Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Blurring the Lines Between Mobile and Modular Homes - Part II

KETK, a TV station in Texas sent a reporter to do a story about modular housing and what she reported will show that the mobile home (HUD) people can fool just about anyone into thinking their 'on frame' homes that look like double wides are actually 'modular homes.' They fooled this TV reporter.

Here is the story. 

I've Highlighted some paragraphs and added some comments.

Modular homes growing in popularity

POSTED: Monday, December 8, 2014 - 6:27pm
UPDATED: Monday, December 8, 2014 - 6:43pm
Marlena Hamilton Reporter/ Weekend Anchor
TYLER, TEXAS (KETK) — As more and more people are hitting their retirement years, there are housing options that are growing in popularity. Many are looking for a cheap, nice home to live in and modular homes are looking like a nice fit.

In the last ten years, modular homes have become a popular choice for homebuyers.

This is what they call a Modular Home in Texas
"A lot of people that are facing retirement, they are on a fixed income. So, they're for the most affordable way with the least amount of overhead for themselves," said Ron Hays, partner of Oak Creek Home Center.

Hays said they design the home to fit your needs.

"They're able to pick out their options that they might want to see in their home. Their colors, things like that, that makes it more personable for them," said Hays.

It's becoming a trend in East Texas. Even for those looking to buy their first home.

"The cost of some homes in some areas are a little to high and this is a happy medium in owning a home," said Jordan Hays, with Oak Creek Home Center.

"It may be the construction of the future. I know it's growing in popularity," said Bob Haydon, who is considering a modular home.

"It's wonderful to be able to go to the manufacturer and say well show me some plans and ok I want this and I'd like to have this over here and you can put together your own house and I think that's pretty neat," said Haydon.

Haydon said as he grows older and is in the process of selling his house, he wants something cheap, and nice on the inside. He said these houses seem to live up to that.

"My favorite idea was to always have a property. As much as I could afford and put a nice house right in the middle of it that way I get up in the morning and have a cup of coffee and look out my back window and see something that's scenic," said Haydon.

A lot of people though have some misconceptions between a mobile home and a modular home. But, modular houses are built indoors, basically in a factory. When it's finished, it's transported to a new location where it's assembled by a builder. But, there is a difference between a modular home and a mobile home. Modular houses are built off site, as opposed to right on the property.  (What the hell is he talking about?...Modcoach)

Modular houses have ties to real estate while a mobile home does not. We're told a lot of people like to purchase modular houses because they are very similar to a conventional one.

"$ 55,000 for a brand new house. The only thing that you're going to find equal to that is maybe some foreclosures and your never know what you're going to get with a foreclosure," said Hays.

"The government has come in several years ago and really upgraded the construction. Most people think of a mobile home being different than a site built home (He actually acknowledges that he sells mobile homes!...Modcoach), but they've upgraded the construction to where many people are considering it because the cost per square foot is so low," said Hays.

The cost per square foot, is 50% less than a conventional home. The cost per square foot is $50 compared to a conventional home which is $100 to $110 in this area.

Click Here to read the story and watch the video. It's a hoot.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is a situation all of us have dealt with for decades. As long as we, as an industry, keep using the M word we will get confused with the HUD product. The only way to combat it is to stress the code difference and that helps, sometimes. There is nothing that can be done with those who wish to muddy the waters in describing their product...in any walk of life.