Real estate

Homebuilder confidence at highest level since 2005

U.S. homebuilders’ confidence soared this month to the highest level in 11 years, reflecting heightened expectations of better sales now and well into 2017. The National Association of Home...

DATE: Dec. 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

Renting vs. buying: What’s the best deal?

Is it better to buy or rent your home? This is a somewhat silly personal finance trope that assumes a reader is: a) living under a bridge or b) has a suitcase full of enough cash to afford a down...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

When cold weather moves in, so do uninvited guests

A house with an easy way in is a port in the storm for mice, squirrels, raccoons and other rodents looking for a place to mate, nest or stash food, and some local pest control services reported...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

So, what’s cooking in the kitchen?

Americans briefly scaled back the scope of home renovation projects after the recession began nearly a decade ago, says interior designer and “HGTV Design Star” judge Vern Yip. But even during the...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

La Plata County weighs office space options

La Plata County officials are examining the most cost-effective ways to expand the county Road and Bridge Department offices on U.S. Highway 160, a project estimated to cost $750,000 in capital...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bureaucracy can impact home prices

Rising home prices are a signal to builders: As housing gets more expensive, it’s time to create more of it. Then as new buildings rise, the competition for scarce housing falls. And that keeps...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

U.S. home prices surpass pre-recession peak

WASHINGTON – U.S. home prices have fully recovered from their steep plunge during the housing bust and Great Recession, according to a private measure. The Standard & Poor’s CoreLogic Case-Shiller...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

Texas, California sending many new residents to Colorado

Newly published data by the U.S. Census Bureau indicates La Plata County’s largest pool of migrants continues to come from other parts of Colorado and nearby states. The American Community Survey...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

Residents explore solutions to housing shortage

Nico Foster and his wife have been hunting for a house in Durango for several months, and while they want to stay in town, they have thought seriously about moving to Mancos. “We feel this town is...

DATE: Dec. 1, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

US construction spending up 0.5 percent in October

WASHINGTON – U.S. builders boosted spending on construction projects by a modest amount in October, helped by big gains in spending on home construction and the biggest increase in government...

DATE: Dec. 1, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

Walkable, rideable neighborhoods are here to stay

Why is there the hubbub about “walkable and rideable” neighborhoods? It is elementary, my friends. The convenience of shopping, restaurants, art and music activities, river trails and open space...

DATE: Nov. 27, 2016 | CATEGORY: On Real Estate

Chinese on worldwide buying spree

If they were anywhere else in Beijing, the five young women in cowboy hats and matching red, white, and blue costumes would look wildly out of place. But here at the city’s biggest international...

DATE: Nov. 27, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

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