Where’s the Dirt? Opportunities for Building a Home in DFW

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The market for lots is very brisk across North Texas. You have to be quick and well networked to find the best opportunity, because most are being sold pre-market and many are going to builders.


Last year alone, the value of lots in University Park rose 25 percent, Preston Hollow by more than 20 percent. “This year the market for lots in the Park Cities and Preston Hollow continues to be very strong,” says Bryan Hagen with DW Skelton Appraisers. “Builders are buying $2-, $3- and $4-million lots and they’re going to start spec’ing $7-, $8- and $9-million houses.”

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The inventory of residential lots is very low in Dallas, especially for larger lots in some of the prime neighborhoods. You can still scrape and build, but you’re going to pay a premium for those lots and compete against multiple offers on all of them. Competition for lots seems to be less intense in Preston Hollow and the city of Dallas portions of Highland Park ISD; inside the Park Cities, the competition is very intense.

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It’s indicative of our market as a whole – not enough inventory but plenty of buyers out there. Because of that, we are beginning to see builders doing more teardowns in neighborhoods where you can find older homes that can be reimagined.

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