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The Center Square: Manufactured homeowners rally for lot rent caps

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Residents of manufactured home communities often face the same problem: constantly rising lot rental fees that some critics say “predatory” investors use to hold residents “hostage.”

That’s why Sen. Judy Schwank, D-Reading, offered a simple solution that’s gained the approval of advocates long battling the issue: rent caps.

Senate Bill 861 would amend Act 261, creating a cap on yearly land rent increases on manufactured homes. Manufactured home communities provide a source of affordable housing for seniors, veterans, and individuals with disabilities on fixed incomes. Its companion, House Bill 805, was introduced by Rep. Liz Hanbidge,...

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Our thoughts on this story:

Before you get worked up, go to the end of the article that sheepishly mentions that the bill only restricts lot rent increases to one time per year and with no limitation. The writer kind of hyped up the rest including the title.

Basically, more pandering and virtue signaling to their voting base – with more than a little help from the media.

Thank heavens that most PA legislators know that actual rent control dooms all mobile home parks to almost certain redevelopment over time.

WJTV: Jackson leaders announce new affordable housing project

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JJACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Leaders with the City of Jackson and other organizations announced a new initiative to provide affordable housing in the community.

Jackson Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba said the city will work in collaboration with the Mississippi Manufactured Housing Association, Rosemont Human Services and the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of American on a project to build new, affordable housing.

The partnership will leverage manufactured homes to provide an accessible and sustainable housing solution for Jackson residents. They plan to open a demonstration home in Ward 4 at the corner of Halsey Avenue and General Patton...

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Our thoughts on this story:

A 1,300 sq. ft. home for $130,000 plus the cost of the land is not exactly a big deal. You can attain that in pretty much every city in the U.S.

But remember that Jackson is also the city that can’t even keep their public water system working for months now. I was there recently and the hotels have “boil water” signage at the registration desk (not sure how you do that in a hotel). Read about it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackson,_Mississippi,_water_crisis

Realizing it’s Jackson they probably messed up the decimal and it’s $1,300,000 for a 130 sq. ft. house. That’s more likely.

Austin Monitor: Housing costs analysis endorses changes in lots sizes, compatibility requirements

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City staff and researchers at the University of Texas looking to reduce housing costs have published their recommendations on policies for City Council to consider.

A memo published last week offers a broad overview of the current state of affordability and development costs in Austin. The analysis by the Development Services and Housing departments and UT’s LBJ School of Public Affairs was initiated following a 2021 resolution that directed the city manager to determine the causes of and possible solutions to Austin’s increasing housing costs.

The recommendations from the 2022 UT research paper “Local Affordable Housing Challenges:...

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Our thoughts on this story:

Great news Austin residents! City Hall is proposing to build next to your subdivision:

·         Accessory dwelling units

  • Rezoning manufactured housing communities
  • Low-income housing.

Better call your realtor and put your house on the market before more people find out what’s about to happen.

High Country News: How a mobile-home park saved its community from a corporate buyout

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On a quiet day this spring, Alejandra Chavez walked into her office at Westside Mobile Home Park in Durango, Colorado. Residents were gathered in the community space, discussing their plans for the park’s future, some leaning on the kitchen’s baby-blue counters while others sat in plastic lawn chairs. A year ago, this building was owned by a New York corporation and was off-limits to residents. But now, residents use the space for yoga, child care and community events. That afternoon, there were piñatas in the corner, left over from a recent birthday party. 

Not long ago, 63 families at Westside faced the threat of displacement. In...

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OK, this is virtually cut-and-paste #4 this week on the topic of how great the world would be if the tenants owned the parks:

After months of fundraising and working with the Denver-based nonprofit Elevation Community Land Trust, Westside made a successful offer and formed a housing co-operative. Now owned jointly by its residents and Elevation, the park operates as a community land trust, which removes land from the real estate market and transforms it into community-owned property. Two decades after she first arrived in Durango, Chavez, a DACA recipient, is now the park’s property manager and the co-op’s vice president.Their voices will be heard now. They weren’t listened to before.

Are you brainwashed yet?

