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Inventory Levels are LOW!

by Christie Cannon

Housing Inventory Slowly Disappearing | Keeping Current Matters

The price of any item is determined by the supply of that item, and the market demand. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) released their latest Existing Home Sales Report this week.

Inventory Levels & Demand

Amidst reporting on the fact that sales of existing homes rose 1.2% from January, and outpaced year-over-year figures for the fifth consecutive month, was the news that total unsold housing inventory is at 4.6-month supply.

This is down 0.5% from last February and remains below the 6 months that is needed for a historically normal market.

Consumer confidence is at the highest level in over a decade. Pair that with interest rates still under 4%, new programs available for down payments as low as 3%, and you have an attractive market for buyers.

Buyer demand for housing remains twice as high as this time last year.

Prices Rising

February marked the 36th consecutive month of year-over-year price gains as the median price of existing homes sold rose to $202,600 (up 7.5% from 2014).

So What Does This Mean?

The chart below shows the impact that inventory levels have on home prices.

Impact of Inventory on Home Prices | Keeping Current Matters

NAR’s Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun gave some insight into the correlation:

"Insufficient supply appears to be hampering prospective buyers in several areas of the country and is hiking prices. Stronger price growth is a boon for homeowners looking to build additional equity, but it continues to be an obstacle for current buyers looking to close before (interest) rates rise."

Bottom Line

If you are debating putting your home on the market this year, now may be the time. The amount of buyers ready and willing to make a purchase is at the highest level in years. Contact a local professional in your area to get the process started

Is the Housing Market Back? Ask Lowes & Home Depot! | Keeping Current Matters

A recent Bloomberg Business article reports that both Lowes & Home Depot experienced fourth quarter profits that beat revenue projections by the most in six quarters. So what does that mean to the housing market?

Consumer Confidence

Lowe’s Chief Executive Officer Robert Niblock said,

“Consumers are feeling better about their jobs, their wages and certainly feeling better about the value of their home, they are re-engaging in projects that they have put off.”

Sales to professional contractors have increased significantly as well, and were a driving factor in the quarter. Home Depot’s Chief Financial Officer Carol Tome calls this a “sign of health. If they are putting more items in their basket, it means they have work coming at them.”

Home Values Rising

In a quarterly consumer survey conducted by Lowe’s since 2007, the percentage of respondents who said that the value of their home is rising increased to its highest value ever, at 50%.

Whether Americans are finally adding that man-cave they’ve always wanted, or renovating a master suite, an increased confidence in the value of one’s home often sparks homeowners to invest in big-ticket projects.

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports that the median price of an existing home (for all housing types) rose year-over-year for the 35th consecutive month.

Not all who are renovating are planning on staying in their home. The Demand Institute reports that “nearly half of American households plan to move at some point in the future.”

For those who are planning on listing their home this spring, spending the time and money needed to update that 1950’s bathroom or kitchen can fetch higher prices in today’s market.

Bottom Line

Meeting with a local real estate professional can give you insight into the small (or big) improvements your home could use to draw the highest price and return on investment this spring.  Have Questions about our local market? - Please give me a call - Christie Cannon - 469-951-9588

Wondering the latest & greatest in Frisco's development future? - The Frisco Economic Development Council's own Jim Gandy recently presented to the GroupOne Real Estate Network (a network of some of Frisco's top producing real estate proffesionals). Click the link HERE to see some of Frisco's latest, greatest, & upcoming!  

