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The Real Estate Crisis in North Dakota's Man Camps

The Real Estate Crisis in North Dakota s Man Camps Bloomberg Business


After struggling to house thousands of migrant roughnecks during the boom, the state faces a new real-estate crisis: The frenzied drilling that made it No. 1 in personal-income growth and job creation for five consecutive years hasn’t lasted long enough to support the oil-fueled building explosion.

“We are overbuilt,” said Dan Kalil, a commissioner in Williams County in the heart of the Bakken, a 360-million-year-old shale bed, during a break from cutting flax on his farm. “I am concerned about having hundreds of $200-a-month apartments in the future.”Civic leaders and developers say many new units were already in the pipeline, and they anticipate another influx of workers when oil prices rise again. But for now, hundreds of dwellings approved during the heady days are rising, skeletons of wood and cement surrounded by rolling grasslands, with too few residents who can afford them. 

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Sometimes the market overreacts. 

See, this is why we need transporter technology! Or at least hyperloops. Imagine having a $200/month apartment in North Dakota while working in Silicon Valley!

Yes, I'd love that but it would be a crazy commute!

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