The Apple Kindle Fire HD and the iPad Mini are among the top rated gifts for the 2012 Holiday Season. How does your manufactured home company or manufactured home community website look on these devices? In between a smart-phone’s small display and a full-size computer display, these new devices represent a growing segment of the online searching and shopping market. Some of your online market have already been searching for information about manufactured homes on these devices and we can help you to see how important this segment is. Contact us to find out how to help these prospects have the best possible experience and how to see how many of your website visitors are coming from tablet devices.
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HR 3849 protects against the loss of some 20,000-25,000 jobs, promotes new jobs as a
modest industry rebound is underway and protects the home values of some 9-10 million
residents of 4.4 million pre-HUD Code mobile and manufactured homes. In brief,
here below are some facts and why this bill is needed.
First, this bill has bi-partisan support.
Further, Barney Frank’s office has advised the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI)
that he will not oppose changes to SAFE and Dodd-Frank, as they recognize that the
unintended consequences of the law currently will adversely impact millions of home
owners and cause about about half of all new personal property lending to vanish.
60% of all Manufactured Housing loans today are personal property (home only, or socalled
‘chattel’ loans). The cost of originating and servicing a personal property loans is
about the same for a $30,000 home loan as a $230,000 house loan. So it is clear that
the business math means that a low dollar value loans will not be economically viable
for a lender – and thus won’t be made – once Dodd-Frank is fully implemented by the
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
This means current home owners with low value homes will watch their home’s value
plunge, and/or will limit their resale options should they need or desire to refinance,
move or sell.
Since every new manufactured home built represents one full time job, the failure to
pass the bill will cost 20,000 to 25,000 jobs, and will hamper manufactured housing’s
current recovery, which is creating new jobs.
Testimony before Congress has underscored these points, that perhaps half of all personal
property loans will vanish once Dodd-Frank and SAFE are fully implemented.
This means that 4.4 million mobile homes (defined here as a style of factory built homes
constructed on or before June 14, 1976 that are shipped on a permanently attached
frame) and manufactured homes (defined under federal law as factory-built homes built
to the federal HUD Code that went into effect on June 15, 1976) with a value under
$30,000 will be adversely impacted.
The vast majority of those millions of threatened home owners don’t yet know of the
looming impact, but should Congress fail to act, they will no doubt discover this reality
that hard way.
Thus the need for Congress to act as rapidly as possible to avoid the above consequences
is necessary. Thank you for your support of this bi-partisan effort.
SOURCE: Manufactured Home Marketing Sales Management http://www.mhmarketingsalesmanagement.com/downloads/alerts/4.8.2012%20HR%203849%20Preserving%20Access%20to%20Manufactured%20Housing%20Act.pdf
The factory system combines engineering know-how and factory production methods to design and build efficiently and with greater quality control. When done properly, the efficiency results in lower costs and the quality control results in a better product.
Building a factory-built home will normally save you time compared with building a conventional site-built house. Saving time on construction not only saves money, it also reduces the stress involved in home building. The faster you build your home, the sooner you will be able to enjoy it and dispense with the worries and preoccupations of construction.
Manufacturers of prefab homes are usually able to build new house plans more affordably than custom stick builders, for the same kinds of reasons that automobile manufacturers are able to build a new car for far less than a mechanic could build the same car in his garage. They include:
*Volume purchases of materials, which allows modular manufacturers to secure significant discounts.
*Lower labor costs: Experienced factory workers are well paid, with good benefits, but they do not command the wages paid to professional carpenters, plumbers, electricians, and painters.
*Assembly-line efficiencies: Organizing the construction process with inventory controls, power tools and equipment, and quality-control systems enables the factory crews to produce a home with greater efficiency than a handful of construction workers building in the field.
*Less material loss: Inclement weather does not damage the materials.
*Less pilferage and vandalism: Factories are easier to secure than building sites.
*Less waste: By working with standardized dimensions, modular manufacturers are better able to make optimal use of materials and avoid waste.
When a manufacturer is building without a backlog, it can deliver a house five weeks after the customer has finalized the plans and obtained a building permit and financing. The general contractor begins the site work and completes the foundation while the manufacturer is building the house. If the house is small, uncomplicated, requires little on-site construction, and the GC is not too busy, it will be completed in about three weeks. Adding these two time frames together, a prospective homeowner can plan to move into the house eight weeks after finalizing the preliminary steps.
These are just some of the advantages enjoyed by factory-built home owners. Check back with us, as we will blog about other advantages in the future.
In the face of today’s challenging economy, the need for quality, affordable housing has never been greater. Today’s manufactured homes can deliver outstanding quality and performance at prices ranging from 10 to 35 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 can be attributed directly to the efficiencies emanating from the factory-building process. The controlled construction environment and assembly-line techniques remove many of the problems encountered during traditional home construction, such as poor 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 are able to 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 a major evolution in the types and quality of homes being offered to buyers. Technological advances are allowing manufactured home builders to offer a much wider variety of architectural styles and exterior finishes that will suit most any buyer’s dreams, all the 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 being generated by factory-built innovation. as a result, today’s manufactured homes are offering real housing options for the neglected suburban and urban buyers.
At the same time, greater flexibility in the construction process allows for each home to be customized to meet a buyer’s lifestyle and needs. Interior features now include such features as vaulted ceilings and working fireplaces to state-of-the-art kitchens and baths, 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 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!
Depending on the region of the country, construction cost per square foot for a new manufactured home averages 10 to 35 percent less than costs for a comparable site-built home.
Independent appraisal studies confirm that manufactured homes can appreciate in value just like other forms of housing.
Built for Quality:
All aspects of the construction process are controlled.
The weather does not interfere with construction and cause delays.
All technicians, craftsmen and assemblers work as a team and are professionally supervised.
Inventory is better controlled and materials are protected from theft and weather-related damage.
All construction materials, as well as interior finishes and appliances, are purchased in volume for additional savings.
Cost of interim construction financing is significantly reduced or eliminated.
All aspects of construction are continually inspected by aprofessionally trained third-party inspector.
Floor plans are available that range from basic to elaborate. These include vaulted or tray ceilings, fully-equipped kitchens, walk-in closets, and bathrooms with recessed tubs and whirlpools.
A variety of exterior siding is available, including metallic, vinyl, wood, or hardboard. In some cases, homebuyers can also opt for stucco exteriors.
Homes have pitched roofs with shingles and gabled ends.
Design features such as bay windows are available.
Awnings, patio covers, decks, site-built garages and permanent foundations often are available as upgrades.
The home can be customized to meet the needs of the consumer.
The building materials in today’s manufactured home are the same as those used in site-built homes.
The homes are engineered for wind safety and energy efficiency based on the geographic region in which they are sold.
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.
Properly installed homes can withstand 120-130 mph 3-second gust winds in areas prone to hurricanes.
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