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what is the quality of mobile/manufactured homes

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September 18 2011 - Reidsville
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@rswain....If I might make a suggestion, where you are, there are homes,in that price range. I would suggest that you consider going that route as that area also gets tornados. And your dollars will work harder for you. Feel free to email me if you have any questions. 
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September 22 2011
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Do not be surprised if that brick foundation turns out to be cheap plastic siding. Some double-wides are put on brick foundations. They still have 2 steel beams under them (on each half) that can rust away. They are not better quality just because they are 2 trailers bolted together than one trailer alone.

If you are interested ask a real estate agent if that is a double-wide (trailer) or a modular house.

A double-wide being a trailer depreciates as a car does and after a few years financing is very difficult and then impossible to obtain on them.

Ask a mortgage person if you can get a mortgage on a 1968 house and you can. But try that with a 1968 trailer and I will wish you good luck.
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September 18 2011
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Let me rephrase, I was looking at homes on zillow and many say mobile/manufactured, they appear to be single family homes, with a brick foundation, etc, not a tin can in the local "trailer park", many priced above $100K.  The wedsite is not specific whether or not they are manufactured prefab homes or cheap trailers with some siding.  Thank you for all the quick responses.  I guess a home inspector could tell me whether they are quality built or will fall apart if I sneeze to hard. lol.
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September 18 2011
The quality of a manufactured home is directly related to it's price, if you are considering new. If it's resale, it will be hard to determine beyond what you can easily see. The cost of a home inspection by a licensed mobile home inspector will be money well spent.

Happy funding, Rudi
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September 18 2011
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Like stick built houses they range from great to not well built. Yes, they meet cores but that does not mean a lot. Consider a trailer that had the furnace ducts in the middle of the floor directly under a seam in the floor where 2 panels met with no support at all. It was also particle board that broke. I have been told that carpets are often laid down and then the walls are nailed on top. That leads to the carpets sucking moisture from outside creating rot after several years. The electric wires to the outlets have almost no extra length cutting down on price for the manufacturer.

There are also high quality trailers that do not have this kind of issue. You need to research which brands are better built and which ones are the cheapest to buy and thus cheaply built.

Modular houses should be able to be the same as a stick built house maybe even better. With a modular house you can specify exactly what materials and products it is built with.
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September 18 2011
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Are you talking "mobile", as in "single-wide", "double-wide", "comes on wheels"?

Or...

Are you talking manufactured/pre-fab, as in "built offsite", "trucked to build site", "modular construction", "no wheels"?

There's a big difference between the two, and narrowing down your question will result in much better responses.
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September 18 2011
Not sure what you mean, however, in a hurricane or tornado you are always advised to get out of them and seek shelter elsewhere. Also talk to your home insurance company and ask them what your rates would be like in them.
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