Texas Housing Insight February 2023 Summary

February’s housing market shows 2023 has returned to normal seasonal trends, something not experienced since 2019. Housing sales are back on trend with increases for the month, as are construction starts and permits. Rebounding to pre-pandemic levels means sales and construction activity are still decreased compared with the previous two years. This is likely due to inflated mortgage rates and high inflation. Days on market (DOM) increased across all major metros as inventory rose because of deflated demand. All of these factors point to a cooling housing market and a return to form.

Supply* Rises as Inventory Gains Ground

Single-family construction permits reversed their course for February, gaining significant ground with a 17 percent increase month over month (MOM). All four major metros contributed to the statewide rise, as they all had positive gains for February. Houston led the way with a 33 percent increase over last month (3,793 permits), while Austin lagged the rest with a 0.7 percent gain (1,160 permits).

Construction generally hits a seasonal low in December, and peaks in March or June. Single-family construction starts are following this trend with a seasonally adjusted MOM increase of almost 2 percent. December’s low point reached levels not seen since 2015, due in large part to the drastic increase in mortgage rates. March starts, around 9,200 according to Dodge Data & Analytics, pale in comparison to the previous two March levels, which were record-breaking peaks at the time.

The state’s total single-family starts value reached $4.3 billion in February, down from $7.5 billion in February 2022. Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) are responsible for more than half of that. Houston continues to account for the largest portion of Texas’ construction values with 29 percent of the market share. DFW accounts for 25 percent.  Austin and San Antonio remained on par with previous years’ market percentage shares.

February’s active listings continued their upward trend since March 2022 after having slowed in the past two months, when the metric fell to 91,000 units after seasonal adjustment. Although, these levels are still lower than pre-pandemic listing levels. Additionally, despite the small dip last month, months of inventory (MOI) returned to an upward trend as inventory levels reached three months. Austin’s MOI fell to just below three months. Dallas followed a similar trend, with MOI dropping to 2.2 months. Meanwhile, Houston and San Antonio bolstered the state with increases, raising the overall months of inventory.

Demand Increases as Sales and Prices Jump

Housing demand started the new year with an upward trend, as sales volume expanded for two consecutive months. Total home sales had a strong boost of 7.8 percent MOM, doubling last month’s 3.7 percent growth. Sales gained more than 2,000 transactions in a month, marching upward to a seasonally adjusted rate of 29,728 closings. Austin and Houston, the two metros that had their great rebound in January, stayed flat this month (Table 1). Meanwhile, Dallas and San Antonio spiked up. Dallas’ 17.1 percent growth brought more than 1,200 additional homes under contract in February.

Sales across all price cohorts continued to follow their normal seasonal cycle with sales increasing through all price cohorts. Homes in the $300K-$400K range remain at the epicenter of the market, making up 28 percent of Texas sales. This constitutes a 2 percent increase in market share for this price cohort over February 2022. DFW increased its market share by a similar 2 percent this month in the same cohort, as the other metros stayed on course with YOY market shares. Despite sales activity picking up, Texas’ average DOM steadily advanced four days in 2023 to 56 days. Compared with the five-year average of 59 days before 2020, the housing market is fast approaching historic norms. Austin posted a ten-year record of 71 days this month, the longest market time since 2013. This is a major swing from the intense market conditions from just a year ago.

Austin homes’ time on market uniformly lengthened across all price cohorts, while other metros had mixed trends. Among the homes valued above $400K, Austin’s DOM ranged from 57 to 69 days, at least ten days longer than the corresponding cohort in the DFW market. Houston homes in the $750K and above price cohort were in a hot market, staying on market only one day longer than homes below $200K.

Prices Flatten as Rates Remain High 

Texas’ median home price mostly stayed flat from the previous month, and only 0.6 percent higher than a year ago (Table 2). However, home prices did fall in Austin with 4.6 percent MOM and 12.2 percent YOY decreases. Dallas and San Antonio still saw low-single-digit price growth from a year ago.

The ten-year U.S. Treasury bond yield reversed the dwindling trend and marched upward 22 basis points to 3.8 percent. The Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation’s 30-year fixed-rate saw the fourth consecutive moderation since November, falling to 6.3 percent.

High mortgage rates have discouraged many homebuyers, driving demand down over the past year. The Texas Repeat Sales Home Price Index accounts for compositional price effects and provides a better measure of changes in single-family home values. Texas’ index gained 3.1 percent MOM. Austin stood out with an 8 percent YOY decrease. The other four metros had minor single-digit YOY increases, indicating possible price normalization.


