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Rodents were crawling around a downtown Dallas Chipotle in the West End Historic District on Tuesday.
A Facebook video showed one rodent scurrying across the ground, another climbing the wall and a third limp on the ground at the restaurant in the 200 block of North Market Street, near Elm Street. Customer Bahadir Han Koseli uploaded the footage, which had been viewed nearly 115,000 times as of Wednesday afternoon.
“Rats fell from the ceiling at Chipotle in the West End,” he wrote. “That brought a quick end to lunch. Management didn’t do anything while we were there but apologize.”
Koseli appeared to have removed the Facebook post Wednesday afternoon, but the video remained on Twitter.
Chipotle corporate said they were mice that got into the restaurant from the outside.
Management removed them before contacting professionals who found a small structural gap, which is believed to be the access point and is being repaired, Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. spokeswoman Quinn Kelsey said.
“This has definitely been high on our radar since yesterday, and we’ve been in close touch with the customer to offer our sincerest apologies and to make it right,” Kelsey said. “This is an extremely isolated incident, but of course it’s never anything we’d want our customers to encounter.”
The Denver-based company has tried to regain the public’s trust after several health-related incidents in the past few years, most notably an E. coli outbreak in 2015.
Recently, one of its restaurants in Virginia closed after some illnesses reported by customers that were consistent with norovirus, a virus from contaminated food that can cause stomach pain, nausea and diarrhea, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
But the Dallas Chipotle has received stellar food inspection scores the past three years.
In January, the city gave the restaurant a score of 94 out of 100, which means “very good,” according to the scale.
Developer KDC is marketing a mixed-use building project at the north end of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
The 50-acre tract at Royal Lane and State Highway 114 is owned by an Austin investor.
KDC is pitching the vacant Avion Business Park property as a site for office, hotel, retail and industrial development.
KDC is one of North Texas’ busiest commercial builders with a number of corporate projects under its belt.
The developer is currently building the more than 1 million-square-foot State Farm Insurance campus in Richardson.
North Texas real estate agents sold a record number of houses in June.
Last month 11,638 preowned properties changed hands in the area – up 13 percent from a year ago and the largest number ever in a single month.
Area prices also hit a high point in June. The median sales price for a single-family home was $256,000 – 8 percent ahead of where it was in June 2016, according to data from the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University and the North Texas Real Estate Information System.
Through the first six months of 2017, real estate agents have sold 51,627 houses through their multiple listing service – 5 percent more than in the first half of 2016.
"I think Dallas will set another record for all of 2017," said Dr. James Gaines, chief economist with the Real Estate Center. "The market is still very strong and it isn’t backing off much if anything."
Gaines said worries about rising mortgage costs may be putting pressure on the summer homebuying market.
"It could be the talk of interest rates increasing by the Fed is spurring people to come into the market and brining demand forward," he said. "If you believe the cost of financing is going up, it spurs you to action.
"In the long run increasing interest rates will cause demand to go down a little bit."
There are signs that the huge undersupply of homes for sale in the Dallas-Fort Worth area is easing.
At the end of June there were 11 percent more houses listed for sale with agents in North Texas than a year earlier. Almost 22,000 houses were on the market.
But that still only amounts to a 2.6-month supply of preowned homes available for purchase.
And almost 13,000 of the houses listed for sale are priced over $300,000.
Sales of homes priced at $1 million or more have had the biggest increase this year. So far in 2017 874 million-dollar properties have traded – 37 percent more than in the first half of 2016.
Sales of North Texas houses priced at less than $180,000 are down because of a shortage of low and moderate priced properties.
The average time it takes to sell an house dropped to just 36 days in June, down 5 percent from a year earlier, according to the data from real estate agents.
North Texas in the last few years has seen some of the fastest rising home prices in the country.
Median sales prices in the first half of 2017 were up 11 percent from the sale period last year.
And in the last five years prices have jumped 55 percent, according to the latest sales data.
The biggest price increase have come and the low and moderate sections of the market.
Appreciation of high-end homes has begun to slow this spring and summer, agents say.
"The over $750,000 market for sure is most definitely flatting out," Gaines said. "There is a whole lot more inventory in the upper price ranges.
"If you are looking at a house less than $250,000 there is a real shortage."
The booming economy in North Texas should keep the local home market hot through the rest of 2017, Gains said.
