The Redneck Housing Real Estate Shortage
The Redneck Housing Real Estate Shortage
It has been a long time since I have had to report that there is a real and definite inventory shortage of real estate for sale in the Lakes Region. There is currently just under a three month supply of single family homes in Belknap County and just less than a four month supply in Carroll County. The mobile home inventory is a measly two and a half month supply! This inventory level is way too low to accommodate the needs of the local residents looking to move let alone all the folks looking to relocate in the Lakes Region to enjoy our amazing lifestyle, peace, and serenity. We definitely need more inventory to meet the demand.
Even worse, the inventory of what I would consider “Redneck Housing” is now so low that I would have to term it a “critical” situation. Now, before you get all knotted up about the perhaps un-politically correct term “Redneck housing,” I consider myself a “Redneck” of sorts, so I feel that it is fair that I use this term freely. I have written numerous articles on the Redneck way of life and have tried to promote Redneck Housing whenever possible.
You may have a vision in your own mind of what Redneck home might look like and it may not be a pretty sight. Most people envision a dirty, run-down place in need of many repairs with a car or two up on blocks in the front yard, a couple of snow machines or four-wheelers in the yard and a wood pile covered with blue tarps. They might think of an old mobile home with an old six foot satellite dish, clothesline, a tin garden shed with the door off, and a duck tape and plastic widow repair.
If you want to know what Redneck Housing is you first have to know what a Redneck is. One dictionary definition of a Redneck is “A white person who lives in a small town or in the country especially in the southern U.S., who typically has a working-class job, and who is seen by others as being uneducated and having opinions and attitudes that are offensive.”
Well, we definitely are not “down South” but I think that many people who come to the Lakes Region probably think a lot of people here are Rednecks. You see, it is all relative. One web article I read ranks which states are the most Redneck based on the number of high school dropouts, number of Wal-Marts per capita, and number of mobile homes. It has Massachusetts ranked as the 49th least Redneck state. NH tied for 26th position! So it is easy to see why people from Massachusetts would think we are all Rednecks. We are twice as Redneck as they are! Now, I don’t know about people from NH being uneducated ‘cause we ain’t, we are pretty smart ‘round here. But, we mostly have working class jobs and we do have that “Live Free or Die” kind of opinion about things. So what? By the way, the top five Redneck states have been reported to be New Mexico, Louisiana, Alabama, Wyoming, and South Carolina.
What do I consider Redneck Housing around here? I think it can be anything that puts the great Lakes Region lifestyle and the great outdoors first. It is just a simpler way of life. It can be a tidy mobile home on its own lot with a two car garage for the sleds, a comfy cabin in the woods off the grid, a ranch home on large lot with a small pond and access to four wheeler trails, or a log cabin on a river or small lake. Even a fancy mansions on the water if you have the right garage and amenities. A good fire pit helps! But, you gotta have a garage, barn, or big shed. The outside Man-cave. You don’t need to be big and expensive.
Some famous people are opting for downsizing from big mansions to this lifestyle. Take the famous singer Kid Rock. He’s got a double wide trailer near Nashville and one in Alabama that are both wrapped in Mossy Oak camouflage. Of course they both are on big acreage with ponds and plenty of privacy. In a recent interview with Dan Rather, Kid Rock said “I’m just figuring out what really makes me happy and I’d rather have land and things of this nature and maybe some cool cars and my plane, of course, and stuff like that… and really not have any worries. You don’t have to worry if things are gonna go south. If that trailer burns down or blows off the mountain… order another one, it’ll be here in two weeks.”
Data compiled using the NEREN MLS system.