Realtor.com listed Dallas, TX number 12 on their “America’s 20 Hottest Markets for Real Estate in September 2017.” D Magazine reports that Dallas was the number 1 place in the nation for population growth in 2016. The annual employment growth in the area rivals that of Atlanta, GA. Prices for homes are going up, largely due to the fact that there is a lack of available houses for sale. Dallas is leading the nation in new homes being built, which improves supply. D Magazine reports that the housing market could start to chill, which would be great for buyers as prices begin to soften.
Why is Dallas such as popular place?
The Dallas-Fort Worth metro has a lot to offer the average home buyer. Whether you’re single, a couple or a family, there are many great neighborhoods with all the amenities of a larger city like Chicago, Houston or San Francisco. They say everything’s bigger in Texas. DFW has a strong job market, especially for new college graduates. Unlike Houston or Austin, Dallas experiences four distinct seasons. The humidity is lower than that on the coast, which makes summer temperatures bearable. However, it rarely snows and ices, making winter much more pleasant than it would be in the northeast.
Arts & Education
Dallas Arts District boasts 13 institutions, from the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Winspear Opera House. It’s easily accessible by streetcars and the rail system. Fort Worth also has a thriving arts district that includes the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth Aviation Museum and Log Cabin Village.
Not only is the DFW metro home to some of the best colleges in the state, Southern Methodist University, Texas Christian University and University of Texas at Arlington, it also boasts some of the best high schools in the nation. The Dallas Woodrow Wilson High School is the alma mater of two Heisman Trophy winners.
Shopping, Entertainment and More
The Fort Worth Zoo, Dallas Aquarium and Dallas Zoo are three of the best family-friendly activities in the DFW metro. These world-class institutions are just the tip of the iceberg of opportunities in the area. Kids can explore STEM activities at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and the Museum of Geometric and MADI Art.
The shopping experiences in the DFW metro range from the upscale Neiman Marcus, which is headquartered in Dallas to the western flavors of the Fort Worth Stockyards, where visitors will find a huge selection of casual or high-end western wear at affordable prices. There are dozens of malls throughout the metro, where you can find almost any brand you’re looking for, from IKEA to Coach, Prada to Michael Kors. The Dallas Farmers Market is open year-round. You’ll find local produce, artisan meats, cheeses, honey and bread, plus entertainment and more at this wonderful place to shop.
DFW boasts dozens of arenas, stadiums and other performance centers where you can find local bands to international superstars. Six Flags over Texas brings in performers from around the world for their summer season, but the real draw to theme park is probably the thrills and rides, not the shows.
In Texas, football is king, but in the DFW area, there are five professional sports teams:
NFL – Dallas Cowboys
NBA – Dallas Mavericks
MLB – Texas Rangers
NHL – Dallas Stars
MLS – FC Dallas
When you add the college and high school teams, as well as minor leagues, you’ll never lack for sporting events. High schools take football, basketball and baseball very seriously. Younger children can even find leagues, as early as 4-years-old.
There’s something to be said for the people in Texas, who make some of the best neighbors in the nation. Not only are the locals charming and welcoming, they also support others, the arts and culture scene and education. DFW just offers so much for families that you should check it out.