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NJ storm victims scrambling to find rental homes

5:28 PM, Nov 11, 2012   |    comments
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TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) - Residents displaced by Superstorm 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.

Real estate agent Perry Beneduce says some people are buying homes to live in now and rent or sell next year.

Nearly two weeks after Superstorm 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.

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