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Texas real estate market: Couple shocked by homebuying surcharge

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‘This blew us away … We cannot be the only people this is happening to, and it’s not fair.’

WAXAHACHIE, Texas — A Dallas couple – expecting their first child in three months and expecting their first home together to be constructed shortly after that – are now among the North Texas residents reeling from sticker shock as the price of that home has suddenly and drastically increased.

“It’s a dog-eat-dog world,” said Nastaccia Byrd. “I mean, we don’t want to be forced back into the rat race for a house.”

She and her husband Robert signed a contract with Lillian Custom Homes to build a house in a rural corner of Waxahachie. The location is 10 miles west of downtown Waxahachie and 40 miles from Grand Prairie, where Robert works in the aviation industry. They said they…

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