Housing Boom

Red-hot Dallas-Fort Worth bucks this nationwide real estate trend

Red-hot Dallas-Fort Worth bucks this nationwide real estate trend

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Home inventory — and especially values — are up in Dallas. Photo courtesy of Dallas City Center Realtors

Zillow reports that the number of for-sale homes across the nation is dropping at its fastest pace in almost four years, but that's definitely not the case in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Our red-hot real estate market has 8.3 percent more homes for sale this year than last, with single-family home rentals and median home values also on an upward trajectory.

Nationally, home shoppers have 9 percent fewer homes from which to choose this year. That's the greatest drop in inventory since August 2013, when inventory was down more than 10 percent. Zillow says those rentals are to blame, but even a 66 percent local increase in home rentals can't slow DFW down.

"Thousands of single-family homes that were once bought and sold every few years prior to the recession have now been converted into rental properties by investors, trading hands much less frequently and further contributing to inventory shortages," says Zillow's chief economist, Dr. Svenja Gudell. "Inventory has been falling for years, with supply no longer meeting demand."

The typical home stayed on the market for just 77 days in April, the fewest days ever reported on Zillow. In DFW, that time frame was 64 days. That might be because DFW is enjoying a median home value increase of 11.2 percent, second only to Seattle and well above the national median increase of 7.4 percent. The median home value in DFW, according to Zillow, is $209,200.

Home inventory is rising even more rapidly in Austin, which has a nearly 24 percent increase — by far the most in the nation. Home values are up a healthy 7.5 percent, with rental inventory also up 65.5 percent.

The numbers are similar in Houston, where sellable inventory has increased 9 percent and rentals have risen 59 percent. Only H-Town's home values seem to be decreasing, with its -2.7 percentage the smallest in the study.

San Antonio is the only Texas city with lower inventory, but it's negligible, at a mere 0.9 percent. Home values there are also lower than the national median, up only 5.7 percent, while rental growth is also lagging at 38.8 percent.