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National Homes Sold Thousands of Prefabricated Dwellings

July 1st, 2013 Comments off

After World War II prefabricated home builder National Homes of Lafayette, Ind. supplied affordable homes for thousands of people between 1945 and 1965. Two to four-bedroom homes with 1,000 to 1,600 square feet costing $7,000 to $16,000 with down payments of $900—less for veterans—put homeownership within range of the majority of Americans. Canandaigua, New York saw 400 new homes built in this period, 250 of them were National Homes erected by the GWF Homes Corporation. The exterior walls, interior partitions, roof trusses and gables all came from a National branch factory in Horseheads, NY and were assembled on a prepared site within hours of arrival. As MHProNews has learned from, the remainder of the homes were then finished by local businesses to the company’s specs. in 2-3 weeks. In 1965 National began building its own subdivisions.

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MH Should Assess Less than Site-Built

June 28th, 2012 Comments off

From Canandaigua, New York writing in MPNnow, Don Semifero offers percentages of differences between a site-built and a manufactured home to make his case to the Victor, NY assessor that they should be assessed at different rates. He ticks off the percentages MH owners lose: 2-3 percent for not owning the land and thereby losing upgrade value; another 2-3 percent for not having the storage of an attic or basement; five percent sales tax on MH; the difference between a mortgage and a chattel loan in payments and interest rates, ten percent; MH owner cannot get a home equity loan to upgrade residence (minus five percent), nor claim taxes on income tax return, 7-10%; and MH depreciates like automobiles. MHProNews has learned he suggests an assessment rate of 60-65% of market value.

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