A thriving rental market is great because businesses like Hometown are staying busy, but it creates a problem for the consumer. “I want my prospective renter to have a lot of choices of homes to rent. Ideally there should be a variety of homes at every price level. When they don’t have a lot of options we see prices start to go up, and we have trouble accommodating need,” said Barkis.
Representatives of the South Sound’s major players have found that working together on common interests has a greater impact on state and federal lawmakers. It’s an excellent strategy.