NJ Storm Victims Scrambling to Find Rental Homes

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) – Residents displaced by Hurricane Sandy are having a hard time finding a temporary place to live.

Thousands of people are calling real estate offices, looking to rent apartments or homes.

People are also looking for hotel rooms. Most are sold out. Many are occupied by out-of-state utility workers.

Real estate agents say there are more people looking for rentals than units available. Agents are asking sellers to let displaced people live in their vacant homes.

About 960 rentals are on the market in Monmouth and Ocean County, according to the Monmouth County Association of Realtors, but the number is fluid and probably lower.

Nearly two weeks after Sandy hit, more than 150,000 homes and businesses in New York and New Jersey are still waiting for the lights to come back on. The Long Island Power Authority in New York has the most customers out at about 130,000. Most of the rest are in New Jersey.

The totals don’t include the tens of thousands of homes that are too damaged to have electricity turned back on.

Patrick Parker Realty is here to Help

Patrick Parker Realty has dedicated personnel on hand to take your calls if you have been displaced by Hurricane Sandy.  In addition, with the launch of our new website, we want you to know about our property search feature that can email you rentals or homes that meet your specifications automatically once you register.

Jennifer Pricci, a Highlands resident displaced by Sandy, was recently placed in a rental unit similar to what she was already renting, in price and amenities.

“I spoke to many realtors after the storm hit.  If it weren’t for Patrick Parker and the diligence of his team I do not think I would have found a new home so quickly.  I really got the sense that his office dropped everything to take care of me.  While juggling so much in the wake of the storm, Patrick Parker Realty helped make this transaction as smooth as possible taking care of the many peripheral details so that I didn’t have to.”

The registration process takes about 5 minutes.  To register for automatic property email alerts:

1 – Go  to the home page of the Patrick Parker Realty website
2 – On the Top Right of the Page next to PROPERTY ALERTS click “SIGN-UP”
3 – Click on Advanced Search
4 – Make sure you choose from the dropdown menu what kind of property you are looking for such as “Single Family Residential” or “Rentals”
5 – You can refine your search by checking boxes in the “Select type…” area
6 – Choose the City in which you wish to search
To choose multiple cities hold down your “Ctrl” key as you make your selections.  The “Ctrl” key must be held the entire time as you click.  All cities you select will highlight.  If you make a mistake you can
simply unclick the city name but continue to hold the “Ctrl” key
7 – Select the county
You likely want to hold down “Ctrl” and select Monmouth and Ocean unless you are considering moving outside the immediate area
8 – Tip: Disregard Zip
9 – Enter your Low Price and Enter your High Price
10 – Enter desired number of Bedrooms and Bathrooms
11 – Choose how you’d like to Sort your results
12 – Tip: Disregard Days Listed
13 – Tip: For Renters, Disregard Min Sq Ft
14 – Click “Next Step >”
15 – Complete the registration from by entering your First and Last name, email to which you want your property alerts sent, phone number, email format, and select a password that you will remember to log back into the system so you can save properties and return to them at a later date.
16 – Click “Save my Search”
17 – You will receive a notice that an email has been sent to the email address you registered for confirmation and verification instructions.  You will also then be brought to a page with your search results.  Click “Save Search”

If you need further assistance with the registration process Contact Us so we can help

NOTE TO RENTERS: Be aware that some rental properties are seasonal.  As of this time there is no tool available to filter seasonal rentals out of search results.  If it seems too good to be true, look to see if it is a winter rental, if the price is excessively high, it might be a summer rental.  Perhaps a seasonal rental might meet your needs at this time if you are looking for temporary, but if you are looking for permanent this is something to watch out for.