Butte County's housing crisis still evident a year after the Camp Fire

A housing crisis is continuing to affect Butte County more than a year after the Camp Fire and many are only now finding new homes.

Posted: Dec 11, 2019 7:09 PM
Updated: Dec 11, 2019 7:53 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - A housing crisis still has its grips in Butte County and many renters and buyers are up against the crunch, more than a year after the Camp Fire.

One real estate agent told Action News Now that while the housing market is starting to settle down, what's available still proves to be an obstacle for many.

Brandi Harner, a Camp Fire survivor from Paradise, says she and her family have been searching for a home in Chico but says it has been a struggle because she is looking for a property like the one she had on the ridge.

"I could find affordable housing in certain areas of Chico, less desirable places that I would want to live in, less desirable layouts that I would want to have, so, yes, I could get into a house but I don't want to just get into a house because I'm desperate and just want a house and overpay," said Harner.

She says she would like to stay here because her husband has business contacts in Butte County and her nine-year-old son has made friends after moving from Paradise.

Chico real estate agent Brent McCarthy said it is difficult to predict future housing trends but he did say there are several major development projects in Chico that should increase supply and decrease costs in the future.

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