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by , Posted to on 09/27/2010 7:37 PM | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 09/27/2010
Location: ND
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.
Re: Williston ND
by on 09/27/2010 7:54 PM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/28/2007
Location: ND
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.

Re: Williston ND
by on 09/27/2010 8:41 PM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/13/2007
Location: ND
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

Re: Williston ND
by on 09/27/2010 8:52 PM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/11/2008
Location: ND
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!
Re: Williston ND
by on 09/27/2010 9:01 PM | Reply #4 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/26/2008
Location: ND
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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Re: Williston ND
by on 09/28/2010 05:21 AM | Reply #5 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/28/2007
Location: ND
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. 
Re: Williston ND
by on 09/28/2010 06:47 AM | Reply #6 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/19/2001
Location: ND
   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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Re: Williston ND
by on 09/28/2010 06:54 AM | Reply #7 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/09/2002
Location: ND
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.

“Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.” ~ Mark Twain
Re: Williston ND
by on 09/28/2010 08:19 AM | Reply #8 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/12/2003
Location: ND
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.
Re: Williston ND
by on 09/28/2010 08:28 AM | Reply #9 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/13/2003
Location: ND
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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by on 09/28/2010 08:35 AM | Reply #10 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/23/2002
Location: ND
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. 

Re: Williston ND
by on 09/28/2010 08:44 AM | Reply #11 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/14/2003
Location: ND
Yeah murdock I agree.  I know folks putting on monster commutes to the patch.




 
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Re: Williston ND
by on 09/28/2010 08:45 AM | Reply #12 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 10/10/2008
Location: ND
I'll sell you my house in about a year and a half

 I don’t want to kill the animal, but I do want to warn it, and say “hey, I think you’re pretty neat, but I respect your distance.” There’s bears out here, there’s mountain cougars, and biting goats.

Re: Williston ND
by on 09/28/2010 3:08 PM | Reply #13 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 09/02/2009
Location: ND
my cousin is selling his house.  pm for his info.
Re: Williston ND
by on 09/28/2010 4:21 PM | Reply #14 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 10/10/2008
Location: ND
In all honesty, you probably will have a hell of a time finding something to rent.  I spent 7 months commuting 150 miles round trip each day before I found a place to live 2 years ago.  I gave up on even attempting to rent because it just felt like i was gonna get raped by doing so. 

You can purchase a home (a lot of them for sale right now) and your mortgage payments on a 15 year loan, (let's say $125,000.00) will be less than renting a run down 2 bedroom apartment.  There is actually a decent 2 bedroom with a basement (possible 3 or 4 bed) for sale with 2 car garage just 2 houses down from me right now for $89,000.00.

The problem people find now is that home appraisals are backed up 2, 3, or 4 months out.  An offer is accepted on a house, but they don't have a clue when they can close on the home. 

So, if there is any appraisers out there needing work, you should come knocking at the doors of all financial institutions in and around Williston.  You will make a killing.

Being that you are a truck driver, living in Williston may not be that big a deal.  I would suggest checking out smaller towns as mentioned.  Look at Grenora, Ray, Alexander, etc.. in ND.  You may want to check out the MT border towns like Westby, Medicine Lake, Froid, Antelope, Culbertson, Bainville, Fairview. 

There were several homes for sale in Westby last I saw.  There seems to be several for sale around Med. Lake and Culbertson too.

Check out  theshopperinc.net as many listings can be found there.

 I don’t want to kill the animal, but I do want to warn it, and say “hey, I think you’re pretty neat, but I respect your distance.” There’s bears out here, there’s mountain cougars, and biting goats.

Re: Williston ND
by on 09/28/2010 6:15 PM | Reply #15 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/26/2003
Location: ND
How about mobil home parks out there?  Any spots open your aware of?  A couple of local guys was talking about moving some out that way to rent or sell.

Re: Williston ND
by on 09/28/2010 7:57 PM | Reply #16 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/28/2007
Location: ND
Allen Said:
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.

