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Should I be concerned in purchasing a modular home?

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October 11 2011 - Charlotte
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Nice house!  I actually sold Modular Homes in NC about 11 years ago.  Back then they were sold one of two ways. 1. An on-frame modular home and 2. an off-frame modular home.  I would NOT suggest purchasing an on-frame modular home, (back then 1.5 and two story homes were sold on-frame and off-frame) the on-frame homes still have the metal frames under the home, and this could cause some difficulties with your financing, Home Owner's Insurance and re-sale value.  An off-frame modular home uses the metal frame for transport then is set up, usually with a crane, and the frame is sent back to the factory.  Your average person would never even know that the home is a modular home if it is off-frame. Your foundation is the main concern with the home, It has to be pretty exact for the modules to be set on the home.  Get a good inspector, one who is familiar with modular housing, hope this helps!
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October 11 2011
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I am the unfortunate owner of a Hive B-line house (see B-line Bemidji Lake House on Hivemodular.com). You will notice that there are no finish interior or exterior photos posted on their website. Why? Because the workmanship was of such poor quality that the final inspector's report provided a scathing review stating that the exterior siding was installed incorrectly causing massive damage and preventing the windows from opening. The tile in 2 bathrooms was installed incorrectly, using 2 different colors of grout and was NEVER sealed resulting in severe water damage. Upwards of 6" of standing water was negligently left in the crawl space, causing late-stage growth of black mold...and the list goes on and on and on - too many problems to post here. Working with these people has been an absolute legal and emotional nightmare. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to see finished photos at Kathy@adventurestudio.com We are on a mission to protect consumers from being harmed by internet companies like Hive. We now have a 500K+ serious problem on our hands.
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The metal framing is what differentiates a double-wide from a modular. A modular house is like a stick built house only it was built in a factory and trucked in pieces to the site. It has no metal foundation as a trailer does.
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October 14 2011
One nice thing I have seen with modulars, the metal framing allows a huge, freespan basement, which I have seen used as a roller-hockey rink!
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October 14 2011
You can also check this site, by Housing and Urban Development for more information about mobile AND manufactured homes.
www.hud.gov/buying/index.cfm
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October 14 2011
I have sold a few of these, and with my experience it depends on three things.

NUMBER ONE
Does it look like a site built home?  This one does. Good to go so far.

Some 'Modulars' appear to be 'Manufactured Homes', just constructed a bit different to meet HUDs guidelines for modular.

If it looks like a manufactured home, the perceived value will just not hold up.  If it looks like a site built home, you're fine.

LOCATION
Is it located in area of similar homes, or are there manufactured homes in the same area? 

The presence of manufactured homes can have an effect on the resale value of the home. Some people don't mind, some do. 

If the Homes around it are all similar, good to go.

PRICE
Some of these can cost more than a site built home.  just make sure and compare the prices of similar site built homes before taking the plunge.  Some can be a deal though, it just depends on the entire package.
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October 13 2011
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Yes this link is the home. It is not a manufactured home, it is a modular from a well established company. I am just green to this, so I truly appreciate your advise. I like the thought of a controlled environment with seasoned empoyees that do this daily, like automobiles. You guys are so helpful, thank you for getting back so fast!
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October 11 2011
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As long as it was bolted together correctly there should be no issues except the wiring harness has a quick connector in the middle of the house. That is no problem. It is just how they put 2 parts into one.

You may find the builder of the modular is fantastic or not. What the house is built with is more important than it being a modular house. I would buy a modular house without a second thought. I would not buy a double-wide unless it was almost free.
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October 11 2011
It looks like maybe your question was misunderstood and an assumption was made that you were looking at manufactured homes when you actually asked about modular.  That is a great looking house if that is the house you are considering.  There are many great websites that address modular verses site built and you may some good discussions on it here  on Zillow.  Some belive that a home (pieces of the home) being built in a controlled environment produces a better built home and some believe a home built on site is a better home. 

Much of the issue comes in the final value to the home and what you would be able to resell it for and if site built homes hold their value better than modular homes in your area.  Speak with an agent who is familiar with modular homes in your area to help you look at price differences in modular and site built in the particular area of this home or any others you are considering.
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October 11 2011
Is this the picture of the home you are considering?
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October 11 2011

One concern is the age of the manufactured home.  The parks are  typically required to replace them after they are about 30 years old so don't plan on buying an older home. Also, the interest rate is higher on homes that are above 10+ years.  There's no control over rental space either which may increase 3% yearly. The park will have each new tenant fill out a park application and they will run a credit and criminal background check before you're approved to live in the park whether you've been approved by a lender.

These are just a few thoughts. 

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October 11 2011

Will you own the land or still be paying Lot Rent?.  Kind of a broad question...depends on so many things.  Age...Price, paying cash  etc.  If you are the owner of the land that is the best way to go.  If not it's like buying a car and paying to park it..

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