North Texas is hanging onto its top spot for U.S. home construction. Annual home starts in the Dallas-Fort Worth area totaled 33,601 units - putting the D-FW area well ahead of second place Houston, according to data from Metrostudy Inc. Metrostudy's figures show that D-FW home starts were up almost 12 percent in the first quarter. "Yes, we're still number one," Metrostudy's regional director Paige Shipp said. "And, I believe we will remain so for the foreseeable future. "Now that D-FW developers and builders are delivering affordable lots and land, the momentum will continue," Shipp said. "By the way, affordable is what I call our 'new affordable' - $200,000 - $300,000." Median new home prices in North Texas have jumped buy about 40 percent in the last five years. In 2017, North Texas builders started more than 33,000 houses - the strongest production total in a decade.
- Dallas Morning News, April 26, 2018