Friday, November 25, 2011

Housing market changes with economic and lifestyle shifts | Steve Brown Columns - Business News for Dallas, Texas - The Dallas Morning News

Housing market changes with economic and lifestyle shifts | Steve Brown Columns - Business News for Dallas, Texas - The Dallas Morning News: "Housing market changes with economic and lifestyle shifts


Steve Brown stevebrown@dallasnews.com
Published: 24 November 2011 04:54 PM

The boom in the Dallas-Fort Worth apartment market demonstrates a shift in how North Texans are thinking about housing.
During the last few years, the local apartment market has grown by more than 40,000 net leases, while home purchases have continued to sag.
Of course the economy is a big part of it. Folks who are worried about their jobs or have already lost income aren’t likely to sign up for a 30-year loan.
The shakeout in the housing market has also pushed thousands of potential buyers into the rental market.
Surprisingly, landlords say that huge volumes of home foreclosures in the last few years have not sent as many new apartment renters their way."

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Street Vendors May Return to Downtown Dallas

Dallas considers relaxing rules that currently discourage downtown street vendors. Dallas considers relaxing rules that currently discourage downtown street vendors, with thoughts that flower, souvenir and food carts could make downtown more exciting.Promoting downtown street vendors is the goal of a plan in the works at Dallas City Hall.Downtown boosters have been after the city for some time to make changes to city codes that they say discourage street vendors from doing business."It wasn't convenient," said John Crawford with Downtown Dallas Inc. "We want these changes to be an improvement, not an impediment."Downtown Dallas officer workers on their lunch break Monday said they miss the hot dog vendor who used to be at the corner of Akard and Main."I think it would be good to give people more choices, more lunchtime food, and things of that nature," officer worker Cordell Hudson said.See: http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Dallas-Encourages-Downtown-Street-Vendors-133849493.html for complete article.
By Ken Kalthoff|  Monday, Nov 14, 2011  |  Updated 7:24 PM CST