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Residential Housing

FHA Condo Rule Change Could Help More Buyers Break into Boulder Market

On Oct. 15, new rules will go into effect that will reduce regulatory barriers, making purchasing a condo in more expensive markets a bit easier. For example, the new rule will allow certain individual condominium units to be eligible for FHA mortgage insurance even if the condominium project is not FHA approved. (The condo unit needs to be in a...

Report: 2012’s Homebuyers Have Seen Equity Skyrocket

According to a recently released report from Redfin, people who bought a home during the downturn in 2012 have earned a median of $141,000, or 261 percent. The median home equity growth for Colorado Springs was among the highest, with an increase of $149,000 (677 percent). In Denver, the median home equity growth was 555 percent and the median home...

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Denver Asks Residents to Fill Out Survey on 2020 Housing Action Plan

The Denver Economic Development & Opportunity office recently released a draft version of the 2020 housing action plan. The city is asking for feedback from residents as it relates to housing policies and spending priorities. Denver has $30.6 million set aside to address housing next year, including $12.9 million to address homelessness. Denver residents have until Oct. 10, 2019 to...

Study Shows Short-Term Rentals Have Little Effect on Cost of Homes

9News recently reported on a study conducted by Denver's Economic Development department showing that short-term rentals, such as AirBNB, have little impact on the cost of homes. Short-term rentals make up about 1% (306,714 units) in Denver. According to the report, “Short term rentals in Denver do not appear to have an impact on housing costs at the citywide level....

August Market Trends: Signs of a Shifting Market? Homes in Colorado Are More Affordable But Taking Longer to Sell

Regional and Statewide Statistics Contact:  Marty Schechter for CAR 303-882-4585 cell marty@schechterpr.com ENGLEWOOD, CO. – Sept. 12, 2019 – Still far from what would be defined as balanced, Colorado’s residential housing data continues to show signs that markets are shifting, according to the latest monthly market data from the Colorado Association of REALTORS®. Despite three-year lows on interest rates...

Funding Available for Projects Addressing Forest Health, Wildfire Risk

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – August 26, 2019 – Wildfires are both natural and inevitable – including in wildland-urban interface settings where millions of Coloradans live. These fires can be particularly destructive in areas where forests are unhealthy, unmanaged and unnaturally dense. For those interested in taking action, but who have lacked the means, funding is now available to help...

Duplexes Are Becoming More Popular with Denver-Area Buyers

As Denver continues to see unprecedented growth, developers have struggled to meet increased demands for housing. One way to meet those demands has been to demolish single family homes and replace them with duplexes. Colorado REALTOR® Matthew Leprino told Denver Channel 7 that he's encountering many buyers who are attracted to duplexes, which are selling almost as fast as single-family homes. ...

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Who Are The People Who Can Actually Afford Denver-Boulder’s High Rents And Mortgages?

Colorado’s homeownership has fallen from 71.2 percent in 2005 to 65.1 percent in 2019, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Homebuilders lag way behind in constructing new places to live. In 2018, companies received permits to construct 29,114 single family detached homes, 38 percent lower than the 40,140 permits in 2005. But back then, there was 1 million fewer people...

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Hot or Not? Depends on Local Market Down to the Neighborhood

July housing sales strongest in years for select local markets while falling interest rates can’t overcome long-term inventory issues Contact:  Marty Schechter for CAR marty@schechterpr.com https://www.coloradorealtors.com/market-trends/regional-and-statewide-statistics/ ENGLEWOOD, CO. – Aug 12, 2019 – With falling interest rates and less expensive mortgages, sales of single-family homes were strong in select local markets, including a record-setting month in Colorado Springs, but fell off overall from June to July in...

REALTOR® a Victim of Attempted Robbery in Commerce City

Aug. 8, 2019 Update "If I didn't have my firearm, I wouldn't be here to talk to you." That's how REALTOR® Dawna Hetzler sums up how she survived an attacked during an open house on Sunday, Aug. 4. Hetzler spoke with 9 News on Wednesday in hopes that it would help lead to the capture of her assailant. Nothing seemed amiss when...