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Dallas home price gains widen in latest report

Dallas-area home prices were up 3% in the latest nationwide comparison — the greatest gain in six months.

Dallas' year-over-year price increase was slightly below the 3.2% nationwide price rise for September in the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index.

While North Texas home appreciation has risen in recent months along with sales, price growth is still below where it was a year ago when values were up more than 4%.

"September's report for the U.S. housing market is reassuring," S&P's Craig J. Lazzara said in the report. "It is, of course, too soon to say whether this month marks an end to the deceleration or is merely a pause in the longer-term trend."

The largest annual home price gains were in Phoenix (6%), Charlotte (4.6%) and Tampa (4.5%).

Some previously hot housing markets have cooled this year.

San Francisco home prices were 0.7% lower in September than in 2018. And prices were up by less than 1% in Chicago and New York.

Dallas-area home prices have risen by 70% in the last decade in the closely-watched Case-Shiller survey.

So far in 2019, median sales prices of houses sold by North Texas real estate agents are 3% higher than at this time last year.

The double-digit home price hikes of a couple years ago are gone.

"It has become clear that the housing market slowdown that has characterized much of 2019 is really much more of a stabilization than any kind of prolonged or damaging housing slump," Zillow Economist Matthew Speakman said in a statement. "For the third straight month, annual home price growth is near its long-term historic average, and after years of favoring sellers, market conditions are gradually becoming much more balanced."

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