Back in March 2022, Fortune published an article with the headline "An economic shock just hit the housing market." The notion being that the Fed's inflation fight, which at the time of publishing had seen the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate jump to 4.5%, would create economic damage in the U.S. housing market. Of course, that's exactly what happened: The economic shock spurred by soaring mortgage rates, which topped out at 7.37% in October, pushed the U.S. housing market into a sharp housing recession. The second half of 2022 saw sales of both new and existing homes fall at a pace not seen since 2006.
But if we fast-forward to 2023, the story is again shifting. In recent weeks, the economic shock caused by spiked mortgage rates has weakened. The reason? As signs of decelerating inflation continue to mount, financial markets are loosening and mortgage rates are falling. Indeed, on Thursday the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate fell again to 5.99% following Fed Chair Jerome Powell's "disinflation" comments made one day earlier. That reading marks the first sub 6% mortgage rate since September 12, 2022.
"An improving inflation picture, which led to a smaller increase to the Federal Funds rate, has also led to lower mortgage rates. With the widespread consensus that inflation is on a downward trend, investors sent the yield on the 10-year Treasury lower. Mortgage rates tend to move with the yield on the 10-Year Treasury and the average rate on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage fell from a week ago and is at its lowest level since the second week of September. The drop in rates means that the typical monthly payment for a homebuyer has fallen by $100 since the beginning of January," wrote Lisa Sturtevant, chief economist at Bright MLS, in a statement published on Thursday.
Let's be clear: The U.S. housing market remains slumped. While the economic shock spurred by spiked mortgage rates has weakened, it's still very much here. And those elevated mortgage rates, combined with the Pandemic Housing Boom's 41% run-up in U.S. home prices, leaves affordability strained to a historic degree. Just look at the numbers. A borrower who took on a $500,000 mortgage in December 2021 at a 3.11% fixed rate, would've gotten a monthly principal and interest payment of $2,138. At a 5.99% rate (i.e. the average rate on Thursday), a borrower would get a $2,995 monthly payment on the same size loan.
Where will mortgage rates head from here? Real estate researchers remain divided. The Mortgage Bankers Association projects that the 30-year fixed mortgage rate will average 5.2% in 2023, , and down to 4.4% in 2024. Meanwhile, firms like Goldman Sachs and Moody's Analytics think 30-year fixed mortgage rates will average closer to 6.5%.
Art lovers such as our real estate agents feel right at home in the Dallas-Fort Worth area since Dallas has the largest Arts District in the United States. Discover DFW's rich cultural community by participating in Go to an Art Museum Day on Wednesday, November 9.
There are many museums and galleries to explore when you call the Dallas-Fort Worth area home. Are you ready to buy or sell a home in this area? Contact us at RE/MAX DFW Associates to get started.
After a busy day, our real estate agents want a satisfying home-cooked meal with someone else doing the work. When these moods strike, they head for the retro charms of these delightful diners around the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
For a real treat, get your diner meal to go and gather around the dining table in your Dallas-Fort Worth home. Contact us at RE/MAX DFW Associates for experienced help with all your real estate needs.
Even though the laundry room is one of the most frequently used rooms in many homes, the styling and functionality of the room are often overlooked. Our real estate agents encourage homeowners to overhaul their laundry room so that it's a space that fits their aesthetic preferences and household needs. Here are a few ideas for your laundry room makeover.
With a few simple changes, you can enhance the look and utility of your laundry room. Interested in a home with more space for your family? Contact us to get started!
With more than 7.6 million residents in total, the DFW area is consistently one of America's fastest-growing and most attractive urban areas. In 2022, it crossed the threshold to become the #3 largest metroplex in the United States, and it continues to entice newcomers from far and wide.
Our real estate agents are always glad to welcome anyone who is considering becoming a part of the unfolding DFW story. There are homes to meet every taste, need, and budget throughout the DFW's many colorful and historic communities. And you're sure to love meeting the many small businesses.
Let's drop in on some of the best places to enjoy a coffee in Dallas-Fort Worth:
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Want to add more curb appeal to your home? Interested in getting your home ready to add to the inventory of Dallas homes for sale?
Refreshing the look and functionality of your front yard is an effective way to boost the curb appeal and overall appearance of your home. Our real estate agents recommend the following options to quickly refresh your front yard.
By making a few small changes or additions to your yard, you can give it the refresh it needs to enhance your home's curb appeal.
Want a home with more outside space? Contact us today to put your home on the market!
Fort Worth's Log Cabin Village offers visitors a glimpse into pioneer times. Located near our Fort Worth homes for sale, this site is a museum where you can explore and interact with the perfectly preserved exhibits.
About the Village
The Log Cabin Village is a historical site operated by the City of Fort Worth. Its goal is to preserve examples of pioneer architecture and help show modern Texans what frontier life was like. The site contains several historic buildings that were moved from other parts of Texas.
The village is located at 2100 Log Cabin Village in Fort Worth, Texas, and is open between Tuesday and Saturday from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Admission costs $7 per person aged 18 to 59 and $6 for children, teenagers, or seniors. Groups of 10 people or more can get tickets for just $5 per person. The last tickets are sold at 3:00 PM, so be sure to arrive before then if you haven't bought your tickets in advance.
Exploring the Cabins
The Log Cabin Village's historic structures are the site's main attractions. These buildings are mostly log cabins that were built by settlers during the 19th century. Each one is a simple home made from cedar and oak planks with just one or two rooms. Each one was deconstructed, moved to the village, and carefully reassembled on the village's grounds. Later, the village acquired the one-room Marine Schoolhouse, a blacksmith shop, and an old gristmill attached to another log cabin.
