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Archive for Saturday, June 3, 2006

Teamwork gets house up in a flash

June 3, 2006

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Warren Howe, of Topeka rips a piece of siding down, at Friday's Blitz Build at 915 Homewood. Work started around 6:00 a.m. and by noon workers had the house standing and looking pretty good.

Warren Howe, of Topeka rips a piece of siding down, at Friday's Blitz Build at 915 Homewood. Work started around 6:00 a.m. and by noon workers had the house standing and looking pretty good.

Warren Howe finishes a piece of siding at the "blitz build" at 915 Homewood St. Work started around 6 a.m. Friday, and by noon workers had the house standing. Most of the house will be completed in three days.

Nearly half of the Lawrence Home Builders Assn.'s 260 members are donating time, materials and money to provide the home through Lawrence Habitat for Humanity.

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Blitz Build time-lapse video. Enlarge video

Comments

KSChick1 7 years, 10 months ago

You do not have to live in a Habitat house 10 yrs to be considered a full owner. The minute you sign the mortgage paperwork you are the full owner. You also do not have to get permission to do remodelingunless it is something major like adding a room. There is a mortgage, and it is interest free because you pay for the building materials and skilled labor that goes into the house and nothing else. The volunteer labor is a second mortgage that is forgiven each month you live there. A house pmt consists of 1. a principal pmt, 2. 1/12 of your yrly taxes, 3. 1/12 of your yrly interest, and 4. a contingency fund pmt for future emergencies. It is a good deal all around.

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KansasPerson 7 years, 10 months ago

I love, LOVE the time-lapse thingie. I hope they do it again for Day 2. I want to see all the landscaping get done really really fast like that.

My favorite parts were when the roof pieces (those triangular things) got put on (near the beginning of the process) and then later when the pieces of drywall got unloaded and taken into the house, zip zip zip! Cool!

I forwarded this to the folks at home.

Mommaeffort, you might want to check out Tenants to Homeowners. See http://tenants-to-homeowners.org/land_trust.htm for how the Land Trust works.

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Christine Pennewell Davis 7 years, 10 months ago

not free just intrest free on morg. but that is still a great deal and keeps your monthly payment low enough to afford. But you can not up and sell in a couple years or you do not get the money it goes back to group you must live there for at least 10yrs to be considerd full owner. Also need to get permmision for any kind of remodleing you want to do and stuff like that. But it is nice to give people the chance to own and not be stuck renting forever.

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girly 7 years, 10 months ago

Can't give everyone a free/low cost house. I think people are lucky to get section 8. A lot of people pay almost nothing for their residence and the income limits are quite high. I just heard that a single person can earn up to $30 something thousand a year and qualify. That seems kind of high to me.

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hockmano 7 years, 10 months ago

It is a great program but a majority of people who need housing do not get this chance. Only a select few. The rest get stuck in public housing and section 8.

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Christine Pennewell Davis 7 years, 10 months ago

well I think it is cool someone will be getting these homes and so many people can get together to help out. With that said then why does it take so long to finish any thing else in this city?

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geekin_topekan 7 years, 10 months ago

Cool. Looks like one if those Mexican crews you'll find around Phoenix.They'd have a whole tract up and landscaped in a week.

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