NJ Storm Victims Scramble to Find Rental Homes

By KATIE ZEZIMA
|  Sunday, Nov 11, 2012  |  Updated 2:16 PM EDT
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NJ Storm Victims Scramble to Find Rental Homes

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Water flows past debris from a destroyed home Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in Mantoloking N.J. Hurricane Sandy caused the ocean to cut a channel through to the bay, shown flowing here, which effectively cut the borough in two. Most of the multimillion-dollar homes along this old-money stretch of the Jersey shore were seriously damaged by pounding surf, wild wind and, in some cases, fire from ruptured gas lines. Numerous homes were destroyed, and some were obliterated, leaving behind just empty sand or maybe a few broken pilings jutting up out of the surf. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

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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.

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