Each of the exhibition buildings is equipped with detailed labels stating what each part of the structure was used for. There are also historical interpreters on hand to answer all of your questions and offer additional information on pioneer life. Our real estate agents love how they use the art of storytelling to bring their audience closer to the real people who once lived in these old buildings.
Once you've spent some time touring the cabins, there's even more to do on the village's grounds.
Visiting the thriving herb garden and nearby drying shed demonstrates how the settlers lived on the frontier. There are also many walking paths you can take to get a closer look at the natural landscape and imagine yourself in an earlier time.
Finally, you can stop by the village's gift shop to pick up some souvenirs. This shop stocks all kinds of memorabilia, but it's especially well-known for its stick candy and old-fashioned soda pop. You won't find treats like these at your local grocery store!
Make Your Home on the New Frontier
The Fort Worth area's history is rich and – thanks to projects like the Log Cabin Village – has been carefully preserved for future generations. You and your family deserve the chance to experience it. Contact us today to start looking for your next home in our vast selection of Fort Worth and Dallas homes for sale.
According to the American Horse Council, Texas is home to nearly one million horses. It's no surprise that there are so many great equestrian centers and stables around Dallas homes for sale.
If you're buying or selling a DFW home, contact us at RE/MAX DFW Associates to speak with one of our real estate agents.
The North Texas housing market is downshifting quickly, with Dallas-Fort Worth being the only U.S. market to see a decrease in home sale prices last month, according to a report released today. DFW home prices are down 1.9% year over year in July, according to the latest Re/Max National Housing Report.
And what a difference a month makes. Last month, DFW led the U.S. for home price increases, with June prices up 29.3% over the previous year. In hard numbers, home sales prices in DFW fell to $413,900 in July from $422,000 in July 2021. Homes in DFW spend an average of 23 days on the market before selling.
Higher interest rates and inflation, as well as record home prices, triggered a sharp drop in demand for housing, said Todd Luong, a realtor with Re/Max DFW Associates: "Here at our Re/Max office in Dallas-Fort Worth, our listings are currently getting on average 2.7 showings per week," Luong said. "Last year, at this same time, our listings were earning on average 5.9 showings per week. That is a huge drop in buyer demand compared to the previous year. Record home prices and higher mortgage rates have forced many potential buyers out of the market, especially first-time homebuyers."
While the latest trends may disappoint some sellers, buyers now have more choices and better opportunities for good deals, Luong said. Luong said that the DFW housing market has been challenged with low inventory for years and reached an all-time low earlier this year, with only a two-week supply. Now, however, inventory is increasing. "Although buyers have more choices now, it is still not a balanced market as we only have about a two-month housing supply," Luong said. "In a normal market, you have about a five to six-month supply of housing."
A new report from Zillow also found falling home values, although the numbers didn't match Re/Max's precisely because of different study methods and different geographic definitions of DFW as a metro area, among other reasons. According to Zillow's findings, the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area's typical home value is $396,904, down 1.1% since June, the first month of decline. Values are up 55.4% since July 2019.
Zillow also reported that the mortgage payment on a typical home in DFW is $2,633 a month, including taxes and insurance. That's up 77.4% compared to July 2019.
According to Zillow, inventory in DFW has risen 10.2% since June, and the share of listings with a price cut in July was 22%, compared to 15.6% in June. Nationwide, after two years of unprecedented growth, home values fell for the first time since 2012 as competition for houses eased, according to Zillow's July market report.
The slowdown is being driven by decreased competition among buyers. Zillow's analysis says that affordability pressures have pushed many to the sidelines, and buyers are waiting in the wings to resume their search if and when prices relax a bit. Skylar Olsen, Zillow's chief economist, called the flattening of home values "a badly needed rebalancing. This slowdown is about discouraged buyers pulling back after the affordability shock from higher rates," Olsen said. "As prices soften, many will renew their interest, and we will continue our progress back to 'normal.'"
Luong said he sees positive signs in the market. The interest rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage dropped below 5% after peaking in June. More than 290,000 new jobs were added in Dallas-Fort Worth last year, so North Texas has one of the strongest labor markets in the country. "Reasonably priced homes that are in good condition and move-in ready are still selling very fast," he said. "However, the bidding wars have subsided considerably across the board."
Want to remove pesky odors from your home and improve the quality of your indoor air? Our real estate agents suggest buying an air purifier.
An air purifier removes pathogens from your air, like pet dander, dust, and other allergens, that can affect your health. If you also work from home and spend a lot of time in your home office, an air purifier ensures that you have clean, healthy air in your workspace, helping you feel your best and boosting your productivity.
Here are a few tips to follow when buying an air purifier.
An air purifier creates clean, odor-free air, making it an excellent addition to any home. Ready to put your home on the market? Contact us to get started!
When our real estate agents are asked why they recommend moving to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, they often mention the region's outdoor amenities. The DFW has so many lovely natural areas where you can enjoy wildlife and beautiful plants. One of the best ways to enjoy these natural areas is by riding a bike. Whether you're a casual bike rider or a more serious cyclist, here are some of the top DFW bike trails to visit.
Don't hesitate to contact us if you're still looking for a home to buy. We'd love to help guide your search.
The Dallas-Fort Worth area is fun in every season, but during the summer months, the area is filled with summer events and activities to keep your family's calendar full! Our real estate agents love to spend their off-time at these entertaining places.
Fun is in season all year long. For friendly and experienced help buying or selling a home, contact us at RE/MAX DFW Associates.
Catching a baseball game is a fun family summer evening activity, and Frisco just happens to be home to one of the best ballparks in Minor League Baseball.
