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Colorado Springs HBA People of the Year

8. February 2011

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The Colorado Springs Housing and Building Association held its annual awards ceremony at the Antlers Hilton last Thursday. About 150 building professionals, city council members, and county commissioners gathered to see newly installed President Kyle Campbell hand out the hardware. Envelopes, please: Associate Member of the Year – Brent McPherson, Land Title Guarantee Remodeler Member of […]

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Construction industry sheds another 32,000 jobs

8. February 2011

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Construction unemployment reached 22.5 percent in January, up from 20.7 percent in December, according to the latest data from the Associated General Contractors of America. The industry lost another 32,000 jobs in January, according to the report. The weather, weak demand, and the stimulus winding down all contributed to ongoing weakness in the sector. “The construction […]

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University of the Rockies moves into third downtown building

7. February 2011

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University of the Rockies will move into a third building in downtown Colorado Springs this month. The graduate school, which specializes in social and behavioral sciences, has leased an additional 5,520-square-feet of classroom space at 545 E. Pikes Peak Avenue. “We are expanding our footprint in Colorado Springs to accomodate the growth of our student […]

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Redfin online brokerage moves into Denver, Springs could be next

4. February 2011

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Alternative online brokerage Redfin expanded into the Denver market this week, and Colorado Springs could be next on the list. Redfin will cover the Denver-metro area, including  Englewood, Greenwood Village, Littleton, Lone Tree, Centennial, Highlands Ranch, Boulder and Longmont. According to a company press release, Redfin operates differently than traditional brokerages by stressing “consumer advocacy, transparency […]

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Doug Quimby steps in as La Plata CEO

3. February 2011

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Yesterday we reported that La Plata CEO Scott Smith stepped down on Dec. 31 after nearly 30 years with the company. Doug Quimby replaced Smith as the company’s CEO. Quimby has served as La Plata’s President since 2002. “Scott (Smith) was played a very important role in the history of Briargate, and he’s done a […]

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IREM Economic Forecast: Weather jokes, unemployment despair abound

3. February 2011

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Cold weather jokes and unemployment despair were plentiful during this morning’s 20th annual Institute of Real Estate Management Economic Forecast Breakfast. About 300 people gathered at the Doubletree Hotel to hear community and business leaders talk about the year ahead, and one issue dominated the presentations: unemployment. Five speakers from different sectors of the economy […]

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La Plata CEO Scott Smith resigns

2. February 2011

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La Plata CEO Scott Smith stepped down on Dec. 31 after nearly 30 years with the company. Word of his departure was just made public today. Calls to the company have not been returned. Smith oversaw development of the Colorado Springs Briargate community. He has twice served on the Regional Economic Development Corporation’s Board of […]

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HAMP: What if we threw a loan mod party and nobody showed up?

1. February 2011

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I came across two stories this morning related to the Obama administration’s Home Affordable Loan Modification program, and the relevant facts seem to cross. The program is supposed to help homeowner’s facing foreclosure to renegotiate burdensome loans, but it has been under fire for barely making a dent in the foreclosure crisis. According to US Department of Treasury […]

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