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Letter: Navigating challenges of today’s rental market

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

In today’s market, locating an affordable rental home is becoming an ordeal for many. The supply and demand imbalance in real estate is disadvantaging renters and landlords alike. For renters, the competition for budget-friendly listings is fierce; homes are going off the market almost as quickly as they appear, often at higher prices than expected.

The core problem lies in the shortage of available properties versus the rising number of renters, allowing landlords to hike up rents. Additionally, landlords themselves are grappling with thin profit margins. These low returns are lessening the allure of real estate investments and inflating rental prices further.

Consider this scenario: a landlord nets just $200 monthly from a property. After a decade, that’s only $24,000 before expenses. Factor in costs like HVAC replacement ($7,000), water heater maintenance ($500), and general upkeep ($12,000 over ten years), and you’re left with a meager $4,500, or ...

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