Sears Catalog Homes: Thinking Outside the Box

Real Estate Broker/Owner with IL Real Estate Specialists

Sears Roebuck and Company sold 70,000 mail order kit homes in 370 different designs to families throughout North America and Canada between 1908-1940.

These kits were shipped in railroad cars and were assembled by the homeowner,relatives, friends, and neighbors similar to to a barn raising by farm families. In some cases Sears provided contractor services to assemble the home.

In 1912 Sears began to offer mortgage financing. The least expensive model was $1,000 and the most expensive was $4,400.00. Financing was for 5-15 years at interest rate of 6%-7%.

You can identify a Sears Catalog home by looking in unfinished basements. There lumber and framing were  stamped with letters or numbers.

I often think about make home ownership more affordable. So  here is my ideas. Bring back Sears Catalog Kit home designs and have them assembled by low income families, friends, neighbors, with assistance from local contractors like Habitat for Humanity. 

Now This would be an Ideas that is literally thinking Outside the Box.



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Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
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Jack  a few years back I listed a Sears Catalog home!  It was so tiny - but really cool. It sold for over list as it had a lot of land and a developer bought it and built about 6 or so other homes and enlarged the tiny catalog house. Really neat!

Nov 18, 2016 07:57 AM #1
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

My ex mother-in-law had one of thesse homes.   Very simalar to the pre-fabs of the days.

Nov 18, 2016 10:52 AM #2
Morry Efrach, Realtor®
Samson Properties - Falls Church, VA
"Putting More Money in the Pockets of FSBOs!"

I live in one ;)

Nov 18, 2016 10:06 PM #3
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