Growing Numbers of Manufactured and Modular Home Owners

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, HUD Code manufactured homes represented 23.8% of all new single-family starter homes in 1997. Sales of multi-section homes continue to rise while single section, (singlewide), sales have dropped.

Homeowner Trends. A major factor in the growing desire for manufactured housing is their affordability. At an average cost of around $50,000 it is much more affordable than a site-built home which averages $132,150. Today's manufactured home offers the homebuyer quality, value, a large selection of floorplans and designs and much more - at an affordable price. Also, manufactured homes are the only type of home consistently required to meet the strict HUD Code. This includes requirements for energy efficiency which are designed to assure the lowest possible energy costs balanced with the best value in a manufactured home purchase.

Manufactured housing also provides the most up-to-date, technologically advanced features that many homebuyers are looking for, including spacious, open floorplans, vaulted or cathedral ceilings, walk-in closets, woodburning fireplaces, brand-name appliances and many other options that will allow customization that will help the homebuyer realized their dream. Exterior designs are also available that work well with almost any neighborhood.

Through various programs, the industry contiues to work towards removing out-dated and obsolete zoning barriers and educating officials and consumers on how today's manufactured home can meet their needs.

There are approximately 19 million peole who live full-time in over 8 million manufactured homes across the nation.

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