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Moving Elderly Parents Into Your ADU

Moving Elderly Parents Into Your ADU

What are the most popular reasons for building an ADU? It’s a great space for elderly parents to age in place. There are many options for living spaces for senior family members: Assisted Living Centers, Retirement homes, nursing homes, or even moving your parents...

La Mesa’s New ADU Ordinance

La Mesa’s New ADU Ordinance

The La Mesa City Council voted to make their Accessory Dwelling Unit ordinance even more lenient than what the state mandates. La Mesa voted to waive all parking requirements when building or converting a Accessory Dwelling Unit. This might seem exceptionally...

The Rise of the Accessory Dwelling Unit

The Rise of the Accessory Dwelling Unit

Where affordable housing is scarce, these secondary homes may be the answer. Here’s what you need to know about today’s version of the granny flat When Jeni Nunn, an agent with Intero Real Estate in Santa Clara, Calif., and her husband bought their 1,270-square-foot...

Granny Flat Permits Soar in San Diego

Granny Flat Permits Soar in San Diego

San Diegans are signing up to build accessory dwelling units, or granny flats, in numbers that haven’t been seen in years. According to the city’s development services department people, more than 200 people went through the permitting process in 2018. “It fits for us...

Modular Housing Is Affordable Housing

Modular Housing Is Affordable Housing

How new construction techniques can bring the mortgages and rents down Imagine you are building a house. Carpenters will craft forms for concrete finishers to fill and then throw up skeletal walls for electricians to wire and plumbers to pipe. Drywall installers and...

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