* All measurements are calculated using seasonally adjusted data, and percentage changes are calculated month over month, unless stated otherwise.

Source – Joshua Roberson, Weiling Yan, and John Shaunfield (April 19, 2023)


Earth Day 2016

History of Earth Day

Earth Day was founded in 1970 as a day of education about environmental issues, and Earth Day 2019 occurs on Monday, April 22. The holiday is now a global celebration that’s sometimes extended into Earth Week, a full seven days of events focused on green living. The brainchild of Senator Gaylord Nelson and inspired by the protests of the 1960s, Earth Day began as a “national teach-in on the environment” and was held on April 22 to maximize the number of students that could be reached on university campuses. By raising public awareness of pollution, Nelson hoped to bring environmental causes into the national spotlight.

Earth Day History

By the early 1960s Americans were becoming aware of the effects of pollution on the environment. Rachel Carson’s 1962 bestseller “Silent Spring” raised the specter of the dangerous effects of pesticides on America’s countrysides. Later in the decade, a 1969 fire on Cleveland’s Cuyahoga River shed light on the problem of chemical waste disposal. Until that time, protecting the planet’s natural resources was not part of the national political agenda, and the number of activists devoted to large-scale issues such as industrial pollution was minimal. Factories pumped pollutants into the air, lakes and rivers with few legal consequences. Big, gas-guzzling cars were considered a sign of prosperity. Only a small portion of the American population was familiar with–let alone practiced–recycling.

Did you know? A highlight of the United Nations’ Earth Day celebration in New York City is the ringing of the Peace Bell, a gift from Japan, at the exact moment of the vernal equinox.

Elected to the U.S. Senate in 1962, Senator Gaylord Nelson, a Democrat from Wisconsin, was determined to convince the federal government that the planet was at risk. In 1969, Nelson, considered one of the leaders of the modern environmental movement, developed the idea for Earth Day after being inspired by the anti-Vietnam War “teach-ins” that were taking place on college campuses around the United States. According to Nelson, he envisioned a large-scale, grassroots environmental demonstration “to shake up the political establishment and force this issue onto the national agenda.”

Nelson announced the Earth Day concept at a conference in Seattle in the fall of 1969 and invited the entire nation to get involved. He later recalled, “The wire services carried the story from coast to coast. The response was electric. It took off like gangbusters. Telegrams, letters and telephone inquiries poured in from all across the country. The American people finally had a forum to express its concern about what was happening to the land, rivers, lakes and air—and they did so with spectacular exuberance.” Dennis Hayes, a young activist who had served as student president at Stanford University, was selected as Earth Day’s national coordinator, and he worked with an army of student volunteers and several staff members from Nelson’s Senate office to organize the project. According to Nelson, “Earth Day worked because of the spontaneous response at the grassroots level. We had neither the time nor resources to organize 20 million demonstrators and the thousands of schools and local communities that participated. That was the remarkable thing about Earth Day. It organized itself.”

On April 22, rallies were held in Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles and most other American cities, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. In New York City, Mayor John Lindsay closed off a portion of Fifth Avenue to traffic for several hours and spoke at a rally in Union Square with actors Paul Newman and Ali McGraw. In Washington, D.C., thousands of people listened to speeches and performances by singer Pete Seeger and others, and Congress went into recess so its members could speak to their constituents at Earth Day events.

The first Earth Day was effective at raising awareness about environmental issues and transforming public attitudes. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, “Public opinion polls indicate that a permanent change in national priorities followed Earth Day 1970. When polled in May 1971, 25 percent of the U.S. public declared protecting the environment to be an important goal, a 2,500 percent increase over 1969.” Earth Day kicked off the “Environmental decade with a bang,” as Senator Nelson later put it. During the 1970s, a number of important pieces of environmental legislation were passed, among them the Clean Air Act, the Water Quality Improvement Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act and the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act. Another key development was the establishment in December 1970 of the Environmental Protection Agency, which was tasked with protecting human health and safeguarding the natural environment—air, water and land.

Since 1970, Earth Day celebrations have grown. In 1990, Earth Day went global, with 200 million people in over 140 nations participating, according to the Earth Day Network (EDN), a nonprofit organization that coordinates Earth Day activities. In 2000, Earth Day focused on clean energy and involved hundreds of millions of people in 184 countries and 5,000 environmental groups, according to EDN. Activities ranged from a traveling, talking drum chain in Gabon, Africa, to a gathering of hundreds of thousands of people at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Today, the Earth Day Network collaborates with more than 17,000 partners and organizations in 174 countries. According to EDN, more than 1 billion people are involved in Earth Day activities, making it “the largest secular civic event in the world.”


source: www.history.com

March 2023

March 2023 DFW Area Real Estate Stats

March 2023 stats are in and we have the numbers! The North Dallas real estate market is seeing some interesting trends! Active listings in Collin, Denton, and Rockwall counties are up over 50% from last year, while the price per square foot has fallen across all counties. This means there are more options available for homebuyers looking to make a move in 2023. Interestingly enough, the list prices have fallen ever so slightly in all counties except Rockwall. Does this signal a shift to a more buyer-friendly market? Inventory will be the deciding factor, so stay tuned for stats this summer to see!

