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Turning Your Garage into Money

Ever thought about turning your garage into a moneymaker?

An accessory dwelling unit (ADU) can convert your garage or outbuilding into a steady rental income—if you follow the rules. If your zoning allows you can transform your garage or add another floor to an existing garage.

According to a national study released by Freddie Mac in 2020, ADU’s are growing in popularity.  They found that the demand for ADUs is highest in regions of the country, like California, which are experiencing rapid growth.

While they are easy to build, they must comply with all local zoning requirements and permits must be obtained, and your insurance needs may change.  Despite the costs, ADU’s can increase the resale value of the home.

So check your zoning carefully, hire a professional contractor with ADU experience and prepare for being a landlord.  The Casita Coalition, here in California, provides information on permitting, floor plans, construction, financing and more. https://www.casitacoalition.org/

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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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