The Alamance News: Complaint filed in superior court to force town of Green Level to turn over public records related to May 2023 rezoning

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A complaint and petition for a writ of mandamus (i.e., a request for a court order) has been filed in Alamance County civil superior court to compel the town of Green Level to turn over public records related to a rezoning decision for two mobile home parks decided at a special meeting on May 30, 2023.

The complaint and petition has been filed by the companies that own two mobile home parks within the town of Green Level’s jurisdiction: Personalized Village II, which owns Otter Creek Mobile Home Park at 2648 and 2606 East Simpson Road; and Green Level MHC, which owns the Green Level Mobile Home Community at 2156 James Boswell Road,...

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Our thoughts on this story:

Wait a minute … are you saying that a city hall might have violated the law and now won’t hand over any of the notes or minutes from the meeting? That they are refusing transparency regarding their actions? Welcome to the new U.S.A.

Cleveland: Cleveland MetroParks should maintain Euclid Beach mobile home park as affordable housing

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I love the Metroparks. The abundance of conservation, education, and recreation that they provide is phenomenal.

I am also concerned about housing justice. There is a significant shortage of affordable, accessible housing in Cleveland and across Northeast Ohio. Therefore, I am concerned about the destruction of existing affordable housing at the Euclid Beach Mobile Home Community in favor of the expansion of Euclid Creek Reservation. Cleveland Metroparks could play a key role in keeping the Euclid Beach Mobile Home Community open.

Cleveland Metroparks is the crown jewel of greater Cleveland. This free, public park system is vital...

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“I am also concerned about housing justice. There is a significant shortage of affordable, accessible housing in Cleveland and across Northeast Ohio. Therefore, I am concerned about the destruction of existing affordable housing at the Euclid Beach Mobile Home Community in favor of the expansion of Euclid Creek Reservation. Cleveland Metroparks could play a key role in keeping the Euclid Beach Mobile Home Community open.”

Gee, not another article about how great it would be if residents owned their own parks? What a coincidence!

Reminds me of the story of Esther Sullivan, the Associate Professor in Boulder, CO who took credit for causing virtually every negative industry article for a several year period (including John Oliver). It’s amazing that U.S. media is so lame that single individuals can pervert the entire media conglomerate to take the wrong position on a macro scale – and that Americans are dumb enough not to spot this manipulation.

Virginia Mercury: Project:HOMES marries compassion to innovation at Chesterfield, Va.’s Bermuda Estates

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Claudia Guerrero Barrera enjoys her role as community engagement specialist for Virginia-based housing nonprofit project:HOMES, spending afternoons sitting around a kitchen table, drinking coffee, and chatting with women in the Bermuda Estates neighborhood of Chesterfield. 

They discuss their relief at having persuaded the county to place a school bus to stop in their newly paved cul-de-sac, so the children no longer have to wait on a busy strip of Route 1. They nibble on homemade treats, sharing plans for parties they’ll have at the community center once it is finished.

Less than two years ago, Claudia had never heard of Bermuda Estates...

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Our thoughts on this story:

There’s one item completely left out of this article:

Less than two years ago, Claudia had never heard of Bermuda Estates Mobile Home Park, and the Bermuda Estates residents she now shares easy chatter with were at that time fearful of being forced out of their homes. The owner, J&J Equities, LLC, was selling the park, and the prospective buyer planned to redevelop the land and build townhomes. This meant the nearly 40 families living at Bermuda Estates would be displaced, their homes, meticulously tended rose gardens and memories plowed under to make way for new homes that would not be affordable to them.

That item is what did they pay?

My bet is that they paid $100,000 per lot or more. And then you have to ask yourself “wouldn’t these people just be better off if they took the $100,000, relocated to a cheaper place than Virginia, and bought a nice stick-built house for cash?”

This whole “let’s buy the park to fend off redevelopment” nonsense is really nothing more than virtue signaling by bureaucrats and non-profits who want acclaim for saving 40 households housing when, for the same money, they could have paid for 160 people to go to college, or 800 people to renovate their homes and lower their utility costs.

Portland Press Herald: Letter to the editor: Wiscasset mobile home park plagued by poor management

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Last winter, the residents of Whippoorwill Hill Mobile Home Park in Wiscasset struggled with continuous shutdowns of its water supply and the park’s failure to maintain its roads and ditches. This problem continues today.

