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Why Canadians Are Moving Their Houses to the United States

(Photo: San Juan Community Home Trust)

The community of Oak Bay, British Columbia is booming. Developers are tearing down old houses to make room for newer, more luxurious homes for deep-pocketed residents.

A few miles away lies San Juan Island, which is in the United States. People there need houses, too. So they're buying older homes from across the border, then floating them on barges over to the United States. Knowledge Network reports:

In the past 10 months, seven homes have been brought by barge to the island by a group focused on affordable housing. Their hope is to bring five more homes, once the necessary funds are raised.

“We’re very appreciative,” said Nancy DeVaux of the San Juan Community Home Trust. “We really like the fact that they have a lot of character and that we’re keeping the homes out of the landfill.”

-via Nag on the Lake


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