It's a growing problem here in the Midland/Odessa area -- more people, not enough apartments. And people are finding that they can't afford the apartments that are available. Some one bedrooms are going for over $1,000 a month. In 2010, occupancy levels were around 90 percent but this year they're inching close to 100 percent.
New Midland assistant city manager Jim Nichols told me that he had a hard time finding a place to rent this month. He said he got lucky because he knew someone moving out of an apartment. Nichols says people are starting to realize that Midland is the place to be, and it's his job to make sure developers take notice.
"What we need to do as a city right now is get the word out, so that developers and companies that are interested and focus on that type of rental housing will realize that this is market that is very successful," said Nichols. "And they would have an opportunity to develop here, and have built in customer base ready and waiting for them."
Jackie Smith can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.