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Denver Westsiders can now get a city-funded boost to build wee homes next to their big homes.

The City Council OK’d half-a-million dollars to help people build ADUs.

The Denver City Council signed off on an agreement Monday that provides $500,000 for westside residents to build guest homes on their property.

Accessory dwelling units, also known as granny flats, are smaller homes built next to bigger ones. Owners can lease them out (or live inside while renting out the main house). ADUs give people a new way to make money and can temper displacement wrought by gentrification, city staffers say. They also encourage multigenerational living.

City planners want to see more accessory dwelling units, but they’re expensive — more than $200,000

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A growing number of Americans who lost their homes to foreclosure or a short sale during the housing crisis are re-emerging in the housing market and buying a home again, USA Today reports. 

“Boomerang buyers,” as they’re nicknamed, are coming back, and some economists contend they are a critical component to driving a big uptick in the housing market over the next few years.

“I think the next phase of the housing recovery will be partly driven by people in the primary age group” of 35 to 64 who have been hesitant to buy again after losing their home during the housing crisis, Kwame Donaldson, an economist with Moody’s Analytics, told USA Today.

Lately, first-time home buyers and millennials have been driving the bulk of sales. First-time home

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Metro Denver’s apartment market got off to a strong start this year, as tenants absorbed all the units that hit the market and then some, pushing up rents and driving down vacancies.

According to the Denver Post, Developers delivered a robust 3,959 new units in the first quarter and tenants absorbed an “impressive” 5,552 net units, according to the Denver Metro Apartment Vacancy and Rent from the University of Denver and the Apartment Association of Metro Denver.

That strong demand pushed the vacancy rate down to 5.4 percent from 5.8 percent in the fourth quarter. It also pushed the average rent up to $1,480.74 a month, which is $24.65 higher than the average in the fourth quarter and $60.44 higher a month than the average rent a year ago.

“I am

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Celebrate the opening of the G Line with a party and lots of deals

Olde Town Arvada is hosting a grand opening party Saturday. Many restaurants and retailers are also offering freebies and discounts.
Following years of delays, the G Line will finally open later this week with a lot of fun and fanfare planned.

The G Line, which runs between Denver and Wheat Ridge, is scheduled to open Friday morning after more than two years of delays. To celebrate the milestone, Olde Town Arvada is hosting a party and businesses are offering deals and discounts. 

The G Line Grand Opening Party kicks off at 10 a.m. and runs through 6 p.m. It will feature live music performances throughout Olde Town, kids' activities in Olde

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It turns out Americans weren’t ready to become a nation of renters. Homeownership is back in.

As reported by The Washington Post, new data indicate that in 2016, in defiance of myriad prognostications, the decade-long decline in the homeownership rate abruptly reversed. Once-rapid growth in renter households stalled, and the long-stagnant number of owner-led households began rising.

The most recent Housing Vacancies and Homeownership survey shows homeownership rates rose from a low of 63 percent in the second quarter of 2016 to 64.6 in the fourth quarter of 2018, adjusted for seasonality. This move reflects changes in the status of millions of households. The homeownership rate has regained all the

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Concerns of a 2019 downturn in housing are overblown, with housing starts likely to show steady growth in the intermediate term.

A new report from Wells Fargo and L.E.K. Consulting says there is pent-up demand from a new generation of first-time home buyers and a low supply of single-family housing, which should drive long-term residential new construction growth.

As interest rates climbed higher over the course of 2018, declines in housing affordability combined with economic cycle concerns sparked worries for the residential new construction sector. However, as the expected pace of rate hikes has slowed in early 2019, affordability and homebuyer sentiment is improving. These factors coupled with historically low levels of inventory should

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The cottage that inspired Nancy Meyer's romantic comedy is for sale!

The interiors of Nancy Meyers' films are famously beautiful - generally large American houses with extremely well-equipped kitchens and miles of sumptuous bed linen. In her Christmas romantic comedy The Holiday, however, the filmmaker turned her hand to an English country cottage, and the results were quite something. Now the Surrey cottage which inspired the sets for the film is on sale, and could be yours for £650,000.

Although the Rosehill Cottage of the film doesn't exist in reality - the exteriors were built from scratch in a field and the interiors are sets - Honeysuckle Cottage in Holmbury St Mary provided inspiration for the crew who designed it. The cottage is

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The FHFA announced Tuesday that it is increasing the conforming loan limit for Fannie and Freddie mortgages in nearly every part of the U.S.

After not increasing the maximum conforming loan limits on mortgages to be acquired by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for 10 years, the Federal Housing Finance Agency has now increased the conforming loan limit for the third straight year.

According to the FHFA, the conforming loan limits will rise from this year’s total of $453,100 to $484,350 for 2019. That’s an increase of 6.9% from this year’s loan limit to next year’s.

As stated above, this marks the third straight year that the FHFA has increased the conforming loan limits after not increasing them from 2006 to 2016.

Back in 2016, the FHFA

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After more than a year of fanfare, competition and city government prostrations, Amazon’s announcement of its second headquarters location is imminent.

Back in September 2017 the e-commerce company first asked for proposals from North American cities on where to house its HQ2, which would come with 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in capital spending for the winning city.

Amazon said it was looking for a city equal to its Seattle headquarters, and would preference those with lots of tech talent, good public transit and attractive tax exemptions. After receiving more than 200 proposals, Amazon culled those to 20 finalists in January.

While Amazon has been mum about the winning city, plenty of people have placed their bets. NYU business professor

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Why is it so hard to find a reasonably priced apartment in Denver right now?

Westword gives us a vision of what's going on.

One reason is that so few of them are being built, because developers continue to focus the vast majority of their resources on projects that only rich people can afford.

Indeed, a new study finds that 88 percent of apartment projects built within Denver city limits in 2017 and 2018 to date fall into the luxury or high-end category. And believe it or not, this number is actually down from the  percentage of high-end projects built over the previous few years.

The report, just issued by RENTCafe, identifies the disproportionate number of luxury apartment buildings under construction as a national trend. Across the…
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