OXFORD — The Housing Capital of New England’s ninth annual spring home show was a major success, according to participants.
“It was awesome,” reported Kristine Jones, a sales representative for Twin Town Homes on Route 26 in Oxford. “We had a lot of traffic. We were very, very happy.”
This was the ninth year manufactured housing businesses in the area combined to host the spring home show under the umbrella of the Housing Capital of New England — a group of competitive manufactured home business that banded together in an attempt to make the industry in Oxford Hills stronger.
Housing Capital of New England spring home show Chairman Scott Stone said the effort has paid off.
“I thought the traffic was much more dramatic from last year,” he said of the show that started Friday and ended Sunday. It featured seven manufactured home businesses along Routes 121 in Mechanic Falls and Oxford and up Route 26 in Oxford and Paris including Coastline Homes, on Route 26 in Paris; Twin Town Homes, Schiavi Home Builders, Turn Key Homes and Alternative Modular Homes, all along Route 26 in Oxford. Also participating were Keiser Homes on Route 121 in Oxford and Design First Homes on Route 121 in Mechanic Falls.
Both Jones and Stone said there was a steady stream of traffic throughout the event and serious buyers looking at a variety of models.
“There were solid, qualified buyers,” Jones said.
Jones said that unlike last year when many people were looking at the lower priced mobile homes, this year people wanted to see both the single and double wide mobile homes plus the more expensive modular homes. “There were quite a lot of deposits,” she reported of the potential sales that have come out of the home show.
Jones said one of the attractions this year at Twin Town were the new line of Penn Lyon modular homes. The brand new ranch model was of particular interest to many people, she said.
“The repeats (customers) are looking for something new. When you turn over products you get a lot of activity,” she said.
Stone said he saw the same thing at Schiavi where a number of deposits were made for potential sales.
“The interesting thing was there wasn’t a lot of people with children. It may mean that first-time home buyers may have run its course. There were a lot of older people,” said Stone of people he believes were hardest hit by the recession and have probably recouped enough to begin looking for new housing again. “There was a lot of interest from empty-nesters.”
“I think all the hard work really paid off,” Jones said. “It’s nice having a good year.”
“It just feels so good to be talking to people who are talking again. It was positive discussions,” Stone said.