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The need for quality, affordable housing has never been greater. Today’s manufactured homes can deliver outstanding quality and performance at prices that are up to 50 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 is due to the efficiencies of the factory-building process. Manufactured homes are constructed with standard building materials, and are built almost entirely off-site in a factory. The controlled construction environment and assembly line techniques remove many of the problems encountered during traditional home construction, such as 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 can negotiate substantial savings on many components used in building a home, with these savings passed on directly to the homebuyer.

Today’s manufactured homes have experienced an evolution in the types and quality of homes available to buyers. Technological advances allow manufactured home builders to offer a variety of architectural styles and exterior finishes that will suit buyer’s dreams while allowing the home to blend in seamlessly into the neighborhood. Two-story and single-family attached homes are but two of the new styles generated by factory-built innovation.

At the same time, greater flexibility in the construction process allows for the customization of each home to meet a buyer’s lifestyle and needs. Interior features include vaulted ceilings, working fireplaces, state-of-the-art kitchens and baths, and porches, giving the homebuyer all the features found in traditional, site-built homes. Enhanced energy efficiency in manufactured homes, achieved with upgraded levels of insulation and more efficient heating and cooling systems, provides another source of savings for homeowners, especially in this era of rising energy costs. Buyers also are turning to EnergyStar-labeled manufactured homes for substantial savings in many aspects of owning and operating home.

Technological advances, evolutionary designs, and a focus on delivering quality homes that families can afford are the driving forces within the manufactured housing industry. That’s why more people are turning to manufactured housing to deliver homes that fit their needs and wants, at prices they can afford.

This resource includes a general profile of manufactured housing in the United States; homebuilding facilities by state; manufactured housing facts about production, amenities, safety and financing; cost and size comparisons between new manufactured homes and new single-family site-built homes; and manufactured home production by product mix by state.

 

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