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Could tiny homes be one answer to real estate affordability issues?

  • Homes don't have to be tiny to allow affordability and new living opportunities: They just have to be smaller.
  • Throughout the western mountain towns, people spend more than 50 percent of their income on housing, which is well above the norm.
  • Sprout Tiny Homes is developing a PUD (Planned Unit Development) approved community in Salida, Colorado.

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Have suggestions for products that you'd like to see reviewed by our real estate technology expert? Email Craig Rowe. I have a friend who is going to live in a horse trailer this summer; she'll hold up there while working at the equestrian center that's part of the Alder Creek Adventure Center, an extravagant and very much appreciated neighborhood amenity. Did I mention we live in Truckee, California? Truckee is a resort town north of Lake Tahoe. It's a world-class ski town, and it's quite popular with Bay Area weekenders. While my friend's living arrangements sound romantic in the modern vagabond sense of lifestyle that's become so trendy these days (#vanlife), she'd much rather find shelter in an actual home. But again, this is Truckee, California, and that'd be almost impossible here. A recent Sierra Sun article cited a regional housing study that found, "... 76 percent of Lake Tahoe and Truckee area residents spend more than a one-third of their income on rent, and 2...