Our stats infographics include a year over year comparison and area highlights for single family homes broken down by county. We encourage you to share these infographics and video with your sphere.

For more stats information, pdfs and graphics of our stats including detailed information by county, visit the Resources section on our website at DFW Area Real Estate Statistics | Republic Title of Texas.

For the full report from the Texas A&M Real Estate Research Center, click here. For NTREIS County reports click here.


Republic Title Classic

Republic Title recently hosted its second annual golf tournament, The Republic Title Classic, which was a huge success! The event took place on April 3rd at Bent Tree Country Club in Dallas and was attended by dozens of enthusiastic golfers.

The day started off with a delicious breakfast, which was followed by a shotgun start. Participants were grouped into teams of four and played a round of golf on the beautiful Bent Tree Course. The tournament used a scramble format, which allowed players of all skill levels to compete and enjoy the game.

After the round, players enjoyed a reception at the country club while the scores were tallied. The top teams were recognized with prizes and awards, but more than that it was about spending the day with our amazing customers, industry colleagues and sponsors.

The event was not only a fun day on the golf course, but it was also an opportunity for Republic Title to bring people together and strengthen relationships within the community. We even had a hole-in-one from one of the tournament players! A special thank you to our fantastic sponsors, Black Tie Moving, Gordan Highlander, First United Mortgage, CBG Surveying and Sport City Toyota. Thank you for your partnership!

Republic Title’s golf tournament was a great success, and everyone who participated had a wonderful time. It was a great way to enjoy a beautiful day on the golf course and connect with others in the community. We can’t wait to see what Republic Title has in store for next year’s tournament!

To view the photos from the event, visit the Facebook album here: Republic Title Classic Photos

DFW Area Dog Parks

National Pet Day

If you’re a dog owner in the Dallas area, you’re in luck! The city is home to many fantastic dog parks where you and your furry friend can enjoy some fresh air, exercise, and socialization. Whether you’re looking for a spot to play fetch, run around, or simply relax, there’s a dog park in DFW that’s perfect for you. In this blog post, we’ll be listing out all the dog parks in the Dallas area, so you can find the one that’s closest to you or try out a new location. So grab your leash and let’s get started!


Mutts Canine Cantina
1070 Watters Creek Blvd., Allen, TX 75013


Rush Creek Dog Park
1900 Valleywood Dr., Arlington, TX 76013

Tails N Trails Dog Park
950 SE Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington, TX 76018


Bedford Bark Park Dog Park
3200 Meadow Park Dr., Bedford, TX 76021


Waggin Tails Park (Formerly Coppell Dog Park)
400 S MacArthur Blvd., Coppell, TX 75019


Barry Annino Dog Park (Formerly Bark Park Central)
2530 Commerce St., Dallas, TX 75226

Central Dog Park
4711 Westside Dr., Dallas, TX 75209

Meadows Foundation Dog Park
1100 Skiles St., Dallas, TX 75204

My Best Friend’s Dog Park – Klyde Warren Park
2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy., Dallas, TX 75201

Main Street Garden Urban Dog Run
1900 Main St., Dallas, TX 75201

4899 Gramercy Oaks Dr., Dallas, TX 75287

Wagging Tail
5841 Keller Springs Rd., Dallas, TX 75248

White Rock Lake Dog Park
8000 E. Mockingbird Ln., Dallas, TX 75218


Wiggly Field Dog Park
1760 E. Ryan Rd., Denton, TX 76210


Lakeside Dog Park at Heritage Park
41047281, Flower Mound, TX 75022

Hound Mound Dog Park
1202 S. Garden Ridge Blvd., Flower Mound, TX 75028


Ruff Range Dog Park
5335 4th Army Memorial Rd., Frisco, TX 75034


Fort Woof Dog Park
751 Beach St., Fort Worth, TX 76111

Z Boaz Dog Park
6950 Camp Bowie W Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76116


Central Bark Dog Park at Veterans Park
7445, 2222 W Warrior Trail, Grand Prairie, TX 75052


Irving Dog Park
4140 Valley View Ln, Irving, TX 75038


Railroad Park
4140 Valley View Ln, Irving, TX 75038


Bonnie Wenk Dog Park
2996 Virginia Pkwy, McKinney, TX 75071


Jack Carter Dog Park
2215 Pleasant Valley Dr, Plano, TX 75023


Bush Central Barkway
3581 N Central Expy, Richardson, TX 75023


Harry Myers Dog Park
815 E Washington St, Rockwall, TX 75087


BooBoo’s Buddies Dog Park at Bob Jones Park
3901 N White Chapel Blvd, Southlake, TX 76092

For this and other helpful DFW area information, please visit our Resource Section.

