Duluth looks to ‘tiny homes’ to help ease housing crunch

A little further down in the feed you’ll find a story about how Toronto is working to add a lot of housing units in the next 10 years. In Duluth, they’re working toward the same goal, adding housing units. And their approach is similar to Toronto — deregulation. Specifically, Duluth has made tiny homes legal

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Toronto Mayor Sets Clear Deregulation Goals on the Path to Meeting Housing Demand

Toronto is a city with a high-class problem. People are moving there in droves, and they’ve got to figure out a place for them to live. As such, Toronto’s Mayor has set an ambitious goal to deliver 285,000 new housing units over the next ten years. It’s a story remarkable both for the lesson in

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Survey: Most out-of-state oil workers not interested in moving to ND

A survey conducted by researchers at NDSU found that most oil-field workers do not want to stay in North Dakota. And for those who are interested, the cost of housing has been a major deterrent. The survey took place in 2014-2015.

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House Moving Business Entering Busy Season

Houses aren’t thought of as the most mobile of assets, but when you need to get one from one place to another, Huwe is the name that has the local experience. KX News has the story on this not-so-common service.

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Williston Takes Jurisdiction over $500 Million Development

A $500 million multi-use development that was recently approved by the Williams County Commission will now need to get a permit issued by the City of Williston as well. The city chose to exercise their one-mile extraterritorial jurisdiction and annex the land. Approval is expected.

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Trends: Canadian Snowbirds Cashing Out on U.S. Homes

With the strong American dollar and partial rebound in U.S. real estate prices, Canadian snowbirds are coming back to the cold, selling homes they acquired following the U.S. housing meltdown.

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City of Regina Seeks Thoughts on Infill Housing

Rather than continue to grow out, forcing the construction of new roads and infrastructure, the City of Regina is making a conscious effort to expand housing from within the existing city. They’re calling the concept ‘infill housing’ and they’re looking for ways to incentivize the behavior.

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North Dakota Housing Growth Rate Tops in the Nation

  A new Census Bureau estimate says what we already know. North Dakota is growing and we’re building a lot of houses and apartments to accommodate new people. And it’s been that way since 2010.

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Watford City Mayor: Rents Beginning to Drop

Housing supply is catching up with housing demand and as a result prices are dropping. Watford City Mayor Brent Sanford says 300 new apartments have put downward pressure on rents, in some cases by as much as $1,000 a month.

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Williston: When Will Rents Fall?

In Minot, we’ve seen the rental market start to normalize with new construction catching up to demand. But in Williston, those seeking housing are still waiting where apartments in a new development range from $1,900 to $3,200 per month.

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KMOT Apartment Advice from the Better Business Bureau

Here’s a helpful story for all those of you dealing with the rental market. Here’s the quick rundown of good advice:  watch out for scammers, read your lease, know the company you’re renting from,  don’t go over your budget.

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Manitoba is Getting New Building Rules to Improve Energy Efficiency

The province of Manitoba is upping their building code requirements to improve the efficiency of homes and other buildings. The changes are believed to improve building efficiency by 20% without significant additional building costs.

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Minneapolis: Midtown Greenway Spurs Urban Development

Want to attract development, encourage healthy lifestyles, create vibrant communities? Policy and development choices at the municipal level have the potential to contribute to quality of life in ways we typically haven’t considered in Minot. Here’s an example.

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Minot Rent Prices Returning to Normal

The slow-down in the oil industry is not all doom and gloom. One of the benefits starting to take shape, particularly in Minot, is a return to more historically normal rents.

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IDEAS: A Mixed-Use Fire Station? Challenging the Limits of Mixed-Use Development

Part of being efficient is doing two things at once when you can and when it makes sense. Here’s an idea from Virginia about integrating a fire station with a commercial and residential development.

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Despite Oil Woes, Bakken still a draw for Twin Cities Developers

Minnesota builders have played a big role building in the Bakken, and though the slowdown has a few looking closer to home for work, there are still developers who are betting big on the Bakken’s future.

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