HomeCity's blog articles that are relevant to the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.

As one of the fastest-growing cities in the US, Frisco is quickly becoming a popular destination to visit. And with nearly a dozen parks, several professional sporting venues, and various museums, this new label comes as no surprise. So whether you’re a sports fan from Dallas, a video game buff from Houston or a nature lover from Austin, a visit to Frisco will be worth your while. We’ve rounded up our top five picks for fun activities you can do in “Tree City” today!

 1. Tour The Star

Calling all football fans! Experience the place where the Dallas Cowboys train 355 days a year. The Star, a 91-acre campus, hosts the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters and Ford Center. Highlights of the tour include Ford Center, a state of the art indoor facility;

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According to NTREIS last year, U.S. consumers seemed to be operating with a renewed but cautious optimism. The stock market was strong, wages were edging upwards and home buying activity was extremely competitive. Not much has changed in 2018 in terms of those measures, yet there is a sort of seasoned prudence mixed into the high emotions that go with a major expense like a home purchase. We are now several years deep into a period of rising prices and low inventory. Those in the market to buy a home have caught on. As sellers attempt to take advantage of rising prices, expect buyers to be more selective.

 New Listings were up in the North Texas region 3.3 percent to 10,685. Pending Sales increased 1.6 percent to 8,193. Inventory shrank

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DFW had another record-breaking year according to the December Market Update released by NTREIS. The local housing demand remained incredibly strong in 2017, even in the face of higher mortgage rates that are likely to increase further in 2018.

Home building and selling professionals are both cautiously optimistic for the year ahead. Housing and economic indicators give reason for this optimism, with or without new federal tax legislation. home prices didn't stop the market from growing in 2017. 

The total sales volumes were mixed, prices were consistently up in most markets. Buyers may not benefit from higher prices, but sellers do, and there should be more listing activity by more confident sellers in 2018. At least that would be the

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Happy New Year! It’s now time for new homeowners to prepare to file their Homestead Exemption. If you bought a home in Texas in 2017, you have until April 30th to file for a residential Homestead Exemption. We have provided you with 6 Tips on how to file your 2017 Homestead Exemption, see below. 

  1. What is a Homestead Exemption?  An exemption from property taxes that homeowners can claim. 
  2. What does the Homestead Exemption do?  Homestead Exemptions remove part of your home’s value from taxation, so they lower your taxes.  *For example, if your home is appraised at $35,000, and you qualify for a $15,000 exemption, you will pay taxes on the home as if it was worth only $20,000.
  3. What type of property qualifies for this exemption?  Your
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The facts of residential real estate have remained consistent in 2017. In year-over-year comparisons, the number of homes for sale has been fewer in most locales, and homes have been selling in fewer days for higher prices. This hasn't always been true, but it has been a common enough storyline to make it an overarching trend for the year. New Listings were up in the North Texas region 4.1 percent to 9,318. Pending Sales decreased 4.6 percent to 7,224. Inventory grew 1.0 percent to 24,651 units. Prices moved higher as Median Sales Price was up 5.5 percent to $242,500. Days on Market increased 6.8 percent to 47. Months Supply of Inventory was down 3.7 percent to 2.6 months, indicating that demand increased relative to supply. New tax legislation could

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For residential real estate in 2017, the news has continued to provide a relative sense of calm for both buyers and sellers, according to NTREIS. The national unemployment rate registered in at 4.1 percent for October 2017, which means that joblessness has not been this low in the U.S. since December 2000. Another positive, mortgage rates have held steady at or near 3.9 percent. Historically, the average rate has been around 6.0 percent. These factors help to keep the pool of potential buyers full, even during the so-called off-season of home sales. New Listings were up in the North Texas region 6.7 percent to 11,359. Pending Sales decreased 3.6 percent to 8,144. Inventory grew 3.7 percent to 26,631 units. Prices moved higher as Median Sales

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According to NTREIS Stats every market is unique, yet the national sentiment has given rise to the notion that housing markets are stalling. Although desirous buyers are out on an increasing number of showings, there remains a limited number of desirable listings. And although mortgage rates have remained enticingly low, home prices have reached unaffordable levels for many new entrants into the housing pool at exactly the same time that established owners are proving to be less interested in moving. New Listings were up in the North Texas region 4.1 percent to 11,829. Pending Sales decreased 6.8 percent to 7,980. Inventory grew 4.3 percent to 27,352 units. Prices moved higher as Median Sales Price was up 6.7 percent to $240,000. Days on Market

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June 2017 housing market statistics DFW

Home prices across the U.S. are reaching all-time highs, prompting worry over another boom-and-bust scenario like we experienced roughly ten years ago. Yet, as we glance across the state of residential real estate, what is clear compared to the last extended run of price increases is that lending standards are now much stronger than they were before. Incomes must be verified, a reasonable amount of money must be paid toward the home prior to purchase, and a more stringent loan approval process is in place to prevent a repeat performance of the Great Recession.

Unfortunately for DFW area millennials, the Dallas Morning News reports that “the average millennial in Dallas would have to save for 10.4 years in order to to afford a down payment on a

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mowing the lawn

Texas Summers can get downright miserable, upwards of 100 degrees and humid. It’s not uncommon to see lawns suffering in the dead of summer, especially during times of drought. While we’ve been pretty lucky with the amount of rain received lately, it’s never a bad idea to begin preparing your lawn early for the harsh summer ahead. We caught up with lawn care expert Jake Hill from LawnStarter Lawn Care, who shared his tips and best practices for keeping a healthy lawn all year round. 


Summer lawn care begins in the spring. Jake advises that about once every other year, homeowners should aerate their lawn to alleviate soil compaction and thus allow their lawn to breathe. “Just like a person – grass needs air, food, and water to survive (and the

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gourmet margaritas with lime and orange


Cinco de Mayo is coming up, and you know what that means. Tacos and margaritas galore! There are ton of places around the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex to get delicious Mexican food and dance the cumbia, but for this article, we’re focusing on those delicious, salty, tangy, tequila-filled margaritas!


So where do you find the best in the Metro? We’ve got you covered!


1. Joe T Garcia’s (Fort Worth) – Joe’s is famous for their outdoor seating and family-style dinner. For Cinco de Mayo, ordering a pitcher of margaritas and relaxing on their massive outdoor patio is a must. Guests can enjoy their authentic Tex-Mex offerings and listen to the live mariachi band that often plays. For those in Fort Worth looking for a more authentic

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