RE: Grim numbers, just grim

Subject: RE: Grim numbers, just grim
From: Sass Nielsen <sass -dot- nielsen -at- peregrine -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2002 01:19:41 -0800

>Living in the Bay Area, where the price of a tiny 3 bedroom house is about
$500,000 -- I just wonder how people are going to keep roofs over their
heads.

No kidding. So do those of us living here who have gotten laid off. I live
in the north bay and there are no Technical Writing jobs up here. I have not
seen one on the boards or in the paper for the last three months, so I went
down to the lower bay area this weekend to scout it out. It is unbelievably
changed. The San Jose and San Mateo newspapers had ONE technical writer ad.
I know there are many many techwriters in the area who have gotten laid off
and are hoping to land that job. And the newspapers had pages upon pages of
houses for sale or rent. The houses are all about $500,000. Studio
apartments are about $1200, small rental homes are about $2300. In San
Mateo, the condominiums and apartment complexes now have people standing on
the corners with signs saying "Low Move-In," "Move-in Bonus!," and "No
Credit Check" because there are now so many empty ones because the recession
has caused people to move or double- and triple-up in housing. I asked my
sister, who lives there, why they don't just lower the rents to something
reasonable so that they could get new tenants. She said they have!...prior
to 9/11 these $500,000 homes were over $600,000 and studio apartments were
about $2000.

In Portland, $35/hr for experienced tehnical people may be low...in the San
Francisco bay area, it is not even a livable wage.

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