Key Stats & Points:

  • Frisco's project build out population is expected at 350,000!
  • Current average home values are at $317,560
  • Current Frisco ISD enrollment is 49,287.
  • Frisco experienced 307% growth since 2000.
Upcoming projects include:
  • The 5 Billion Dollar Mile
  • Frisco Bridges Place
  • Frisco Hyatt House
  • Texas Scottish Rite Hospital
  • Stonebrook Business Park
  • Grand Park
  • Gearbox Software
  • Frisco Commerce Center
  • Hampton Inn & Suites
  • Performance Indoor Training (PIT)
  • Cornerstone Automation Systems
  • Frisco North
Special thanks to the EDC for their time & consideration & it is always a treat to see what the future holds for our city! - Have Questions? Please call Christie Cannon - 469-951-9588 

Grandscape in The Colony - a Game Changer?

by Christie Cannon

The Colony TX scored a huge commercial win a few years back, the culmination of which is come due.  The corner-stone of this development plan is ambitious project - Grandscape.  Billed as one of the largest & most unique mixed use developments in the nation, this complex boasts 400+ acres, 3.9 million sqft of retail space, entertainment, & dining.  It is in a prime location to serve The Colony, Castle Hills, Plano, Frisco, & more -not to mention the 306k cars per day projected to cruise past this development in 2015!  The driving force behind this development is the massive Nebraska Furniture Mart of Texas. With Nebraska Furniture Mart's grand opening almost upon us.. it will be amazing to see how this project advances! - Have Questions?  Please call Christie Cannon - 469-951-9588 

 

Nebraska Furniture Mart - The Colony, TX - OPENING SOON

by Christie Cannon

Everything is bigger in TX.... to the tune of 1.8+ million square feet if you are the Nebraska Furniture Mart of Texas.  This new shopping experience is part of a rejuvination of The Colony & Castle Hills areas, which includes new & updated projects like Grandscape.  The cities newest commercial anchor, Nebraska Furniture Mart will be making their grand opening in the next month, complete with an appearance by Omaha's very own Warren Buffett.  They are currently projecting over $1Bn in annual sales!  Nebraska Furniture Mart is already ramping up the advertisements & a few giveaways to start the buzz.  

Check out a few sneak peeks below! - Have Questions please feel free to give me a call! - Christie Cannon

 


The long time buzz appears to have come true... Frisco's own Brinkmann Ranch (the original Southfork Ranch from the Dallas TV show) has sold off another 330+ acres of their prime real estate.  It appears that Landon Homes (most recently of Richwoods, Frisco fame) may be looking to develop another gated community here in East Frisco.  As one of the last large land "hold-outs" here in Frisco it will be shocking to many to see another part of this icon finally in the hands of developers.  With current low inventory levels, the continued sharp rise in land prices, and the expansion of Main st (east of Preston) it was only a matter of time. While this isn't the first parcel Brinkmann has sold, nor is it the iconic corner property (part of the original, smaller ranch) at Main & Preston - it is still an interesting development bound to capture the interest of many Frisco residents.  

For those who may be short on their Frisco TX history, or the history of the Brinkmann Ranch - it is owned by Baxter Brinkmann, the founder, owner & CEO of Brinkmann Corporation (grills, outdoor recreational equipment, & more). The Ranch is a true working ranch and had held well over 5500 acres. The ranch runs a Black Angus & Longhorn cattle operation, as well as breeding program which has garned world recognition & offered multiple award winning horses.   Prior to Brinkmann's ownership, the ranch was know as the Cloyce Box Ranch (Box Ranch).  To the general US population, the Cloyce Box Ranch became know as "Southfork" in the original season of Dallas.  After the first production season, the show was moved (at the Box family's request) off the property, where it settled to the west in Parker at the now more recognized Southfork location (previously called Duncan Acres).  The Cloyce Box ranch became not only an icon in Frisco, but became a symbol of the "bigger in Texas" attitude that the nation came to assume of a Dallas cattleman. The site offered the perfect setting for local & national events.  The Ranch (under both Brinkmann & Box ownership) hosted the famous Cattle Baron's Ball on several occasions.  Cloyce Box, a former NFL player turned oil-man & entrepreneur, was as interesting a character as the ranch itself.  Cloyce's son Doug Box wrote a very well regarded book, "Cutter Frisco", which chronicled life growing up on the ranch.  Tragically, in 1987 the original & grand home (storied to have built in the 1940's to replicate Scarlett O'Hara's plantation home) caught fire & burned down - you can watch news reel footage on the internet about the tragedy. Sadly, Mr.Cloyce Box passed away prior to being able to reconstruct the home (hence the structure you still see standing as a frame today).  Amazingly, the original staircase of the house survived the fire & can be found, along with an amazing exhibit, at the Frisco Heritage Museum.  