"Dallas-Fort Worth and really all of Texas has been a bellwether market around the country," he said. "Until the economy slows down considerably the housing market will stay strong."
Ask a homebuilder to name the industry’s biggest concerns, and the lack of labor is near the top of their list.
Unfortunately for the housing industry, the shortage of workers is not something that’s easy to fix.
Studies suggest it may be impossible to lure enough young Americans into the construction trades to meet ongoing demand. And tougher immigration policies mean there will be fewer foreign workers on construction job sites.
In North Texas, the labor pinch is even worse. Dallas-Fort Worth leads the country in residential building, with more than 50,000 apartments and about 30,000 single-family homes under construction.
Builders could do even more if not for the unprecedented labor shortages.
"In our estimation, it is 18,000 to 20,000" workers needed in the area, said Phil Crone, head of the Dallas Builders Association.
Good luck finding them. North Texas is almost at full employment, and there aren’t enough skilled workers to fill jobs in many sectors.
The shortfall in the homebuilding industry goes back more than a decade.
During the Great Recession, dozens of local builders shut down and laid off workers. When the housing market came back, the labor didn’t.
Finding labor has become a full-time job for some subcontractors, who must be on their toes to keep competitors from stealing their workers.
The shortage of labor and land has held back home construction all across the U.S.
"We have not recovered in terms of production of new homes in this country," said Doug Yearley, CEO of top-10 builder Toll Brothers. "Going back to the 1970s, this country produced 1.5 million new homes every year.
"We went from producing 1.5 million houses a year to 500,000" during the recession, Yearley said. "It hasn’t come close to approaching the 1.5 million starts a year."
In the D-FW area, single-family home starts are still about 40 percent below 2005 and 2006 levels — before the crash killed buyer demand.
The buyers came back. But a lot of the folks building houses haven’t.
"We have a tough labor market, and it’s going to get worse," says Colorado builder Gene Myers.
Myers, whom I visited with last week at a conference in Denver, said the housing industry has done a poor job of keeping up with employment innovation and is lagging in worker production. He said tighter immigration policies are adding to the strain.
"Disruption is possibly on our doorstep in the industry," Myers said. "This kind of moribund industry is ripe for disruption."
Myers says a lot of the vacant building jobs are positions Americans don’t want.
A recent industry study found that a majority of young Americans would not take construction jobs even if they paid six figures or more. They basically said they didn’t want to work that hard.
The National Association of Home Builders estimates that the industry in the U.S. is short almost 1 million workers.
And with the average age of many skilled laborers — plumbers, electricians, masons and the like — in their late 50s, housing will see even more people leave the business in the years ahead.
By some measures, 20 percent of the current residential building workers plan to retire in the next decade, taking away another 900,000 jobs.
Those are jobs that will be increasingly hard to fill in hot real estate markets like North Texas.
I was searching for a new apartment to rent. The lease on the one I was in was almost up and I was ready to move. I didn’t want to renew my lease because my neighbors were just terrible and tried to pick fights with me and my friends all the time. I knew it was time to move on and go somewhere else to get away from them. They were really rude and wouldn’t even try to get along with me or anyone else. I wasn’t the only one that had problems with them.
I started looking for a new apartment and went online and searched for North End Dallas apartments for rent. I had to find something that was reasonably priced, but not too expensive. I also wanted something that was nice and in an area that I wanted to live in. I found several apartments for rent in North End Dallas that I really liked. I saved them so I could contact the landlord and look at them in person.
I contacted a few different landlords and asked to see the apartments in person. After looking at a few of them, I decided which one I wanted to rent and the landlord got the lease agreement ready for me to sign. I was able to move in the following week. I have never been so relieved to get away from neighbors like I have with these people. I feel so much better every day because I don’t have to deal with the stress and trouble making they caused for me. I really like this new apartment. The neighbors are great and there is even a pool for the apartments. I love it and the price I got it for too.
While The Lumen Hotel is somewhat minimalistic in its adornments, don’t think it is boring inside. Furnished in a modern and tasteful style the lobby and rooms are both comfortable and relaxed. Whimsical chrome sculptures are found throughout the hotel inside and out. Tile floors, large windows, and spotlessly clean rooms are evident. Guests can choose from twelve room types to fit their needs and whims. King interior rooms have no windows for those wanting to keep outside distractions to a minimum. The King Deluxe room with windows, some with views of the SMU campus, will let in the bright Texas sunshine. One of my favorite room choices is the Pool View King Room for those who love a pool scene outside their room.