Head on over to Riders Park where you can watch the Frisco RoughRiders, a double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, compete in the Texas League. Our real estate agents love heading out to the park, grabbing some peanuts, and relaxing on a warm summer night. It's super easy to do because the park is just a short drive from some beautiful Dallas homes for sale.
About Riders Park
Riders Park is a beautiful ballpark equipped with plenty of seating, luxury suites, fun activities, and great food. Concession options include Rojo's, Frisco Smoque BBQ, Frank's Hot Dogs, Coop & Kennel, Fairlane's Hot Dogs, and Ono Pacific Grill where you can grab a delicious cheesesteak. There are also six bars throughout the park where you can enjoy beer, wine, mixed drinks, or frozen margaritas. The park makes for a great community asset that is conveniently located just a short distance from these Fort Worth homes for sale.
The park is surrounded by 5 parking lots, all of which open 2 hours before the game.
Upcoming Games and Promotions
The RoughRiders have several home games between now and September 11, with many taking place throughout the week. Below are some highlights from the upcoming schedule along with some great promotions:
Make sure to buy your tickets in advance for a fun summer evening with the whole family. View the full game schedule here. We love showing our support for our local sports teams, and a trip to Riders Park gives you the opportunity to enjoy America's favorite pastime. Contact us today for more information about local events.
What could be better than a meal with a view? Some of the area's best, trendiest restaurants offer rooftop dining experiences that you won't want to miss, with fantastic views of the city skylines and outstanding food to match. All that's left is to pick your destination and make a reservation. Our real estate agents have the delicious details on some of the best places throughout the DFW for rooftop dining.
Ready to buy or sell your next home close to all of the delicious dining options? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
DFW is known for serving up some of the best barbecue in the entire country, and May is the perfect time to explore what local restaurants have to offer. That's because May is National Barbecue Month, a celebration of all things smoked, grilled, or covered in barbecue sauce. So why not sample some brisket, DFW-style, in honor of National Barbecue Month? Our real estate agents have the details on some of the best restaurants for brisket and barbecue.
When you're ready to buy or sell your next home in DFW, our team is here to help with all of your real estate needs. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Do you love baking but wish your kitchen was more functional for your culinary needs? Or, do you want to create a space that makes it easier for you to bake your favorite dishes?
By making a few simple changes to your kitchen, you can improve the functionality and efficiency of your kitchen. Our real estate agents know that many of these projects will make your home more appealing to potential buyers.
Here are some features and additions that we recommend to make your kitchen more baking-friendly.
Want a home with a larger kitchen so that you have additional space for baking? Contact us today to get started!
Will April showers be bringing May flowers to your yard? Our real estate agents may not have green thumbs, but they have beautiful lawns and gardens thanks to help from these great gardening stores and greenhouses around Dallas homes for sale.
Spring Gardening Tips
Now that you've acquired your gardening supplies, how do you turn your garden into something truly marvelous? Follow these tips in your Texas garden.
Looking for a new home with enough space for a garden? Contact us at RE/MAX DFW Associates for help with all your real estate needs.
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.
Ready to move to your next home? Contact us to get started!
Want to plan some outings that you and your kids can both enjoy? The DFW is full of family-friendly activities that are entertaining and educational. Our real estate agents love spending quality time with their families at these great spots around the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Contact us RE/MAX DFW Associates for help with any of your real estate needs.
St. Patrick's Day is coming right up on March 17. It's a holiday that brings a wealth of enjoyable annual events to the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
If you're looking for a way to have fun and get your blood pumping this March, be sure to check out one of these great St. Patrick's Day festivals, 5ks, races, and runs in DFW!
There's always something fun and exciting happening in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Contact us today to learn more about life in DFW and talk to our real estate agents about finding your dream home in Dallas, Fort Worth, and the surrounding areas.
If you feel like you've done it all, our real estate agents have a new date night suggestion for you: Cooking classes!
Cooking classes are both fun and functional. You'll learn to create wholesome, satisfying meals that can save you plenty of money. At the same time, you'll share a unique experience that might just give you a new favorite thing to do together. Maybe your next date includes cooking the dinner of your dreams!
No matter whether you're looking at Dallas homes for sale or down the road at Fort Worth homes for sale, there are plenty of cooking classes to browse. Virtual or in-person options are both available, so you can choose to have date night in the comfort of your own kitchen if you prefer.
Here's a taste of some of the leading local brands for local cooking classes:
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When our real estate agents heard that National French Toast Day was coming up on November 28th, they got super excited! There are some great breakfast and brunch places in the Dallas–Fort Worth area, and this gave them a reason to try some of them out.
Start your morning out right with French toast from these local restaurants.
If you're ready to enjoy amazing dining options like this all the time, we can help you find the perfect home in the Dallas–Fort Worth area. Contact us today to discuss your goals and start exploring your options.
DFW might be a thriving urban metropolis, but the area retains a number of places where nature takes center stage. Our real estate agents refresh body, mind, and spirit with visits to these beautiful nature centers throughout the area.
Ready to learn more about what life in Texas has to offer? Contact us at RE/MAX DFW Associates to learn more.
Shopping at local arts and crafts shows is a fun way to spend a few hours while picking up some unique handmade items for yourself or to give as a gift. Whether you're shopping for paintings, jewelry, apparel, or something different, you're like to find some treasures to take home.
Our real estate agents suggest visiting some of the following arts and crafts shows:
Contact us if you'd like to buy a home or sell yours in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Mesquite area. Our agents will help every step of the way.
April showers may bring May flowers, but Mother Nature's creativity is still in full bloom during the fall. Our real estate agents love to visit these incredible gardens, just minutes from Fort Worth homes for sale.
