Here is our deal. We'd like to continue not having a house payment. Our house is owned outright. But...it's WAY too small. My dh built it himself and we intended to sell before having kids but things didn't work out due to title issues which we are having fixed this month. With the current real estate market it's value has decreased even further. Our neighborhood has gone downhill in the past two years, and we're really piled on top of each other, so waiting to sell is not an option. We considered adding on, but we'd be outbuilding the area and would not make our money back. (We asked 3 realtors!)
Anywho, when we sell our options will be to buy a POS house and fix it up slowly... finding one in a nice area will be a challenge. However, they are out there so it would just take a little longer. It will be hard though, finding one with a good enough resell value to then build the house we really want... and many of the ones in better areas we could buy with cash would need A LOT of work... like... A LOT...possibly more than we'd have left over.
Where we live, if you live in the country, you are going to be near mobile or manufactured homes. We do want to live in the country eventually with a few areas in mind. I started thinking.... we could buy a mobile home on a couple of acres for LESS than we'd spend on a house with less than half an acre in the city. With that much land, we could live in the manufactured home and then use our own money to build the house we want next door. Then, we could rent out or sell the other place. I kind of like that idea because the ones I've looked at so far are really big, 4br's, and the areas are actually prettier than the houses we could get. Country, big yards...and around here in the country doublewides are well-kept and sit right across from big fancy houses. More room for the kids...privacy...
The only issue is I'm worried about the way people think of trailers. I mean, it would only be temporary until our house was finished...which would take a few years if we're using cash. But still...
What do you think? Do you think most people who live in manufactured homes are trashy? Poor? Do you think less of them? I don't...but I worry others will think that about me. I know that's stupid and it's my life blah blah blah, but just tell me what you think.
Asked by Anonymous at 12:27 PM on Jan. 23, 2011 in Just for Fun
Answer by arenad at 12:30 PM on Jan. 23, 2011
Answer by leah_rai at 12:30 PM on Jan. 23, 2011
I wouldn't choose where I would and wouldn't live based on what someone else considers "trashy" or because someone might think that I am "poor". With that said, no I do NOT look down on people who live in trailers, modulars, rvs, whatever the case is.
Answer by MrsHouston47302 at 12:32 PM on Jan. 23, 2011
Answer by gemgem at 12:35 PM on Jan. 23, 2011
Answer by bouncingsoul at 12:35 PM on Jan. 23, 2011
Answer by Nanixh at 12:37 PM on Jan. 23, 2011
Answer by peace013 at 12:38 PM on Jan. 23, 2011
Answer by Noosa at 12:39 PM on Jan. 23, 2011
No I do not look down on people for living in one. We live in one. Just keep this in mind: they depreciate in value very quickly. We knew this going in and still went with one. gl
Answer by Anonymous at 12:41 PM on Jan. 23, 2011
Answer by laura970 at 12:42 PM on Jan. 23, 2011