Are There Homes Available for $700?

There are projected to be homes available for $700 US Dollars (USD) in India. An Indian manufacturing company has created a 215-square-foot (20-square-meter), flat-pack house in a prefabricated kit that includes the roof, windows and doors, with interiors made from coconut fiber or jute. The kit is estimated to be able to be assembled within a week and to last for 20 years. The $700 USD home will be marketed mainly to private buyers who already own plots of land on which to assemble the houses, as well as state governments to plan mass housing for India's large population.

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I would love to find more information as I have a small piece of property in the mountains west of Taos, New Mexico, and could sure use something to live in that I could afford!


Can anyone guess if that $700 home will comply with Indian Building Code, Fire Code etc?


I wonder if the Red Cross has considered these for emergencies or the homeless?

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