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Remote Southwest Draws Manufactured Housing

May 14th, 2013 Comments off

The ABQJournal tells MHProNews that the Farmington, New Mexico metropolitan statistical area (MSA) has the highest percentage of manufactured housing as part if its inventory of any metro area in the U. S., at 32 percent. Two-thirds of the county’s 128,529 residents live outside the city in rural areas, including the Navajo Nation, where manufactured housing is the most cost effective in such a remote area of rugged terrain, says realtor Theresa McBee. Tom Schadler of Clayton Homes in Farmington, noting many of the homes sold go to Indian Reservations, says, “Price per square foot is a major factor,” he said. “A lot of ours will be under $40 a square foot. A high-end one might be $60 a square foot, which is still half what a stick-built (or conventional) home costs.” Yuma Ariz. is second with 29 percent of the housing being factory-built, and third place is Havasu/Kingman, Ariz at 26.7 percent. Interestingly, Farmington shows up again in the Census Bureau study of MSAs for having the third most one-room housing units, trailing Manhattan, Kan. and Myrtle Beach, SC.

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Enter, Manufactured Housing?

June 19th, 2012 Comments off

Community development lenders and investors might be eligible for $200,000 grants each from the departments of Agriculture, Treasury and HUD to replace some of the worst housing in the nation—worse than urban slums or some Indian reservations: It’s the “colonias” areas of the U.S. border with Mexico. Likely to be in rural areas or just outside big cities, the residents are largely Hispanic, mostly American citizens, with a cultural propensity to own land. Often sold by shady landowners who tend to confiscate the land if one payment is missed, the residents too frequently have no money for a house after acquiring the land, so the “homes” tend to be of leftover wood, tar paper, and other scrounged materials. In some instances there is no water or sewage hook-ups, providing a breeding ground for disease. In fact, NationalMortgageNews tells MHProNews, Bubonic plague has even been detected at some sites. The funding will be targeted for infrastructure and construction to provide healthful and safe conditions.

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