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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — The cost of housing is soaring in the Bay Area, especially in San Francisco, where an influx of tech-sector workers has largely been blamed for a shortage of affordable properties.
San Francisco currently has the highest average rent in America. Meanwhile, real estate speculators are cashing in on the boom by snapping up buildings and evicting longtime tenants.
Eryn Parker and her fiancé, a young couple who both work in the tech sector, recently looked for a place to call home. Parker described the process as, “crazy, stressful and pricey.”
For those who haven’t been to an open house for an apartment for rent in San Francisco lately, one should expect the showings to be mobbed.
The rents were much higher than Parker expected. At $3,500 for a small one-bedroom in the Lower Haight, it’s not exactly good news that these showings are quite competitive in Parker’s experience. But the couple persists in their search for something that isn’t tiny for an exorbitant price.
The couple’s search also found a two bedroom in the Mission District for $4,000. Even so, Parker said she knows that when she sees the right place, they’ll have to be ready to snap it up.
“Be there with all of your different forms, your credit report, your pay stub, and just say ‘I want this now,’” Parker said.
Finding someplace to make home is harder and harder, acknowledged Supervisor David Campos, who represents the Mission District.