DFW Summer Bucket List

Looking for fun activities for the family this summer?  Our area hosts a great deal of fun indoor and outdoor activities.

Texas summer is calling you to get outside and go experience all of the culture, food and fun that Dallas-Fort Worth has to offer during this blissful season. To make your trip to the DFW Metroplex as memorable as possible, I’ve broken down the ultimate summer bucket list into the top activities. Choose your category of choice and see what’s awaiting you in DFW this summer.

COOL OFF ON THE WATER

Sail Dallas (Lewisville)
Want to explore the wide open waters and pick up a new skill while you’re at it? Sail Dallas is what you need this summer season. With courses for beginners and veterans alike, you’ll catch summer rays and relax all day on Lake Lewisville. Book your lesson here.

Gaylord Texan Resort (Grapevine)
In need of a staycation? The Gaylord Texan Resort is the perfect place to stay this summer. The rooms, rates and restaurants are first-class, and those seeking a splash can partake in all the water park thrills they desire at the Paradise Springs waterpark. Plan your Grapevine getaway here.

Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark (Grand Prairie)
Beat the heat and have a blast all at once: The Epic Waters adventure proves you don’t need to see a beach to have great fun on the water. With over 80,000 square feet of rides, slides, pools and party space, it’s easy to see why they call this park “epic.” Learn more here.

WINE & DINE

The Rustic (Dallas)
Few venues can merge music, magnificent food and delicious drinks as effortlessly as The Rustic in Dallas. This all-inclusive establishment offers shows every weekend and it’s the perfect place to start or end your group’s night out. Learn more here.

Legacy Hall (Plano)
This addition to the luxurious offerings of Legacy West is a next-level food court that serves up delish dishes for days. Thai, Mexican, Italian and American cuisine are all options with enough savory sweets to satisfy all your cravings. Grab a spot on the patio at the Box Garden to listen to live music while you chow down. Learn more here.

Texas Truck Yard (Dallas)
The Truck Yard gifts visitors with dog-friendly dining in a cozy atmosphere and a plethora of delicious options. Cheesesteaks, tasty brews and even ice cream are all on the menu here, and the vibe is perfect for a family outing or a lunch date with friends. Get truckin’ and plannin’ by perusing the menu.

SOAK UP SOME CULTURE 

American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum (Fort Worth)
Nosedive into history with this gem of a museum which offers a first class experience for aviation fans and new travelers alike. You’ll explore the history of flying and aircraft—particularly as it relates to America’s most storied airline. Learn more about this fly museum.

National Videogame Museum (Frisco)
The official videogame museum of the U.S. is right here in Frisco and it contains over 100,000 artifacts of gaming history. Veteran gamers and newbies to the craft are all welcome in this celebration of the art and community of gaming. Gear up and get your game on here.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not (Grand Prairie)
Oddballs, oddities and the eighth, ninth and tenth wonders of the world reside right here at this grand Grand Prairie museum. From wax figures to mazes and mirages, this wacky museum will make a believer out of even the most skeptical skeptics. Learn more here.

SOAK UP SOME SUN 

Texas Rangers and Frisco RoughRiders (Arlington + Frisco)
Summer is the perfect time to catch a ballgame, and DFW has two talented teams to enjoy. The Texas Rangers offer major league fun at Globe Life Park in Arlington while their minor league affiliate, the Frisco RoughRiders, play in the Dr Pepper Ballpark where you can float in the lazy river while watching the game. Get your Rangers tickets here, and your RoughRiders tickets here.

Fort Worth Botanic Garden (Fort Worth)
Feeling something a little more low key? Grab your beloved and head to Fort Worth where you can stroll through all the botanical beauty that this gorgeous garden has to offer. Learn more here.

Klyde Warren Park (Dallas)
Toss a frisbee, go for a walk or lounge around with a good read: You can do it all and more at Klyde Warren Park. And when you get hungry, you have a wide array of food trucks at your disposal. Or, you can savor some good eats at Savor Gastropub, a swanky patio eatery that offers some of the best lobster puffs in North Texas.

Source: https://visitdfw.com/things-to-do-this-summer-in-dallas-fort-worth-bucket-list/
 
 
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Don’t Fall Victim To Cyber Criminals

WARNING! WIRE FRAUD ADVISORY:

Wire fraud and email/phishing attacks are on the rise! If you have an escrow or closing transaction with us and you receive an email containing NEW or REVISED wiring instructions, DO NOT respond to the email.  Instead, call your closing team immediately, using a previously provided phone number or email address, to verify instructions prior to sending funds. DO NOT use any contact information provided in the suspected phishing email!

