The Great Recession shocked the system 10 years ago, and those problems are still being felt.
A record low number of homes for sale is pushing homeowners to keep their starter houses and remodel.
Rep. Mike Coffman and Aurora Mayor Bob LeGare joined the visit, timed to promote Carson's proposal to overhaul HUD programs and increase rents.
Homeownership in the Denver area fell from 71 percent in 2005 to 53 percent in 2018.
The number of construction jobs has risen 54 percent since bottoming out in 2011.
The Census Bureau says 17,197 housing permits have been approved in Colorado year-to-date: a 27 percent increase over the same time in 2017.
Seattle and San Francisco again led the nation with double digit appreciation. Denver was lumped in a half dozen cities each at 7.6 percent growth.
Over the last five years, five percent of all mortgages in the metro have been financed with VA loans, according to data from REcolorado.