The best garden of all is the one you plant in the backyard of your own Fort Worth home. Contact us at RE/MAX DFW Associates to speak with one of our experienced agents.
Our real estate agents love the energy and diverse range of activities found at Sundance Square, just minutes from Fort Worth homes for sale. Take in a show, learn some history, or just stroll the scenic parks at these great spots in this 35-block section of downtown Fort Worth.
Let us answer all your Fort Worth real estate questions. Contact us at RE/MAX DFW Associates for cheerful and knowledgeable assistance.
It's a well-known fact that curb appeal makes a huge difference in Dallas homes for sale. Whether you're planning on listing your home soon or not for a little while yet, here are a few outdoor walkway ideas our real estate agents recommend for a quick way to boost curb appeal.
Whether it's for your own enjoyment or you're ready to sell your house, you'll be amazed at the difference a newly designed outdoor walkway will make in your home's curb appeal. For more tips on boosting curb appeal or to chat with an agent about selling your home, contact us today.
Dallas, Fort Worth, and the many wonderful smaller cities in North Texas are home to some of the state's best, most acclaimed wineries. In addition to producing award-winning wines, these wineries often host special events where you can enjoy great food, camaraderie, live entertainment, and unique, behind-the-scenes tours. Many of the area's most popular wineries work together to create wine trails, with coordinated events that make it easy to explore all that various local wineries have to offer. Our real estate agents have the delicious details on 4 North Texas wine trails that you will love to explore this summer.
Dallas Town and Country Wine Trail
The Dallas Town and Country Wine Trail is the perfect option for anyone who wants to visit some amazing wineries close to Dallas homes for sale. There are six great wineries to visit on this trail, including Carmela Winery, Eden Hill Winery and Vineyard, Caudalie Crest, Lone Star Wine Cellars, Landon Winery, and Grayson Hill Winery. Many of these wineries are located in quaint, historic town squares in smaller communities just outside of Dallas. Taste some award-winning local wines, enjoy scenic countryside drives between each winery, and learn more from the experts about how some of the best wines around Dallas are produced.
North Texas Wine Country Trail
Looking for a single wine trail that can keep you busy with new places to explore all summer long? The North Texas Wine Country Trail includes wineries in 22 counties, starting with the DFW region and spreading out through a diverse selection of North Texas communities. There's a winery for every taste on this trail, from urban wineries in DFW to sprawling, countryside vineyards located far from the hustle and bustle of the big cities. There's a ton to explore throughout the summer, and the fun continues well into the fall. Keep an eye out for big events like the Downtown Wine Walks of North Texas Wine Country and the Windsong Wine & Music Festival.
Grapevine Wine Trail
Located just a short drive from the big cities, the Grapevine Wine Trail showcases five of the best wineries in downtown Grapevine. Most of the wineries on this trail are within walking distance so that you can enjoy a leisurely walk through Grapevine's historic downtown between each stop. During coordinated events on the Grapevine Wine Trail, one ticket will give you access to three tastings with food pairings at each winery on the trail, along with a commemorative wine glass from each winery that you visit. Check the website regularly for scheduled events, and plan ahead for transportation if you'd rather not walk between wineries.
Vine & Wine Tours of North Texas
While most wine trails are self-guided, Vine & Wine Tours of North Texas offers a guided, all-inclusive tour of three of the most popular wineries located near Fort Worth homes for sale. These tours will take you to some of the oldest wineries in DFW, with the opportunity to tour production facilities, ask questions to expert winemakers, stroll through the vineyards, and of course, taste some incredible wines. During your five-plus-hour tour, you will be guided by a former winery owner who is happy to tell you more about the industry and the history of wine in North Texas.
Fine wine and great times are never far from your front door when you live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and our team is here to help you find your next home in your favorite city. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the DFW region.
Summer in Fort Worth means plenty of sunshine, but temperatures regularly approach triple digits. When they need to cool off and relax, our real estate agents head for these refreshing pools conveniently located around Fort Worth.
Summer is a great time to buy or sell a home in Fort Worth. When you're ready to get started, contact us at RE/MAX DFW Associates for knowledgeable answers to all your questions.
Everything's bigger in Texas, but it looks smaller when seen from the treetops. Ziplining is just one of the outdoor activities that make the Dallas-Fort Worth area such a great place to live. Our real estate agents recommend getting your adrenaline pumping at these exciting parks around the DFW.
After a day outdoors, there's nothing better than heading back to your own DFW home. Contact us at RE/MAX DFW Associates for friendly and experienced real estate help.
Bubble tea—also known as boba tea—has taken America by storm in the last 10 years. This sweet tea-based drink with chewy tapioca balls originated in Taiwan back in the 1980s, but these days it's everywhere.
Case in point: we have some truly great bubble tea joints here in the DFW. Whether you're looking for a new place to get your boba fix, or you're just getting ready to try it for the first time, our real estate agents recommend these awesome bubble tea shops in Dallas, Fort Worth, and the surrounding areas!
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Whether you're permanently working from home or just want a space where you can create in peace, it's important to set up an inviting home office that you look forward to working in. Our real estate agents also find that a home with a home office is more appealing to potential buyers. You don't have to undergo a complete renovation to update your home office; instead, check out these simple ways to give your home office a boost.
Searching for a home with a larger space for a home office? Contact us today to explore your options!
Mother's Day is fast approaching, and there's no better way to appreciate your mom than treating her to a delicious meal. Start Mother's Day with a memorable brunch at a fantastic local restaurant. Our real estate agents have rounded up some of the most exquisite DFW restaurants where you'll find a delicious treat that your mother will thoroughly enjoy:
Do not hesitate to contact our real estate agents to see what we have on offer.
