About Manufactured Homes

Manufactured housing is one of the most affordable options for Americans to achieve the American dream of home ownership. New manufactured homes cost an average of $85 average price per square foot, compared with $164 per square foot for a single-family site-built home. Although manufactured homes cost 50% less per square foot to build than site-built homes, manufactured homes often include open floor plans and interior finishes that are indistinguishable from site-built interiors.


Financially Smart

The Manufactured Housing Institute’s (MHI) new consumer survey shows satisfaction among manufactured home owners is trending upward. Overall, 81% of manufactured homeowners report a “very positive” or “positive” overall feeling about their home. For residents of land-lease communities, 72% of those in 55+ communities are extremely/very satisfied with their community; for all-age communities, satisfaction is 56%. Eighty-two percent of residents living in a 55+ community are extremely/very likely to recommend living in a manufactured home; and 69% of residents in all-age communities are likely to recommend living in a manufactured home. And, 72% of those surveyed said they were likely or extremely likely to recommend manufactured home living to others.


Today’s Communities

The amenities in today’s land-lease communities drove the residents’ overall community satisfaction rate of 59%. Pools, parks and playgrounds are the most common community amenities. In response to the growing appeal of community living to families with children, some communities offer additional amenities focused on these youngest residents, including play centers and after school programming.

Although the cost of living in a land-lease community has increased since 2018, 53% of residents said the increase was similar to comparable options in their area. More land-lease communities now include utilities such as water/sewage (58%), garbage (46%) and electricity (34%).


Safety and Quality

The Department of Housing & Urban Development has regulated and ensured standards for manufactured housing since 1976. All manufactured homes must meet this code. The performance code involves every aspect of the home including heating and air conditioning, fire safety, plumbing, electrical systems, structural design, construction, energy efficiency and even the transportation from factory to site. Today’s manufactured homes are built to a standard of safety comparable to, and in some cases exceeding, standards for site-built housing.


Environmentally Sound

The construction of a manufactured home, from factory to finish can actually yield up to 90% less waste and environmental impact than site-built housing, owing to the efficiency of factory construction and the high standards of the HUD code. Manufactured homes and manufactured housing communities are far more green and eco friendly than site-built communities. Manufactured home construction uses fewer materials without compromising the home’s safety or structure. Key heating, cooling and utility components of manufactured homes are energy-efficient. Further, because manufactured homes are built in a factory and assembled on site, the environmental impact of transportation of the home is magnitudes less than the impact of the moving raw materials to the site to construct a home.

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