MANUFACTURED HOUSING FACTS INDUSTRY OVERVIEW
Updated March 2018
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, industry analysis and proprietary sources (ManufacturedHousing.org)
Manufactured Housing Facts Source: 2012 Mobile Home Market Facts, by Foremost Insurance Company
•The manufactured housing industry produced about 93,000 new homes in 2017,
approximately 9% of new, single-family home starts.
• The average sales price of a new manufactured home without land is $70,600.
• 66% of the homes are located on private property and 34% are in manufactured home communities.
• All aspects of construction are continually inspected by professionally trained third-party inspectors.
• Manufactured homes are constructed to adhere to the federal HUD Code since 1976.
The HUD Code, regulates home design and construction, strength and durability, fire resistance and energy efficiency. HUD revised the building code in the early 1990’s to enhance energy efficiency and ventilation standards and to improve the wind resistance of manufactured homes in areas prone to hurricane force winds.
• Floor plans are available that range from basic to elaborate -- vaulted or tray ceilings, fully equipped kitchens, walk-in closets and luxurious bathrooms.
• A variety of exterior siding is available -- metallic, vinyl, wood or hardboard and stucco.
• Homes have pitched roofs with shingles and gabled ends.
• Upgrades include awnings, patio covers, decks, site-built garages and permanent foundations.
• The building materials in today’s manufactured homes are the same as those in site-built homes.
• The homes are engineered for wind safety and energy efficiency.
• 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.
• Manufactured homes can be financed as personal property. Even when the home and land are financed together, the home is often secured as personal property and the land as real property. Traditional manufactured home personal property lenders offer land-and-home financing.
• Homebuyers may also finance their home and land together as real property using conventional mortgage financing obtained through a traditional mortgage lender.
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Industry Overview -
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 most any buyer’s dreams 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 generated by factory-built innovation. At the same time, greater flexibility in the construction process allows for 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, provide another source of savings for homeowners, especially in this era of rising energy costs. Smart buyers also are turning to Energy Star-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.
Cost & Size Comparisons of New Manufactured & New Single-Family Site-Built Homes
New Manufactured Homes (Includes typical installation cost, excludes land cost) See Box below.
Source: Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) Manufactured Home Shipments by State 2017 and Product Mix Single-Section Homes, Multi-Section Homes and State Totals Source: Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) (manufacturedhousing.org)