Professionals finding a tough rental market in the Tri-CitiesPosted: Updated:
BENTON CITY, Wash., -- Kris Terry is a third year medical students from Pacific Northwest University in Yakima. He recently moved to the area to do his doctor rotations at Kennewick General Hospital. Besides his heavy work load, he is worried about finding a place to live. Terry says, "Every place is usually like -- if you apply today its six weeks out and that's if they have availability now..Some places are saying if we have availability, we'll find out in a few weeks. And it will be six weeks from there."
Terry is currently living at Sandy Beach, an R-V camping ground in Benton City. His parents loaned him an RV until he finds housing. Terry says, "this is the closest one (camp ground) I could find with availability...I drive 20-25 minutes to work and then 20-25 minutes back."
The director of operations at Edison Village Green Apartments, Rose Mettler says, "The occupancy rate is very high I'd say it's 99%." Mettler says, with each ad they post online they get 50-60 applicants. "A lot of time we had to turn them away. ..this year and last year we just don't have the vacancies," says Mettler.
According to the US Census Estimates released weeks ago - in the last decade Pasco grew 83%, Kennewick 24% and Richland 13%. Washington overall grew 13%, which is still a lot of growth.
Terry is still excited to be here regardless of the rental problem "I'm really excited for my program and I'm hoping I can find a place pretty soon, so I can get in because really what I came here to do is to study and learn how to become a good physician."
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