If you're a homeowner, you know that spring cleaning is essential to a clutter-free home. When winter cold fades away, and spring sunshine appears, it's time to roll up your sleeves and tackle some of those indoor and outdoor chores around the house. Our real estate agents know that buyers pay attention to small details that reflect an organized, well-maintained home. Tackle every spot in your home, even the ones that are commonly overlooked, with these helpful tips.
In a busy household, cleaning the refrigerator, stove, microwave, and dishwasher are chores that often get pushed aside. Although they take time and energy, they're essential to prevent a buildup of spills and food residue, rodents, and potential fire hazards in the kitchen. When spring cleaning:
Sweep and mop under large appliances
Get rid of old food in the fridge
Clean the stovetop and oven with a degreaser
Remove spills and food residue from the microwave
Remove food debris and any broken glass from the dishwasher
Clean coffee makers, toasters, and can openers to remove bacteria
Spring cleaning provides the perfect time to check the expiration dates on food, get rid of old or unwanted items, and organize your kitchen pantry. For faster cleaning, remove items shelf by shelf, starting with the top shelf. Place items on your kitchen countertops while cleaning pantry shelves with warm soap and water or a spray cleaner that removes grime and stains. If you want to label or reorganize food items, this is the perfect opportunity.
Cabinets, Closets, and Draws
Cabinets and drawers can quickly become filled with clutter and unused items, especially after living in a home for a while. Buyers interested in Dallas homes for sale don't want to see clutter overflowing in cabinets, drawers, and closets. Spring cleaning provides the perfect opportunity to get rid of unwanted items, old clothes, and expired medications, so your home doesn't look neglected.
Under Kitchen and Bathroom Sinks
Areas under kitchen and bathroom sinks are commonly used to store cleaning products and household essentials. These areas are often neglected and subject to a buildup of clutter, moisture, leaky pipes, and mold. If garbage disposals are not cleaned regularly with disinfectant, they can build up bacteria from food debris and unpleasant odors. Potential home buyers often check under kitchen and bathroom sinks to look for signs of rotten wood, mold or mildew or standing water that signal potential plumbing problems.
Ceiling Fans. Chandeliers, Lamps, and Sconces
When it comes to cleaning, indoor and outdoor lighting fixtures are often overlooked. For many homeowners, indoor ceiling fans, chandeliers and sconces, lamps and lampshades, and outdoor lighting fixtures don't get cleaned on a regular basis. Unfortunately, the grime, dirt, and dust that builds up and blocks light makes indoor spaces look dark and dingy, and outdoor spaces unappealing to potential buyers looking for Fort Worth homes for sale.
Air Ducts and Vents
Dirt and debris that builds up in air ducts and vents can cause excessive dust in your home and respiratory problems for your family. To remove dust buildup from vents, remove them and wash them with hot soapy water. To clean your air ducts, you need to schedule a cleaning with a local professional HAVC technician who has the proper equipment.
Take the time for spring cleaning to ensure a well-organized, healthy home. If you're interested in buying or selling a home, contact us to find out how we can help with your real estate needs.
Looking for a fun and exciting way to explore a part of Texas history right here in Fort Worth? Our real estate agents have introduced plenty of new homeowners to the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District.
When looking at Fort Worth homes for sale, you want to see everything the community has to offer. The rich and exciting story of Texas comes alive when you visit the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District!
The Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District sits just north of the central business district in Fort Worth. A section of 98 acres that encompasses most of the Stockyards has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1976, an honor reflecting its unique place as a livestock center renowned throughout the Lone Star State.
The history of the Stockyards begins with the arrival of railroads in 1876. The Fort Worth Union Stockyards were opened by 1890, covering an expansive area of more than 200 acres. Fort Worth also became home to its very own meat processing plant in February of that year. In its heyday, there were four distinct stockyards.
Before long, what is now the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District sold more than 1 million head of cattle per year.
Today, the Historic District designation applies to 46 buildings and one other structure, as well as noted Texas Historic Landmarks, including the entrance sign, the Livestock Exchange Building, and the site of the Stockyards Hotel. Entertainment and shopping venues capitalize on Fort Worth's indelible reputation as "Cowtown."
Making the Most of Your Trip to the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District
There's plenty to see and do in the Fort Worth Stockyards, so you'll want to know a bit about it before you go.
Let's take a closer look at some fun facts to remember:
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The parks and trails of the DFW area have so much to offer, and now is the perfect time for an outdoor adventure with your furry friend. Many of the best DFW trails are dog-friendly, with beautiful green spaces to explore and plenty of opportunities for your pup to play with new friends. There are trails located in popular parks and nature preserves and trails that connect multiple local outdoor attractions. Our real estate agents have all of the details, with our guide to 6 trails that you and your dog will love in DFW.
Cedar Ridge Preserve – 7171 Mountain Creek Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75249
The Cedar Ridge Preserve is a nature preserve located close to Dallas homes for sale, with various trails to explore. It's a popular spot for bird-watching, with wooded trails that are also ideal for adventures with your pet. There are a total of 13 short trails winding throughout this outdoor space, all maintained beautifully by a dedicated team of conservationists.
Tails 'N Trails Dog Park – 950 SE Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington, TX 76018
Ideal for dogs who love to socialize, the Tails 'N Trails Dog Park is easy to reach from Arlington homes for sale. This space includes an expansive off-leash dog park that's perfect for playtime, along with trails to traverse. You will frequently find plenty of other dogs here for your pet to play with, especially if you visit on weekends.
