Housing . . . we can’t live without it, and it can take a lifetime to achieve. And if home is where the heart is, there are certainly a whole lot of us wearin’ our hearts on our sleeves these days!
It’s the best of times and the worst of times, isn’t it? A client of Big told him the other day the housing here in Northern Colorado makes him feel like he’s living during a gold rush. Everyone and their ski bunny grandmother are moving to the state, and there just aren’t enough exorbitantly priced houses to go around!
Gold Rush Housing Woes
Current home owners are wondering if we’ve reached the peak of the boom, if they should sell, and if they sell now, just where they’ll be able to afford to move.
Millennials and other would-be first-time homebuyers are crunched between high rents, skyrocketing home prices, and suffocating student loan debt.
Local real estate experts are all over the place in regards to what’s going to happen next. Predictions range from a 20% dive in Front Range home prices, to a “high plateau” as the new norm, to Fort Collins becoming the new Boulder with home prices doubling to nearly $600,000 . . . what a mess!
To navigate this tempestuous sea, some of us have jumped ship into various creative housing hustles. And whilst hunkering down in our vans, campers, basements, shipping containers, and farm outbuildings, we wait and dream.
We await new developments in our personal careers, the housing market, and the economy at large in the new year.
We dream of future homes, kids, gardens, projects, ventures, bike paths, and neighbors. And in the meantime we read, learn, save, pay off debt, become minimalists, and hope and pray we survive the squeeze years.
What’s next for the Liberty / Big Country clan in the new year? Well, if the last several years are any indication, it should be another one of dynamic change and growth. Housing-wise, however, we are staying put in the tiny house for now!
Without further ado, here are a handful of articles of interest all about housing hustles. Happy hammock reading, and Happy New Year!
Hammock Reads: Housing Hustles
8 Experts Predict What the 2018 Housing Market Has in Store, Jotham Sederstrom, Inman . . . A fascinating, nuanced look into affordability, the inventory crunch, millennial home buyers, tax reform, and more in the new year.
This LA Musician Built $1200 Tiny Houses for the Homeless; Then the City Seized Them, Reason . . . After befriending an older homeless woman sleeping on the street, Elvis Summers decided to build her a simple tiny house, then crowdfunded and built nearly 40 more.
30 Photos Show the Extreme Lengths Millennials will Go to Live in Cities instead of Suburbs, Melia Robinson, Business Insider . . . From sailboats, tiny homes, Sprinter vans and box trucks to stealth dorms and other “co-living” arrangements with friends and strangers alike. Signs of the times, for sure!
Airbnb Regs are Bad for Small Towns Too, Martha Ekdahl, FEE . . . Following some big cities’ lead in restricting short term rentals, small towns risk even more: “harming their economy by restricting one of the many cottage industries providing income to residents.”
#Vanlife, the Bohemian Social-Media Movement, Rachel Monroe, The New Yorker . . . Born out of the recession, living mobile and light is a lot more complex than the photos of sunsets, bikinis, and campfires suggest.