April 2012

There are 2 blog entries for April 2012.

Climbing rents for apartments are combining with a continued decline in home prices to push once-reluctant home buyers into finally taking the plunge, say economists and real-estate agents, helping what appears to be a good start to the housing industry's all-important spring selling season.

Although increased buying activity from investors and second-home purchasers are also factors behind the recent pickup in home sales, real-estate agents say they are fielding more calls from anxious tenants complaining about rising rents.

"The rental market has been incredibly hot," said Ronald Peltier, chief executive of HomeServices of America Inc., which owns real-estate brokerages in 21 states. He says rising rents, coupled with slumping home prices and interest

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When the nonprofit Urban Land Institute brings a team of development experts to Steamboat Springs this summer to assess how best to unleash the potential of Yampa Street, the people who have the biggest stake in the outcome will be in for an intense brainstorming session.

City of Steamboat Springs Planning Director Tyler Gibbs told a small gathering of business and property owners at Sweetwater Grill in March his experience with the Urban Land Institute, the panel members who come to Steamboat will be carefully selected for the appropriate background and their ability to build consensus.

“They are dedicated to creating great places,” Gibbs said. “I’ve found them to be a great catalyst for bringing people together and getting things done.”

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