Sheri Davies

Sheri Davies

Editor’s note: This is the first part of an Idaho State Journal series titled Housing Crunch about the shortage of housing in the local market. Today’s article explores the causes of the housing shortage and how it affects the community. Part II, focusing on new construction, will run in the March 24 print edition and Part III, delving into the rental market, will run in the March 28 newspaper.

Nancy Wilcox knew she’d have to temper her expectations and pad her offer to stand a chance of closing on a single-family home in Eastern Idaho’s ultra-competitive housing market.

Housing Crunch/Wilcox

Clara Carr, 18, left, and her mother Nancy Wilcox stand outside of the home they’ll soon own on North Grant Avenue, across from Irving Middle School in Pocatello. The local housing market has grown extremely tight recently, leaving buyers with few affordable options.

Housing Crunch/Rockwell

More than 20 homes are now under construction by Rockwell Homes on Petersburg Drive, located in Chubbuck near Philbin Road. All of the homes that have progressed beyond the foundation have already sold.

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