Nightly News | February 18, 2012
>>> we're back now with a growing movement that's giving a whole new meaning to the term, home delivery . building a new home isn't an option, but thanks to an increasing trend they're able to buy the home they had always hoped for in the neighborhood they want at a fraction of the price. and we get the story now from nbc's tom tron.
>> reporter: it's a new kind of mobile home . a three bedroom ranch once headed for demolition.
>> instead of tearing the houses down, we pick them up and relocate them and turn them into houses again.
>> reporter: with the help of jacks, dollies and trucks, the house is on the move, getting a second chance with a new family. is this your dream home?
>> it's a home. yeah. it's close.
>> reporter: james and michelle wanted a new home. but building one was too pricey. so they visited the used home lot near portland, oregon.
>> no different than a used car lot, i guess. but a little bit bigger.
>> reporter: they bought the house for $40,000. almost half the cost of building a new one.
>> the one you got is perfect, andy.
>> reporter: delivery included.
>> you would see it would get close to the cars that were pulled off to the side.
>> reporter: this takes a lot of hard work and a lot of coordination. the house weighs 70,000 pounds and 64 feet long and 30 feet wide. right now we're rolling at 15 miles an hour. everything looks to be on schedule. it will take the crew about three hours to move the house 30 miles. roughly 50,000 homes are moved this way every year. since the economy slowed down, the sales are up 25%. other shop and ship companies are seeing similar spikes.
>> a lot is people are saving money, getting a new home at a decent price they can afford.
>> reporter: mark and sue headley snatched up this one to rent it out.
>> if it goes well we'll do a few more.
>> reporter: back at the empty lot , the caravan pulls in, and the house safe and sound.
>> it's like recycling at its best, i think. we're taking a home that somebody else used to have and fixing it back up again.
>> reporter: the american dream , delivered.