveniently house their non-seasonal items, personal decor, and other pieces while their home is listed. 

  1. Cleaning Expenses
    If you're currently renting, you'll need to clean your unit when you move out. Most leases require you to leave your rental in a specific condition when you move out, so plan on budgeting for additional cleaning supplies or a professional cleaner to clean the unit. Or, if you're listing your home with other Fort Worth homes for sale, you'll need to meticulously clean it so that it looks its best for prospective buyers. Plan on budgeting for carpet cleaning, pressure cleaning for your home's exterior spaces, and deep cleaning for the interior areas. 

  1. Expenses for Transporting Your Family Members
    Though a short move may not require travel expenses, if you're moving a long distance, you need to consider how you'll transport your family (including your pets) to their new home. Your budget might need to include plane tickets, extra gasoline, hotels, or a pet transport service. 

  1. Costs to Set Up Your New Life
    If your move requires you to change your utility providers, make sure to budget for security deposits and equipment and connection fees. 

  1. New Furniture and Home Supplies
    Even if you're moving from a fully furnished home, you'll likely need a few new things for your new home, like trashcans, bathroom items (shower curtains, rings, and liners), pantry staples, trash cans, and toiletries. If you're moving to a larger home, adjust your budget to accommodate a few larger pieces. 

Ready to move to your next home? Contact us to get started!

February
23

January homebuilding permits plunge in Celina, Frisco, Little Elm, Prosper

Building permits fell sharply in January in Celina, Frisco, Prosper and Little Elm — some of the hottest markets in North Texas and the nation for new home construction last year.  Celina, the top residential construction market in North Texas last year, dropped 51% in the number of homebuilding permits issued in January compared to the same month last year.  Frisco's building permits fell 48% year over year in January.   Prosper dropped 44% in homebuilding permits issued in January.  The January permit plunge was similar in Little Elm which fell 56%. Homebuilding permits also fell in McKinney, which posted a 22% year-over-year decline in January.

The downturn in some of North Texas' hottest homebuilding markets isn't a sign of diminished demand as much as it is a reflection of higher construction costs. The costs of construction nationwide are the highest seen in 50 years with contractors and homebuilders feeling the effects.    Homebuilding costs jumped by 17.5% year-over-year from 2020 to 2021, the largest spike in this data from year to year since 1970, recent data from the U.S. Census shows.  Homebuilders in North Texas last year were hit by an unprecedented swell of housing demand that prompted the industry to boost its production pace, said Ted Wilson, principal with Dallas-based housing analyst Residential Strategies Inc.  But a shortage of labor and materials has driven up costs and stretched out average building timelines, according to Residential Strategies' most recent quarterly market update.

  • Dallas Business Journal, February 16, 2022
October
13

North Texas new home sales, starts, prices setting records despite labor, building supply challenges

Dallas-Fort Worth new home sales and median prices are running at record levels, but a disrupted material supply chain and limited construction labor pool are causing it to take longer to get houses built and closed.  North Texas homebuilders initiated housing starts on 14,216 units in the most recent quarter, eclipsing the third-quarter 2020 pace by 1,277 units and up 9.9% year over year, according to statistics released today by Dallas-based Residential Strategies Inc.   The annual start rate, which includes the fourth quarter of 2020 through third-quarter 2021, has now climbed to 58,625 units — up 35% year over year, according to the housing market analyst.

"Even with higher prices there continues to be solid demand for new houses," said Ted Wilson, principal with Residential Strategies. "The biggest challenge for builders today is that, with limited construction labor and a disrupted material supply chain, it is taking much longer to get houses built and closed."   Despite the delays, builders set a record for closings in the most recent quarter at 11,985 units, up 3.5% year-over-year. The annual closing rate stands at 45,574 units, up 13.7% year over year.

The cost and shortage of construction labor has been problematic for builders, said Cassie Gibson, Residential Strategies' senior vice president. Lumber future prices peaked in May 2021 and have subsided since, but supply chain issues persist for many other components used in housing construction, causing higher prices to persist for builders as they determine their true input costs, Gibson said.

New home demand in North Texas has soared over the last year and a half because of a shortage of existing homes and surplus of people moving to the area.

  • Dallas Business Journal, October 8, 2021
October
11

Get To Know Your New Neighborhood With These 5 Tips

New Neighborhood DFWAfter weeks or months of browsing Dallas homes for sale, visiting open houses, negotiating with sellers, and dealing with the exhausting relocation tasks, you're finally in your new home. It's time to make your new place feel like home and settle into your new surroundings. For some people, this could fall into place when your new neighbors see your moving truck, but in most cases, you have to put in work to get acquainted with your new surroundings. All it takes is a positive attitude and willingness to make it work out. Here is our real estate agent's list of 5 top strategies to help you get familiar with your new neighborhood.

  1. Introduce Yourself to Your Neighbors
    Getting to know the people who live around you can help you feel settled in your new environment and your new routine. Within the first days of your move, it's a good idea to introduce yourself to the people next door. Tell them you are a newcomer and ask questions about your new neighborhood. You'd be surprised at how friendly your neighbors are. Be polite and keep your first interaction short. If you need recommendations or useful information about your new area, approach your neighbors again, offer some homemade cookies, and start a friendly conversation. 


  2. Take Frequent Walks
    The most straightforward piece of advice is sometimes one of the most effective. If you want to get to know your neighborhood, go see it for yourself. Taking frequent walks is an excellent de-stressor during or after the unpacking process, and it will also give you a chance to observe daily life in the community. Take your children to the nearest playground or go to the nearest gym to meet other parents or fitness enthusiasts. If you have a dog, take them for a walk in the nearest park.