It's different now because of the type of things that go on after the drilling.  Very long hours and pretty spontaneous.  So people are reluctant to be 45 miles away.  Also, the younger generation has to be close to Walmart, etc. 

Re: Williston ND
by on 09/28/2010 8:00 PM | Reply #17 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/28/2007
Location: ND
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!
The city can do tons of things without any risk of loosing money.  The city of Williston was so slow to get up to speed on this.  I had investors from out of state ready to build apartment complexes three years ago when the city was absolutely begging builders to put up complexes.  I presented the city with my investors and they acted like they didn't even want to see them.  Any other place I have lived would have rolled out the red carpet.  But then the next day they were still whining about no housing but wouldn't do anything to help themselves. I could go on for hours about this and get into finer details but I won't bore you.

Re: Williston ND
by on 09/28/2010 8:05 PM | Reply #18 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/28/2007
Location: ND
lwittmayer Said:
In all honesty, you probably will have a hell of a time finding something to rent.  I spent 7 months commuting 150 miles round trip each day before I found a place to live 2 years ago.  I gave up on even attempting to rent because it just felt like i was gonna get raped by doing so. 

You can purchase a home (a lot of them for sale right now) and your mortgage payments on a 15 year loan, (let's say $125,000.00) will be less than renting a run down 2 bedroom apartment.  There is actually a decent 2 bedroom with a basement (possible 3 or 4 bed) for sale with 2 car garage just 2 houses down from me right now for $89,000.00.

The problem people find now is that home appraisals are backed up 2, 3, or 4 months out.  An offer is accepted on a house, but they don't have a clue when they can close on the home. 

So, if there is any appraisers out there needing work, you should come knocking at the doors of all financial institutions in and around Williston.  You will make a killing.

Being that you are a truck driver, living in Williston may not be that big a deal.  I would suggest checking out smaller towns as mentioned.  Look at Grenora, Ray, Alexander, etc.. in ND.  You may want to check out the MT border towns like Westby, Medicine Lake, Froid, Antelope, Culbertson, Bainville, Fairview. 

There were several homes for sale in Westby last I saw.  There seems to be several for sale around Med. Lake and Culbertson too.

Check out  theshopperinc.net as many listings can be found there.
now appraisals, that's another subject.  Things are so screwed up over here in regards to property taxes that it's crazy.  Here's how unpredictable it is.  1.5 years ago I had my new house appraised for a re-fi.  I got the appraisal, it had 6 comparables attached to it.  My appraisal came in at $260K.   Less than thirty days later I received my tax statement.  Amazingly my house had a tax valuation of $328K.  Can someone explain that to me?  The county couldn't, but they wouldn't reduce it either.

Re: Williston ND
by on 09/28/2010 9:02 PM | Reply #19 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/12/2006
Location: ND
I think the oil boom can go blow itself. I live in Minot and with all this activity everyone has become so greedy its pathetic. Try looking for a place to live in Minot even, old rundown trailer houses that are from the 70's you wouldnt imagine paying $3,000 for people are asking $15,000-$20,000. My trailer was appraised at $24,000 and my lot manager even said I should have no problem getting $35,000 with the boom. It's pretty sad when the trailer park management is excited to raise the rent and cost of crappy units to force people out so an oil worker can move in and rape them with 400-600 a month just for LOT RENT. My lot rent in the past 2 years has gone up $125 a month. Even just to rent a Flippin camping spot in minot is up around $400 a month, which is just absolutly ridiculous. Everyone thinks just because someone lives in the area we all have oil money flowing in.

The love of money is the root of all evil, all these people that have had everything handed to them their whole lives and never had to work to make an honest living. And figure hmm lets just rape everyone in anyway possible. Go screw yourselves.

woofta that was a rant, im just so fed up with everything.
now I spose thats gonna stir the pot a bit.


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Re: Williston ND
by on 09/29/2010 09:16 AM | Reply #20 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 09/11/2002
Location: ND
finish my basement and I'd rent it out....of course I'd have to run it past the mrs.

I say to hell with that pot o' gold.

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