The park’s management, Maine Real Estate Management of Bangor, has ordered water to be trucked in from outside, but these water supplies become contaminated because there are leaks in the water supply pipes that park management has failed to repair. Consequently, a number of the park’s residents, including two young children, recently developed ear infections while attempting to bathe or shower in the contaminated... Read More

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Last winter, the residents of Whippoorwill Hill Mobile Home Park in Wiscasset struggled with continuous shutdowns of its water supply and the park’s failure to maintain its roads and ditches. This problem continues today..Meanwhile, during the past two years, Maine Real Estate Management and its anonymous owner have raised the park’s lot rents by nearly 66%, all while failing to fix the problems that are causing physical harm to all of our residents at the park.

Well, I guess we all know what comes next. Goodbye mobile home park and hello new apartment complex. And the resident who wrote this letter to the editor will get top billing for causing the park to shut down. If you read the article, the owner is trucking in water until the repairs are completed, which costs a fortune. Yet they get zero respect from the residents. There are two sides to every story, and I’m betting $50 that the park owner is in the right here. They are trying to save the park and bring it back to life, and a few loud residents are fighting them every step of the way.

Superior Telegram: Douglas County to fund mobile home park cleanup

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SUPERIOR — Douglas County plans to clean up two mobile home parks in Parkland using money from the American Rescue Plan Act.

The Administration Committee on Thursday, Aug. 3 recommended spending up to $200,000 to remove 23 mobile homes that remain on two sites that served as the north and south Country Acres Trailer Parks on Douglas County Highway E. The money will be used for asbestos abatement, demolition and the removal of mobile homes.

The decision came after the county twice attempted to sell the property under the condition the trailers would be removed from the sites. In June, the county received no bids for the property, and...

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Our thoughts on this story:

I don’t know any of the facts on this story, but the optics to me, the reader, is that Douglas County succeeded in their mission to get rid of these mobile home parks:

Justag LLC was one of the bidders rejected in July because plans for the properties included creating a mobile home park or manufactured home community with 59 sites.Creating a mobile home park on the sites again would require a zoning change, which is unlikely to gain support from Parkland town officials or the county, Liebaert said. The mobile home parks preexisted zoning regulations adopted in the 1970s, he said. The property is currently zoned for residential development and a mobile home park would require commercial zoning, he said.”

As I recall the county took over these properties claiming they were in substandard condition. Then they were going to sell them off, but the only bidder wanted to operate them as mobile home parks. So they killed that off as fast as they could.

This is the reality of city/county attitudes regarding affordable housing. They don’t really want it at all, but to say that might trigger cancel culture so they instead come up with these absurd stories of how it wasn’t really their fault.

KESQ News Team: Families displaced by DHS mobile home park fire asked to pay $10,000 for debris clean up

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Although families displaced by a destructive fire two weeks ago in Desert Hot Springs have a place to stay for now, they say they are filled with concern.

The fire at the County Squire Mobile Home Park on July 18 damaged 14 homes and 12 vehicles, leaving 100 residents evacuated.

On Thursday, families told News Channel 3/Telemundo 15's Marco Revuelta that they were sent a letter by the owners of the mobile home park demanding $10,000 by August 14 to be able to clean up the burned debris or they'll have to do it themselves.

Affected residents say it's another challenge being added to their plate given they are also looking for new...

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A mobile home is a parking lot. If your car burns down you still are responsible to remove the car and pay the rent until it’s gone. It’s not rocket science. But instead, here’s what the residents are saying:

"We're very frustrated because we've been left in the streets. We've been left on the street, nothing left. If I haven't been able to find a home because I have no money, how am I supposed to pay for this?" said Martin Verduzco, a resident who lost his home due to the fire. 

What the park owner is doing is following the legal methodology to remove the burned homes themselves. Somebody’s got to do it. Obviously, the residents are not going to. The park owner ends up paying the bill, as usual.

Instead of the writer of this article pointing out that the park owner is the good guy who is actually taking it on the chin, they portray the residents – who are neglecting their legal responsibility – as the heroes. When will the U.S. fixation on lack of personal accountability ever end?

