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I'm thinking of heading west and working in the oilfields. I have my own truck and have a couple of really good contract opportunities. I was wondering how tough it really is to find a place out there. Would need something for me, the wife, 2 kids and a dog. An apartment would be fine for now, but I'm really looking at buying a place.

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JonWag Said:
I'm thinking of heading west and working in the oilfields. I have my own truck and have a couple of really good contract opportunities. I was wondering how tough it really is to find a place out there. Would need something for me, the wife, 2 kids and a dog. An apartment would be fine for now, but I'm really looking at buying a place.

there are some homes for sale but they are rather pricey for what your getting.  rental property is extremely hard to come by.

 

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the housing situation is really bad if it wasnt already bad now all the campgrounds are getting ready to close up for the winter and people are scrambling to find rentals.Good luck in your search look in towns an hour away or so might help somewhat


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My best advice is to look at the small towns around the area. Look at Grenora, WIldrose, alexander, zahl, little tiny towns, where you can find a decent property for fair value, but in turn, you have almost an hour drive to anywhere. Good luck!

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sounds like ill be up there building more apartments west of the airport again this winter or early spring. they are rented out before were even done building them. its crazy

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all the small towns are the same.  three years ago you couldn't rent out an apartment in stanley now they go for $1000 plus a month.  It's insane.  Right now I have two guys living in my basement and a camper in my yard with three in it.  The city of Williston better pull their head out of their azzes.  They are so behind on this deal it's insane.  The city council is so afraid of this growth that they are basically hiding under their desks. 

 

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   It is all about timing right place right time if you call and get on waiting list they still take the one that is standing there

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eyexer Said:
all the small towns are the same.  three years ago you couldn't rent out an apartment in stanley now they go for $1000 plus a month.  It's insane.  Right now I have two guys living in my basement and a camper in my yard with three in it.  The city of Williston better pull their head out of their azzes.  They are so behind on this deal it's insane.  The city council is so afraid of this growth that they are basically hiding under their desks. 

Yep, the city of Williston got its proverbial arse handed to it from the last boom/bust cycle.  They are not anxious to over build again. 

Heck, when I worked in the patch back in the 80s it was nothing to drive 40-90 miles each way to work.  Seems like people are a bit more resistant to commuting nowadays.

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Well Allen,I was in the first boom and been in the second one for about two years.People are still driving many miles to get to work.There is way more traffic!!The one thing diff this boom is a lot of the rigs have free housing for their workers!!and some of the trucking outfits also do to.

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I don't understand why people blame the city's or government for the housing problem. Last time I checked, it takes someone who is willing to invest their own money into developing houses or apartments. And considereing the last boom and bust I can understand the reluctance to lose money again.

With that said, I would think someone would be developing housing complexes out there by now. Better make the money while it lasts!

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HUNTNFISHND Said:
I don't understand why people blame the city's or government for the housing problem. Last time I checked, it takes someone who is willing to invest their own money into developing houses or apartments. And considereing the last boom and bust I can understand the reluctance to lose money again.

With that said, I would think someone would be developing housing complexes out there by now. Better make the money while it lasts!

You are correct about private investors for the construction of the buildings.  That;s only part of the issue though.  The problem faced by city and county governments is infrastructure.  That's where they got hung before.  Put in streets, curb and gutter, along with sewer and water and it results in huge expense that the taxpayers are ultimately responsible for.  Tough decisions to be made. 

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