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Historical Prefab

November 20th, 2012 Comments off

SearsHomes reminds us of their original prefabricated kit-built homes they sold 100 years ago. The Rodessa, a bungalow, had two bedrooms and just over 500 square feet, and sold for $907. in 1910, “cut and fitted” as the advertisement says. It was simple and practical and easy to produce quickly. As MHProwNews has learned, the majority of the existing Sears Homes are in the Midwest, many in very good shape.

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Modular Classrooms Still Useful

November 1st, 2012 Comments off

Parents in the Santa Ynez Valley north of Santa Barbara, California are objecting to a ballot initiative to raise taxes to fund a school board bond that would demolish 19 modular classrooms purchased between 1996 and 2008. The parents have asked for a town hall meeting to discuss the issue, but the school officials allegedly have refused. According to the letter from the parents published in SYVNews, the group says the modular buildings are still in good shape, meet current building codes, plus the school recently spent thousands of dollars to repaint them. MHProNews has learned the parents are asking for more transparency in the education budget and better use of available monies instead of increasing taxes.

(Photo credit: PRWeb–modular classroom by Icon Construction)

Funds Reinstated, Build will Continue

October 16th, 2012 Comments off

We covered a story Oct. 4, 2012 concerning the federal court-ordered closing of Duroville MHC in Mecca, Calif. due to poor housing conditions, and the fate of those living there. MyDesert reports 41 of the manufactured homes of the 180 homesite Mountain View Estates in nearby Oasis, Calif. had been delivered, funded with state redevelopment funds to relocate the residents. A recent law that eviscerated the redevelopment districts cut the funding, ending the build in March. The state just approved $10 million to complete the project. The 41 units will be move-in ready by the end of Nov., 2012, and work will begin on the 139 remaining the beginning of this Nov. The 190 factory-made homes still at Duroville, also known as Desert Mobile Home Park, house 1,200 to 1,500 mostly Native American and Latino farm workers. As MHProNews learned, a storm which deluged the community with almost six inches of rain Sept. 11, 2012 destroyed and/or damaged most of the homes, many of which were not in good shape to begin with, leading to the ordered closure.

(Photo credit: top–Denise Goolsby/TheDesertSun–Duroville

bottom–Omar Ornelas/TheDesertSun–Mountain View Estates)

Nation Grim about the Economy

August 7th, 2012 Comments off

HousingWire reports the Gallup Economic Confidence Index (ECI) dropped for the second month in a row, averaging -26 in July after falling from -22 in June. The nation grew more optimistic in the spring as the ECI rose to -17, but even this month’s score is far better than the -42 of July 2011. As for current assessments, 14% of the respondents said the economy is in good shape while 42% rated it as poor. For economic outlook, 36% said the economy is improving and 59% think it is getting worse. MHProNews has learned the numbers are based on a telephone survey of 14,043 respondents July 1-July 31, eighteen years and older in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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