The Islander Classifieds: Pines residents lack notice on trailer park sale

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Homeowners in the Pines trailer park have spoken.

Despite reports of an upcoming closing date for the sale of the Pines Trailer Park in Bradenton Beach, several Pines residents reached out to The Islander to insist they have received no official notice from the park owners or their lawyers.

David Graham, treasurer of the Pines homeowner’s association and others contacted The Islander July 25-July 29 by email, questioning a July 25 report in The Islander where a source stated a “closing is expected on or around Sept. 21.”

The Islander verified the source and their information.

“I am the treasurer of the HOA board of the park. I have been...

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Our thoughts on this story:

The buyers are paying $16,250,000 ($200,000 per lot) for a rundown park. Exactly how would this not be a redevelopment deal? The reason the residents have probably not received notice is that the owner is not going to do so until after the deal has closed. How could anyone think that there will be any other outcome? 

Vermont Public: Manufactured homes condemned at flood-battered Berlin park. What now?

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This story, by Report for America corps member Carly Berlin, was produced through a partnership between VTDigger and Vermont Public.

For the last two weeks, residents of the Berlin Mobile Home Park have scattered across Vermont, crashing with friends and family after finding their homes devastated by record flooding. On Friday, many learned that their houses have been officially condemned.

The condemnation notices, issued by the state’s Division of Fire Safety after inspections earlier this week, could serve as an important tool in helping park residents recoup their losses from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. After Tropical...

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Our thoughts on this story:

This article pretty much exemplifies that the worst thing you can probably hear is “I’m from the government and I’m here to help”.

WENY: Clock Counting Down for Cherry Lane Park After New Agreement Executed

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SOUTHPORT, N.Y. (WENY) -- WENY News is taking a closer look at the licensing agreement between the town of Southport and Cherry Lane Park mobile home park on Sherman Avenue.

 

On July 17th, the Southport town board voted to approve a license agreement with Cherry Lane Park through December 31st, 2023. According to an agreement obtained by WENY News through a Freedom of Information request, Cherry Lane Park's owner has 10 days to apply for a demolition permit. Monday, July 31st is the tenth business day since the agreement was executed. The Southport town clerk informed WENY News there is no record on file at this time.

According...

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Our thoughts on this story:

More nonsense about back-seat driving residents and media reporters trying to second guess complicated land development issues – kind of like me trying to critique brain surgery.

WCAX: Are Vermonters going to build back in the same flood-prone areas?

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BARRE, Vt. (WCAX) - Following this month’s devastating flooding, the state of Vermont is once again considering buying out homes in areas susceptible to future storms.

Mark Christie has lived on Oswald Street overlooking the Barre skyline for the last two decades. He says he intended to live in his nearly new mobile home until he retired from his career working at GlobalFoundries.

But during the deluge two weeks ago, the hill behind his home broke away, sending a cascade of mud, trees, and sand downhill and turning his home 90 degrees and crushing it like a tin can. he says he was also temporarily trapped inside. “Everything that’s in...

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Our thoughts on this story:

This is an issue for each resident to decide. If you live in a flood zone, you get flooding. It’s called accountability. How can people suddenly wake up and say “oh my gosh, I didn’t know I could be flooded?” when they’ve known that from the onset. If the State of Vermont now steps in and says “you can’t live in flood zones” then many people who have planned for periodic flooding will lose the use of their property. Is that fair?

My Edmonds News: The new law giving mobile home residents a chance to buy their parks

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A mobile home park in Moses Lake is up for sale and a new state law assures residents a shot at buying the property.

In the past they might’ve never known it was on the market until after it was sold.

Owners of North Pointe notified residents on July 17 that they are looking to sell the 25-space  mobile home park.

This started the clock on a process providing those living there and eligible organizations approved by the state Department of Commerce an opportunity to compete with other potential buyers.

That chance is etched into a law that took effect Sunday and is intended to help preserve this stock of affordable housing.

Until now,...

