The buying and selling of a home near the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex has becomes quite a hot market, with many outsiders flocking to take advantage of the North Texas real estate craze. While much of the housing market in DFW is being fueled by the white-hot commercial growth over the last few years, more folks are finding North Texas attractive for more personal reasons.

It's no surprise that real estate in this part of the Lone Star State has really taken off. Over the last decade, the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex has been THE place for corporate growth & relocation in the entire country. Business-friendly tax incentives have been a major factor in attracting big-name companies. With these companies comes a high number of individuals, many with families, needing housing in a big way. The rise in home sales was significant enough that many North Texas professionals began new careers as realtors, while long-time real estate companies saw exponential growth in record time.

This year, though, has actually been one of the first in many that have shown a slowdown in the real estate industry, and with good reason. Nonetheless, North Texas real estate professionals pivoted quickly, assuring prospective home buyers that pursuing a dream home during a nightmarish time was still a very real possibility.

It does leave one important question to be asked - what's so enticing about the North Texas real estate market? Here are a few things potential home buyers should keep in mind:

Access To Major Roads - Anyone living in Dallas/Fort Worth can tell you that the last ten to fifteen years have been marked with major construction projects on the area's busiest roads. Part of this is due to necessary updates, but a lot of it is to help ease congestion of DFW's traffic. What's nice is that as more roadways are updated, there is also greater access for commuters.

City Development with Small Business Considerations - Though much of the buzz about North Texas has been about major corporate growth, North Texas is also a major player when it comes to building small businesses. This dedication to small business development has been key to building up local communities, making big cities feel warmer & more focused on the neighborhood.

Excellent Schools - No matter if it's public or private, North Texas has some of the best schools in the state, as well as the nation. In fact, some of the best real estate agencies in the area provide information to prospective home buyers direct from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) regarding accountability reports of schools. Home Value Increasing - Ask people in North Texas about what their home is worth, and you may get a smile or some jeers. The value of homes has seen an increase, which has been impacting home buying/selling recently. Depending on who you ask, it's either a buyer's, or seller's, market. Either way, it's worth looking at numbers like tax rolls during a home search. Population Growth - The number of people in North Texas has been increasing for years, and there looks to be no slowing down on this front. School districts have gotten bigger & built more facilities to accommodate the growth. Commercial & residential construction is near-constant. For many potential home buyers, the prospects of being in, or near, a highly-concentrated population has its drawbacks. As such, one major trend to note is the attractiveness of smaller cities in surrounding areas. Their relative proximity has made them bigger players on the real estate front. North Texas real estate is more than home sales in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. You're talking about a home market that is made attractive by its proximity to one of the largest & most influential collections of zip codes in the country. Furthermore, the DFW market is becoming even more important because of the proliferation of smaller cities becoming economic powerhouses. In short, if you're buying or selling a home anywhere in North Texas, you're still close to the action & able to take advantage of all the things such an enriched area can offer.

Celina, Texas IS North Texas real estate , through and through. Learn more about why this Collin County city is making a big splash near Big D.


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Community feedback has given us a clear sense of the importance of maintaining Celina's historic, small-town charm. The City has a strong commitment to upholding this character while expanding the opportunities to connect with commerce, culture, and the community. The Downtown Celina Square serves as a perfect personification of the character we seek to preserve and enhance. To better understand where this character comes from, let's take a trip back in time to explore the history of the Downtown Square.


Celina was established in 1876, and three years later, a little settlement began to form. It was located just a few miles south of the Celina that we know and love today. Life continued in this area until 1902 when the train began running through the City. At this point, things began to shift towards the area that Celina currently inhibits.


Businesses and homes were relocated, and construction began to take place in the new location. In 1910, Celina resident J. Fred Smith started laying down the Square and building brick buildings around it. By July 1911, his efforts had paid off—several new buildings were ready for use, and gravel defined the streets. Businesses began to relocate from their wooden structures into the new brick buildings. Many of these wooden structures moved into the residential section and transformed into homes. This was a pivotal moment in Celina's character as it marked the shift towards the brick features that define the Downtown Square today.


By 1937 the number of businesses in Celina had expanded greatly to include (among other things) a movie theater, ice cream factory, several gas stations, cotton gins, and even an opera house at one point. During World War II, the diversification of commerce in the Downtown Square continued as the Square served as a collection point for scrap iron.

Fast forward to 2021, and you will find that just under half of the buildings around or adjacent to the Square are original structures. However, these features continue to serve as an excellent representation of the historic charm that so many of us associate with Celina. Buildings such as these have, and will, offer models for future renovations or new structures. The recently completed Huddleston Building renovation exemplifies how successfully we can modernize Downtown Celina while retaining the historic, rural feel. This project received an award from the Texas Downtown Association for Best New Construction in cities under 50,000.


As our beloved City continues to grow, we remain committed to preserving Celina's elements that are integral to our community and connect us to our history. Throughout a series of articles in our monthly newsletter, we hope to illuminate some of the important histories that connect us to where we are today and inspires our vision for the future.


For more information or to subscribe to our digital newsletter, visit Lifeincelinatx.com.


Sources

Greater Celina Chamber of Commerce. Celina History. www.celinachamber.org/celina-history/.

Huddleston, J., Lair, J., & Cox, B. (1976). Reminiscences of Celina.

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The north Dallas growth pattern is a fairly predictable model that dates back nearly 100 years. Its highest value and fastest-growing areas have generally followed the Preston Road and Dallas North Tollway (DNT) corridors. Each city along this path had enjoyed a time when it was tops in the region for new single-family home permits.


For the 21st Century, two cities have dominated new home starts – Frisco and McKinney, with the 3rd spot rotating between various regional cities such as Little Elm, Denton, and most recently, Celina. However, in 2020, modifications to the order were observed. Early in 2020, Celina established itself as the #2 city in the region in terms of new single-family home starts, overtaking McKinney's long-tenured position among the top two growing cities.


Various sources track housing permits monthly in North Texas, and during 2020, Celina finished the month ahead of McKinney during 10 of the 12 months. However, in December, the most surprising occurrence was when Celina issued 286 new home permits, topping Frisco, which issued 214 permits. Celina edging McKinney was news, but Celina beating out Frisco generated greater attention, even if the crown is just for one month.


Celina is currently updating its Comprehensive Plan, and the process is expected to complete later this spring. Preliminary population estimates have Celina's ultimate build-out being around 378,000 people, achieving the 50,000 population threshold around 2025 and the new decade of the Thirties seeing Celina over 100,000 in population.


As these thresholds are met, Celina will dominate the housing market for the next 20-30 years, as other cities along the Preston Road and DNT corridors have previously, in addition to being amongst the fastest growing cities in the nation. The City has been proactive in preparing for this growth through its long-range planning for extensive trail systems, fiber to every neighborhood, enhanced open space, wide sidewalks, and other requirements that ensure that Celina remains Life Connected, even while enduring record growth. For more information, please visit LifeinCelinaTX.com .

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