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Teardowns' effect hard to measure

May 01, 2005

Teardowns are a small piece of Dallas' real estate pie, consultant says

By STEVE BROWN
Dallas Morning News
Sunday, May 1, 2005

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Are teardowns good for the neighbors' property values? That depends on your point of view.

Teardowns can have a big effect on neighborhoods, but they're just a blip in the Dallas housing market. And because the numbers are small, there's a dearth of real data about their economic impact.

Builders started almost 200,000 single-family homes – most of them in the far suburbs – during the last five years in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. During the same time period, the best estimate is that fewer than 2,000 of those homes were built to replace teardowns in Dallas.

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