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Room to rest
The Executive Studio is the starting point for stepping up to more amenities and space. This 360 sq ft/33.45 m² room features a separate living room, sectional sofa, and a large glass-enclosed shower. If it’s not enough, you have five more suite choices to choose from with the Grand Lux suite being the best option for Texas-like billionaires on the road. A Lone Star State sized 869 sq ft/80.73 m² will provide enough room to stampede a herd of cattle in! Well, not quite that much room, but it’s still spacious. Complete with a plush king bed outfitted with custom headboards, large soaking tub, oversized desks, a queen-sized sofa bed, and sectional sofa you will have space for friends and family to gather.
All rooms spoil guests with pillow-top beds, Frette linens, custom showerheads, Atelier Bloem amenities, 37-inch flat screen TVs, Jawbone and Tumbler clock and laptop safes. WiFi is available at a fee. However, if you sign up for Kimpton Karma Rewards you not only get free WiFi but they also throw in a 10USD bar credit, and it’s free to join. The Lumen Hotel is pet-friendly in a big way. They offer any room for pets, no size limitation, and don’t charge extra, a very rare thing in the hotel world.
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Convenience and comfort
Valet parking is available and costs 22USD per day with in-and-out privileges. If you need transportation within three miles, their house car is there for your use based on availability. Other amenities include overnight laundry, dry cleaning, shoeshine service, free wine reception in the lobby nightly, and complimentary bike program to explore the city, complimentary morning coffee, newspapers, and onsite fitness center. The roof top terrace is “The Place To Be” on days when the weather cooperates. Have a glass of wine with snacks and enjoy a cool breeze with a view in this treetop-like perch. The rooftop terrace is also available for a unique outdoor meeting space for up to 120 persons. Meetings and events for groups of 10-55 can be accommodated in a recently renovated meeting room space.
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Enjoy the pool
Dallas is known for some scorching hot days in the summer. What a better way to cool off than in the interior courtyard pool? Closed for maintenance from October 11-28, 2016, the pool will be shipshape afterwards. The pool area features private cabanas and an outdoor bar and lounge area for large or small gatherings.
Dine in Dallas
As for location, The Lumen Hotel is only four miles/6.4 km from Dallas Love Field Airport. Also nearby is Snider Plaza (with boutique shopping and dining), walking distance to George Bush Library, and three miles/6.4 km to American Airlines Center where the Dallas Mavericks (basketball) and Dallas Stars (ice hockey) play. For in-hotel dining, The Front Room Tavern offers Breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Go big for a real Texas breakfast of biscuits and gravy, or light with steel-cut oatmeal. At dinner try the roasted half chicken with roasted squash couscous paired with a glass of Truchard Carneros Chardonnay.
With so much going for it The Lumen Hotel in Dallas is the best choice if a trip to North Dallas is in your future.
Participants in the groundbreaking were, from left to right: Ken Malcolmson, President and CEO North Dallas Chamber of Commerce; Jaynie Schultz, Dallas Midtown Park Foundation Advisory Member and District 11 CPC Commissioner; Adam McGough, District 10 City Council Member; Linda Koop, Texas State Representative; Tennell Atkins, District 8 City Council Representative; Scott Beck, CEO of Beck Ventures; Amy Monier, District 11 Park and Recreation Board Member.
Valley View Mall continues to be demolished in preparation for the first phase of Dallas Midtown.
The demolition of Valley View Mall continued Friday as Beck Ventures broke ground on the $4 billion mixed-use Midtown development project. At a press event, developer Scott Beck, CEO of Dallas-based Beck Ventures, detailed plans for the transformative project, which he got involved with in 2012.
“The project all started with a single vision—the desire to reinforce our northern city boundary all while creating an urban mixed-used village in the center of the population density of Dallas,” said Beck.
The development lies at the corner of Preston Road between the Dallas North Tollway and U.S. Highway 75, adjacent to Interstate 635. According to Beck, approximately one-third of the city of Dallas’ population lives within three and a half miles of the site. The location allows Dallas to compete with surrounding suburbs for companies looking to relocate, Beck said. The district will give a multibillion-dollar boost to the city’s tax-base and generate more than $70 million for TIF funds that will go toward redeveloping southern Dallas, Beck said.