Moving forward it will be interesting to see how the large remaining tracts are treated.  Long has been an expressed desire to see a large corporate campus, but with the competing interest of rising home prices & land values - only Mr. Brinkmann & the future buyer may know for sure!

One thing is for sure, the "original Dallas" is (or perhaps soon to be "was") truly a Frisco original.

- Have some history to add? Have some history to correct? - We are happy to hear from you.  - Kevin Cannon - 214-714-4032 

Foreclosure Inventory Remains on the Right Track

by Christie Cannon

Foreclosure Inventory Down 35.5% from Last Year | Keeping Current Matters

According to the CoreLogic National Foreclosure Report“approximately 552,000 homes in the US were in some state of foreclosure as of December 2014”. This figure is down 34.3% from the 840,000 homes in December of 2013. December marked the 38th consecutive month in which there were year-over-year declines.

Anand Nallathambl, the President & CEO of CoreLogic, is hopeful for the future, saying:

“At current foreclosure rates, we expect to see the foreclosure inventory in the U.S. drop below 500,000 homes sometime in the first quarter of 2015 which would be another milestone in the healing of the housing market.”

The map below shows the percentages of foreclosure inventory in each of the 50 states and Washington D.C. Thirty-six states have inventory below the national rate of 1.4% and can be seen in two shades of green.

CoreLogic Foreclosure Inventory | Keeping Current Matters

Bottom Line

Even though some states have not recovered completely from the foreclosure crisis, the nation as a whole is on the right track as inventory decreases. 

Awlays kee in mind, not only is the data local.... it is hyper-local!  Want to know more about your area, please give me a call - Christie Cannon

Where to Invest in Housing in 2015 - Forbes Magazine

by Christie Cannon

Forbes Magazine published their "where to invest" list for 2015. Not surprisingly, Texas holds five spots on the "Best Buy" list with Austin (1), Dallas (3), Houston (5), San Antonio (6), & Fort Worth (10). While prices in Texas have been accelerating between 7-12% annually, it is a combination of buyer demand & a diverse economy that help keep our TX cities on the list.

Read the entire article here at Forbes.com.  

Where are Americans Moving From?

by Christie Cannon

Real Estate Headed in the Right Direction?

by Christie Cannon

 

Real Estate Heading in the “Right Direction” | Keeping Current Matters

The housing market has taken a great turn toward recovery over the last few years. The opinions of the American public toward real estate took longer to recover, until recently.

For the first time since 2006, Americans have an overall positive view of real estate, giving the industry a 12% positive ranking in a Gallup poll.

Americans were asked to rate 24 different business sectors and industries on a five-point scale ranging from "very positive" to "very negative." The poll was first conducted in 2001, and has been used as an indicator of “Americans’ overall attitudes toward each industry”.

America's View on Real Estate | Keeping Current Matters

Americans’ view of the real estate industry worsened from 2003 to the -40% plummet of 2008.  Gallup offers some insight into the reason for decline:

Prices Dropped

“In late 2006, real estate prices in the U.S. began falling rapidly, and continued to drop. Many homeowners saw their home values plummet, likely contributing to real estate's image taking a hard hit.”

Housing Bubble

“The large drops in the positive images of banking and real estate in 2008 and 2009 reflect both industries' close ties to the recession, which was precipitated in large part because of the mortgage-related housing bubble.”

Bottom Line

“Although the image of real estate remains below the average of 24 industries Gallup has tracked, the sharp recovery from previous extreme low points suggests it is heading in the right direction.”

- Have Questions?  Call Christie - 469-951-9588 

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Christie Cannon
Keller Williams Realty
4783 Preston Road. Ste 100
Frisco TX 75034
469-951-9588
972-215-7747
Fax: 214-853-4774