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Manufactured home scam
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deadcarp    Posted 12-18-2003 at 21:04:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
A local couple paid their life savings $35,000 for a manufactured home. months later, the company sent them a notice that they either had to move in 4 days or pay for the house. seems the harold olson who sold them the place didn't turn the money in, and he's apparently pulled that on at least 10 other couples. and now he's selling them in hinckley. here's the problem - our state doesn't require manufactured home salesmen to be licensed like realtors, so they're free to play the kinda games you see at shady car dealers. but there's no law against chatting about shysters on the net :)

Jimmy    Posted 12-20-2003 at 07:37:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am getting tired of the laws protecting the crooks & abusing the honest folks. How did things get so screwed up?

screaminghollow    Posted 12-20-2003 at 01:41:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Here in PA the gov't hasn't yet seen fit to license home builders or home improvement contractors. As a result, any idiot with a $2 hammer can be a "contractor" the courts are full of cases against the fly by nights and the folks rarely get any money back. Worse, the state consumer affairs office almost never does a thing. The local district attorney won't do anything unless there is a documented pattern. The police won't bring charges if any portion of the contract was performed. I had a case where the couple paid a "contractor" $5,900 as a down payment for an addition. The guy left a couple of used 2x4's and a box of nails, and of course they never saw him again. Cops said he had started to perform, they couldn't do a thing. If I could prove he did this to anyone else, the DA might consider bringing charges. These guys know they won't be prosecuted and the gov't officials don't care.

james edward tyner    Posted 12-20-2003 at 09:29:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Just because a state license home builders does not mean that will change anything. A crooked home builder lives outside the law. and don,t care what the state does or don,t do. Texas has a very strong manufactured home law, You got to have a state license just to think about a manufactured home. Yet there are more scams in Texas than PA ever though of. What needs to be done starts with the Buyer.or owner in need of service. Do your home work, Its a lot easier now with the PC. Check out "" for everday standred forms. or check out There are a lot of ways to check out contractor's
and when you do a good job of checking them out, You will not need a Gov't official, has some good links for this purpose. Never look for some else to do you homework

Taylor Lambert    Posted 12-19-2003 at 16:06:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
We had a fella that had done that here about 10 years ago. he had to pay back the 2 most recnt families but the court couldnt document the other cases. Afew months later he was found in a ditch with a few extra holes in him. I dont see how a person could sleep at night with after taking a persons money.

bulldinkie    Posted 12-19-2003 at 14:30:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
This happened in our area the woman was taken to court ordered to pay back.It made front page news.

Jimmy    Posted 12-19-2003 at 11:20:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
I do not understand. The contract is between the dealer & manufacture. I would stay put & seek an attorney plus any other agency that assists families.

tar and feather?    Posted 12-19-2003 at 06:18:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Stealing is stealing. Looks to me that a sharp person could get all these folks together and work out a way to go after the basturd. Fooling with someones life savings is near to headstone behavior. He would be haunted and hunted like the dog he is by the folks I know. Glad the retrobate isn't here in our neighborhood. Life savings take a long time to get at down here. Mike D.

deadcarp    Posted 12-19-2003 at 06:34:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
oh i'm sure once the word is out, harold olson will have a tough time selling anything more in minnesota - these people work so hard getting thru til spring, they don't waste much time on slick people taking shortcuts :)

Salmoneye    Posted 12-19-2003 at 04:47:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am ignernt here...

What exactly is a 'manufactured home'?
It looks like from the link you posted that we are talking about 'trailers' here as there is mention of wheels, skirting and such...

TB    Posted 12-19-2003 at 06:09:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Homes that are built in sections in a factory and shipped overroad to be assembled on site.

OK...    Posted 12-19-2003 at 06:37:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
That is what we call here a 'prefab'...



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