Welcome to DU! The truly grassroots left-of-center political community where regular people, not algorithms, drive the discussions and set the standards. Join the community: Create a free account Support DU (and get rid of ads!): Become a Star Member Latest Breaking News Editorials & Other Articles General Discussion The DU Lounge All Forums Issue Forums Culture Forums Alliance Forums Region Forums Support Forums Help & Search


Showing Original Post only (View all)


(33,851 posts)
Mon Jul 3, 2023, 04:28 PM Jul 2023

Manufactured home communities aren't just in rural Pa. Owners on rented land are often unprotected. [View all]

Philadelphia Inquirer link: https://www.inquirer.com/real-estate/mobile-home-low-income-buyer-affordable-manufactured-home-philadelphia-fed-20230703.html

Note: this article is about mobile / manufactured homes that are placed on land this is RENTED - not owned by the resident. It's about the financial difficulties of renting the property on which the manufactured home is placed.

Mobile homes and similar single-family dwellings that are built elsewhere and placed on rented land have long been a low-cost option for aspiring homeowners across Pennsylvania.

Manufactured housing communities are disproportionately in rural areas, but they’re not exclusive to small rural pockets. In Pennsylvania, a slight majority are in urban areas, particularly in suburbs outside midsize and large cities, according to the first statewide analysis of these communities, published by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.

Trends in lot vacancy suggest that demand for these homes is strongest “on the outskirts of larger urban areas, where they may represent a more attainable option for lower-income home buyers,” according to the report, which looked at the subset of manufactured housing communities in which homeowners rent land.

These manufactured home communities, including many just outside Philadelphia, provide unsubsidized affordable housing in areas that have lower poverty rates than the state overall, unlike formal subsidized housing developments, which are more likely to be in economically distressed areas, the analysis found.

- more at link -

Article also says: "Owners in manufactured home communities who rent land are among the lowest-income homeowners in the country, according to the report released last week. Their incomes are lower than both buyers who purchase homes that were built on site and manufactured home buyers who own land."

5 replies = new reply since forum marked as read
Highlight: NoneDon't highlight anything 5 newestHighlight 5 most recent replies
Latest Discussions»Region Forums»Pennsylvania»Manufactured home communi...»Reply #0