These days housing doesn’t come cheap and the way banks vet every detail about your finances is soul-sucking to put in mildly. But back in the early 1900s, LONG before Sears filed for Bankruptcy, they were practically giving houses away. In fact, back in “the gold old days” Sears was the biggest retailer in the US and they were revolutionizing home-ownership and kick-starting the American dream for thousands by offering affordable ‘kit homes’.
These houses arrived by railroad in pieces that homeowners were expected to build themselves. There were 400 types of home designs to choose from, in a range of budgets, and over 75,000 of these mail-order built homes were bought and built all over the USA between 1908 and 1940.