Northshore Park Trail – 2908 N Park Dr., Flower Mound, TX 75022
You'll find tons of great trails to explore near Flower Mound homes for sale, including the popular, multi-use Northshore Park Trail. This trail, which is part of Northshore Park, is used by mountain bikers, hikers, and pet owners from throughout Flower Mound. When you're looking for a quiet, secluded spot for a walk, try visiting in the morning or early evening.
Preston Ridge Trail – 6994 Belt Line Rd., Dallas, TX 75254
Looking to explore multiple parks on the same day with your pup? The Preston Ridge Trail connects a variety of parks within Dallas and can even take you all the way to Plano. You can pick up the trail at Fretz Park, then follow it for more than 6 miles as you visit Salado Park, Campbell Green Park, and points beyond.
Trinity Forest Trails – 4750 Great Trinity Forest Way, Dallas, TX 75216
If you're searching for a trail system that offers long, scenic walks, the Trinity Forest Trails are sure to catch your eye. This trail loop runs for more than 10 miles, connecting an eclectic collection of outdoor attractions that include Trinity Forest Golf Course, the Texas Horse Park, and the Trinity River Audubon Center. This trail is twelve feet wide and fully paved, so there's plenty of room for outdoor fun, even when the trail gets busy.
Tandy Hills Natural Area – 3400 View St., Fort Worth, TX 76103
There are plenty of gorgeous outdoor spaces to explore near Fort Worth homes for sale, starting with the 160-acre Tandy Hills Natural Area. This conservation area provides a window into the past of DFW in a classic Fort Worth prairie environment. The land has never been developed and is especially beautiful in the spring when prairie flowers are in full bloom.
Ready to find a Texas home that both you and your favorite pet will love? We can help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the DFW area.
Valentine's Day is right around the corner. If you're looking for a way to impress that special someone, flower deliveries are always a big hit!
Choosing the right florist can mean the difference between sending a gift that's truly stunning and one that's underwhelming. If you're not sure which florist to choose, you're in luck. Our real estate agents have had the pleasure of working with some of the best in the area. Here are a few of their recommendations.
Are you ready to find a home you can truly fall in love with just in time for Valentine's Day? We're here to help! Your dream home is out there waiting for you, so don't delay. Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started.
When winter arrives, nothing beats a tasty mug of hot chocolate. There's never a bad time to enjoy this sweet treat, but just in case you needed a reason to celebrate, you'll be glad to know that National Hot Chocolate Day is right around the corner!
When you're ready to warm up, we suggest heading out and paying a visit to one (or more!) of these locations.
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Have you thought about jumping on the bandwagon and making your home smarter in 2021? If not, maybe you should. There are so many ways smart features increase your home's comfort, security, and efficiency that a smart system bears looking at. What's more, if you're listing your home among Dallas homes for sale or Plano homes for sale, you might include the smart system and appliances as a selling point.
In case you're not familiar with all the features you could have with a smart system, let's look at a rundown.
Manage your home's environment from near or far with a smart thermostat. Use an app on your smartphone or tablet to control the temperature; depending on if you have an in-house humidifier, you might even be able to raise or lower humidity. Some systems can sense your approach and raise or lower the temperature for your comfort. Need an analysis of your energy usage? A smart thermostat can do that as well.
Our real estate agents can help you upgrade your home and appliances to create a more convenient, efficient, and secure smart system. Contact us today.
Whether you're trying to find the ideal gift for someone who already has everything or a small, thoughtful stocking stuffer for someone with a sweet tooth, the gift of a sweet treat never goes out of style. Lucky for you, the DFW area is filled with candy shops that offer something to satisfy every taste! From traditional candy made from decades-old family recipes to zany, new candy creations, you can find it all close to home in DFW. Our real estate agents have all the delicious details on 6 great candy shops where you can find your stocking stuffers this year.
Blooms Candy & Soda Pop Shop – 1106 W Main St., Carrollton, TX 75006
Starting as a small flower shop before blossoming into one of the area's best retro candy shops, Blooms Candy & Soda Pop Shop prides itself on serving up candy varieties that you don't see every day. There are more than 800 types of candy available in the store, with unique treats that are a delight for kids young and old.
Fort Worth Fudge and Toffee – 324 N Jim Wright Fwy, Fort Worth, TX 76108
You won't have to travel far from Fort Worth homes for sale to find sweet stocking stuffers, thanks to legendary local candy shops like Fort Worth Fudge and Toffee. Naturally, the fudge is the main attraction, and there are more than 15 types of fudge available to satisfy any sweet tooth. While the shop is not currently open for regular hours, you can still call ahead, make an appointment to visit, and shop to your heart's content.
Kate Weiser Chocolate – 3011 Gulden Ln., Suite 115, Dallas, TX 75212
Searching for sweet, satisfying chocolate near Dallas homes for sale? Make the trip to Kate Weiser Chocolate, where gourmet, hand-crafted treats are always on the menu. If you believe chocolate is an art form, this is a great place to shop. Each piece has been designed to look just as great as it tastes, with expert guidance from lead chocolatier Kate Weiser. No detail is too small for this team, and the results are delicious.
Natalie's Candy Jar – DFW International Airport, Terminal B, DFW Airport, TX 75261
Will your journeys be taking you to the DFW International Airport at any point during the holiday shopping season? Then be sure to check out Natalie's Candy Jar, which has multiple locations throughout the airport where you can shop for sweet gifts. Natalie's Candy Jar is a gourmet, self-serve candy shop with more than 400 varieties available.
