Originally Posted by Bill & Rumi
Well, after being here for 1 week we have discovered that this community is not appreciative of the military at all. They charge ridiculous rates for rent in the area because they know they can get it due to the huge rental housing shortage We are so frustrated!
Clovis does not deserve all of the blame for this situation. I posted this on another thread earlier.
"Just some observations about what I think has happened and what I think will happen.
When it was announced that Cannon was getting a new mission and a net gain in personel what did Cannon do? They closed almost all of Gemini and all of the old Chavez Manor housing units. I know that these units are not up to modern military standards but Gemini had all new kitchens & bathrooms in about 2000.
Not long after that the housing & banking crisis hit. Many local banks would not lend builders more than one house at a time. When that sold they could start another.
The powers at Cannon strongly recomend where to and where not to live. With slow growth and high demand of course the prices on the recomended places are going to soar. Why sould I sell to you for $100 sq ft. when he will give $125? It is the only one I have.
If base housing had been left habitable temporaraly, it would have greatley reduced demand and helped keep a lid on prices. I understand that Special Ops doesn't want on base family housing, and the quickest way to get anything done is to create a crisis.
To place the entire blame for this situation on the local communities is not fair.
With housing prices at an all time high in our area and slow or no new construction in other parts, we will attract the attention of the big builders that have survived the housing crisis. They will show up and start slapping up subdivisions like there is no tomorrow. When they have overbuilt and the bottom falls out of the market like the rest of the country, they will go broke or pack up and leave for the next boom town owing the locals money.
Many of the people transfering here can't sell their old house or have to sell it for less than they owe on it. When the time comes for them to transfer out, I can see that happening to them again.
Just my opinion."
The government is now in negotiaions with contractors for privitizing military housing which will include tearing down the remaining on base housing & building 676 new units off the base.
I don't want build rentals because I can't compete with the government. They don't have to make a profit.