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Old 03-18-2011, 12:04 PM
 
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How do residents feel about the influx of people looking for work?
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Old 03-18-2011, 01:29 PM
 
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Probably depending on the area of the state? And the type of jobs? If you are referring to the oil patch of NW North Dakota, it really doesn't matter to the locals...there are not enough people to fill the jobs, so the majority of people coming in to fill those jobs are not taking jobs from anyone...they are just filling the jobs that were not getting filled. Some people are whining about the influx and the traffic that comes with the influx disrupting their tranquil ways of days gone past...but the majority of people in that part of the state are enjoying the benefits of the boom. (With the exception of renters who may have had their rent increase dramatically with the influx of new people searching for housing and who are willing to pay more than what some of the locals were paying.) I know many people in the Williston area that are loving the new faces, opportunities and wealth the boom is bringing to their area.
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Old 03-18-2011, 01:45 PM
 
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Probably depending on the area of the state? And the type of jobs? If you are referring to the oil patch of NW North Dakota, it really doesn't matter to the locals...there are not enough people to fill the jobs, so the majority of people coming in to fill those jobs are not taking jobs from anyone...they are just filling the jobs that were not getting filled. Some people are whining about the influx and the traffic that comes with the influx disrupting their tranquil ways of days gone past...but the majority of people in that part of the state are enjoying the benefits of the boom. (With the exception of renters who may have had their rent increase dramatically with the influx of new people searching for housing and who are willing to pay more than what some of the locals were paying.) I know many people in the Williston area that are loving the new faces, opportunities and wealth the boom is bringing to their area.

That is great. I heard about the housing problem. Can't they find housing on the outskirts of town?
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Old 03-18-2011, 03:59 PM
 
Location: North Dakota
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Can't they find housing on the outskirts of town?


If you go a few miles outside of Williston you will fall off the earth. It is near the end of it. Be careful.
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Old 03-18-2011, 04:31 PM
 
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Can't they find housing on the outskirts of town?


If you go a few miles outside of Williston you will fall off the earth. It is near the end of it. Be careful.


Oh so then it's flat I'm shocked no one fell off lol.
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Old 03-18-2011, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Oh so then it's flat I'm shocked no one fell off lol.
Housing is taken up for 200 miles around Williston with oil patch workers.
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Old 03-18-2011, 04:41 PM
 
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Housing is taken up for 200 miles around Williston with oil patch workers.
Exactly, anywhere remotely near Williston is packed full.

Most of the people I've met here are nice. I've met quite a few people from Williston who HATE what landlords/property owners are doing right now. Even on oilfield incomes a lot of people can't afford the rent here.

I noticed an ad in the Shopper this week where someone was trying to rent a place for $2,200 a month and said not to call if you can't afford it. People here are desperate for a place to live and will call the more expensive places and try and negotiate them down - but with the shortage of housing if the owner/landlord can't find someone to rent it they can contact one of a half dozen companies up here to rent it out too.

The cost of living is pretty high (not just housing, but everything has gone up). But it's a nice town and I've NEVER seen better fishing than I have here.
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Old 03-18-2011, 05:30 PM
 
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My next door neighbor that works in Williston and lives in his camper was home all week. Him and his wife went grocery shopping in Sheridan. He laughed and pointed stuff out to her and said, "They're giving it away down here, you should see what I'm paying up there."
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Old 03-18-2011, 06:33 PM
 
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I've met quite a few people from Williston who HATE what landlords/property owners are doing right now.

And yet people still rent it from them, which means that is what the market bares. If the prices are too high and people cannot afford it, then it will sit empty.

You see the landlord is in the business to make money. Just like a farmer who chooses to wait until wheat hits $10 before he sells. I suppose he could have sold it at $6 to be a nice guy, but he is in business to make money. Now my cost of food has gone up. I guess the farmer must be greedy too.

And how about the kid right out of high school who goes to work in the patch making 80K a year. Shouldn't he just tell the boss he is fine making less. After all that is a lot of money.

What you have in the oil patch is hyper inflation. Everyone is making money while they can.
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Old 03-18-2011, 06:34 PM
 
Location: 125 Years Too Late...
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It's too bad people have to take advantage of other people like that. Can you imagine how fast a large apartment complex that charged a reasonable rate (when I say reasonable, I mean reasonable for a typical town the size of Williston) would fill up? And the owner would be making plenty of money without screwing the tenants. The tenants would probably even take better care of the apartment, knowing they are not being screwed. But, it's all about making a buck, no matter who you have to screw.
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