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Everything you need to know about FHA loans
If your credit score is 580 or higher, you can finance as much as 96.5% of the home’s purchase price, so you’ll only need to put down 3.5%. How much you can borrow will depend on where you live — for instance, homebuyers in places like New York and San Francisco can borrow more because the cost of living is higher than in other areas.
One way to find approved FHA loan lenders is to go directly to the HUD lender list search tool. You can search for lenders by city, county, state, ZIP code and mortgage type. [Link]
What You Should Know About Titling a Manufactured Home
FreddieMac – If you are buying a manufactured home to install on land that you already own, or are planning to purchase, it can be titled as real property once the home is affixed to the land. If you are renting a site in a manufactured home community or leasing on private land, you will likely need to title the home as personal property.
How manufactured housing can save America
This isn’t a trailer in a trailer park. Instead, it’s a quality built home that is almost identical to traditional “site-built” housing, except it is built in a factory and transported to the lot where it will be placed on a foundation.
The average cost in July of last year of a new manufactured home in Georgia was $82,000 for a single-wide and only $158,700 for a brand new double-wide three-bedroom two-bath home. That is from a recent report of the Census Bureau’s Manufactured Housing Survey (MHS).
Washington Post: The US Can Solve Its Housing Crisis. It Just Needs to Start Building
For all its complexities, America’s nationwide housing crisis boils down to a problem of supply and demand: The country needs a lot more homes than it has, yet even ambitious reforms won’t provide developers with enough incentive to bridge the gap. Addressing this dilemma could well be the defining public-policy challenge of the next few decades. One promising option is manufactured housing, which can be produced much more quickly and at much lower cost than traditional homes constructed stick by stick onsite.
Housing affordability is worst on record, data shows
Housing affordability nationwide is the worst it has ever been on record due to spiking home prices and interest rates, Bloomberg reports.
Time Magazine: Your Next House Could Be Made on an Assembly Line
The bustling Middleburg factory shows just how efficient construction can be. Walk from one end of the cavernous factory to the other and you’ll see how a 64-foot by 13-foot floor—roughly the size of an oversized truck load—becomes a piece of a house, as workers add walls, windows, electrical wires, insulation, and siding as the module moves from one station to another on a rail track. At peak times, this happens quickly
Zoning Changes in Anchorage Alaska Helps Affordable Housing
The common-sense zoning reform found sponsors across the political spectrum, championed by progressive Daniel Volland and co-sponsored by conservative real estate broker Kevin Cross and by Forrest Dunbar, who just won election to the Alaska state Senate as a Democrat. The two other members of the conservative voting bloc on the Assembly followed suit, voting “aye” alongside the liberal majority.
The Biden Administration Wants to Boost Manufactured Housing Production. Younger Adults See Good Investment Potential
As part of its Housing Supply Action Plan, the Biden administration earlier this year announced programs aimed at making the financing and development of manufactured homes easier. A recent Morning Consult survey finds that about half of Americans see alternative housing such as mobile homes as a good investment, with younger generations more likely to be interested in these types of homes.
New manufactured housing rules: Another step toward abundant housing
Manufactured homes come in many forms. Entry-level models are broadly affordable for low and moderate-income Americans. Larger and higher-end models can meet the aesthetic and functional expectations in many communities across the country.
More people are buying mobile homes in Maine
Inflation, rising borrowing costs and inventory shortages are pushing down sales of single-family homes, condominiums and land, but a more affordable part of the real estate market is still growing: mobile homes.
Gen-Z Looks to Off-Site Built Housing for Beautiful, Energy-Efficient Homeownership, Shattering Outdated Misperceptions
The price of a home ranks as the top concern for Gen-Z home buyers. While the median home price for site-built homes across the United States in July 2022 was $402,500, the average sales price of a new off-site built home without land, which varies by region, is around $130,000. Overall, Gen-Zers see the many possibilities for off-site built homes with customizable options at attainable price-points. Modern, stylish and energy-efficient home design options also contributed to the positive overall impression.
Manufactured or mobile homes now part of Asheville’s affordable housing conversation
The goal is to maintain diversity in the housing supply. “It’s a small text change, but it would have big implications for a few areas,” Hurley said. “It could be a veteran, it could be another family that’s just trying to find, with rents escalating, just one more option.”
Debunking Stereotypes About MH Could Make Them a New Face of Affordable Housing
Over 20 million Americans live in manufactured housing – more than in public housing and federally subsidized rental housing combined. Yet many people, including urban planners and affordable housing researchers, see manufactured housing parks as problems. In contrast, we see them as part of the solution to housing crises.
What Is a Modular Home—and Is It Worth Buying One?
If you’re looking to buy a house, some of the most affordable price tags in your area may be attached to modular homes. Modular homes aren’t mobile homes—they don’t move.
As affordable housing crisis endures, manufactured homes could be part of the solution
In rural Florida, a new development could offer one solution to the nation’s affordable housing crisis: a built-to-rent community populated with manufactured homes.
Four ways to address the housing shortage
Manufactured housing — units constructed off site before being moved to a property — is another way to increase the housing supply quickly. But shifting away from nontraditional buildings would require an effort to convince surrounding communities of their value.
Manufactured housing’s trek toward acceptance
In policymakers’ hunt for a scalable, quick solution to the affordability crisis, one model has attracted more attention of late: manufactured housing. Manufactured housing received a prominent shoutout in the Biden administration’s affordable housing plan, which touted the potential role Freddie Mac could play in that market.
