MANNING, Iowa -- The City of Manning has spent $200,000 to buy 20 lots in a new development, and plans to sell the lots at a discounted price as a way to expand the local housing supply.
The Manning area has a number of jobs to fill at the Manning Regional Healthcare Center, Puck Custom Enterprises, and other businesses. While this may seem promising for job-seekers, prospective employees are having trouble finding a place to live close by.
"When you drive around town you can tell there's a housing shortage," said Dawn Rohe, Manning City Administrator. "The housing study that the Carroll area Development Corporation did last fall shows that we really have a shortage of homes over $100,000."
Realtors in Manning have to work hard to get buyers a home whenever a property comes on the market.
"We do try to find out what they're looking for--bedroom count, bathrooms, what's important to them," said Manning Realtor Katie Wall. "Will they need a two car garage, a one car garage, if listings do you come up in Manning they do tend to go very quickly."
Anyone wanting information on the Manning incentive should contact Rohe at 712-655-2176.
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