Dylan's Candy Bar – 2400 Aviation Dr., Terminal D, DFW Airport, TX 75261
Also located at DFW International Airport, you will find Dylan's Candy Bar, a fun, colorful candy shop that's perfect for finding all of the stocking stuffers you need for the younger members of your holiday shopping list. If you're looking for a larger gift, Dylan's Candy Bar also offers a diverse selection of holiday gift baskets and packages.
CocoAndre Chocolatier – 508 W 7th St., Dallas, TX 75208
Operated by Andrea Pedraza, who has more than 30 years of experience creating world-class candy, chocolate, and truffles, CocoAndre Chocolatier features high-end candy that will look great in any stocking. Go with a classic chocolate or truffle, but don't forget to try unique, delicious treats like the pistachio bark.
Searching for the perfect home where you can share holiday memories with your favorite people for years to come? We can help. Contact us today.
The crisp air of late fall makes this a particularly good time to go for a bike ride in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. And with Go For a Ride Day coming right up on Sunday, November 22, our real estate agents are excited to share some of our favorite bike trails in the DFW.
Contact us today to learn more about life in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. From wide-open spaces to vibrant cities and towns, it's an incredible place to live, and our team is always ready to help you find your dream home.
November 3rd isn't only Election Day; it's also National Sandwich Day. Hot or cold, thin or high, there is no wrong way to make a sandwich. Everybody has their own ideal combination of bread, meat, and cheese, and this simple creation has become the staple of the all-American lunch.
Our real estate agents love our local sandwich shops and pulled together a list of six recommendations we think you should check out on National Sandwich Day.
One of the best parts about living near in or around Dallas / Fort Worth is that there are always new restaurants to try. For more local business recommendations, contact us today!
As culinary icon Julia Child so aptly stated, "A party without a cake is just a meeting." Our real estate agents happily agree that any occasion becomes even more special with a tasty, beautifully-made cake. Add the icing on top of your next event when you order a custom cake from one of these top bakeries around the DFW.
What cake will you choose to celebrate your new home in the DFW? Contact us for help with all your local real estate needs.
NTREIS reports 8% Down Across North Texas
While our NTREIS MLS system reports an 8% decrease in listings in April across the over 40 counties in North Texas, the popular northern suburbs of Dallas report a much higher decrease. And it is that significant decrease in listings that is causing some panic buying with buyers trying to find a home. Multiple offers in the northern suburbs are common. Not at all common in other parts of the DFW area.
Below is the actual decrease in listings in April from one year prior for each suburb:
Homebuilders are starting off 2019 with hopes of another increase in U.S. sales, especially newly built houses. But the building industry also sees an upcoming drop nationally in purchases of preowned homes because of rising affordability issues. "2019 looks like a year of solid, if not spectacular, growth," said Robert Dietz, chief economist of the National Association of Home Builders. "I think new-home sales will be up a tad and existing home sales down." The building industry forecasts a 2 percent rise in nationwide home starts in 2019, making it the best year since the Great Recession. That's the most positive sign in this year's outlook. "We actually have existing home sales declining year-over-year in 2019," Dietz said at the industry's annual meeting this week in Las Vegas. The drop in existing home sales is likely to be between 2 percent and 4 percent this year, according to the latest industry outlook. Preowned home sales in Dallas-Fort Worth fell slightly in 2018 after several years of increases. The decline continued into the new year. Higher mortgage rates and record prices are blamed for the slowdown.
By Claire Ballor – Staff Writer, Dallas Business Journal, October 10, 2018
With a relatively low cost of living and population growth projections that outstrip other U.S. cities by two times, Dallas-Fort Worth has been named the top real estate market to watch in 2019.
The Emerging Trends in Real Estate for 2019 report from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Urban Land Institute ranked the Metroplex as the number one market for overall real estate prospects in 2019 out of 78 other cities. Austin and San Antonio also made it into the top 20 for overall real estate prospects in the annual forecast report, which is compiled from thousands of interviews with real estate experts across a spectrum of industries.
Mitch Roschelle, a partner at PwC, said the economic data points analyzed for the report suggest the strength of the economy and the discipline being practiced in the real estate market. "If there is a downturn ahead of us, it won't be real estate that caused it," he said. "Right now there's way more discipline in all activities in real estate than there has been in any other time in the modern era. We haven't gotten ahead of ourselves in terms of real estate development. I hope that real estate folks remain as conservative as they have in creating new supply."
Roschelle said he's seeing that conservative behavior in Dallas-Fort Worth and it has kept the market from getting ahead of itself despite the ever-growing demand and push for growth.
As for what makes North Texas the one to watch next year, he said several factors come into play.
"The things that have been important in years past have been markets that have low cost of living and low, relative to the national average, cost of doing business. That's where companies want to be and that's where people want to be," Roschelle said.
The low cost of living, low cost of doing business and tax efficiency continue to draw people to Dallas-Fort Worth, he said. And so much so that the area's population growth rate is projected to be more than two times the national average in 2019.
"The growth in the population is skewed towards younger folks in Dallas," Roschelle said. "The growth in the 0 to 24 age category is high and in the 25 to 40 category. [The population] is becoming younger, and those people are all the workers for the future."
But as the population in the Metroplex grows, affordable housing is becoming more of an issue. Although affordable single-family homes are a contributor to Dallas-Fort Worth's success, there aren't enough of them, according to the report. The report says focus group respondents in the Dallas area pointed to an increasingly prevalent "not in my backyard" mentality as the reason for the slow down in available workforce housing.
"Dallas traditionally was a place where there was a piece of land, and if someone wanted to build on it, they just built on it," Roschelle said. Now, though, developers are often met with a "you're not building that thing near me" attitude, which tends to add hurdles like cost and time, he said. This contributes to the problem that Dallas-Fort Worth is facing with additions to housing supply not keeping pace with demand.
