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Volume 10, Issue 1, 2010   Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

The Texas Housing Market

In "Texas Dodges Worst of Foreclosure Woes," (Southwest Economy, fourth quarter 2009) Dallas Fed economists D'Ann Petersen and Laila Assanie give an overview of the Texas housing market. According to the authors, "Housing markets in Texas and the U.S. have shown signs of stabilizing in recent months. Home sales and construction starts are beginning to tick up, thanks in large part to low mortgage rates and the first-time homebuyer tax credit. Despite the improvement, segments remain weak, especially the higher-priced move-up market." The article also looks at factors that influence foreclosures—unemployment, housing affordability, home prices, new construction activity and loan cost.

For an in-depth analysis of Texas' housing affordability and how it differs across the state's metropolitan areas, see "Housing Affordability Upswing"off-site PDF by the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University.

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