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“At a crisis point”: Homes are out of reach for many Colorado teachers. What does that mean for schools?

A new report highlights how houses have become too expensive for teachers and other workers. Raising wages alone won’t fix the affordability issue.


What’s Working: Colorado sees rise in business closures while new business creations go flat 

Plus: Denver’s new minimum wage makes it one of the highest in the nation, Colorado gets ranked and more.


Town of Vail blocks all permits for Vail Resorts housing project

Vail’s town council in May voted to condemn the parcel where Vail Resorts plans worker housing, citing impacts to the local bighorn sheep herd. Tuesday night, the council voted to prevent any activity on the land.


Denver rents are up 20% since 2019. They’re still rising, but not quite as fast.

Plus, the federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program is now in its final phase


The San Luis Valley has at least 150 abandoned homes. A nonprofit is fixing them for people who need housing.

A valleywide coalition is purchasing and renovating abandoned homes and schools to reduce the region’s affordable housing crisis


What’s Working: More home sellers cutting for-sale price in metro Denver, Colorado Springs

The rate of home sellers cutting the list price doubled in some metro areas. Plus: Rent assistance program in last phase, Colorado unemployment rate drops to 3.4% and more!


Metro Denver’s homeless population grew by 12.8% in two years, survey finds

The point-in-time count, which captures homelessness on a single night, shows 784 more people became homeless regionally during the pandemic


Buying frenzy slows but home prices remain sky-high in Colorado mountain towns

The number of transactions is waning as the supply of homes for sale declines, but buyers continue to pay record-setting prices for high country homes


What’s Working: Here’s how the Front Range housing market slowed over a few weeks as interest rates rose

More houses hit the market in June than last year. Plus: The U.S. catches up with Denver’s inflation rate, a slowdown at the unemployment office and more!


Old practices, new frontiers: The revival of a shuttered drive-in starts a bold experiment in southern Colorado

Out-of-the-box thinkers are finding fertile ground in the San Luis Valley, where local economies have remained largely stagnant for more than a century despite explosive growth in neighboring mountain valleys


Colorado tried to protect people who live in mobile home parks. A Gunnison community fell through the cracks.

The new owner of the renamed Ski Town Village hasn’t filled the potholes, cut the trees that threaten to fall on homes, or fixed the spotty water supply. But he has raised rents by 73%.


What’s Working: As recession concerns grow, Colorado building permits are on the rise

The state still has challenges with housing inventory. Plus: Roommates, home sharing and business pessimism blamed on inflation


Aspen City Council limits short-term rentals, imposes fees on home construction and eases path for affordable housing

The “aggressive” regulation of Aspen’s home construction aims to collar a market that has priced out everyone but the uber-rich and protect community over commodity


A Denver fund is fighting to keep attention on racial inequities in the metro area

But in an instant and virtual world, where attention spans are short, it can be challenging to keep the level of focus needed to close persistent gaps


What’s Working | Median home values haven’t fallen in Colorado, but list prices for a new house have

A 6% interest rate is nothing, say some readers. Plus: housing affordability drops, gas tax relief, robot jobs, and more!


In Colorado’s heated real estate market, is it better to be a renter right now?

Owning a home now costs $987 more per month than renting. But not every city or town is the same.


What’s Working: Same Denver house, same price, but $190 more per month

Interest rate hike means higher payments for home buyers but a decline in prices. Plus: Renting is cheaper, state jobless rate drops to 3.5%, more!


Colorado high country commissioners blast Airbnb report that disconnects short-term rentals from housing crisis

Elected officials from seven mountain counties say the giant short-term rental company cherry-picked data to divorce itself from the worsening housing crisis


A tale of two Colorado counties: One the fastest growing, one the fastest shrinking

Broomfield and Kit Carson represent Colorado’s urban-rural divide. One is trying to pack in new residents in a thoughtful way, while the other is hoping no one else moves out.


Colorado’s governor vetoes bill that would have required developers to include electric vehicle chargers

Jared Polis said House Bill 1218, which passed with almost no Republican support, had “inflexible mandates” and could be premature as EV technology rapidly advances

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