Biden’s New Housing Plan: Fire Up the House Factories
The Biden administration wants to put America’s house factories back to work. A new housing plan by the White House offers a set of actions designed to close the nation’s massive affordability gap. Among its proposals are steps that would lower costs for manufactured homes by expanding financing options.
The bogus nature of RV park models
A park model, as RVers who camp at commercial campgrounds probably know, is basically a cabin built on a single trailer chassis. Federal rules restrict them to less than 400 square feet, but they can be as much as 14 feet wide, which neutral observers might conclude stretches the definition of “vehicle.”
This Residential Sector Is Poised To Be Rid Of An Ugly Stereotype
NATIONAL – After a decades-long slump in demand, and even longer as an unloved segment of the residential industry, manufactured housing is experiencing a surge in demand — and seeing a slow but steady change in how it is perceived.
As affordability squeeze tightens, manufactured homes could offer some relief
NATIONAL – Amid a historic housing boom, one that’s pushing homeownership out of reach of many Americans, manufactured housing presents a partial solution to the affordability squeeze. Makers of manufactured homes have raised their game in recent years, and mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have responded by backing mortgages on higher-end prefab homes.
Manufactured houses deliver the American dream amid tough housing market
NATIONAL – As an overheated housing market – marked by double-digit price increases, bidding wars and inventory shortages – puts the dream of homeownership out of reach of many ordinary Americans, manufactured homes are growing in popularity because their cost is roughly half that of homes built on a permanent site.
7 ways to finance a manufactured or modular home
NATIONAL – You have several options for loans depending on your down payment, credit score, and size of the home. The best fit could also come down to whether you want a mobile, manufactured, or modular home.
5 reasons a manufactured home could be your first dream home
NATIONAL – For many young people, the idea of buying a house feels like an abstract concept far out of reach. In reality, homeownership could be well within their grasp, giving them a solid home base where they can continue building their lives. Owning a home — and one that’s sustainable, affordable, beautiful, and flexible — can be achievable for most anyone, with the right tools and mindset.
Manufactured Home Communities in the US Draw Record Investment
NATIONAL – Investors are pouring record levels of money into manufactured housing, seeking stability and yield as the need for affordable living options increases across the U.S.
A factory-built home as a means to affordable housing
WASHINGTON POST – A study from the Urban Institute found that manufactured housing is 35 to 47 percent less expensive per square foot than new or existing site-built homes…
The Housing Affordability Conundrum
NATIONAL – Multiple articles are published daily about the growing need for affordable housing. Unfortunately, the term ‘affordable housing’ often conjures up images of low-income, government-subsidized housing located in less desirable areas of the community.
Non-traditional construction methods seen as a way to help ease housing crunch in NH
NATIONAL – From the outside, the three-story home within sight of the Atlantic Ocean looked like one more large, newly minted home awaiting siding.
More Affordable Housing? Yes, in My Backyard
NATIONAL – Construction of new housing in the past 20 years fell 5.5 million units short of long-term historical levels, according to a new National Association of Realtors report.
CraftMaster Homes acquired by Berkshire Hathaway affiliate
NATIONAL – CraftMaster Homes was acquired this month by South Carolina-based Mungo Homes, part of Berkshire Hathaway’s Clayton Properties Group under the Buffet conglomerate’s Clayton Homes brand.
Elon Musk living in a $50K prefab tiny house on SpaceX site
NATIONAL – Musk revealed in a tweet that he is now living in a humble $50,000 home that he rents from SpaceX on its launch site in Boca Chica, Texas.
Clayton Recognizes Tennessee Manufactured Housing Month
NATIONAL – Clayton Homes recognizes and celebrates two important observances in June designed to empower affordable homeownership solutions. Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has recognized June as “Manufactured Housing Month” and U.S. President Joe Biden has proclaimed the month “National Homeownership Month.”
America Has a Housing Mess, and President Biden Wants to Fix It
NATIONAL – The pandemic has forced the federal government to be more nimble as it sets up programs and deploys relief money to states and local jurisdictions. That could help lay the groundwork for spending on housing through an infrastructure package.
5 Reasons Manufactured Housing Could Outperform The Market In 2021
NATIONAL – Manufactured housing rents and occupancy rates are back to pre-pandemic levels — not necessarily something experts predicted would be the case back in April 2020.
Charley Lott Retires; Brian Cira Takes Over
NATIONAL – The industry joins together in congratulating Charley Lott upon his retirement from Fleetwood Homes after 50 years as a manufactured housing executive.
Lumber prices up a staggering 280% as builders scramble for supply
NATIONAL – On Tuesday, the price per thousand board feet of lumber soared to an all-time high of $1,359, according to Random Lengths. Since the onset of the pandemic, the price of lumber has skyrocketed 280%.
Work begins on Scottish modular housing scheme
SCOTLAND – Site work is getting under way this month on what is claimed to be Scotland’s largest social modular housing development.
Ultimate Guide To Manufactured Homes
NATIONAL – Manufactured homes are an important source of affordable housing buyers can customize to fit their needs and financial situations.
New residents enjoying their factory built homes in Darlington
ENGLAND – Seventeen new modular homes in Darlington are all ready for their new residents, after contractors assembled the modules and completed the last details on site in just a few weeks.
Two modular housing projects to break ground in L.A.
CALIFORNIA – Completion of Hope on Hyde Park, which has an estimated budget of $40 million, is expected in the second quarter of 2022.