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Quick Facts

 

Manufactured Housing Overview

 

In the face of today's challenging economy, the need for quality, affordable housing has never been greater. Today's manufactured homes can deliver outstanding quality and performance at prices ranging from 30 to 40 percent less per square foot than conventional site-built homes. These savings allow more and more Americans to own their own home, even in the face of an ever-widening housing affordability gap.

 

The affordability of manufactured housing can be attributed directly to the efficiencies emanating from the factory-building process. The controlled construction environment and assembly line techniques remove many of the problems encountered during traditional home construction, such as poor weather, theft, vandalism, damage to building products and materials, and unskilled labor. Factory employees are trained and managed more effectively and efficiently than the system of contracted labor employed by the site-built home construction industry.

 

Much like other assembly line operations, manufactured homes benefit from the economies of scale resulting from purchasing large quantities of materials, products and appliances. Manufactured home builders are able to negotiate substantial savings on many components used in building a home, with these savings passed on directly to the home buyer.

 

Today’s manufactured homes have experienced a  major evolution in the types and quality of homes  being offered to buyers. Technological advances are allowing manufactured home builders to offer a much wider variety of architectural styles and exterior finishes that will suit most any buyer’s dreams, all the while allowing the home to blend in seamlessly into most any neighborhood. Two-story and single-family attached homes are but two of the new styles being generated by factory-built innovation. As a result, today’s manufactured homes are offering real housing options for the neglected suburban and urban buyers.

 

 

 

The Advantages of Manufactured Housing

 

Cost-Effective

 

  • Depending on the region of the country, construction cost per square foot for a new manufactured home averages from 30 to 40 percent less than a comparable site-built home.

  • Independent appraisal studies confirm that manufactured homes can appreciate in value the same as other forms of housing.

 

Built For Quality

 

  • All aspects of the construction process are controlled.

  • The weather does not interfere with construction and cause delays.

  • All technicians, craftsmen and assemblers work as a team and are professionally supervised.

  • Inventory is better controlled and materials are protected from theft and weather-related damage.

  • All construction materials, as well as interior finishes and appliances, are purchased in volume for additional savings.

  • Cost of interim construction financing is significantly reduced or eliminated.

  • All aspects of construction are continually inspected by a professionally trained third-party inspector.

 

Amenities

 

  • Floor plans are available that range from basic to elaborate. These include vaulted or tray ceilings, fully-equipped kitchens, walk-in closets, and bathrooms with recessed tubs and whirlpools.

  • A variety of exterior siding is available, including metallic, vinyl, wood, or hardboard. In some cases, home buyers can also opt for stucco exteriors.

  • Homes have pitched roofs with shingles and gabled ends.

  • Design features such as bay windows are available.

  • Awnings, patio covers, decks, site-built garages and permanent foundations are available as upgrades.

  • The home can be customized to meet the needs of the consumer.

 

Safety

 

  • The building materials in today’s manufactured home are the same as those used in site-built homes.

  • The homes are engineered for wind safety and energy efficiency based on the geographic region where they are sold.

  • Manufactured homes are among the safest housing choices available today due to federal laws requiring smoke detectors, escape windows, and limited combustible materials around furnaces, water heaters and kitchen ranges.

  • Properly installed homes can withstand 120-130 mph 3-second gust winds in areas prone to hurricanes.

Who Lives in Manufactured Housing?

 

Under 30 Years Old 23%

 

 

30 - 39 Years Old 18%

 

 

40 - 49 Years Old 18%

 

 

50 - 59 Years Old 22%

 

 

60 - 69 Years Old 13%

 

 

70 - 79 Years Old 5%

 

 

80 - 85 Years Old 1%

 

 

85 Years and Older 0%

 

 

Source: Foremost Insurance Company – 2012 Mobile Home Market Facts