Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Another Reporter Confusing Mobile Homes and Modular Homes

Modcoach Note: I read this article a couple of times and still can't believe that it states that manufactured housing is equal to or better than site built homes and all for as little as $30,000.


Factory built homes appeal to millennials, boomers across America

JAN HOLLINGSWORTH | TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2015 
writing an article on “83” website

A funny thing is happening on the way to the nation's housing recovery: Some folks are beginning to take stock of their sprawling McMansions -- with the big lawns, cluttered closets and inflated energy bills -- and saying, "Enough!"

Enough with the maintenance. Enough with the trappings of conspicuous consumption. Enough with the mortgage payments marching into the great beyond.

"Shade and Shelter" manufactured home

They want something smaller, greener, sleeker -- something modern, well-built and inexpensive -- but still very nice. For a growing number of today's homebuyers, that means a factory-built home.

"I think the product makes a lot of sense for people coming through this recovery," says Evan Atkinson, an Ohio retailer, developer and community operator whose family has been in the manufactured housing business since 1947.

Back then, they were called trailers and, later, mobile homes -- cringe-worthy terms the industry has struggled to erase from popular lexicon.

Most of the old pre-fab metal boxes came with wheels and an enduring reputation that supplied plenty of fodder for comedian Jeff Foxworthy's trademark routine: "You might be a redneck if …"

Never mind that a mobile home has not been built in the U.S. since 1976, when the industry adopted standards set forth by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

"Today's HUD-code manufactured homes are as well-built, or even better-built, than a comparable site-built home -- and cost half the price", according to Bill Matchneer, a Senior Attorney at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings law firm in Pittsburgh who once managed HUD's manufactured housing program.

A brand new entry level "shade and shelter" model -- with central air and all the comforts of home -- can be had for as little as $30,000, while larger, multi-section models with vaulted ceilings, fireplaces, walk-in showers and spa tubs run $60,000 or more.

2 comments:

SonnenBrille said...

Insulation not included....

Anonymous said...

Maybe when the industry decides to stop building ON FRAME hybrids the confusion will end for the public and the journalists. At least the article identified the two story home image as Modular.