D-FW home price growth trailed the nation in the fourth quarter

D-FW home price growth trailed the nation in the fourth quarter

Dallas-Fort Worth home price gains were slightly below the nationwide average in the latest comparison.

D-FW home prices rose 3.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018 from a year earlier compared with a nationwide 4 percent increase, according to the National Association of Realtors.

While home appreciation across the country has cooled, more than a dozen U.S. metro areas the Realtors group tracked had double-digit gains in the final three months of 2018.

“Home prices continued to rise in the vast majority of markets but with inventory steadily increasing, home prices are, on average, rising at a slower and healthier pace,” Realtors’ chief economist Lawrence Yun said in the closely-watched report. “Housing affordability will be the key to sustained healthy growth in the housing market in the upcoming years.”

The largest fourth quarter home price gains were in Cumberland, MD (up 29 percent) and Boise, Idaho (up 14.3 percent.)

Home prices fell year-over-year in 14 metro areas, with the worst declines in Decatur, Ill. (-10.7 percent) and Elmira, N.Y. (-8.3 percent.)

Among Texas’ big cities, the largest price growth was in Austin where median single-family home prices were 5.9 percent higher than fourth quarter 2017. Austin also had the highest prices with a median of $310,400 at the end of 2018.

D-FW’s median home price of $254,900 is still just a bit below the nationwide $257,600 price, according to the Realtors.

Nationwide home sales by real estate agents fell 7.4 percent in the fourth quarter compared with a year earlier. The biggest drop was in the West where home sales were 13.9 percent below a year ago.

The slowdown in home sales and price increases in the second half of 2018 is continuing into early 2019.

The moderation in the U.S. home market comes after several years of booming sales and huge price gains.

Article by Steve Brown for the Dallas Morning News.

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