SELLERS:  Bring your banking information to the closing table.  We will give you a wiring instructions form for your completion and your original signature.  We will only wire your sales proceeds based on those completed instructions.

OUT OF TOWN SELLERS:  Include your original signed wiring instructions form along with the fully executed closing documents when you return your closing package to us.

BUYERS:  Once requested by you, we will send our wiring instructions directly to you in secure email communication noted by [rtt-secure] in the subject line.  THESE INSTRUCTIONS WILL NEVER CHANGE.  Before you initiate your purchase money wire, please call your Republic Title of Texas, Inc. closing team to verify the wiring instructions.  Just a reminder, a cashier’s check may be the safer option.

If you are ever in doubt about an email or wiring instructions, please call your closing team at Republic of Texas, Inc.  You can find a list of all of  our offices under locations on our website.

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Cyber Security Threats

We have all been or no someone that has been affected by cyber security threats,  There seems to be a new threat everyday.  From email hacks, to company breaches, to those scary phone calls from the “IRS”, we all need to be on alert and educate ourselves and our customers on how to protect our information from these scams and threats.  

We have two great classes coming up that will give you some tools that will help you learn how to protect sensitive personal data in today’s ‘electronic’ age.  Please RSVP today!

May Stats Are In!

Our Stats at a Glance are here!  Click here to see our new format of the stats by county.  For more detailed information, check out this link.  Or for full stats by county, click here.  If you need past DFW Real Estate Stats information, please visit our Resource Section located on all of our office pages.

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Texas Housing Insight

Here is a great post from Texas A&M Real Estate Center regarding home sales.

Texas housing sales reached record highs as lower mortgage rates and the healthy labor market spurred demand across the price spectrum. Increased activity is quickly eating away the marginal inventory expansion that occurred last year. Housing starts continued to fall short, but momentum is building in the residential supply pipeline as loan values and permit issuance increased. Pricing pressures picked up but held well below peak growth levels. Waning affordability and the shortage of homes priced below $300,000 remained the biggest challenges facing the housing market. Texas’ robust economy and population growth, however, support a favorable outlook.

Supply*

The Texas Residential Construction Cycle (Coincident) Index, which measures current construction activity, inched downward as construction values trended downward. The Residential Construction Leading Index, however, ticked up for the fourth consecutive month amid falling interest rates and increases in construction permits. The extended economic expansion in Texas and across the nation bodes well for the housing market.

First-quarter private bank loan data indicated a rebound in residential construction investment after a sluggish 2018. Loan values for one-to-four-unit properties jumped 4.4 percent quarter over quarter (QOQ), and multifamily loans increased 1.7 percent after three consecutive quarterly declines. Single-family construction permits followed loan values upward, rising 9.1 percent year to date (YTD). Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) remained the national leaders, issuing 3,346 and 3,068 monthly permits, respectively. Austin ranked fifth nationally with 1,790 permits, posting its fifth consecutive monthly increase. In San Antonio, permits stabilized around 705 after significant first-quarter volatility.

Total Texas housing starts flattened around a four-year trend despite increased population and a growing economy. Starts in the single-family sector trended upward, particularly with development in Central Texas. In contrast, single-family private construction values fell across the state. While luxury-home construction has stalled over the past year, the new-home price distribution does not explain the persistent decline in construction values. That said, Texas’ single-family construction value-per-start ratio hovered around its lowest level since the Great Recession.

Flat housing starts held Texas’ months of inventory (MOI) below four months. Last year’s stretch of slow and steady inventory growth has stalled amid rebounding demand. A total MOI around six months is considered a balanced housing market. The MOI for homes priced below $300,000 retracted after marginal relief in 2018. The supply of active listings dropped below 2.9 months for homes priced less than $200,000 and approached 3.2 months in the $200,000-$300,000 range. A slowdown in the rate of Multiple Listing Service (MLS) listings hitting the market weighed on inventories at the lower end of the market.

The MOI reversed downward in all of the major metros. Austin’s MOI dropped to a YTD low below 2.5 months. Fort Worth followed closely behind at 2.6 MOI. Houston and San Antonio posted their first MOI decline of the year, dropping to 4.0 and 3.6 months, respectively. Dallas was the exception, where inventories inched above 3.4 months, nearly a month higher than in April 2018.

Demand

Texas surpassed a record-high 30,000 total housing sales in April as lower mortgage rates provided some relief to waning affordability. Sales increased across the price spectrum, but a third of the growth occurred in the $200,000-$300,000 price cohort. The luxury market, consisting of homes priced more than $500,000, accounted for a quarter of the growth with more than 2,800 single-family units sold.

