"There's a three-bedroom in our trailer park for only $15,000. You might be able to get that knocked down." That's what a new acquaintance I had met in the aisles of PetSmart in Tucson, Arizona told me.
What was flattering were two things. One, she didn't see me as "too old" to buy again. And, two, she wanted me and my trusty dog Lee as neighbors.
I got interested. Eventually, I got around to asking her the question: Is there a stigma associated with living in a trailer park?"
Her answer essentially was: Not any more. That's confirmed by this article in The Atlantic. The changed perception of manufactured homes is largely the result of the rising cost of traditional housing. Rentals aren't cheap. And there aren't a lot of real bargains when we purchase, even in parts of the nation where there is a glut on the market.
But the obstalce in buying any piece of property is if we again want to take on the responsibility of the costs of maintaining a house, any kind. The man in the rental next to me had owned a manufactured home. Then the expense of repairs drove him out. He sold it for peanuts.
In my case I have to balance what it takes to operate my communications boutique versus the financial and social costs of becoming a homeowner again.