What the Dallas area has going for it, though, is a diverse and stable employment base thanks to the wide spectrum of industries represented in the area, Roschelle said. The report indicates that the market is expected to have high growth and low volatility when it comes to employment in 2019.
Here are a few things the report says to keep an eye on in 2019:
Issues on the horizon
North Texas home sales dropped in September by the largest percentage in more than seven years. Preowned home sales in the area fell by 7 percent from September 2017. That was the biggest year-over-year sales decline since early 2011, according to data from the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University and North Texas Real Estate Information Systems. Home sales by real estate agents have been down in three of the last four months. Higher mortgage costs and years of rising home prices have caused some buyers to pull back from the market. Mortgage rates on average are currently about 4.7 percent — the highest level in seven years — and are expected to go higher in 2019. With September's sales decline, preowned home sales by real estate agents in North Texas are now flat with the same period of 2017. A record of more than 106,000 homes sold in the area last year. "We think things are going to be flat," said Dr James Gaines, chief economist for the Real Estate Center. The Dallas-Fort Worth housing market has cooled significantly since early in the year when sales were still up by double-digit percentage rates from 2017 levels.
Home price growth has also slowed. Median home sales prices rose by 4 percent in September from a year earlier to $251,000. For the first nine months of 2018, prices are up 5 percent from the sale period in 2017. With sales declining, the number of houses on the market in North Texas has growth to 25,895 preowned single-family homes listed with real estate agents at the end of last month. That's 16 percent more homes for sale in the area than a year ago. On average it took 44 days to sell the houses that trade in September — up 5 percent from a year earlier. Currently there is about a 3-month supply of homes available for purchase in the more than two dozen North Texas counties included in the survey.
The D-FW area added more than 100,000 jobs in the year ended in March, according to preliminary figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. So far in 2018, D-FW has stayed near the top of the list of U.S. cities with the fastest-growing employment sectors. Job gains in North Texas have topped 100,000 a year for more than four years — an unprecedented economic boom. As long as companies keep bringing so many new jobs to the area, the real estate market will continue to thrive. Add to the jobs, the surge in population growth. Last year, D-FW grew by more than 146,000 people — more than any other major U.S. metro market. More than half of that population gain was from people moving to the area to fill all those newly created jobs.
- Dallas Morning News, May 4, 2018
Interested in experiencing the history, heritage, and culture of Fort Worth, TX, up close and personal? The Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District is a spectacular example of what makes life in the city so special, with history, entertainment, and excitement around every corner. Visiting the Fort Worth Stockyards is like stepping back into a different era, where daily cattle drives, raucous rodeos, and lively, open-air markets are simply part of daily life. There is so much to see in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, and our team is excited to tell you all about it.
How did the Fort Worth Stockyards get its start? Investor Greenlief Simpson visited Fort Worth at the request of a local businessman, found a stockyard full of cattle, and decided to invest. Little did he know that the stockyard was not normally so full, and the extra cattle were there simply due to a railroad strike mixed with some bad weather. Still, the Fort Worth Stockyards had its investor, and would soon become one of the most successful stockyards in the country. Today, you can experience more than 100 years of Fort Worth history, through guided tours or at your own leisure.
One of the best things about Fort Worth homes is that you'll never be far from a fantastic meal, and that's certainly true when you visit the Fort Worth Stockyards. Sample the flavors of Texas with tender, juicy barbecue, on-the-border cuisine, steakhouses, family dining, and plenty of places to grab a drink after your meal.
There is so much to see in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, from family fun to a vibrant, exciting nightlife. Take in one of the twice-daily cattle drives through the district to see what the stockyards are all about, or visit the Cowtown Opry for live performances with a historic spin. The Fort Worth Stockyards are also filled with the sounds of great music, with a wide variety of performance venues suited to both families and adults looking for a fun night on the town.
Whether you're looking for a souvenir, vintage gear, or some of the finest leather products you'll find anywhere, the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District has you covered. Enjoy a wide range of shopping experiences, including art galleries, vintage shops, custom hats, hand-crafted products, jewelry, and antiques. Shop the finest Texas styles, and uncover hidden gems that you won't find anywhere else.
There's plenty to do in the Fort Worth Stockyards no matter when you visit, and there will also be special days to circle on your calendar. The schedule of special events runs year-round at the Fort Worth Stockyards, with live performances, holiday events, rodeos, Wild West shows, and plenty of fun surprises. Families will love all of the kid-friendly events on the schedule, and the many festivals that visit throughout the year. The people of Fort Worth are big on giving back to the community, so it's no surprise that you'll also find a busy schedule of charitable events raising money for good causes.
When you're hard at work searching for your ideal Fort Worth home, our experienced, local real estate team is here to help. Contact RE/MAX DFW Associates to buy and sell homes in Fort Worth, Dallas, and the DFW suburbs.
Families with homes in Fort Worth have their choice of Halloween thrills and chills. Your whole family can walk the neighborhood in quirky disguises. You can fill your days and nights with planned events and whimsical, scary adventures. But not too scary!
When the smallest goblins take part in family Halloween fun, it's important to steer clear of super scary events. Traditional haunting venues may frighten young children a bit too much. They may cause little people nightmares that keep the whole family up late at night.
Our real estate agents know a lot about local businesses, attractions, and family-friendly events. We draw on that knowledge to recommend a list of Halloween events that promise fun for the entire family.
When you need reliable information about Fort Worth or Dallas homes for sale, our DFW real estate professionals can help. Contact RE/MAX DFW Associates when you're buying or selling your home in Texas.