Rental market chaos

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    I’ve lived in my house for 14 years, so it’s fair to say that I’m a bit out of touch with the rental market. To make matters worse, I’m trying to rent SIGHT UNSEEN from another state. Worse, I’m a Californian trying to rent in a Texas market. Let’s just say we’re not a welcome bunch.

    Horror films with this plot exist for good reason.

    *Sigh*

    I’ve already lost two houses. Two houses that I haven’t seen. Two houses where I lost $ 100 in applications only to be turned down because someone beat me for seconds. SECONDS. I have cash. I have a credit score of over 800. But here I am empty-handed.

    BAD blogger Lindsey! I feel for you! What on earth is going on!?!?!?

    My co-worker is trying to rent in San Diego. He went to a house and there were drug paraphernalia on the ottoman in the living room. On that day 6 people looked at the house and my employee did not understand. WITH DRUGS ON THE OTTOMAN IN PLAIN VIEW.

    I have two weeks to find a place. I can’t lose any more houses / apartments, so …

    I increased my desired rent by $ 300 / month. Pooh. It’s at the top of Fort Worth Market and the houses sure aren’t that great. It’s more than my San Diego mortgage. Yes, MORE THAN MY MORTGAGE IN SAN DIEGO. Sure, my mortgage is low, but it’s hard to sell when I can stay in San Diego and SAVE MONEY. Sorry for the capital letters, but my mind is blown away.

    My agent called me when a higher category home came up. ‘Take it!! I need an apartment to live !! ‘ I yelled into the phone. And that’s what we did. A house older than mine in Texas and bigger than my mortgage in San Diego.

    I signed the lease today. I’ve never been so grateful to overpay in my life. I have a house. A lousy, shabby, overpriced house, but I have a rental house.

    What on earth is going on out there?!?

    Rental Market Mess first appeared on Blogging Away Debt.

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