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Old 03-20-2017, 10:35 PM
 
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Before you move to rural/bush Alaska, it would be good to understand the rental market. The good places never make it to the advertising market. Start looking for places to rent now. Reach out to co-workers living in the community.

Part of the reason for that is because advertising makes you a lot more vulnerable to getting hit for housing discrimination, at least in my area. There are people like me who'd rent to a teacher or a traveling med, but we can't legally advertise that we'll only accept people working at those particular jobs. I really don't want permanent tenants unless the right people come along.
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Old 03-20-2017, 11:33 PM
 
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Part of the reason for that is because advertising makes you a lot more vulnerable to getting hit for housing discrimination, at least in my area. There are people like me who'd rent to a teacher or a traveling med, but we can't legally advertise that we'll only accept people working at those particular jobs. I really don't want permanent tenants unless the right people come along.
never thought about that. But it is common. Before I buy something, I like to vet who I am buying from. Drug issues are really big. Our landlord prefers to rent to teachers (he is a teacher), but with his last small apartment was still available, he was bombarded with requests to rent (he had to advertise). In 3 hours he had 50 inquires. Showed the apartment 43 times in two weeks, and not one person was qualified renter. We eventually hooked him up with a friend that was moving out. Worked out great. Not a teacher, but a good guy that didn't smoke or party. Nice and quiet.
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Old 03-21-2017, 12:53 AM
 
Location: Back and Beyond
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In my area (not the bush), it's kind of weird to rent long term unless you're a temporary seasonal worker, military, or some other professional temporary type job where you may not be staying for more than a few years. If you're here in my area more than a year or two, why not buy?

If you're living here full time for years, and still have to rent vs buy, there's probably a good reason for it and I'd steer clear. If I had a rental, I wouldn't want a perpetual lifetime local renter to rent it either. Only temporary professionals need apply. I'd openly discriminate Sue me.

Of course this is just my personal experience and I'm sure there's great renters in my area.
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Old 03-21-2017, 01:03 AM
 
Location: Anchorage
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But we all live in Igloos so what difference does all this chatter make?
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Old 03-21-2017, 01:09 AM
 
Location: Back and Beyond
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I really do live in an igloo , albeit not an ice one.
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Old 03-21-2017, 01:29 AM
 
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In my area (not the bush), it's kind of weird to rent long term unless you're a temporary seasonal worker, military, or some other professional temporary type job where you may not be staying for more than a few years. If you're here in my area more than a year or two, why not buy?

If you're living here full time for years, and still have to rent vs buy, there's probably a good reason for it and I'd steer clear. If I had a rental, I wouldn't want a perpetual lifetime local renter to rent it either. Only temporary professionals need apply. I'd openly discriminate Sue me.

Of course this is just my personal experience and I'm sure there's great renters in my area.
We'd love to buy, but there's is no way I'd buy here until I knew I had tenure. Already been budget cut once. Financial situation doesn't look good. Thankfully, we are at a place where we can go to one income. Just can't buy a house on that one income.
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Old 03-21-2017, 01:43 AM
 
Location: Back and Beyond
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That you can live on one income is very cool. I do understand that it can be very risky to buy especially in a place like the bush and especially not knowing the job situation from year to year. I wasn't referring to people like you and teachers and professionals in general in my post, but more towards the "undesirables" that are here for life but rent because they've made bad choices again and again and again and have no option to buy if they even wanted to. Those are the types I wouldn't want to rent to. But I guess like met said if you advertise a rental, you'd open yourself up to discrimination suits by posting just for teachers/nurses/professionals?

I had a house I rented out a long time ago in a previous life. Never again for me.
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Old 03-21-2017, 01:45 AM
 
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That you can live on one income is very cool. I do understand that it can be very risky to buy especially in a place like the bush and especially not knowing the job situation from year to year. I wasn't referring to people like you and teachers and professionals in general in my post, but more towards the "undesirables" that are here for life but rent because they've made bad choices again and again and again and have no option to buy if they even wanted to. Those are the types I wouldn't want to rent to. But I guess like met said if you advertise a rental, you'd open yourself up to discrimination suits by posting just for teachers/nurses/professionals?

I had a house I rented out a long time ago in a previous life. Never again for me.
I understood. We rented our house out in GA for three years. They never missed a payment, but we weren't expecting to have to replace all the carpet that was five years old.
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Old 03-21-2017, 06:44 PM
 
Location: At the end of the road
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In the two village where my husband has worked, the district did provide housing but his jobs were not in hubs. This year though, he is living in his classroom. There was a fire at the old school at the beginning of the year and it burned down some teacher housing. Since we live in Homer, he had a house all to himself. He gave it up to one of the other families who lost everything. It has worked out for us though. No rent and free internet!
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Old 03-24-2017, 06:03 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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I'd think for the bush villages with any reasonably usable timber supply nearby someone would have the wisdom to buy a woodmizer or similar portable sawmill, acquire some logs, and get to cutting some lumber for local construction. Lumber is a big part of building a house and heavy and bulky to ship. Less you'd have to ship in to build and replace the crummy overpriced housing. I know that's not an option for the areas without useful trees around but sawmills were some of the first things built in frontier areas of the lower 48 when people moved in when trees were around.
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