It is no secret that residential and commercial real estate are booming in DFW. It seems there is a crane on every corner and a new subdivision development on every block. However, what you may not know is that residential new-builds in 2018 will fall massively short of the peak levels reached leading up to the most recent recession. In 2006, there were nearly 50,000 new home starts, whereas in 2017 the number was 34,000, and we are likely to see only a moderate increase of 35,000 to 36,000 by the close of this year.
So in an economy that has fully recovered from the down turn, and one where home buyers are bidding up homes all over the Metroplex, why are new starts lagging? Easy answer…a little bit of everything.
Inflation and demand have driven up the cost of land and lots for builders and developers. While builders require a steady flow of inventory throughout the year, the financial return has to make sense for them to move forward. With fewer deals fitting a profitable business model, new starts naturally lag behind historical numbers.
Historically the cost of concrete, the foundation of most new builds, has been a significant cost driver for home builders. However, as of recent, lumber has also been one of the contributing factors in driving up costs. The cost of lumber has increased over 60% since the beginning of 2017. The situation is likely to only get worse, as there is also some concern the recent tariffs imposed by our leadership, and thus back on the US by other countries, will lead to even higher costs to builders.
The construction industry is, and has been for a few years, experiencing a significant labor shortage. Nationally there are over 200,000 unfilled positions. When workers are in short supply, builders and developers must get more competitive with their pay, and eventually pass that cost along to the end buyer. No matter the compensation, there just are not enough laborers in the workforce to keep up with the demand.
Local municipalities’ regulations are also involved in the cost increase. Delays in permit approval and new building rules drive costs that are then passed along to the consumer. It is estimated that approximately 25% of the price for a new home is to cover risk associated with cost risk avoidance for regulation changes. Delays also cause longer lead times, slower turnaround times, and thus fewer new starts.
New builds at the entry level price point are taking the biggest hit. The cost to buy a lot, develop the land, and build a new home have become so expensive, builders struggle to provide affordable housing.
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Author:Rogers Healy Phone: 214-676-4270 Dated: June 20th 2018 Views: 2,354 About Rogers: Rogers Healy, a native Texan, has lived in Dallas for the majority of his life. Before moving to Dal...
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Ashton is a born and bred Texan and TCU graduate with a real passion for helping people achieve their goals. Real estate became the perfect career to combine this passion with her strengths in research, marketing, communication and construction. Ashton’s specializations are in residential buyer and seller representation and residential investment properties, but she has experience in new construction, leasing and property management and farm and ranch properties. While she calls Fort Worth home, Ashton has worked is areas stretching across the Metroplex from Weatherford to Dallas. As they say, have license, will travel. Ashton is also an Accredited Luxury Home Specialist and Certified Negotiations Expert and holds her Graduate Realto r Institute certification through the Texas Association of Realtors. Outside of her career, Ashton enjoys being active and outdoors, volunteering with various organizations including DFW Labrador Retriever Rescue and Susan G Komen, and traveling whenever she can.