In the decade since the collapse

Lehman collapse reshaped Colorado economy

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“There are many excellent econometric forecast models, but none of them can account for the role of irrational human behavior, greed, and the quest for power,” said Broomfield economist canada goose outlet uk Gary Horvath.

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Investors snapped up distressed properties in droves, turning them into rentals. Developers focused more attention on apartments, mostly for well heeled tenants. Millennials delayed marriage, having children and buying homes. The number of construction workers in Colorado dropped 42 percent from peak to bottom and the number of mortgage brokers was halved, forcing many into new, canada goose outlet new york and often lower paying, careers.

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Between 2004 and 2014, more than 300,000 homes in the state went into foreclosure, with about 60 percent of those filings coming after Lehman collapsed, according to the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.

Metro Denver, scared and scarred, found a way to crawl out of the rubble earlier than other metros and dust itself off. That also meant the region paid a big price when the dot com bubble burst in 2000 and canada goose jacket outlet 2001.

But in some ways, that proved to be a blessing in disguise. The long recovery from that downturn kept the Front Range economy sober as other parts of the country got drunk on the financially engineered housing boom that led to Lehman’s demise.

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Borrowers in Colorado did take on subprime loans and toxic mortgage products, but more often to stay afloat rather than to buy two or three properties canada goose outlet trillium parka black to flip for a quick profit. Home prices didn’t get as frothy, and when they fell, they didn’t fall as hard.

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“The fundamentals that are driving the Denver, Fort Collins, Boulder and now Colorado Springs economy are the millennials,” said Tom Binnings, a senior partner with Summit Economics in Colorado Springs.

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