Prefab Sprouts

A Los Angeles realty firm adds a division that specializes in the promising housing form

At the moment prefab housing is treated more as art than as real estate. Widely discussed, it has earned plenty of acolytes excited about the innovative design and promise of low-cost housing, but so far very few units have actually been built or bought. In fact, most potential clients aren't really sure how to build or buy. Do you need permits? Can you just assemble a prefab house yourself like a dresser from Ikea? And where do you actually put one?

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