The project will be anchored by a 183,000-square-foot Life Time Fitness and a Cinépolis cinema. The $500 million initial phase will also include about 500,000 square feet of office space and more than 400,000 square feet of retail, along with more than 1,000 apartments, including affordable housing, and an 18-story luxury hotel. The hotel flag remains confidential but will be announced in the coming months, Beck said.
The health and wellness facility will feature an indoor and outdoor aquatic center including a rooftop beach pool, and two large functional resistance cardio training areas with “world-class” equipment, Beck said. The Life Time-operated facility will also encompass the fitness company’s newest innovation—Life Time Living, a residential area interconnected to the facility, and 50,000 square feet of collaborative work space. It will also include a café and bistro, a spa, a Life Time Kids Academy, and Ultimate Hoops.
The 10-screen Cinépolis theater will have more than 600 seats. Viewers will be able to enjoy leather recliners, at-your-seat waiter services, a full bar, and gourmet menu.
Beck Venues is working with A.G. Spanos Corporation on the project’s 1,000 apartment units. The unidentified upscale hotel, in partnership with Hesperus Group and SB&G, will include 440 rooms and more than 50,000 square feet of meeting space. It will include multiple food and beverage outlets and a rooftop bar with a swimming pool.
Plans for Dallas Midtown also include a 20-acre park, which will be owned by the city of Dallas. The park’s vision plan was curated by MIG consultants and will be monitored by the Dallas Midtown Park Foundation.
“From Klyde Warren to Vitruvian to Arbor Hills, we all recognize the power of parks as game changes,” Dallas Midtown Park Foundation Advisory Member and District 11 CPC Commissioner Jaynie Schultz said. “The 400-plus acre development to be built here will change Dallas in ways we cannot imagine now, just as no one foresaw the full impact of the parks I mentioned a moment ago.”
Beck plans to open the initial phase of Dallas Midtown by the end of 2019.
From the beach-ready to the hops-to-the-face, we’ve put together a range of DFW-brewed beers that will get you through a North Texas summer.
Although summer is more of a formality than an actual seasonal shift for North Texans, the end of school and a national holiday or two offer some unique opportunities for themed beer consumption. While your options might seem simple — lagers, limes, drink, repeat — we like to think that DFW’s breweries offer a broader range of pints for the rites of the season. We’ve paired five of our favorite local beers with five of the most recognizable activities for this time of year — because there ain’t no cure like these summertime brews.
Get salty this summer.
Solidarity with the neighborhood lemonade stand: The Salty Lady (Martin House)
Summertime offers North Texas youths the chance to make a little extra fidget spinner money by setting up shop as the neighborhood lemonade stand. All it takes are a sleeve of Dixie cups and a few scoops of Country Time mix in a pitcher of water to put these elementary school entrepreneurs in business. After you’ve ponied up your 50 cents to support local business, consider grabbing a sixer of Martin House Brewing’s Salty Lady to drink in solidarity with those pint-sized startups.
The Salty Lady is a gose, which, along with the Berliner Weisse, is the most summer-friendly of sour beers. Faithful to traditional recipes, Martin House includes salt and coriander in its brew, but the final result recalls nothing so much as Vietnamese salty lemon soda. It’s sweet, it’s salty, it’s sour, it’s bitter — and, at 5.2 percent alcohol by volume, it won’t slow you down if you’re called on for some lemonade stand consultation.
If you love the Salty Lady, you’ll especially love Martin House’s latest release: the Imperial Salty Lady, which it describes as the "same great beer, just amped up the ABV to 9 percent."
Rahr’s Dadgum IPA, released in April, is Rahr’s take on a West Coast IPA.
Cuss-free completion of dad jobs: Dadgum IPA (Rahr & Sons)
Father’s Day has just passed, and after receiving a new tie and 24 hours of appreciation, dads will once again be tasked with those thankless household chores. Clearing gutters, edging the yard, taming the chaos of the garage — that’s freaking hard work, man, especially if there are little kids around and Pops is doing his damnedest not to drop some profanity in the process. Give the old man in your life some extra props for carrying off his duties swear-free and pour him a Dadgum IPA from Rahr & Sons, which released this juicy new brew in April.
