Frequently Asked Questions

About Manufactured Homes & Land Lease Communities

What is a land-lease community?

A land-lease community is a community in which manufactured homes can be placed. The owner of the home (the tenant) leases the homesite from the owner of the community (the landlord). Many of these communities offer shared amenities such as playgrounds for children.

What is a manufactured home?

A home constructed in a factory according to the National Manufactured Housing Construction Safety Standards (HUD Code). It is designed to be a completely livable home with or without a permanent foundation. It is transported to the dwelling site in one or more sections.

What are stick-built, site-built or conventional homes?

Homes constructed at the home site, as opposed to being built in a factory, are called site-built homes. These homes are built to state and local building codes, and are built on a permanent foundation. They are also referred to as stick-built or conventional homes.

How many people live in manufactured homes in the United States?

Currently more than 19 million people live in over 8 million manufactured homes, and the number is growing.

How many people are buying manufactured homes?

Manufactured homes account for 22.5% of all new single-family housing starts.

How does the price of a manufactured home compare to site-built homes?

Manufactured homes are typically 20 to 40% less than comparable site-built homes.

What is the satisfaction rating of manufactured homeowners?

In a recent Owens Corning study, conducted by National Family Opinion, it was concluded that 93% of manufactured home owners are satisfied with their housing choice.

Do manufactured homes pass any sort of inspection process?

All manufactured homes are built to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Code. Each home goes through a rigorous inspection process before being certified and sold. Implementation of the HUD Code began in 1976. This code regulates home design, construction, strength, durability, fire resistance and energy efficiency. It also sets standards for heating, plumbing, air-conditioning, thermal and electrical systems. Primary Inspection Agencies actually monitor construction of the homes as they are built in the factories.

Do all manufactured homes look alike?

NO. Manufactured homes are available in a variety of siding materials and colors, including metal, vinyl, wood or hardboard. You may select design features such as by windows, a gable front or a pitched roof with shingles. You can add awnings, enclosures around the crawl space, patio covers, decks and steps to give your home the look you want.

Where can I place a manufactured home?

You have basically two options:

  1. You can place your manufactured home on land you own or intend to buy. Be sure to check zoning laws, restrictive covenants and hookup regulations.
  2. You can place your manufactured home on a leased home site in a manufactured housing community.

Is financing available for manufactured homes?

Financing is available through commercial finance companies, banks, credit unions, and savings and loan associations. For qualified buyers, loan backing though the Federal Housing Authority or Veterans Administration is also available.

Do I have to order a house or can I buy one that is already built?

It is your choice. We often have existing homes for sale in Green Valley community, both new and used. If you choose to order a new home, the home can be custom-designed to fit your needs and lifestyle.

How long does it usually take to get my manufactured home?

Because manufactured homes are built in a factory with tradesman from all the building trades all together under one roof, delivery can often be as soon as 2-6 weeks from ordering the home.

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