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Old 05-11-2011, 01:53 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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I can't help but wonder, if New Zealand can sell, small, inexpensive stick-built houses "off the lot" why can't America? This a great, affordable house. Check out the others on the same site.

(By the way, 48,000 New Zealand dollars is $37,830 USD at today's exchange rate)

Real estate for sale - COUPLES COTTAGE FOR REMOVAL UNDER 65SQM - Trade Me Property


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Old 05-11-2011, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Cute cottage! I couldn't afford the electric bills for it in in Las Vegas. Probably would work if you lived someplace that didn't require AC and not much heat in the winter.
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Old 05-11-2011, 02:38 PM
 
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Looks like any number of modular homes available in the USA.
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Old 05-11-2011, 04:16 PM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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I can't help but wonder, if New Zealand can sell, small, inexpensive stick-built houses "off the lot" why can't America? This a great, affordable house. Check out the others on the same site.

(By the way, 48,000 New Zealand dollars is $37,830 USD at today's exchange rate)

Real estate for sale - COUPLES COTTAGE FOR REMOVAL UNDER 65SQM - Trade Me Property


20yrsinBranson
Looks like a trailer/mobile home...and that price doesn't include the land, just the home. Companies like Tumbleweed Homes have been offering similarly-priced stick-built homes for a while:

Tumbleweed Tiny House Company
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Old 05-12-2011, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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I can't help but wonder, if New Zealand can sell, small, inexpensive stick-built houses "off the lot" why can't America? This a great, affordable house. Check out the others on the same site.

(By the way, 48,000 New Zealand dollars is $37,830 USD at today's exchange rate)

Real estate for sale - COUPLES COTTAGE FOR REMOVAL UNDER 65SQM - Trade Me Property


20yrsinBranson
That is an absolute dump. Go to realtor.com and punch in Columbia, Mo (a university town) and put the max at $60K. You will find some really nice homes.
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Old 05-13-2011, 06:04 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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Don't get me wrong, I adore small, well-designed homes...but that NZ one pictured isn't one of them. I find it ugly, dark and cheap-looking. If a house is small, it needs light and air--large windows and open spaces. Sorry that house just doesn't do it for me--it's small, but that's all.
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Old 05-13-2011, 06:05 AM
 
Location: Staten Island, New York
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Looks like a trailer/mobile home...and that price doesn't include the land, just the home. Companies like Tumbleweed Homes have been offering similarly-priced stick-built homes for a while:

Tumbleweed Tiny House Company

I want the Enesti!!!!
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Old 05-13-2011, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Illinois
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Yikes....get a mobile home for less money. That place is awful.
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Old 05-14-2011, 12:36 AM
 
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Seems pretty expensive for what you are getting. Plus NZ is like the USA high taxes and high cost of living.

In india tata group (yes, the multi-billion dollar conglomerate based in India) is building nano flats. Basically very cheap apartments. The basic units start at 3.9 lakh rupee (around 8.5k USD). You get 300-500 sq/ft for that price. Plus the home is BRAND NEW. http://tatahousing.in/


YouTube - NewsX Video: Tata's 'Nano' housing project
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Old 05-14-2011, 12:44 AM
 
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New Zealand used to be a more reasonable country in terms of costs, but no more.

That home is just a dumpy mobile home, nothing different than the USA and most likely not as great build quality.

The NZ dollar is worth about 80 US cents now and 10 years ago it was around 40 US cents. That's a doubling in value which for Americans bringing our dollars over, it's brutal.

Even that aside, it's just not a cheap to live in country and it's one of the most isolated in the world. Right now the real estate market is totally insane. I don't have a kiwi friend that is too pleased at the moment and some are over here in the USA on work visas now.
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