Rahr bills the Dadgum as its take on a West Coast IPA. This ale delivers the juicy, citrusy hop profile of that style (thanks to a combination of Eureka, Citra and Lemondrop hops) along with a respectable 6.6 percent ABV, but it drinks much more like a mellow session IPA than a Cali palate-wrecker. With the aroma of the pine with which Dad will someday build that deck, Dadgum is the best toast you can offer your favorite paterfamilias.
If you’re gonna hop in a body of water — and obviously you should — you’ll need this blonde ale brewed in Rockwall.
Hanging out in a body of water: Lakeside Cerveza (Woodcreek Brewing Co.)
While we advise against trying to tube in the Trinity, you can’t beat North Texas’ many man-made bodies of water to keep the heat at bay. Be it kiddie pool or Lake Ray Hubbard, spending hours under the beating sun calls for beers that skew light, low-alcohol and local. Rockwall’s Woodcreek Brewing Co. has crafted the Lakeside Cerveza to satisfy those requirements.
A blond ale billed as a “Mexican-style beer,” the Lakeside Cerveza manages a few curve balls for a poolside chugger. Despite being a crystal-clear pour, the Lakeside has a heftier mouthfeel than other, wispier riffs on Mexican styles. It also presents an unexpected creaminess and a malty oomph that belie its aggressively filtered appearance. Overall, it drinks more like a hearty, refreshing Kellerbier than some macro-micro compromise. Don’t forget your waterproof koozie.
Screw your summer palate and go hard with DEBC’s Dreamcrusher.
Keeping your sanity on the Fourth of July: Dreamcrusher (Deep Ellum Brewing Co.)
Given our current political climate, the temptation to skip out on the family’s Fourth of July barbecue, hole up with microwaved hot dogs and repeat viewings of Independence Day instead is strong. If that’s not an option, well, it might take some of the strong stuff to get you through any sociopolitical conversations with the fam. We suggest Deep Ellum’s Dreamcrusher.
Dreamcrusher is a double IPA brewed with a dash of rye and some patriotic-sounding hops — Liberty, Apollo, Columbus, Representational Democracy. (We might have misread that last one.) It pours waves-of-grain amber and, at 9.5 percent ABV, drinks with the power of Captain America punching a thousand Hitlers in the face. Sip or shotgun, depending on your situation, and hold out for the desirable kind of fireworks.
If a double IPA is a little too intense for you this summer, check out DEBC’s new Summer Mix Pack, a mixed 12-er filled with Dallas Blonde, Deep Ellum Lager, Neato Bandito and the new Deep Summer, an ale made with hibiscus, lemon peel and chamomile flowers that you can only snag in the pack.
Crank the AC and go hard on Tupps’ Black Ale.
Thermostat at 60 and chill: Black Ale (Tupps Brewery)
Let’s be real: If you’re even remotely close to a sane person, you’ll be spending your days in the iceberg embrace of Texas-strength air conditioning. Perhaps as you point and laugh at the poor, sweaty souls staggering outside from the comfort of your living-room igloo, you will relish the chance to drink something wildly seasonally inappropriate — something like Tupps’ Black Ale.
This sweet stout is equal parts roasty and sweet, like burnt toast soaked in the leftover milk from your Lucky Charms. It’s got a lighter body and lower ABV (just 5.4 percent) than other stouts on the local market — a summer-weight stout, if you will — so you can drink a few over the course of an afternoon-into-evening as you cuddle beneath a blanket and thank your lucky stars for the thermostat. Just don’t chill the glass. That would be overkill.
DALLAS – The number of alleged victims and impacted eye centers have grown two months after the first reports of an incorrectly mixed medicine used in some cataract surgeries have left some patients without vision.
About 35 North Texans have hired attorneys, claiming they likely permanently lost eyesight due to an incorrectly mixed solution used in a routine procedure.
At the end of April, Key-Whitman Eye Center announced several patients had worse vision after receiving a common medication following their cataract surgery. The common medication was mixed at a local compounding pharmacy. Dr. Jeffery Whitman identified the pharmacy as Guardian Pharmacy Services. The surgeries happened between Jan. 31 and Feb. 21, 2017.
