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Homeownership - The American Dream

Owning Your Own Home is the ultimate American dream and the most important purchase you will make in a lifetime. Today’s factory-built homes are the future in home ownership. The manufactured home or modular home built in a factory and installed on land is less expensive than most site-built homes.

There can be many variables involved in the price of a manufactured home, a modular home and a site-built home. Construction cost per square foot of a new manufactured home or modular home may range from 10% to 35% less than a comparable site-built home, excluding the cost of land. Features, floor plans, and other details affect the price of homes. Today’s manufactured and modular homes come with many features that you find in a site-built home. Several floor plans are available, ranging from basic models to more elaborate designs with living and dining rooms with vaulted ceilings, fully-equipped kitchens, media rooms, spacious bedrooms and bathrooms with garden tubs.

Other benefits of a manufactured home or modular home built in a factory are:

  • All stages of the construction process are controlled and inspected by several inspectors.
  • The factory craftsman and assemblers are professionally trained and supervised.
  • The home is out of the weather during the building process.
  • Materials are purchased in volume for additional savings to the consumer.
  • Inventory is better controlled and materials are protected from theft and weather-related damage.


Manufactured Homes: Homes built entirely in the factory under the federal building code, referred to as the HUD Code, administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Manufactured homes may be single-section or multi-section and are transported the site and installed according to the manufacturer’s installation guidelines. The majority of manufactured homes have the wheels and axles removed with the home being permanently sited and a real property deed issued.

Modular Homes: Homes built in a factory as units that meet the state or local building code. In Alabama this is the International Residential Building Code. This is the same building code that most site-built homes must meet in this state.

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