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Old 03-21-2011, 05:35 PM
 
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Hi, I am moving to Minot for Work in Late July and I am supposed to live Off Base(I am in the Air Force). I can't find anything on the internet that is up to date and the few places I have found are expensive. I am single and just looking for an apartment, hopefully with rent less than $600 but reading through this forum, I doubt I will find anything. I guess I will try to get another job and work 18 hours a day so I can afford a place to live.
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Old 03-22-2011, 12:09 PM
 
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Lisan,
Trust me I know real estate VERY well, but I am not here to discuss my credentials. What we have here is a different philosophies. I am a Laissez-faire type of guy.
I'm a capitalist and a socialist. I believe both systems, when implemented together, would work as a form of economic balance.

As history has proven, either system by itself tends to be abused and cause economic problems.

And if you're the realtor that responded on the Williston Herald website... you spelled your own profession wrong. If not... someone responded to me on their website under the name "realator".
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Old 03-22-2011, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Michissippi
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Again, where has anyone stated they want cheap anything? I think the largest complaint is that nothing is affordable (hence why so many people are not actually LIVING here, merely working here). The wages aren't as crazy high as you think, either. You haven't really got a clue what's going on here. The more you post, the more evident that's becoming.
To an outsider like myself, the cost of real estate seems unbelievable. You would expect to find high real estate prices in a place like the Washington, D.C. area, Boston, New York, LA, or Silicon Valley. It must come as a huge shock to newcomers when they learn that the cost of living (housing) is high in a freezing cold location that is literally in the middle of nowhere!

I wouldn't be surprised if hopeful people relocate to the state and figure that they'll easily find work and that housing won't be an issue.
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Old 03-22-2011, 12:54 PM
 
Location: E ND & NW MN
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To an outsider like myself, the cost of real estate seems unbelievable. You would expect to find high real estate prices in a place like the Washington, D.C. area, Boston, New York, LA, or Silicon Valley. It must come as a huge shock to newcomers when they learn that the cost of living (housing) is high in a freezing cold location that is literally in the middle of nowhere!

I wouldn't be surprised if hopeful people relocate to the state and figure that they'll easily find work and that housing won't be an issue.
Ft McMurray Alberta in northeast alberta about 6 hours northeast of Edmonton is a great example of boom town and real estate prices. That is the center of the oilsands region. Way too many people moved there in the past 10-15 years for the amount of available housing. Most of the land is owned by the province so building is quite restricted up in the boreal forest they are in. Single family homes (2000-2500 sq ft) go for an average of 700,000 Candian dollars and nice homes 2500-3000 sq ft for about 1 million to 1.1 million Canadian. 1 BR apartments 1500-2000 /mo...

--Dan
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Old 03-22-2011, 01:03 PM
 
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Ft McMurray Alberta in northeast alberta about 6 hours northeast of Edmonton is a great example of boom town and real estate prices. That is the center of the oilsands region. Way too many people moved there in the past 10-15 years for the amount of available housing. Most of the land is owned by the province so building is quite restricted up in the boreal forest they are in. Single family homes (2000-2500 sq ft) go for an average of 700,000 Candian dollars and nice homes 2500-3000 sq ft for about 1 million to 1.1 million Canadian. 1 BR apartments 1500-2000 /mo...

--Dan
I've met quite a few people from that area, because of the shortage of workers my husbands shop is having guys from their Alberta location coming down here.

I was talking to one of them and he says if Williston isn't careful they'll find themselves in a similar situation. He was telling me that their local McDonalds pays over $20/hr because of the cost of living up there.

My cousin lives near there as well and she and I will gripe to one another lol. I have a lot of family in Alberta.
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Old 03-22-2011, 01:05 PM
 
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To an outsider like myself, the cost of real estate seems unbelievable. You would expect to find high real estate prices in a place like the Washington, D.C. area, Boston, New York, LA, or Silicon Valley. It must come as a huge shock to newcomers when they learn that the cost of living (housing) is high in a freezing cold location that is literally in the middle of nowhere!

I wouldn't be surprised if hopeful people relocate to the state and figure that they'll easily find work and that housing won't be an issue.
A lot of people do come here without doing research on the housing situation, though it's more common in the summer than the winter.

Some are surprised, but most people don't seem that surprised. Especially when they heard of Williston off a news program on TV (which usually covers the housing situation). They know it's bad, they just don't realize how bad until they get here.
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Old 03-22-2011, 01:05 PM
 
Location: E ND & NW MN
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I've met quite a few people from that area, because of the shortage of workers my husbands shop is having guys from their Alberta location coming down here.

I was talking to one of them and he says if Williston isn't careful they'll find themselves in a similar situation. He was telling me that their local McDonalds pays over $20/hr because of the cost of living up there.

My cousin lives near there as well and she and I will gripe to one another lol. I have a lot of family in Alberta.
I have followed that area quite a bit over the past decade....I know there was a 60 min story about the area back in I think 2004...
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Old 03-22-2011, 03:21 PM
 
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Inflated rent and housing prices are nothing new to Williston. This same thing happened back in the late 70's-early80's boom. Not quite as high as today, but money and prices back then were different...a $400 per month apartment back then (when locals were used to paying $150 per month) was outrageous back then. Williston is not alone. You can compare other boom towns like Gillette and Rock Springs Wyoming, you will found similar price problems for housing. Both Gillete and Rock Springs have leveled out in the last couple years, as housing became more available, etc... I'm confident the same thing will happen in Williston over time.
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Old 03-22-2011, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Cold Frozen North
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I've met quite a few people from that area, because of the shortage of workers my husbands shop is having guys from their Alberta location coming down here.

I was talking to one of them and he says if Williston isn't careful they'll find themselves in a similar situation. He was telling me that their local McDonalds pays over $20/hr because of the cost of living up there.

My cousin lives near there as well and she and I will gripe to one another lol. I have a lot of family in Alberta.
$20 per hour for McDonalds. WOW!
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Old 03-23-2011, 12:50 AM
 
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$20 per hour for McDonalds. WOW!
Taco John's is offering $15/hr to anyone willing to work their lunch crew. Williston is definitely heading in that direction.
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