Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Housing News Digest, July 18

Habitat looking to build homes in Keator Grove neighborhood CARBONDALE, Colorado — The nonprofit housing developer Habitat For Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley hopes to buy a dozen lots in the Keator Grove subdivision, a Habitat official confirmed on Monday. “We've been working on this for two years,” said Scott Gilbert, president of the organization. Reached at his office on Monday, Gilbert confirmed that talks are under way, and said, “We're hoping to buy the lots.”

 Colorado’s Fire Danger Grows as Residents Occupy High-Risk Areas Colorado’s most destructive wildfire season claimed 650 homes, yet the state lacks a law requiring homeowners in high-risk areas to use non-flammable building materials and to clear vegetation around their residences. Like a majority of states, Colorado relies on a hodgepodge of ordinances that encourage municipalities to create plans for protecting homes from fire and don’t provide penalties for not doing so.

 Colorado's largest counties adding jobs, but at lower pay With Weld County leading the way, Colorado's largest counties added jobs at a much faster clip than the national average last year. Weld County ranked third out of 323 large U.S. counties, boosting its employment by 4.3 percent in December from a year earlier. Read more: Colorado's largest counties adding jobs, but at lower pay - The Denver Post Read The Denver Post's Terms of Use of its content:

 Displaced fire victims crowding tight rental market As evacuation orders were lifted and families went home last week, those who lost their houses to the Waldo Canyon fire started the hunt for new places to live. With almost 350 homes burned to the ground and countless others damaged, the rush to find housing has put a crunch on the already-tight local rental market.

 Going Away to College This Fall? You’re Now the Exception For American students, heading off to college has traditionally also meant physically going away to college. But now, at a time when college costs are soaring, and when news of young people being saddled with burdensome student loan debt is unavoidable, today’s students are trying to trim college expenses in every way possible. More than half of students, in fact, will be living at home when the fall semester begins—up significantly from the 43% of students who commuted a couple of years ago. Read more: