Dallas Real Estate Trends
According to a new U.S. Census Bureau report, Dallas-Fort Worth drew in more people than any other metropolitan area in 2007. The area's population increased by 162,250 people between July 1, 2006, and July 1, 2007. Population growth, affordable housing, relatively low interest rates, a central location and mild climate all point to strong future demand for housing
The article reports:
This upswing was initially forecasted earlier this year, when area real estate experts theorized that the record number of Dallas foreclosures would eventually shift in favor of the homebuyer.
These numbers are certainly positive. And they support the theories of area experts. But they also pose interesting questions, as well as reason for concern.
First, the numbers might be too positive. While these combined elements are noteworthy, they not miraculous. They might, however, still be enough to stir the market into action.
Caution should be exercised. An increase in home sales, especially compared to 2006's sales--when the market was tumbling toward a downward spiral--do not necessarily reflect an overall turnaround in home sales.
Today's enterprising homebuyer needs to focus on his or her personal financial situation. Regardless of market trends, jumping too quickly into a questionable investment could have consequences.
Second, if this news stirs significant buyers into action, and the market is not yet stable, new homeowners and investors alike might well find themselves in the same situation as a year or two ago, when stagnant property, swollen market prices, and a decimated economy forced owners into foreclosure.
The key is to watch the numbers. If property prices continue to fall, wait to buy. If they flatten out, wait for Dallass economy to bounce back, then buy right before the iron gets hot.
For homebuyers, the article continues:
"Not everyone who wants to buy a home can do so right now, even if they have good credit. Despite the low financing rates, buyers are still having to meet higher credit standards as a result of the ongoing stress in the financial markets."
Fortunately, Dallas renters have been spared dramatic increases in monthly costs. If a person wants to buy, but does not yet have the credit or capital to do so, now is a good time to rent property.
Wait until you are ready to buy. The real estate market serves wise investments well.
Positive news is positive news nonetheless. If you are ready to buy property in Dallas, the current prices might be the best you'll see.
But if you're interested in Dallas apartments, Promove has comprehensive listings, complete with photographs, virtual tours, maps, and will guide you every step on the way to your ideal apartment.
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Michael Russell writes for Promove. Promove services renters with step-by-step assistance, helping them locate, secure, and move into their ideal apartments. Visit Promove if you are interested in Dallas Apartments.