Housing sales reached record highs and double-digit YTD growth in all of the major metros. The existing-home market, which accounts for nearly two-thirds of sales activity, generated the positive momentum. Dallas and Austin led the way with 10.3 and 9.0 percent total sales growth, respectively. Houston sales jumped 7.1 percent, while Fort Worth and San Antonio posted monthly growth above 3 percent.

Robust demand pulled Texas’ average days on market (DOM) down to 60 days, but market movements were mixed across the major metros. The Austin DOM sank below 55 days, while Dallas’ metric trended up to that level for the first time since 2013. Houston’s DOM dipped below 59 days, and San Antonio hovered around the statewide average. In Fort Worth the DOM plateaued in December and has since hovered around 43 days.

Continued concerns of global economic growth and trade uncertainty pulled interest rates down for the sixth consecutive month. The ten-year U.S. Treasury bond yield fell to an annual low of 2.5 percent, while the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation’s 30-year fixed-rate dropped below 4.2 percent. Texans capitalized on lower rates, pushing mortgage applications for home purchases up 17.8 percent YTD. These data corroborate the uptick in sales activity across the state, particularly in affordability constrained markets. Refinance mortgage applications, which are more sensitive to interest rate fluctuations, increased 38.2 percent over the same period.

Prices

The recent spurt of demand pushed prices upward after a relatively calm start to the year. The Texas median home price increased $2,000 to $238,000, surpassing 4.1 percent YOY growth for the first time since October. While still increasing, home prices are no longer soaring at double-digit levels YOY as in 2017. Austin and Dallas maintained the highest median price at $303,800 and $288,800, respectively, but remained on a flat trajectory. The Houston ($241,250) and Fort Worth ($237,100) median maintained steady YOY growth at 2.2 and 3.0 percent, respectively, while San Antonio ($227,300) posted 4.3 percent YOY growth.

The Texas Repeat Sales Index suggested stronger home price appreciation in Central Texas with Austin and San Antonio posting 4.6 and 5.2 percent YOY growth, respectively. The Houston and Fort Worth index increased 2.9 and 3.7 percent, respectively. On the other hand, YOY growth decelerated to 2.1 percent in Dallas, the lowest level since 2012.

Source – James P. Gaines, Luis B. Torres, Wesley Miller, and Paige Woodson (June 11, 2019)    https://www.recenter.tamu.edu/articles/technical-report/Texas-Housing-In…

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Texas State Parks

Texas has some of the most beautiful state parks in the country.  Here are links to all of the state parks.  Enjoy planning your next road trip!

State Parks

 
State Forest
 
State Historic Site
 
State Fish Hatchery
 
State Fish Hatchery
 
National Parks
 
National Forests
 
National Historic Site
 
National Historic Park
 
National Wildlife Refuges
 
National Recreation Areas
 
National Seashore
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Instagram: I Have An Account, Now What?

One of our most popular CE classes is consistently our “Instagram: I Have An Account, Now What?” class. We all know how important it is to have a presence on social media, but how do you create content, know which hashtags to use and most importantly, connect with buyers and sellers? Our technology trainers Robin Riggs and Annette Carvalho are here to help! Read on for Robin and Annette’s top takeaways from our popular class and visit us at www.republictitle.com/residential-education for a full list of upcoming CE classes.

Use Hashtags and Link to your Website

  • Using the “Stair Step” approach, users can spread out hashtags using the Stair step approach (hashtags with lower #’s mean you might be seen more.  So if you did 27 hashtags (which we don’t necessarily recommend) use nine that have 0-50K followers, nine with 50K-100K followers, and nine with 100-250K followers, etc.
  • Make sure to include contact information – including your website – in your Instagram bio.

Connect with your sphere by turning on “Post Notifications”

  • Because Instagram is always changing their algorithmic feed, you may not see everyone that you follow consistently. Make sure to turn on Post Notifications for the accounts that you want to make sure and see.

Use Direct Messages

  • Did you know that you can direct message up to 50 people at a time?

GeoTag your Posts

  • Searching by “Places” is an entire search category on Instagram. Make sure you are using this feature!

Use Instagram Live

  • This is a powerful tool that Instagram is promoting – you will reach more of your audience using Live since Instagram features those videos in a different way.
  • A best practice in using Instagram Live is to promote your live video in advance with email or Facebook. For example: “Catch me LIVE on Instagram Friday at 10am where I will share my 10 biggest tips for getting your home ready for the market.”

For MUCH more on Instagram, social media and other technology trends, sign up for one of our CE classes at www.republictitle.com/residential-education