Today's Factory Built Housing Projects

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Gone are the days of the "Singlewide", "Doublewide", trailer talk. "Today's Factory Built Housing" is here to stay. Be they Manufactured, Modular, PreFab, Component stacked et. al. it's a whole new ball game. I had a rather challanging, eventful and even fun-filled experience with many AR members this past year regarding the differences between site (stick) built and "Factory Built" housing so I have decided to make it my mission in '10 to educate as best I can our intimate little community. 

This is the first of many articles I intend to share with the AR community about my career and experiences in this facinating and ever growing industry. Every unit is equipped with all the creature comforts and amminities you could ever hope to have in site built construction and more.

 

This is a crane set 200 unit apartment complex comprised of 800 plus modular components built in a factory, transported by lowboy truck and trailer and crane set in a 2 story stacked 200 unit apartment project in Visailia, CA

 

This apartment complex has all the creature comforts and more that you could ever hope for in any type of site built construction. Try double walls, ceiling and floors for openers. Inasmuch as every module is a seperate structure unto itself the 2x6 double exterior walls provide the ultimate in sound proofing and structural stability.

My next post will take a look at what many "Brand Name" mid-sized hotels and motels are doing with multi-story (stacked) factory built structures. You won't believe it.

 

 

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Rainmaker
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John DL Arendsen
TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments & ON THE LEVEL GC - Leucadia, CA
Real Estate Bkr, Factory Built home Dealer/Devlpr

Pierre,

Thank's for your feed back and your open mind. It's OK to be a skeptic. That's what got me to go from a general contractor building site built homes to a Manuffactured Home Contractor, Dealer and Developer specializing in MH development.

Kathy,

You're spot on as well. The first thing I tell any client is that if you're looking at MH as a way to save money sotp right here. Due to the HUD and International Building Standards that factory built housing must comply wiith today there is no fundamental difference in the way a MH is built vs. a site built. What you are saving is turn around time by a huge margin, Safety of building materials on the site, and construction consistancy. You won't find many construction defect law suits in the MH Industry. In fact you've inspired some fodder for a future post. Keep your eyes open for a more elaborate essay on this subject. I will add you to my associate list and forward MH related posts on to you as I write them.

Thank's Myrtle,

I to always take my clients on the perverbial "Factory Tour" just so they cansee the first hand the materials that are used and the quality and care that goes into assembling them.

Thanks Bill I will ad you to my associate list and forward you forthcoming posts.

Hi Marshall,

These homes are built to go down the road at 75 MPH and as such have to be road worthy to endure the trek. So you're right in the sense that they can tend to look a little boxy. However, today's "Factory Built" home offers myriad "personality options" i.e. curvalinear pop outs, extensions and details i.e. dormers, alcoves, octagonal features, etc. You can also transport them with bare exterior walls and sheathed roofs and stucco them on site and finish them off with tile roofs. There's literally nothing you can't do with MH that you couldn't do with site built.

I will add you as an associated and keep you posted.

January 07, 2010 10:39 AM #6
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Mark Cohen, Broker, Eyemark Realty, Gainesville Florida USA

I have showed modular built single-family homes to buyers who couldn't tell the difference between them and site-built homes.

The one thing the modulars always lack is a garage.  Do your models have one or two car garages?

January 07, 2010 11:12 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Roger Johnson
CENTURY 21 American Homes - Hickory, NC
Realtor - Hickory NC Real Estate

You bring up a very good point in your reply above about the price and 'value' of modular construction homes these days.  The old (OLD) mobile homes and doubleswides of yesteryear are still fresh on the minds of many people and they still think that any type of home not "stick" built (onsite) is inferior somehow and, therefore, should be cheaper.  In fact, the materials, contruction method, and frequently the entire design system is usually FAR superior than any standard on-site built home.  It still amazes me that so many people,as well as local and county governments, still fear these type homes and place so many restrictions against them.

So are they really superior built homes?  I had a friend in the business once tell me he could prove that his modular homes were better built than ANY on-site construction home.  How, you ask?  Simple, strap both of them to the back of a flat-bed tractor/trailer, travel 200 miles at 55 mph and see which one is able to be set up at the end of the trip.  Definitely food for thought.  :)

January 07, 2010 11:16 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

This is a good Post and I look forward to the series.  I am interested in the entire issue.

January 07, 2010 11:29 AM #9
Rainmaker
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John DL Arendsen
TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments & ON THE LEVEL GC - Leucadia, CA
Real Estate Bkr, Factory Built home Dealer/Devlpr

Roger, you friends analogy is spot on. We in the industry always use it. Yes, they are built more consistantly better than site built homes for many reason. One main reason being everything is rigged and jigged so that every piece comes down the assembly line exactly the same way. Another good reason is that all manufacturers must have an on site HUD inspector at all times of operation or face big fines. Believe me these inspectors take their jobs seriously and don't let much slip by.

January 07, 2010 02:12 PM #10
Rainmaker
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John DL Arendsen
TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments & ON THE LEVEL GC - Leucadia, CA
Real Estate Bkr, Factory Built home Dealer/Devlpr

Mark,

Unfortunately, there's no value in assembling and transporting a garage. It's tantamount to shipping water across the country. It's big, bulky and full of air and cost a lot to ship. Garages are always built on site. We do provide that service if there's enough space.

January 07, 2010 02:18 PM #11
Rainmaker
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John DL Arendsen
TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments & ON THE LEVEL GC - Leucadia, CA
Real Estate Bkr, Factory Built home Dealer/Devlpr

Thanks Gene, I'll make you an associate if you don't mind and will keep you posted on all new and reslative posts.

