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A missed opportunity

February 17, 2013

Darlene Abel, Minot The Minot city council missed a great opportunity to listen to the constituents when they chose to vote for mobile homes placed on lots where stick built homes used to exist....

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Legend

Mar-01-13 12:55 PM

A mod. or mobile home should be required to have a footing or foundation/basement, no skirting design and a stick built type roof. With these requirements, they are equal to and may exceed existing or new stick built homes. It is more the care of the home and not the type of home that makes it appealing.

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Legend

Mar-01-13 12:47 PM

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disgusted

Feb-27-13 11:08 PM

You are right. We would rather Minot whither and die on the vine then to have new growth. Just another whiny NIMBY.

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concerned

Feb-27-13 11:09 AM

Green Acre Residents have their own battles to deal with and have seen with thei eyes first hand of trying to get things in place to stop all of the buildng and traffic issues in SW Minot. In addition, how can we stop this when they don't listen to anybody and make up their mind before proceeding? It's not just Green Acre Residents dealing with this it;s also hundreds who petitioned to have building stop near them and then the commission/city council and went ahead and proceeded with more building. Where does the buck stop? I think it's time to get a citizens group together and really stand ground and you hold people responsible for not listening to what the people really want. This is a new Minot and people need to elect new people, get the good ole boys and girls hands out of the cookie jar, and take back their Minot. It's everybody's Minot as we all choose to live here and not just a few. Minot isn't an apartheid....but it really looks like one.....;....

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mitwocents

Feb-26-13 3:13 PM

I always thought that the reason the mobile homes were zoned were because they pose a danger when they are not attached to a foundation. I could be wrong but I've never heard it was because of how they look. In a storm, if you have mobile homes in your area, they could be picked up and thrown into your house. A house would not normally have sustained damage that was caused by a flying mobile home.

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mitwocents

Feb-26-13 3:12 PM

I always thought that the reason the mobile homes were zoned were because they pose a danger when they are not attached to a foundation. I could be wrong but I've never heard it was because of how they look. In a storm, if you have mobile homes in your area, they could be picked up and thrown into your house. A house would not normally have sustained damage that was caused by a flying mobile home.

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disgusted

Feb-19-13 9:47 PM

Thanks, Obert. I don't know if it is the right thing, but I can't say for a fact that it will lower the value of the surrounding areas.

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obertc

Feb-19-13 4:47 PM

I just had an appraisal done on my condo and they selected "like" condo's in my area as the basis of the value, and I have a mobile home (not modular) park in my backyard. So I don't know if having mobile homes in your vicinity is necessarilly a bad thing. Could be wrong though :)

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obertc

Feb-19-13 4:08 PM

I just had an appraisal done on my condo and they selected "like" condo's in my area as the basis of the value, and I have a mobile home (not modular) park in my backyard.

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disgusted

Feb-19-13 1:28 PM

uff da ~

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socialismsucks

Feb-19-13 9:05 AM

lorexxx, can u tell us where u saw that study that says there is no impact on property values? not that i don't believe you, but i'd like to read it myself.

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disgusted

Feb-19-13 5:22 AM

oh dear d i k e s

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disgusted

Feb-18-13 11:53 PM

I will be happy if Minot and the valley makes it through without another flood. I wish that the leevee's and d y k e s would have been repaired!

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teabag2

Feb-18-13 9:26 PM

No name calling here.I just feel sorry for the people who rebuilt there homes only then to have the city take a gamble on their home values.I think these areas will take a hit only time will tell.

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disgusted

Feb-18-13 8:24 PM

So, my first question remains. Do these homes really reduce values of homes or property surrounding them? I agree, that asthetically, entrances facing the front are more palatable. So foundations, with or without basements would increase the value? I have not seen any metal frame homes with wheels place in regular residential areas. There may be some in Minot. I just have not seen them. I thank you for taking the time to lead me down what consider a very black tunnel due to my basic lack in knowledge in the differences between these homes. I appreciate that you were not calling me names, etc. It is an area of great curiosity to me.

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teabag2

Feb-18-13 8:00 PM

If I would had a preference it would have full foundations and modular homes not mfg homes with the hitch removed.Also doors facing the street.

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teabag2

Feb-18-13 8:00 PM

If I would had a preference it would have full foundations and modular homes not mfg homes with the hitch removed.Also doors facing the street.

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disgusted

Feb-18-13 7:52 PM

So what you are saying is that if they had rquired basements for those homes, it would have made a difference?

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teabag2

Feb-18-13 7:48 PM

disgusted comparing modular vs mfg homes is not the same. Just because you can take off the hitch. The saying lipstick on a pig comes to mind.I am saying the city should have set some standards.

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disgusted

Feb-18-13 7:24 PM

A single or double wide with a 'hitch' is left in place is different from the prefab/modular home. The flood really messed up Minot. Would I want to be the one to tell someone who has lived in the same home, on the same lot for 50+ years that a modular home could not replace the home that was destroyed? I don't think so.

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teabag2

Feb-18-13 7:13 PM

disgusted,I was speaking to the mfg homes, aka trailers, metal frames with wheels.I think in this case, it is the mfg makers are the ones budding up with the council to get these in zones were they were not allowed before.I don't think there was any standards,no foundations, skirted,they stick out and don't fit in.I don't feel it is a prejudice to try to protect your value.Check with your bank on refinancing of these homes for resale. I to think it will effect the values in the future.And I have been wrong before to. But, I might take a bet on this one.

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disgusted

Feb-18-13 6:16 PM

That is not my question. My question goes to the thinking that prefab home reduce value. I do know there are many different definitions of mobile/modular/prefab homes/mfg homes. There is great consternation about some of the homes brought into the citi limits of Minot. As we all know, contractors 'buddy up to council members to push through certain legislation. I would like to know if these homes do in fact, reduce the value of surrounding homes. Trailer parks are for those homes, however, in Minot, even those have changed. For instance,one must purchase a home already set in place. they were previously set up for Mobile homes. The writer of this letter is discusses alleged loss of value. I wonder what happens in other cities. Or if this is a prejudice that needs to be set aside.

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teabag2

Feb-18-13 5:56 PM

Disgusted,I did some checking and none of the larger cities allow this.Also to answer your ? you don't see contractors building in the mobile home parks.Wonder why Could it be the value of there home.

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disgusted

Feb-18-13 4:38 PM

I have not studied the impact of prefab homes in the entire state, but I have to wonder if some of the prejudice against pre-fab homes is not based on the mere fact that contractors would not have as many homes to build? That is not the case currently here in Minot, but I do wonder if that is NOT what is behind the prejudice developed toward these homes. Maybe some of you in the outskirts can weigh in on the value of that property as well as the surrounding property.

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