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Old 01-02-2014, 07:37 PM
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My wife and I and kids are looking to relocate from a very depressed area of Pennsylvania. I am a custom home builder and remodeler. We love Colorado and it has always been our dream destination.

I am trying to get a sense of the construction market. Where are the growth areas? I prefer high-end construction projects, but don't want to personally live in the most affluent areas.

Thanks for any input.
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Old 01-02-2014, 07:48 PM
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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greater Denver
that is from Castle Rock in the south to Boulder in the north

It is the "getting started" that will be tough.
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Old 01-02-2014, 08:07 PM
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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If you are a PA builder you might be in high demand (trueCraftsman... (wood & stone) Rather than the California special builders (Palatial .. sheetrock and garage doors; lots of each )

Boulder to Lyons and region has lots of custom builders and clients (but tough growth restrictions)

Loveland / Ft Collins / Estes Park (nice place to raise a family). My dad and FIL were custom builders in this region... There are many good ones, but plenty of work for the trueCraftsman.

Look near Glenwood Springs / Carbondale as another area with demand for quality builders. (and nice place to live... but can be spendy unless you are quite creative!)

As a homeschool family, we had lived in Europe and our 12- 14 yr old kids were anxious to build their own houses in Swiss Chalet style. It was much fun to build them as a family and they made big $$ to pay for their college and future travels. They each selected their mtn lots, and did the clearing and ran utilities, got their septic installer licenses, did CAD design and 100% of the building / wiring / plumbing. Each got design and efficiency awards and great marks on their inspections. And they did lots of custom wood and stonework. You can make a great living these days doing the same... $500k tax free every 2 yrs !! Who needs a job? (Of course... do this SMARTLY). 4 of my work friends did the same with their families during the 'development' yrs. We all had international engineering jobs, but built residential and commercial in our free time. There are some interesting ways to buy / sell adjoining land as a family and you can do this without having to MOVE every time you finish a house. Buy smart.

Of course there are several 'exceptions' allowed by IRS law to reduce the 24 month holding period. Which include Multiple Births!!
You might want to clear that with your wife .

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Old 01-07-2014, 12:37 PM
Location: Black Forest, CO
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Northern El Paso county (north of Colorado Springs) has a lot of custom homes in Black Forest and surrounding areas. Your options for personal living in the area can run anywhere from suburban, to rural to the city of Colorado Springs itself. There is a decent amount of new construction of custom homes going on currently.
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