Existing home sales pick up speed in U.S.

WASHINGTON – Americans shrugged off rising mortgage rates and bought existing homes in January at the fastest pace since 2007. Home sales rose 3.3 percent in January from December to a seasonally...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

La Plata County building codes to take on tiny house provisions

La Plata County could take another tiny step toward housing diversity by considering a brand new international building code provision to address tiny house construction. “The International Code...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

More home sale agreements falling apart

Spending months to find the perfect home in your price range, only to have your mortgage application rejected or a home inspection turn up expensive repairs, is a nightmare – one that is coming...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Veritas receives customer service award

Veritas Fine Homes Inc. of Durango was awarded “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. Customer Service honors are based on several factors,...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

New housing starts fall across U.S.

WASHINGTON – U.S. builders broke ground on fewer homes last month, led by a drop in apartment construction. The number of new housing starts declined 2.6 percent in January to a seasonally adjusted...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Optimism among homebuilders weakens

U.S. homebuilders are feeling a bit less confident this month, reflecting a dimmer outlook for sales in the months ahead and fewer would-be buyers dropping by builders’ sales offices. The...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Spring Creek Village lots available

Construction has picked up at a small La Plata County development that’s marketing affordable lots three miles east of town. Phase two of Spring Creek Village off Florida Road is underway, with 17...

DATE: Feb. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Here’s what you need to know to get a mortgage

Lenders are primarily concerned about three things when considering your loan for approval: income, credit and property. There are other aspects of your application that will be evaluated, such as...

DATE: Feb. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: On Real Estate

Single women are buying homes at twice the rate of single men

By 2007, Michelle Jackson, a 30-something writer in Denver, held a master’s degree, had traveled the world and was enjoying her social life as a single woman. She also felt the pull to purchase her...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Got $250 million? Here’s the home just for you

LOS ANGELES – At $250 million, a new mega mansion in the exclusive Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles is the most expensive home listed in the United States. The passion project of developer and...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

La Plata County builders grapple with upcoming changes

Several changes are poised to shake things up for La Plata County’s building industry this year, including updates to building codes and potential taxes on new development. Last month, the county...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Taking care of the big stuff

When moving into a new house, it can be overwhelming for some to figure out furniture placement. Perhaps you are coming from a home you’ve lived in for years and had everything mise en place (mise...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: On Real Estate