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Ratings For All North Texas School Districts Released

The state on Wednesday unveiled its controversial new academic accountability system, which shows that nearly half of North Texas school districts received an A or B grade. Among nearly 160 school districts and charter school operators in the area, 39 earned the top A grade including Highland Park, Coppell and Sunnyvale in Dallas County and Carroll, Grapevine-Colleyville and Hurst-Euless-Bedford in Tarrant County.  As expected, Dallas ISD received a B, with an overall score of 81. The surprise, though, was how it compared with schools ringing its southern border. The state looks at three major categories for the grades: student achievement, school progress and “closing the gaps.”  Student achievement Read more
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Just the Facts: DFW Residents are Staying Put Longer

When it comes to moving, Americans are becoming homebodies.   The median time U.S. homeowners stay put has risen to 13.3 years — twice the time between moves back in the early 2000s.  But in many Texas cities, homeowners are changing addresses more frequently.  Frisco residents have one of the lowest median time between moving of any U.S. cites — just 7.5 years according to a new study by consumer research firm ValuePenguin. Frisco recently topped the Census Bureau’s list of the fastest growing cities in the country.   Folks in McKinney (7.9 years), Allen (9.5 years) and Denton (9.5 years) also move more often, Read more
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Just the Facts: Dallas Area Sees Spike in Housing Inventory Growth

Dallas’ constricted housing market took a small dose of real estate Miralax in the second quarter, but analysts say that relief is likely not long-lasting.  The Dallas metro saw a year-over-year increase of more than 32 percent in housing inventory — homes, new and old, available for sale — during the April-June period, according to a report from home listing site Trulia. This means that the Dallas metro’s stock grew to include 14,875 houses, up from 11,653 in the first quarter — and up from 11,234 houses for sale in second quarter of 2017.   The Fort Worth metro was similar, with nearly 35 percent inventory growth in Read more
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Just the Facts: Dallas Top Housing Market

Dallas is Top Housing Market in New Consumer Poll by Chase Dallas’ housing market gets top marks in a new consumer study by JPMorgan Chase.  The banking giant teamed up with Pulsenomics to ask homeowners about current market conditions, their aspirations for homeownership and outlooks for home values and affordability.  Dallas headed the housing confidence ranking ahead of Denver, Las Vegas and San Francisco, according to Chase.  “These record results were driven by healthy assessments of local real estate market conditions among existing homeowners, but even more so by surging expectations among renters,” Terry Loebs, founder of Pulsenomics, said in Read more
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Just the Facts – Texas is CNBC’s Top State for Business in America in 2018

* Texas claims the top spot in CNBC’s 2018 America’s Top States for Business rankings. * The energy sector is helping to turbocharge the $1.6 trillion Texas economy. * Texas has added more than 350,000 jobs in the past year. * Texas is home to some of America’s most important public and private companies, including giants like AT&T, ExxonMobil and Dell.   Riding the rising tide of energy prices—and the job growth that goes with it—Texas claims the top spot in CNBC’s 2018 America’s Top States for Business rankings. This is familiar territory for the Lone Star State, which becomes Read more
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Dallas-Area Home Prices Reach Record

Prices of preowned homes in the Dallas area were up 7.4 percent in the latest Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller Home Price Index. The gain in September from a year ago was the fourth highest in the country – significantly ahead of the 4.9 percent nationwide increase. Home price increases nationwide have slowed in recent months, but in the Dallas area, the year-over-year price increases have remained steady. Charlotte, North Carolina and Dallas continue to have price increases considerably above the national average. Dallas-area home prices are now 12 percent higher than they were before the recession and at record level in Read more