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Our thoughts on this story:

The residents rarely have the ability to come up with the money on these ridiculous first-option rules. The odds are about as large as a meteorite hitting the title company. Just read the article itself. Here’s the proof:

“There are now 24 resident-owned communities in Washington and roughly 300 across the country, she said”

Here’s a reality check. There are around 44,000 mobile home parks in the U.S. There are around 300 resident-owned communities. That’s .0.0068% probability that they pull it off. Or conversely a 99.32% chance they can’t. Is that really worth the delay these first-option rules require? Clearly not. Then why pass such nonsense? Because it panders to the voting base and most voters are too stupid to know the actual math.

NBC Palm Springs: Displaced Mobile Home Park Residents Heartbroken, Angry Following Property Manager Meeting

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“I got the call when I was at work, and when they said, ‘I’m sorry, I’m not going to be able to save your home,’ that broke me,” Julieta Perez, a resident who lost her home in the fire, shared tearfully.

Julieta Perez moved to the Country Squire RV and Mobile Home Park two months ago.

As a single mother of two young children, losing her new home was more than devastating.

“I was just feeling like I was getting back on my feet,” Perez continued. “I was feeling like, ‘Okay, things are getting better, things are finally going to be okay’…I have worked so hard for everything that I have and my kids were so happy to finally have their...

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Our thoughts on this story:

This quote reflects everything that’s wrong with the perception of mobile home park landlords:

[when a home burns down] residents are still required to pay rent for their mobile home spot, regardless if their house is still standing….But that’s not all.“They’re now telling us that we’re responsible for cleanup,” Castillo continued. “These families, many of whom didn’t have insurance, are now left to scramble and find apartments, find other places where they already don’t meet the income requirements. Aside from doing that, they also have to now find a way to save money, to pay the over $5,000 in cleanup fees plus the monthly rent until they are able to put in their 30 day notice to vacate.” Leaving many not knowing what’s next.“I feel like they’re just seeing us as dollar signs,” Perez said.

According to this rationale, mobile home park owners are not landlords, they are apparently government agencies – non-profits – that are responsible for much more than just providing parking spaces for mobile homes. Can you imagine applying this same logic to a parking lot at the airport in which your car burned down while you were on your trip. Do you think that would make you not responsible for your parking fee? For removal of your car? To any damage to the parking lot that the fire caused?

This is just plain stupid.

The Press Democrat: 2 Petaluma mobile home parks are threatening to close, but there’s a lot that comes first

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In the wake of Petaluma moving to tighten rent control and other protections in its mobile home parks, two park owners have now signaled they may shut down, potentially upending the lives of hundreds.

At the 78-unit Little Woods Mobile Villa and the 102-unit Youngstown Mobile Home Park, residents received letters this month announcing a “potential closure.” A consultant, hired to assess the impact of such a move, began appearing on doorsteps.

It was the second shock for mobile homeowners at Youngstown where less than two weeks prior, they received another notice saying the park would no longer be restricted to older residents.

Concern,...

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Our thoughts on this story:

Here’s the key quote from this article:

“In the wake of Petaluma moving to tighten rent control and other protections in its mobile home parks, two park owners have now signalled they may shut down”.

The writer then goes on to point out how this will destroy hundreds of residents’ lives who can find no place even remotely as cheap to live.

OK, now who is then responsible for those folks being homeless? The group that passes the rent control. Their vote effectively signalled the death warrant for these properties. And they won’t be alone. I’m sure that other parks in Petaluma will follow their lead and redevelop into different uses.

I’ve written for nearly 20 years about the fact that rent control equals park redevelopment. It’s never going to change. Want to eliminate mobile home parks in your city/county/state? Simple solution: just pass rent control.

Superior Telegram: Committee rejects offers for Parkland trailer park sites

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SUPERIOR — Douglas County officials are considering a different approach to selling two former mobile home parks in Parkland after one proposal and one bid fell short of the county’s requirements to get the land for free.

The Land and Development Committee rejected the offers Tuesday, July 25 to take the former Country Acres properties off the county’s hands.

The county put the property out to bid with no minimum price, but the transfer of property was contingent on an agreement and bond to ensure the trailer homes that remain on the sites are removed.

A bid by Dubesa LLC proposed paying the county $2,000 for the property with a...

