Looking to sell
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Mobile Homes: Refuge In Hard Times

Looking to sell
Jason Abramson tries to attract potential buyers to his mobile home community. The Abramsons would like to sell their manufactured home and move into a conventional home. In today’s housing market slump, the affordability of mobile homes has heightened their appeal, industry observers say. (Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times)
Showing interest
Teresa Micka, right, of Bella Mobile Homes Sales in Palmdale shows potential buyers Leroy McKelvey and Annette Kramer a mobile home for sale in a Lancaster community. McKelvey, who pays $1,100 to rent an 800-square-foot apartment in Lancaster, could expect monthly mortgage payments below $1,000 on a three-bedroom manufactured home, Micka said. (Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times)
Shaking a bad reputation
The Boulders at the Ranch is one of Palmdale’s 10 mobile home communities. The park is a far cry from the “trailer trash” image some might picture. View homes valued from $70,000 to $130,000 offer three to four bedrooms and spacious living areas. Other communities offer properties with features such as vaulted ceilings, fireplaces and walk-in closets. (Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times)
No vacancies
The Boulders is at capacity, with 10 people on a waiting list for vacancies. All of the 1,941 spaces in Palmdale’s 10 parks are leased, said Terri-Lei Wheeler, the city’s housing coordinator. Wheeler said she now gets two to five inquiries a week from people interested in moving into one of the three Boulders communities. Before the recent subprime mortgage crisis, she received between one and three. (Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times)
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