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Home prices soared during the pandemic. Here’s what that looks like in one East Texas city.

Texas’ housing crunch has spread outside of the state’s major metropolitan areas and into more rural parts of Texas. Smaller cities and towns saw steep increases in home prices as COVID-19 spread.

Quannah Ludlow, 37, stands in the dinning area of his one-bedroom apartment in Longview, Texas, on Dec. 14, 2021. Quannah was living for six months at a Courtyard by Marriott hotel while trying to find an apartment to rent in Longview.
New home construction in north Longview's Hidden Hills subdivision on Dec. 17, 2021.

“This is what housing costs now”

A recently sold new home in east Longview's Mission Creek subdivision on Dec. 17, 2021.

Lots of demand, not enough homes

“Start living again”

Quannah Ludlow stands in the living room of his one-bedroom apartment in Longview, on Dec. 14, 2021.

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