Camp Fire survivors feeling crunch of housing market in Chico

Camp Fire survivors are looking for homes and say they are feeling the crunch of the housing market in Chico.

Posted: Feb. 22, 2019 5:14 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Camp Fire survivors are looking for homes and say they are feeling the crunch of the housing market in Chico.

Some Camp Fire survivors told Action News Now about the challenges they are facing finding housing outside of Paradise. 

Bob Tietz, who lost his home in Paradise, said he has struggled to compete with other bidders, as many housing options are out of his price range due to the high demand. 

"I've gone through a couple of realistic people and they showed me everytime they get one in my price range, they're junk," he said. "It's not something I want to live in. I don't mind a little re-model, but not a major remodel. I would like to get out of it as soon as possible. I mean, if we found some property and we would be able to start building we could definitely tough it out, but with two kids, a dog and a cat in an RV, it isn't an ideal situation, but it's better than living in our car." 

In December, the total single-family sales were 365 and in January the total sales were 267. 

Real Estate Agent Brent McCarthy said that the change is due to fewer listings in the winter and the number of people looking for listings is shrinking. 

McCarthy said that people tend to post more listings in the warmer seasons. He said with more listing, that there will hopefully be some price drops. 

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