Operation: Roommate

By: Joe Gagnon Email
By: Joe Gagnon Email

Need help paying your mortgage?
Got an extra bedroom in your house?
Maybe you have thought about renting it out to someone who needs a place to stay.
Turns out there are many homeowners in the Grand Valley who are doing just that.
About a year ago,it was very difficult to find a place to live... even a single bedroom.
With family budgets tightening more people are opening their doors to get another source of income: Roommates.
With mortgage payments more than a thousand bucks. Amy Kenutson and her boyfriend are looking to cut the expense down.
"we just need a little help right now," she says.
The former oil and gas dispatcher was laid off from her job last week...
"Now I'm just trying to find a new job and the job markets are really tight."
She only uses two of the three bedrooms in her home, and they decided to find someone to rent it out for six hundred bucks.
Today, she posted their listing on Craigslist.org.
She says she needs to rent it out by the end of the month, or she will have to move in with her parents.
Kenutson has never rented out her room before, but 32–year–old Eric Ervin has.
He says he does it, "to supplement my mortgage."
And nearly every time he's had another person in his place...
It has gone quite well...
"I had a couple living here for two and a half years," he says, "It worked out great."
The couple moved out to get their own place and Ervin once again posted a room in his four–bedroom house online.
According to the Colorado Housing Authority, while there was more availability last year compared to 2007, the amount of vacant places was still far below the rest of the state.
By more than half.
With that many people looking for an affordable place to live, Amy doesn't expect her room to be on the market long...

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