  3. Join a Local Club or Community Organization
    One of the best ways to settle into your new neighborhood is to immerse yourself in the community. You can join local clubs, charities, and other community organizations, depending on your values, interests, and skills. This is a great way to meet like-minded people from the neighborhood and make friends. A polite introduction is all that's needed. Volunteering is also a great way to take an active part in bettering the neighborhood and learn about some of the issues that shape the community.


  4. Find the Locals' Favorites Spots
    Dining and entertainment hangouts can be a key to the true neighborhood vibe. Thanks to online resources such as Google and Yelp, it's easier than ever to find the best restaurants, bars, local attractions, museums, recreation centers, entertainment venues, and more. This will help you meet people from the neighborhood and feel like one of them.


  5. Shop Locally
    You can definitely find a box store in the area or buy your things online, but that little corner shop is something you'll find right in the neighborhood. So, whether you need to make a quick trip to the local café for a much-needed caffeine hit or a visit to the hardware for a few nails, you'll need to know where all the stores are. Shopping locally helps you engage with your new neighborhood while bolstering it at the same time.

As stressful as moving can be, getting to know your new neighborhood is an amazing opportunity to welcome new friends, find new passions, and explore the world with a fresh set of eyes. Still looking at Fort Worth homes for sale and aren't sure if you've found your dream spot? Our team can help. Contact us today for more information.

February
22

Frisco Set to Approve Dr Pepper Office in the Cowboy's Star Development

Dallas Cowboys' Star Development

The planned office project would be constructed overlooking the Dallas Cowboy's practice fields in The Star development in Frisco. 

The City of Frisco is poised to provide the land for construction of a new corporate office building at the Dallas Cowboys' Star development that's expected to become the new home of Keurig Dr Pepper.  Frisco City Council plans to vote Tuesday to contribute the land overlooking the Cowboys' practice field for a 300,000-square-foot or larger building.   To entice the move, the city will sell the 2.49-acre site at a reduced cost, according to the council agenda.  The land, valued at $2.7 million, will be sold to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' Blue Star Land for $597,912. The reduced price is described as a $2.1 million grant to assist the project's development.  "City council has investigated and determined that the company meets the criteria for providing the grant," according to the agenda. "The company shall be required to commence construction of the office building on the property on or before August 30, 2019, and complete construction ... within 24 months."

  • Dallas Morning News, January 18, 2019
December
5

Nokia Opens in 2019 in Cypress Waters Bringing Thousands of Jobs

Nokia Opens in 2019 in Cypress Waters

International telecom firm Nokia is bringing more than 2,000 workers to the Cypress Waters development.  Nokia will relocate its North American headquarters and workers from Las Colinas and Plano to the development north of LBJ Freeway near Belt Line Road.  "They've leased 350,000 square feet in two buildings," said Cypress Waters developer Lucy Billingsley. "They are taking one whole building with 250,000 square feet and 100,000 square feet in another."   Nokia's new office will be the biggest job center in the 1,000-acre Cypress Waters, which is one of the Dallas-Fort Worth area's most successful developments.  "They will be moving into the 100,000 square feet in January and the next 250,000 square feet in June," Billingsley said.  The new buildings at 3100 and 3201 Olympus Boulevard are on the south shore of North Lake in a mixed-use project called The Sound.

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2018/07/10/nokia-bringing-thousands-jobs-cypress-waters

 

 

December
4

McKesson, Nation's 6th Largest Company, Moving to Las Colinas from California

McKesson, Nation's 6th Largest Company, Moving to Las Colinas from California

McKesson Corp., the nation's largest pharmaceutical distributor, announced last week that it will relocate its headquarters from San Francisco to Las Colinas in April.  The company, which delivers prescription drugs and medical supplies, has more than 75,000 employees globally and had revenue of $208 billion last year. It ranks sixth on the Fortune 500 list, behind only Walmart, Exxon Mobil, Berkshire Hathaway, Apple and UnitedHealth Group.   With its move, McKesson will become the second-largest company by revenue to be based in North Texas, surpassing AT&T Inc. The largest, Exxon Mobil, is also headquartered in Las Colinas.   Dallas-Fort Worth had 22 Fortune 500 company headquarters this year. That'll grow next year with the addition of McKesson and another California transplant, San Francisco-based Core-Mark Holding Co., which is relocating to Westlake.

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/health-care/2018/11/30/medical-industry-giant-mckesson-move-headquarters-irving

December
3

Frisco Council Votes Tomorrow to bring PGA from Florida

Frisco Council Votes Tomorrow to bring PGA from Florida

The PGA plans to move from its longtime home in Florida to a newly built campus at the northern edge of Frisco in a deal that could cost more than $500 million, three sources familiar with the project told The Dallas Morning News Friday.   The project would include a new 500-room resort by Dallas-based Omni Hotels & Resorts, the new 100,000-square-foot headquarters building, two championship-level golf courses and a 9-hole practice course.  It will also include a guarantee that two PGA Championships, two Women's PGA Championships and multiple men's Senior PGA Championships will be played in Frisco, sources said.  The PGA land is located "south of US 380, north of Panther Creek Parkway, east of Teel Parkway and west of Preston Road."

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/sports-business/2018/11/30/frisco-council-vote-deal-bring-pga-north-texas

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