2015 In Review for Dallas Real Estate

We had another fantastic year of growth in the Dallas and Fort Worth area! We have excellent news to share with you today. These numbers benefit home buyers and sellers alike!

The median price for all types of properties rests at $204,355. Compared to last year, that’s an increase of 10.5%.

Nationally, we’ve experienced the appreciation rate slow down a little. As long as inventory remains low, we’re going to see price increases. Currently, we have 2.9 months worth of inventory available in the marketplace. That’s down nearly 15% compared to the past.

The approximate days on the market rests at 25 days. This presents the opportunity to sell quickly! You can sell your home within a month. Plus, if your property has already been listed for any longer, that means you need to change your strategy -- there’s clearly something wrong.

Over the last year, 103,435 properties have sold in the area. That’s up by about 5%. Overall, we’re experiencing a healthy and successful housing market. We had an awesome 2015 and it looks like it will roll into this year as well!

If you’re thinking about buying or selling a home, give me a call or send me an email today. I look forward to working together!

Where to Begin Your Loan Application in Dallas

I decided to apply for a home loan at a big bank, one that has a branch on every corner. Today, I want to share my experience with you and explain why I don't recommend going to big banks for home loans.

Not only did it take up to twenty minutes sitting in the lobby waiting for a banker, when I met with one, they didn't even know how to handle a loan application. For thirty minutes, I got shuffled from person to person until they finally printed a loan application for me!

Here's what they said would happen: Once I filled out the application, I would have to fax it to their central department, which is in a completely different state. Then, seven to nineteen days later, someone would get back to me and let me know what to do from there.

This is why we recommend that you use our loan officer. They will take your loan application over the phone and tell you in 30 minutes why you can or cannot buy a home right now.

Big banks may take seven to ten days to even get assigned to a loan officer. If you need to get a home loan or pre-approval, please talk to us. You need to get a pre-approval before you go out shopping for homes. By the time a big bank figures out your loan application, the property you had your eye on might be already gone.

If you have any questions, give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you!