North Texas home starts boom as builders struggle to meet buyer demand

North Texas builders scrambling to meet a flood of buyers have boosted home starts to the highest level in more than a decade.



a pile of dirt in front of a building: D-FW home starts are up by more than a third from last year.


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D-FW home starts are up by more than a third from last year.

Dallas-Fort Worth single-family home starts soared by more than 34% in the third quarter from a year earlier, rising in the face of the pandemic and recession. Builders started almost 13,000 local houses during the just-completed quarter, according to just-released data from Residential Strategies Inc.

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“Back when the pandemic hit, we were bracing for a pretty tough summer with all the job loss,” said Ted Wilson, principal for the Dallas-based housing consultant. “But everything opened up in May with strong sales and it has continued onward.

“It’s pretty amazing considering the backdrop of COVID.”

Wilson said the third-quarter D-FW home starts were the strongest since

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27% surge in September home sales sets record for North Texas

North Texas home sales surged in September — up 27% from a year ago. 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 compared with 2019 levels, according to data from the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University and 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 year’s but not surprising based on what I have been hearing,” said Paige Shipp, a housing analyst for CDCG Asset Management. “D-FW

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North Carolina City Ignores Its Own Rules To Keep Homeless Shelter Out Of Its New Home

For more than 30 years, the Catherine H. Barber Memorial Shelter has quietly served North Wilkesboro and broader Wilkes County in North Carolina. It’s a small, temporary shelter with 10 beds that helps those who have fallen on hard times get back on their feet; the maximum stay is generally two weeks. Most nights there are a few empty beds, but on occasion the shelter—the only one in 70,000 resident Wilkes County—must turn away the needy. After losing its lease on the home it has occupied for three decades, the shelter was offered a new building, free of charge. But it may never be able to move in.

A local dentist moved his practice and offered the shelter his now empty office building. And

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Park and trail improvements on track in North Coventry | News

NORTH COVENTRY — Township supervisors continue to push ahead with plans for open space and trails.

Monday night was no exception with no less than four items on the agenda having to do with those subjects.

The supervisors approved a design contract with the McMann Assoc. engineering firm to undertake the first two phases of a trail plan to connect Kenilworth Park with the extension of the Schuylkill River Trail soon to be extended from Parker Ford to Pottstown.

The connection will cross Route 724 and will require studies of wetlands, property ownership and easements. The approved contract for the first two phases of the project is $37,500.

Overall, the project is estimated to cost between $150,000 to $200,000, said Township Manager Erica Batdorf. However, a Pottstown Health and Wellness Foundation grant will cover part of the cost.

The board also voted to apply for an annual PECO Green Region

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2,500-home community coming in north Fort Worth

Plano-based developer and builder Green Brick Partners has teamed up with Arizona-based Taylor Morrison Homes to plan a more than 2,500-home community in north Fort Worth.



a view of a stone building: New residential community is off U.S. 287 and will start early next year.


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New residential community is off U.S. 287 and will start early next year.

Green Brick and Taylor Morrison have purchased almost 900 acres Near U.S. Highway 287 near the Sendera Ranch community.

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The two firms plan to break ground in early 2021 on a new residential community named Madero.

“We are thrilled to continue expanding our presence in Fort Worth, and to provide homebuyers a fantastic opportunity to live in such close proximity to attractive amenities including Eagle Mountain Lake while maintaining easy access to major employment centers in Fort Worth,” Jed Dolson, Chief Operating Officer for Green Brick Partners, said in a statement. “In addition to its ideal location, Madero will feature a wealth

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