72-year-old woman forced out of her home after 20 years, struggles to find a new one – WSOC TV
GASTON COUNTY, NC — A daughter has had nowhere to go after her 72-year-old mother was forced out of the rental property she called home for the past two decades.
The houses are selling as fast as the signs are posted, and too fast for the woman who has to move because the owner is selling the house.
“We phoned everywhere. I begged. “She’ll be fine, please praise her.” We have nothing,” said her daughter, Cindy Pilkington.
Realtor Matthews Hanks said stories like this aren’t uncommon right now. He said builders slowed during the recession from 2008 to 2012. Now the market is hot and there are few homes available.
He said homes were selling 8-13% more than last spring.
Pilkington said her mother’s monthly rent was $800. She said most landlords now want $1,200, far more than her mother can afford.
>> In the video at the top of the page, Channel 9’s Ken Lemon spoke to the family, who said they don’t blame the landlord who put the house up for sale.
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