January 07, 2010 02:19 PM #12
Rainer
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matt mathews
mathews Realty Group - Yucaipa, CA

It's quite refreshing to see other Realtors getting involved with the mod/smart panel home market.  I've been involved in this market for several years now.  Currently, I was asked by Cutting Edge Homes here in Ca. to handle the Inland Empire as District Sales Manager.  Once the client understands (factory tour), that Modular and Smart Panel homes are actually not only more energy efficient but are built to exceed on site building codes, they become enthusiastic about the whole process.  The only difficulty right now seems to be on the mortgage side.  I look forward to following your posts and networking with you.. 

Matt Mathews/Eco-Buyer Agent/Consultant-Cutting Edge Homes.net

 

January 07, 2010 02:52 PM #13
Rainmaker
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Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi John,  I toured a factory where they built the sections for custom houses to be assembled on site.  I was very impressed with the quality and consistency of that product.   Happy 2010 to you !

January 07, 2010 03:12 PM #14
Rainmaker
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Raj Dhaliwal
Century 21 Coastal Realty Ltd. - Abbotsford, BC
(MyAbbotsford.Com)

Interesting post, will come back for the next issue..

January 07, 2010 06:45 PM #15
Rainmaker
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Margaret Mitchell
Coldwell Banker Yorke Realty - York, ME
Seacoast Maine & NH Real Estate

Just like stick built: there are both high and low quality modular homes available.  I believe there is some savings over stick built but the amount varies.

I just listed and sold a high quality modular home - It was beautiful.  I would not hesitate to buy one.

January 08, 2010 06:54 AM #16
Rainer
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Gary Pike
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers - Powder Springs, GA

Thanks for posting.  I remember ashow about modular homes on TV that was impressive right down to: they built their home to withstand 70 mile per hour winds since that is what the truck driver will be doing on the highway.  It does depend, like everything else, on who is doing the construction initially.  Over all I was impressed (I think it was a This Old House series)

January 08, 2010 08:11 AM #17
Rainmaker
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John DL Arendsen
TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments & ON THE LEVEL GC - Leucadia, CA
Real Estate Bkr, Factory Built home Dealer/Devlpr

Thanks for your feedback Matt. Glad to meet another AR member in our industry. I will make you an associate and keep you posted on our end. If you run across anyone wanting to remove a PRE-HUD (June 15, 1976 or earlier) and replace it for a new HUD compliant MH let me know. We now provide a bridge loan program for interim financing during the removal and replacement process.

January 08, 2010 12:48 PM #18
Rainmaker
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John DL Arendsen
TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments & ON THE LEVEL GC - Leucadia, CA
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Thanks for your feedback Bill. I actually lived in North Fort Meyers off of 41 on the end of Evelena right on a canal on the end of a penninsula that emptied into the Caloosahachee River. I was working back there after Hurricane Charlie paid you folks an unforgettable visit. Wow! What a mess. I thougt earthquakes were bad until my crews started removing awnings, carports, sheds, roofs and household furnishing from tree tops. I even saw a 350hp Evenrude outboard motor still mounted to the stearn of a 28 foot fishing boat that was planted between two big branch's of a tree about 50 feet in the air. I'll make you an associate and we can swap some good stories about your neck of the woods sometime.

January 08, 2010 12:59 PM #19
Rainmaker
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John DL Arendsen
TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments & ON THE LEVEL GC - Leucadia, CA
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Thanks for your feedback Margaret (My Moms name as well). You're right about the varying levels of quality in MH's, however, that is primarily driven by the buyer (homeowner) and what they can afford to put into their home. It can get pretty cheesy when they order paneling instead of drywall or aluminun siding instead of Hardy Board, cheap carpeting or vinyl sheet goods instead of a high end carpet or wood or tile flooring, a three tab shingle roofing material instead of tile, low end cabnetry, appliances, counter tops, etc. Every factory must maintain a fulltime HUD inspector and maintain some pretty stringent quality control standards. You will have a better chance of finding construction short cuts and flaws in the field on a site built home than in a factory.

January 08, 2010 01:14 PM #20
Rainmaker
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John DL Arendsen
TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments & ON THE LEVEL GC - Leucadia, CA
Real Estate Bkr, Factory Built home Dealer/Devlpr

Thanks Gary. I'll make you an associate and keep you posted on our industry.

January 08, 2010 01:19 PM #21
Rainmaker
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Jackie Cross
Real Living All Florida Realty - Port St Lucie, FL

I agree that modular homes can be boxy looking but I have seen many that are not so..I have even looked at some that put stick built homes to shame. 

January 10, 2010 09:20 AM #22
Rainmaker
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John DL Arendsen
TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments & ON THE LEVEL GC - Leucadia, CA
Real Estate Bkr, Factory Built home Dealer/Devlpr

You're spot on Jackie. With a good architect you can literally do anything you want in a factory nowadays. In fact you've inspired fodder for a future post. Thanks.

January 10, 2010 08:03 PM #23
Rainmaker
107,496
Dana Devine
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Apollo Beach, FL

2 questions 

Florida---Huriccanes

California---earthquakes

January 14, 2010 08:57 AM #24
Rainmaker
308,459
John DL Arendsen
TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments & ON THE LEVEL GC - Leucadia, CA
Real Estate Bkr, Factory Built home Dealer/Devlpr

With reference to Calif EQ's. Manufactured Homes are the safest place to be because the roofs are truss systems and rarely fail and they can only fall so far to the ground. You don't have worry about being crushed to death. I'd take a MH anytime over a site built home having done disaster response work after several EQ's over the years.

Hurricanes? You could end up in a tree about 60 to 80 feet in the air, have your roof blown off and the entire home destroyed. Believe me after spending a year in Florida after Hurricane Charley and his buddies visited Florida in 2004 I might have my reservations about Mfg Homes myself.

February 15, 2010 10:05 AM #25
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