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Mobile Homes: The Last Bastion of Affordable Living on the Central Coast

Featured in Santa Barbara News-Press House & Home.

Why do you call mobile homes “the last bastion of affordable living on the Central Coast”?

As housing prices have increased and homes in Santa Barbara and Goleta, in particular, have become more and more expensive, it becomes harder and harder for people—especially first-time buyers—to break into the market. This problem is exasperated by the city and county limiting the amount of affordable housing required in developments, particularly the amount of income-restricted condos. It is difficult for young families or people working in the service industry, for example, to afford a $700,000 track home, but they can afford a $200,000 mobile home. Many people use mobile homes as a way to break into the market, build equity and transition into traditional housing.

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