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.


© Ron Baselice/Staff Photographer/The Dallas Morning News/TNS
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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Nursing Home Residents Struggle to Vote Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

Rosewood Care Center in Inverness, Ill. on April 13, 2019. (Danielle Scruggs/The New York Times)
Rosewood Care Center in Inverness, Ill. on April 13, 2019. (Danielle Scruggs/The New York Times)

Rosewood Care Center in Inverness, Ill. on April 13, 2019. Credit – Danielle A. Scruggs—The New York Times/Redux

Ivan Lakos was born in Hungary and came to the United States in 1951 as a displaced person after World War II. He became a citizen after about five years and has voted consistently ever since. But this year, with COVID-19 cases again on the rise in the U.S., the 96-year-old worried whether he’d be able to continue that tradition.

Lakos lives in a skilled nursing home at the Carol Woods Retirement Community in North Carolina, which is home to roughly 500 residents and usually hosts its own polling place with volunteers on hand to help residents fill out ballots and navigate voting machines. But this year, that isn’t an option for him. To protect against COVID-19,

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