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Praying for miracle

We all know that real estate prices in our county in the last few years have skyrocketed. Affordable housing is becoming an oxymoron for many in Nevada County. A subject of lesser discourse is the rental market. Rentals that are not dumps begin at around $900 for a one bedroom/one bath very small house.

For folks like myself who make between $8-$12 an hour, it is virtually impossible to pay local rents. The joke is, if a person can pay $900 to $1,200 (typical rental), why wouldn’t they just buy a house, even if it’s a fixer-upper? The punch line is, $1,200 isn’t even in the game for a monthly payment anymore if you want to buy.

It’s a stretch for me to believe that most decent rentals need to be in the $900 to $1,200 range. I suspect a certain amount of profiteering. Unfortunately, us Nevada County average and below-average wage earners cannot afford these rents. What to do? By Oct. 31, I have to find a rental I can afford. I’m praying for a miracle. Literally.



Anjé Waters

Nevada City


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