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Where To See Wildflowers in DFW

Spring is in bloom, and along with warmer temperatures and more daylight, fields of flowers—including tulips or the state’s pride, bluebonnets—are one of the season’s gifts. Whether you’re looking for a family photo op or want to teach your kids about how flowers grow, you don’t have to go far to find spectacular displays. Here are some of our favorite spots across Dallas-Fort Worth.

Arbor Hills Nature Preserve
6701 W. Parker Rd., Plano

Bluebonnet Trail Greenbelt
Preston Meadow to Alma Rd., Plano

Bluebonnet Trails
201 NW Main St., Ennis

Cedar Hill State Park ($)
1570 FM 1382, Cedar Hill

Coppell Nature Park
367 Freeport Pwky., Coppell

Dallas Arboretum ($)
8525 Garland Rd., Dallas

Heard Natural Science Museum ($)
1 Nature Pl., McKinney

Fort Worth Botanic Garden
3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth

Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge
9601 Fossil Ridge Rd., Fort Worth

Mt. Zion Cemetery
11872 MF 423, Frisco

The Rose Gardens of Farmers Branch
2610 Valley View Ln., Farmers Branch

Turtle Creek Conservancy
3333 Turtle Creek Blvd., Dallas

For more seasonal resources like this, head over to our DFW Area Resources page at: DFW Area Helpful Resources | Republic Title of Texas

DFW Area Golf Courses

The weather is perfect to hit the golf course. Here is a list of DFW Area Golf Courses that we have put together.

Bear Creek Golf Club
3500 Bear Creek Ct., DFW Airport

Bent Tree Country Club
5201 Westgrove Dr., Dallas

Bridlewood Golf Club
4000 W. Windsor Blvd., Flower Mound

Brookhaven Country Club
3333 Golfing Green Dr., Farmers Branch

Brook Hollow Golf Club
8301 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas

Buffalo Creek Golf Club
624 Country Club Dr., Rockwall

Canyon Creek Country Club
625 W. Lookout Dr., Richardson

Cedar Crest Golf Course
1800 Southerland, Dallas

Cottonwood Valley
4150 N MacArthur Blvd, Irving

Cowboys Golf Club
1600 Fairway Dr., Grapevine

Coyote Ridge
1640 West Hebron Pkwy., Carrollton

Dallas Country Club
4155 Mockingbird Ln., Dallas

Dallas Firewheel Golf Park
600 W Campbell Rd., Garland

Dallas National Golf Club
1515 Knoxville, Dallas

El Dorado Country Club
2604 Country Club Dr., McKinney

Frisco Lakes Golf Club
7170 Anthem Dr., Frisco

Gentle Creek Country Club
3131 Prosper Tr., Prosper

Gleneagles Country Club
5401 W. Park Blvd., Plano

Grapevine Golf Course
3800 Fairway Dr., Grapevine

Golf Club of Dallas
2200 W. Red Bird Ln., Dallas

hackberry creek country club
1901 W Royal Ln, Irving

Heritage Ranch Country Club
465 Scenic Ranch Cir., Fairview

Indian Creek Golf Club
1650 W. Frankford Rd., Carrollton

Irving Golf Club
2000 East Shady Grove Rd., Irving

Keeton Park Golf Course
2323 Jim Miller Rd., Dallas

Lake Park Golf Course
6 Lake Park Rd., Lewisville

Lakewood Country Club
6430 Gaston Ave., Dallas

Las Colinas Country Club
4400 N. O’Connor Rd., Las Colinas
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Luna Vista
11223 Luna Rd., Dallas

Mansfield National
3750 National Pkwy., Mansfield

Maridoe Golf Club
2020 Kelly Blvd., Carrollton

Meadowbrook Golf Course1
851 Jenson Rd., Ft. Worth

Northwood Country Club
6524 Alpha Rd., Dallas

Oak Hollow Golf Course
3005 N. McDonald St., McKinney

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