Apartment Developers Trying To Ride Out Oil Slump

WILLISTON, N.D. – While celebrating the grand opening of a four-story apartment and retail complex in downtown Williston, Chicago developer Nancy Kapp had a message for her banker: “There’s no way on God’s green earth you’re ever going to own this building. It’s mine,” Kapp said. Competition for renters in Williston is tough, and likely…
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Faces Of The Boom: Home-seller Likes ‘crazy Busy’ Of Williston Market

By Kathleen J. Bryan Forum News Service WILLISTON, N.D. — Three years ago, Carmel Schwab sold 134 homes in the heart of the Bakken — in just one year. After relocating to Williston in 2010 to help run Aberdeen, S.D.-based Centennial Homes’ first location in North Dakota oil country, she proved she had the muscle…
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Faces Of The Boom: Rising Rent Forces Woman To Move Back In With Family

WILLISTON, N.D. – At 31, Michelle Thomas is back living at home, but it’s not by choice. The Williston woman was forced to move in with her grandmother in Bainville, Mont., after her apartment building was sold and the new owner increased the rent. Thomas said she learned on Jan. 20 that her rent of…
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Williston Will Consult Attorney General On Options For High Rent Prices

WILLISTON, N.D. – Citizens here pleaded with the Williston City Commission on Tuesday to address steep increases in rental prices, with some comparing the displacement of residents to a natural disaster. City commissioners plan to ask the North Dakota Attorney General’s Office whether there’s anything the city can do to provide relief. Residents of two…
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‘Insane Rent Hikes’ Spur Protest

WILLISTON, N.D. – Diana Avans moved back to Williston in 1991 to be near her mother, but now she worries she can’t afford to stay. The retiree received a letter last week that the monthly lot rent in her trailer court will increase from $300 to $850 in June. “This is just the beginning,” Avans.…
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