Pooley: Renters on the Rise in Escambia and Santa Rosa

Both Escambia and Santa Rosa counties have shown an increase in the total number of housing units in the two counties, with a steep rise in those renting rather than buying. Phyllis Pooley, director of special projects with the UWF Office of Economic Development and Engagement, talked with WUWF 88.1-FM’s Sandra Averhart to offer her take on why this trend is occuring.

“This area had been traditionally been thought of as a place where you bought houses, particularly Santa Rosa County because of the difference between the suburban and urban lifestyles,” Pooley said. “The fact that there were increases in renters in both those populations suggests potentially affordability issues, lifestyle decisions – particularly for the retiree population – and potentially some other factors that are making people either want to rent or have to rent.”

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