Dallas-Fort Worth homes had biggest price spike in nation, ReMax report shows

DFW median sale price rose by more than 39 percent in April from year earlier

Re/Max DFW Associates' Todd Luong with Dallas (Remax, iStock) Housing Spike, Dallas
Re/Max DFW Associates' Todd Luong with Dallas (Remax, iStock)

The Dallas-Fort Worth market saw the largest spike in home sales prices in the nation in April, according to the latest Re/Max National Housing Report.

With home prices up 39.5 percent over the same month last year, the jump brought the current median sales price in DFW to $362,782 in April, the Dallas Business Journal reported.

Data on some of the popular suburbs north of DFW show Frisco increased 36.6 percent over a year earlier, McKinney rose 34.2 percent, and Little Elm climbed 33.9 percent, according to Todd Luong, a real estate agent with Re/Max DFW Associates.

“Corporate relocations have been the primary driver for all this,” he said in an email to the publication. “During these past 10 years, office space in Dallas-Fort Worth has increased by over 55 million square feet, and only New York City has had more office space growth.”

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Luong, who has had more than 15 years of full-time real estate experience, called the increases “astonishing,” and said that population and job growth are behind the home price gains across North Texas. Industrial space in Dallas-Fort Worth also grew by 230 million square feet, he said, creating more jobs and in turn bringing more people to the area.

The median sales price of all 53 metro areas studied across the U.S. was $420,000 in April 2022, according to the Re/Max report.

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Luong noted that the high price growth affects longtime homeowners and current and recent home buyers and sellers. No metro areas saw a year-over-year decrease in median sales price, and 41 metro areas increased year-over-year by double-digit percentages.

These were led by DFW’s 39.5 percent, Fayetteville, Arkansas, at +33.4 percent; Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, at +31.2 percent; Dover, Delaware, at 29.2 perent; and Las Vegas, Nev., at 28.6 percent.

The average home appraisals across Dallas County are up 25% compared with previous years, said Luong, and although wages have climbed in DFW, home prices are climbing faster.

“I have never had so many people asking me for help with protesting their property taxes than this year,” Luong said. “I hope there can be property tax relief for homeowners in the future. Otherwise, some people may not be able to afford to live in their current neighborhood anymore.”

Active inventory was up 10.9 percent in DFW to 7,260 homes in April compared with last year, and the average number of days homes were on the market before selling fell to 19 in April compared with 25 days a year ago, according to Re/Max.

Year-over-year sales dropped by 11.9 percent, falling from 9,767 in April 2021 to 8,602 in April 2022.

[Dallas Business Journal] — James Bell