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Shipping container homes are growing in popularity in both urban and rural areas as a way to offer a fast, green and sustainable approach to building.
REALTOR® University recently suggested that REALTORS® should become familiar with the features, amenities and issues as these homes become more mainstream.
Mary Martinez-Garcia, 2014 graduate of the REALTOR® University Master of Real Estate Program, and current manager of library collection development, information central, NAR, was asked by the Center for REALTOR® Technology (CRT) to research shipping container homes.
Here are highlights:
• Used for both environmentally-friendly home and luxury home, containers start at $2,000.
• An estimated 300 million freight containers sit empty at sea ports all over the world at any given time
• Shipping container has more recently been used in multiunit and special use applications to meet the housing needs of students and low-income residents.
• Those active in the shipping container as a home industry foresee more synergy in the future between container-based engineering and modular/prefab housing.