Sales of factory-built housing are increasing in Manitoba, Canada as first-time buyers and those reaching retirement seek affordable housing. The Modular Housing Association reports annual sales of modulars nearly doubled from 260 units in 2007 to 492 homes in 2012 for the entire province. Sales of manufactured housing through the southern Manitoba area Multiple Listing Service (MLS) reveal they are up four percent, including a jump of 93 percent in May alone. Two Winnipeg real estate developers who build modular communities say the city turns down offers to build modular communities even though there is a growing need for affordable housing. According to what winnipegfreepress tells MHProNews, a city spokesperson says the developers wanted to build a modular community in an industrial area.
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