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Chinese culture asserts that 2012 is the Year of the Dragon – a year to anticipate good fortune and strong power. Some may dismiss these beliefs as myth, but real estate experts seem convinced that Dallas-Fort Worth’s dragon is ready to roar. According to housing analyst Clear Capital, D-FW home prices will rise 5.8 percent in 2012, outperforming much of the nation and ranking among the top 10 home price gainers. Because real estate performance largely depends on the job market, Texas is fortunate to have some of the country’s best business climates. Our Metroplex and the three other major Texas markets registered the nation’s strongest employment gains during the past five years, The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported. D-FW is also known for its “can do” spirit, which appears to be gaining even more strength. “In Dallas, 65 percent of us said the best days are ahead of us and only 15 [...]

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Temperatures are getting chilly, but the holiday housing market is hot to trot. All across the country, and especially in Dallas’ strong buyer’s market, experts are advising sellers to list their houses immediately or continue to keep them active – even during the holiday hullabaloo. Though there may be a strong temptation to take a break and reenter the market come January, the points below present an especially strong case why sellers should persevere. Reason No. 1: Holiday homebuyers are serious. Everyone’s calendars are crammed with festivities, so December home-shoppers aren’t lollygagging around – they’re ready to buy. Sellers who leave the market may miss out on earnest prospects moving because of a job change or transfer, as well as those who have already sold their own homes; sellers who stay will have a bit of an edge for about six weeks straight. Reason No. 2: The home selling climate leading into the holiday season [...]