Fayetteville housing shortage causes problems for some in the city

Betty and Gary Greves have to find a new place to call home because their landlord wants them out of the rental home they have lived in for 23 years.

Soon after they got the news five months ago, Betty and Gary Greves started packing.

The boxes stretch up toward the living room ceiling now in their rental off Player Avenue. They’ve called this place home for over 23 years.

It was a place the Greveses hosted family reunions. But now, their landlord’s son is moving into the house and the landlord, Mark Blasingim, said he’s signing it over to him.

By default, the Greveses have to go.

The couple has been searching for a new place to live ever since, and they say their hunt has been far from easy.

Local housing options are limited, and what’s available goes quickly. Data from LongLeaf Pine REALTORS, a trade organization for realtors in Eastern North Carolina, shows that as of May 19, there were only 485 residential, single-family homes on the market for sale with another 69 available to rent, Stefany Ayerbe, the organization’s membership services director said. LongLeaf Pines serves as many as 16 counties spanning from Wake to Brunswick, including Fayetteville and Cumberland County.