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The Next Big Thing is Small

The latest amenity for homeowners is another smaller home. These add-ons are
known as Accessory dwelling units or ADU’s. An ADU can be as large as a free-
standing 2,000 square foot house, or as small as a little studio apartment above the
garage, in the basement, or as an extension. Cities are making zoning changes to
increase low-income housing and homeowners rent them out to reduce their
housing costs.

ADU’s typically cost around $100,000 to construct, but some builders are offering
them as an option on new construction. According to a recent survey, hosting out-of-
town visitors or renting to tenants are the top reasons consumers would consider
an ADU according to a 2022 Freddie Mac survey, but many homeowners also use
them for home offices or other personal uses.

ADU’s aren’t going to solve the housing shortage on their own, but if you can make
the initial investment and don’t mind being a landlord, renting out an ADU can cover
part of your monthly housing costs.

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About Emilie

A transplant from the Pacific Northwest, Emilie has first-hand knowledge of the ins-and-outs of first-time home ownership and remodeling. She has become involved in the local art community and all the diversity Southern California has to offer and more recently has expanded her knowledge to include New Mexico.

Emilie’s passion to be involved in her community led her to become a licensed Realtor and Broker.  She continues to educate herself on different aspects of real estate to support clients with a variety of needs.  She is certified as a Military Relocation Professional (MRP) to work with U.S. Service families and veterans to find affordable housing solutions.

Having worked for both a small boutique firm and a company with a global presence, in 2023 she formed Emilie Broughton Real Estate to work with buyers, sellers, landlords, and tenants in California and New Mexico.

Splitting her time between the Land of Enchantment and the Golden State, Emilie focuses on Los Angeles County and the Greater Albuquerque metro area, helping her clients achieve their real estate goals in both Mountain and Pacific Time Zones.

Emilie represented her region as a California Real Estate State Director for three years.  She has served as President of the Pasadena Foothills Association of Realtors and is a multi-year recipient of the Five-Star Real Estate Professionals Award for the outstanding service she provides to her clients.

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