new home construction: What's the Difference Between a Modular and Manufactured Home? - 03/18/19 05:40 AM
Today, there is still much confusion. In fact, we fight it every day. The terms “modular home” and “manufactured home” are used interchangeably by many people today. Home buyers, as well as industry professionals such as Realtors, Home Inspectors, and even building code officials, don’t know the difference. As an industry, we haven’t done ourselves any favors. They both start with “m” so they are easily confused. While they are both factory built cousins, there are key differences that make them two completely different types of housing. Let’s compare the two. 
WHAT IS A MANUFACTURED HOME?  Manufactured homes are constructed with a permanent chassis designed … (0 comments)

new home construction: Are We Approaching the Modular Tipping Point? - 03/12/18 04:15 AM
noun: tipping point; plural noun: tipping points
   the point at which a series of small changes or incidents becomes significant enough to cause a larger, more important change.
Residential construction in the U.S. has changed. While getting skilled and trained labor in many industries is hard, getting it in the construction industry has gotten more difficult than ever with no end in sight. Material prices continue to go up. Taxes and tariffs are adding to the cost of construction. Updates to building codes are adding requirements which are adding even more mandatory costs to every home. And… we have a housing shortage in … (1 comments)

new home construction: Get it Fast AND Right with Modular Construction - 01/29/18 02:11 AM
One of the old sayings that applies to buying just about anything is that you can have it fast OR you can have it right, but you can’t have both. Using modular construction to build your new custom home turns that saying on its head. The whole premise behind modular construction is to take advantage of two main tenants of factory construction; to build quickly and to build correctly AND in addition, to do it consistently each and every time.
TURNING HOME CONSTRUCTION INTO A MANUFACTURING PROCESSThink about the current method of custom home construction. It is one of the only processes left … (1 comments)

new home construction: Can I Build My New Home Before I Sell My Old Home? - 01/20/17 08:01 AM
The Answer is, technically, Yes.
This question, “Can I Build My New Home Before I Sell My Old Home?” is typically asked when someone starts to think about building a new home. It is primarily driven by the desire not to have to move twice. After all, that means packing up everything, finding a rental home or apartment, unpacking enough to live for X amount of time, storing what you don’t have room for, and then doing it all again as your new home is completed and you move again. Just reading what you have to do is enough to exhaust most … (0 comments)

new home construction: Interest Rates and the Presidential Election - 11/18/16 05:44 AM
IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT WHO WONThis year’s election created numerous predictions of impact on interest rates depending on who won. In the post-election week, rates have jumped about .4%. Doesn’t sound like much, does it? While they are still at 3.97% nationwide (which is historically low), that jumps means an extra $42 a month in house payment for a $250,000 home loan with 20% down. This jump was probably more of a knee jerk reaction to the election and not based on any actual news or data. However, fluctuations in interest rates are possible. They have been artificially held down in … (1 comments)

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