North Texas builders scrambling to meet a flood of buyers have boosted home starts to the highest level in more than a decade.
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.
“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
(Bloomberg) — Australia will provide 10,000 extra places in a program to help first-home buyers and encourage construction as the economy recovers from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The First Home Loan Deposit Scheme will be expanded from Oct. 6 to support the purchase of a new or newly built home, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said in a statement. About 20,000 people have already used the program, which allows them to purchase their first property with a deposit of
Opendoor, an online platform that lets homeowners quickly sell their houses, announced on Tuesday that it will go public through a merger with Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings II, a shell company helmed by Chamath Palihapitiya, a venture capitalist and early Facebook executive.
The deal values Opendoor at an enterprise value of $4.8 billion, and will generate up to $1 billion in cash proceeds, the company says. Palihapitiya himself is putting $100 million into the business.
“We founded Opendoor to make it simple and instant to buy and sell a home,” Opendoor’s founder and CEO, Eric Wu, said in a statement. “This is one of many milestones towards our mission.”
Founded in 2014, Opendoor is the dominant player in the “iBuying” space, a term for start-ups that let homeowners rapidly