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Our thoughts on this story:

Another article about a county government shutting down a park. Between owners wanting to redevelop for more profitable uses – and city/county/state governments wanting to shut them down to remove affordable housing units from their neighborhoods – mobile home parks may soon be listed as an endangered species.

Insider: Tiny homes are more than backyard gimmicks. They could help mitigate the housing crisis.

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Katie Sandoval-Clark, a nonprofit leader and mother of two, built a bungalow in her parents' backyard so she could afford to raise her children in the Bay Area.  

Blue Wells, a former corporate executive battling cancer, moved to a 600-square-foot house in a South Carolina tiny home village and felt more free than he ever had living in his 3,500-square-foot home.

The Randolphs own a business in New Hampshire, and are building a tiny home village to provide affordable housing to their employees and entice young people to set down roots.  

If you've ever had a conversation about what can be done to make housing more affordable, you have...

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Our thoughts on this story:

It’s like electric cars: they’re not for everyone. I have no desire to live in a 300 sq. ft. house, nor do I know anyone who does. I think those who want to “live small” are already working on that dream. But I also think that houses under 1,000 sq. ft. don’t fall into the average American’s list of goals, and that’s why you’re not going to see a ton more interest. Mobile homes hit that 1,000 sq. ft.  threshold and that’s why they’re in endless demand. I’ve personally sold hundreds of homes and I can tell you that under 1,000 sq. ft. is a deal killer.

El Pais: Neither hippies nor nomads: Unaffordable rent in the US forces thousands into a mobile lifestyle

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Ayden, 13, has always lived on wheels. Born in a San Diego hospital, he spent time in an incubator before his parents took him to live in a small, converted ice cream truck. Now the family lives in an old 1984 Southwind mobile home. He’s a happy and healthy child who enjoys enjoying playing on the street, watching YouTube videos, and creating his own animations. His parents shower him with love, and like many families with children, he is the center of attention.

Ayden has never attended school. His mother, Julienna, is a 53-year-old woman from New York. She teaches him in a makeshift classroom for three hours a day, five days a week....

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No, I don’t buy into this viewpoint. Although there’s no question that rents have gone up, $400,000 homes and $2,000 per month apartments are only in giant cities. Nobody ever talks about the alternative. Here’s the actual stat from Wikipedia on life outside of the city:

Rural areas in the United States, often referred to as rural America, consists of approximately 97% of the United States' land area. An estimated 60 million people, or one in five residents (17.9% of the total U.S. population), live in rural America.

So if you move out to the 97% of America that is outside major cities, you can get a nice house for $100,000 and a nice apartment for $500 per month. I know, because I live in a town of 4,500 an hour outside of the big city. These “transient” people described in the article need to give up on their “big city” obsession, move to rural areas, get stable jobs, and provide a nice home for their families. This entire “I can’t afford the real world” nonsense is the opposite of personal accountability and the truth is that there’s absolutely no reason for anyone to live in a Winnebago in a WalMart parking lot. If that’s your lifestyle then the problem is you and not the U.S. housing market.

Forbes: Trailblazer 3D-Printed Homes Take Shape In California’s Coachella Valley

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In true pioneer tech fashion, 20 modernist 3D-printed homes are rising in Desert Hot Springs, California, about 10 miles north of Palm Springs. Three of the four-bedroom residences, which include accessory dwelling units, have recently been listed at $995,000 each. The homes, sited in a 22-acre gated community of hilltop dwellings, are expected to be completed by year-end.

“The homes are the first 3D-printed zero-net-energy homes in the world,” says Basil Starr, founder and chief executive of Beverly Hills-based Palari Group, the technology-driven developer of sustainable communities that is spearheading the build.

Although some...

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Our thoughts on this story:

This was an interesting article until I got to the actual pricing: $1 million for 1,866 sq. ft. The whole point of alternative construction methods is to save money – not spend $500 per sq. ft. on something that is, at best, experimental with no stats on resale value. Makes no sense to me.

The U.S. Sun: Home Depot is selling an $8,325 tiny home with an L-shape wall and natural light

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AS tiny homes gain popularity across the country, The Home Depot is showing you don’t have to splurge to attain home ownership with a small house available for just north of $8,000.

