Cold Lake homebuilders on record pace trying to meet demand

EDMONTON – Cold Lake may not have a hospitable name, but Nicole Mansfield warmed to it almost instantly three years ago after her husband’s struggles as a Newfoundland fisherman prompted a move.

Deciding to trade cod for crude, the family of four packed up their $30,000 home on the Atlantic coast and headed to northeastern Alberta, where her husband found work in the oilfield services sector. The decision has resulted in a dramatic improvement in the Mansfields’ income, yet the family soon ran into a new and unexpected financial hassle — finding an affordable place to live.

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