Guardian Pharmacy Services is in Dallas, and not affiliated with the national Guardian Pharmacy services headquartered in Atlanta.
WFAA has learned a second center, Tylock-George Eye Care in Irving, also confirms that it used the same solution in a small number of its cataract patients. One of them is Julie Shipp of Lewisville.
"I can’t drive. I can’t see at night very much, and there are no lenses that can correct me and nothing can be done," she said.
Patients reported extreme sensitivity to light, flashing and vision loss in the eyes that underwent surgery. Guardian Pharmacy Services provided the solution used in those surgeries.
"It’s two kinds of emotions. One, you’re relieved that you know what happened," said Shipp. "The other emotion is you are angry that someone injected a drug into your eye that was poison."
Shipp is one of about 35 North Texans who have hired legal representation. Attorney Andrew Sommerman represents Shipp and 19 others.
"This is an epidemic that didn’t need to happen," said Sommerman. "I believe there are over 100 folks that have been affected by this at a number of different centers."
Sommerman says he continues to get calls from other potential victims three to five times a week. Many, like Shipp, want retribution for what they’ve lost.
"I would like the Guardian pharmaceutical company put out of business for mixing this drug that changed all of our lives," said Shipp.
WFAA contacted Guardian Pharmacy Services for comment and were directed to an attorney who is representing the business. He has not yet returned our calls for comment.
Billy Dunnill, attorney for Tylock-George Eye Care sent WFAA this statement:
After becoming aware of retinal issues that did not appear to be related to surgical technique, we were greatly concerned to learn that a post-surgical antibiotic medication, formulated by a supplier, might be responsible. We are working with each of the affected patients and doing everything possible from a clinical standpoint to help them and support their recovery.
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North Texas home prices are still on a hot streak.
In May the price of preowned homes sold in North Texas surged another 10 percent from a year earlier.
At a median price of $255,000, area home prices have never been so high and show no signs of a cool down.
As long as demand for homes in the area remains strong, Dr. James Gaines, the chief economist with the Real Estate Center, sees not stop in the price growth.
"As long as shortage persists there’s no end," Gaines said. "Rate of change might vary, but it’ll still be significant.
"Demand continues to outpace supply."
North Texas real estate agents sold 10,939 single-family homes last month, according to the latest data from the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University and the North Texas Real Estate Information Systems.
May’s home sales were 15 percent higher than in the same month last year.
"The North Texas housing market continues to have a shortage of home listings, especially under $300,000," said Ted Wilson with Dallas-based housing consultant Residential Strategies Inc. ".With demand far outstripping supply of ‘starter’ and ‘first move-up’ homes, it remains commonplace to see multiple offers at or above asking price for these more affordable homes as the come to market.
"The challenge is that, with all the growth and in-migration of households stemming from our robust job growth, there simply is not enough housing stock for those households seeking lower-priced, well-located homes."
Neighborhoods that saw some of the biggest year-over-year homes sales gains in May include Duncanville (up 73 percent), Fairview (59 percent), Wylie (50 percent), Oak Cliff (46 percent) and North Dallas (38 percent).
Through the first five months of 2017, area real estate agents have sold a record 40,592 houses – up 5 percent in sales from the same period in 2016.
Another 11,311 home sales were pending but not yet closed at the end of May.
One of the biggest increases in sales so far in 2017 has been North Texas properties priced at $1 million and more. As of May 663 million dollar homes have traded – 37 percent more than in the first five months of 2016, according to the Real Estate Center.
There is finally some sign that the huge shortage of homes for sale in North Texas is easing. In May there were almost 20,000 homes listed for sale with real estate agents in the more than two dozen counties included in the survey. That’s a 10 percent gain in homes for sale from a year ago.
Even with that increase, there is still less than a 2.4-month supply of area houses in the real estate agents’ multiple listing service.
On average it took only 37 days to sell the houses that traded in May.
In 2016, North Texas real estate agents sold a record of more than 100,000 houses.
And median home sales prices in the area have shot up by more than 50 percent in the last five years – one of the biggest such gains in the country.
Paige Shipp with housing analyst Metrostudy said as long as the difference between prices of existing and new homes remains high, preowned values will continue to rise.
"We are seeing a slowdown in price appreciation for new homes, but the median is still $315,000," she said.