As Americans look to lower their monthly spending, tiny homes have become more common, no matter if you’re living by yourself or with a family.

With traditional homes’ price tags typically set above $200,000 and monthly mortgage payments remaining high across the board, some people turn to an unorthodox and minimalist lifestyle: tiny homes.

Many people have converted vans and sheds into full-scale tiny homes for less than $10,000.

At The Home Depot, several...

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Our thoughts on this story:

Sure, these are cool. And 144 sq. ft. for $8,325 means a 1,000 sq. ft. model (which is much more livable) would only cost around $50,000. And, yes, this is the solution to the affordable housing crisis. And, no, you can’t build them virtually anywhere in the U.S. due to the Uniform Building Code. And the construction industry will never let that code be changed. So when people tell you that it’s impossible to build affordable housing they’re not telling you the truth. The truth is that the government ensures that you can’t with codes that most people don’t even know exist. Change the codes and between this type of option and 3-D printed homes you could provide $150,000 stick-built dwellings in cities across America (the average lot in the U.S. is $80,000 so you have to add that in, too, thus the $150,000 price point).

Boise Dev: 100+ apartments planned in place of McCall mobile home park

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Boise developer Michael Hormaechea submitted preliminary plans for an apartment project that would replace the McCall Manor Mobile Home Park in Valley County. 

BoiseDev told you about this 4.4-acre apartment project on Idaho Street and Ward Street earlier this spring. There are now more details about the style of units, square footage, and the total number of apartments.

The plan calls for 125 units across four buildings with a mix of one, two, and three-bedroom layouts, and a max building height of 46 feet.

“The vision for the project is to provide the community of McCall with vital, highly needed, rental apartments to support a broad...

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Our thoughts on this story:

The developer is going to put 100 apartments at $1,500 a month on a parcel that held 50 mobile homes. That’s because you can make apartments two and three stories high. Mobile home parks can only exist on on level. No way the park can compete with this income differential and clearly it has to come down.

However, the moral is that residents, governmental agencies and the media need to appreciate that mobile home parks are coming down everywhere and they better do more to make owners not want to redevelop their land.

Herald Banner: Commisioners deny developer's request to build narrower roads

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Expressing concerns and fear over safety and access to homes by emergency responders, the Hunt County Commission Court said no to a request from the developers of a proposed rural mobile home park to build narrower-than-normal streets in the development.

Engineer Levi Love and Kevin Mims, owner of the property at FM 3211 and County Road 2148 west of Greenville, asked the county for permission to build 28-foot, asphalt roads with mountable curbs instead of 34-foot wide concrete roads with curb and guttering as required in Hunt County standards.

The developers also planned to ask to be allowed to put mobile homes closer together than county...

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Our thoughts on this story:

Here’s probably what a “hot mic” would have heard minutes before the meeting:

Alderman #1: “so how can we kill off this stupid trailer park concept?”

Alderman #2: “I know, let’s say we think that the people will block the roads with their cars and the ambulance can’t get in”.

Alderman #3: “Yeah, I like that one, but let’s also throw in about how we don’t have enough water pressure”.

Alderman #4: “I don’t care what you guys tell them, just hurry up with the vote because I don’t want to miss Pizza Night at the Eagles Club.”

Alaska's News Source: Future of Forest Park trailer court at stake in Chugiak

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - The future of more than 100 residents of the Forest Park trailer court in Chugiak is at stake as a Municipality of Anchorage eviction notice is past an extension. The municipality has the ability to vacate the trailer park, said Anchorage Assembly member Kevin Cross.

The owners of the trailer park have been accused of acquiring new residents, months after the municipality issued eviction notices. Those notices, issued during the fall of 2022, were extended to April because of the impending winter. The eviction notices stem from the water system not being up to code.

“[Forest Park] had a series of water and sewer...

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I know nothing about the details of this park or the allegations, but it sure looks suspicious that these bureaucrats won’t simply fix the water now, but will only invest the money if the owner sells to the residents. The optics to me makes me wonder if this is really just a case of trying to coerce this owner into this ridiculous resident-owned community dream. Wait until the residents see what the new lot rent will be once they pile debt on this property. Good luck.