MHISC Online CE Course
15 Fabulous Facts about Manufactured Housing
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The 15 Fabulous Facts:
- One out of five SC families live in manufactured homes.
- Manufactured homes in SC have the biggest share of housing market of any state in the US.
- The number of manufactured homes sold in SC has gone up every year for the last nine years.
- 84% of new single-family homes in Sweden are built in a factory.
- Manufactured homes are the reason SC has the highest rate of homeownership at 75.9%.
- Manufactured homes use the same quality materials as other homes and average 50% the cost.
- Factory production has many benefits: no weather limits, bulk materials, less waste.
- Manufactured homes appreciate under the same conditions as other homes: location and maintenance.
- Manufactured homes are greener: higher energy efficiency, less material waste, low site impact.
- Federally-authorized inspectors work on the factory site to ensure homes are built to code.
- All license holders are bonded, familiar with SC’s consumer protection laws, and tested.
- Only homes built before 1976 are mobile homes, homes built after are manufactured homes.
- ln 1976, the national HUD code set new standards, mobile homes were built to inconsistent local codes.
- A study by the NFPA shows manufactured homes have the same fire safety rating as site-built homes.
- Manufactured homes are now built to special wind-resistant standards for SC’s hurricane prone areas.
South Carolina Consumer Protections
There are three levels of protections to the homebuyer at different government levels:
- Federal: Federal inspectors work in the manufactured home factories to supervise the homebuilding process and ensure production is up to the code set by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
- State: The South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation accepts and investigates complaints by consumers. They can order repairs to be done to the homes if they find an issue.
- Local: During the installation process, local county inspectors ensure that the home is installed properly to the federal guidelines and that the home is in compliance with any local codes.
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