September surge in North Texas home sales sets records

North Texas home sales surged in September – up 27% from a year ago.

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It was the largest such annual price gain in more than a decade.

Real estate agents sold 11,408 single-family homes, a record number of purchases for the month of September, when sales typically slow.

But not this year.

Record low mortgage rates have caused a run on home buying even in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last month’s huge home sales increase is the fourth month in a row of double-digit percentage sales gains from 2019 levels, according to data from the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University and the North Texas Real Estate Information Systems.

September’s year-over-year gain was the largest yet.

“It’s amazing that sales are up 27% over last years, but not surprising based on what I have been hearing,” said Paige Shipp, a housing analyst with CDCG Asset

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Actors’ Homes Become Sets During COVID-19

Suddenly, a dog walks past the screen and a baby cries, awoken from a too-short nap by nearby construction. Hastily made beds, half-done puzzles, and bread-making supplies clutter the background. And then there’s the guy who forgot to push mute, the one without pants, and another who holds the camera too close.

Although this might sound like every Zoom meeting or FaceTime call you’ve participated in since March, it’s actually a list of problematic scenarios faced by actors including Bette Midler, Leslie Odom Jr., and Dan Levy when they rolled out the welcome mats and allowed their homes to serve as makeshift sets for scripted TV and movie productions such as Coastal Elites (HBO), Host (Shudder), Mythic Quest (Apple TV+), and Love in the Time of Corona (Freeform) when pandemic rules and safety recommendations closed soundstages and required casts and crews to remain socially distant and well sanitized.

“It’s truly

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Dirt: PMC Real Estate Brand Sets TV Series Deal With Anvil 1893

PMC real estate brand Dirt has partnered with producer Eric Schotz to develop an unscripted TV series based on the digital platform’s coverage of celebrity homes and real estate transactions.

The deal calls for Schotz’s Anvil 1893 production banner to work with Dirt writers and editors Mark David and James McClain on a program that looks at celebrity digs, from childhood homes to remote hideaways of the rich and famous. Schotz, David and McClain will serve as executive producers.

“There’s a natural curiosity about where certain people live and how they live that’s been with us since the first tours of movie stars’ houses started in 1935,” said Schotz. “Dirt makes that virtual ‘open house’ alluring and compelling every single week, and we see tremendous opportunity in harnessing the power of the brand. We’re excited to take audiences to some extraordinary and evocative homes and lifestyles they wouldn’t normally see.”

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