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Old 10-21-2011, 07:17 PM
 
Location: 112 Ocean Avenue
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They're pulling in fat paychecks, but now they're also homeless.
In the town of Williston, N.D., America's newest oil boomtown, more than 6,000 job seekers have come from every corner of the country looking for work. Yet, oil companies and other developers haven't been able to build housing units fast enough.

America's Boomtown: North Dakota housing crunch - Yahoo! Finance (http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Americas-Boomtown-North-cnnm-1424053087.html - broken link)

Its better than being broke and homeless.
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Old 10-22-2011, 01:38 PM
 
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some comments on the CNN comment site were pretty negative about the news clip. Some of the posters were bashing the workers in the clip, accusing them of "whining" and "complaining" that they were homeless. I didn't feel any of them were complaining at all. It was just a news clip of how their are jobs and good money, but no place to live. I think some of the negative posters are maybe a little jealous that they don't have the adventure and determination to do what theyse guys were doing. I think the clip was actually good and lets people know that they shouldn't just show up in Williston without having a housing plan in place. If they don't, they probably shouldn't come up to Williston or any ND oil patch town.
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Old 10-22-2011, 04:33 PM
 
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They obviously didn't do their homework, and were very negligent in explore all of their projected financial outlays if they decided to move to the area; they were too bamboozled by those snippets in the media regarding the plethora of jobs, and even the $50K & up jobs without exploring the housing shortage, which isn't going to be alleviated for a few more years, or perhaps even longer.
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Old 10-26-2011, 09:34 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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If I come to North Dakota to find work I would bring a motorhome or 5th wheel camper. I could also leave if I couldn't deal with the winter's. I'm wondering is N.D. winter's are anything like Michigan's winters? I lived in Michigan for 34 years before moving south.
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Old 10-26-2011, 10:41 PM
 
Location: E ND & NW MN
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If I come to North Dakota to find work I would bring a motorhome or 5th wheel camper. I could also leave if I couldn't deal with the winter's. I'm wondering is N.D. winter's are anything like Michigan's winters? I lived in Michigan for 34 years before moving south.
I lived in southeast lower Michigan for a while.... and it is overall North Daklta has a sunnier and drier climate than lower Michigan....and usually much colder and windier. The lakes keep much of Michigan cloudier and thus warmer.... Snowfall amounts in Michigan, depending on location, is greater.

You will notice it more with the lows with much colder low temps due to more clear skies.

Dan
Resident meteorologist
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Old 10-26-2011, 11:06 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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So N.D. is a dry cold. I remember Michigan winter's being bad in 1970's in Detroit.
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Old 10-27-2011, 05:37 AM
 
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Regarding John1960's post(s):

I've got a 5th wheel camper sitting around unused here in Texas (2003 model). Would it be useful up there for folks needing a place to live? I wonder if I could get a property management company to handle the rent if I towed it to one of the boom areas? I figure it would be a nice place to live for one of the oilfield workers, at least until they find something more permanent.

Not planning to move to ND, got a pretty good job down here; But I wouldn't mind letting my unused RV earn a little rent for me since I rarely use it.

I'd appreciate hearing from someone in the local area if they have any advice about this.

PS. I can also bring the generator if housing is needed a long ways from the grid.

Last edited by pullin; 10-27-2011 at 05:39 AM.. Reason: Added PS about genset
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Old 10-27-2011, 09:20 AM
 
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If you had a place to park it you could get $2k per month out of it. With no parking place it's worth $0.
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Old 10-27-2011, 09:32 AM
 
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kychlo... shusssssh... I was gonna tell me I'd rent it for $1,000 a month...LOL
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Old 10-27-2011, 09:35 AM
 
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Yeah, I was going to write and tell him I would rent it for $1400 a month including generator.
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