Who Lives in Mobile Homes?

Real Estate Agent with Cavalry Realty LLC

What kind of people live in mobile homes? This is a question I am asked almost every single day. Manufactured homes are by no means my only area of focus, but I do represent more manufactured home buyers and sellers than a whole lot of agents out there. I guess this is the reason people have come to see me as an authority in this kind of housing, and why I get that famous question - "Who lives in a mobile home?". I've given it a lot of thought and really the best answer is "everybody". When I look back over the sixty or so manufactured houses I've helped people buy or sell in the last couple years (and the folks that call them home), I can honestly say every walk of life is represented. Blue collar, white collar, retirees, first time home buyers, growing families, corporate relocations, snow birds, and etc. etc. etc., they've all found a reason why a manufactured house was right for them. Sometimes I wonder if even more people would consider this housing option if their agent didn't believe manufactured houses were only for a "certain kind of buyer". Maybe one day every real estate agent will understand that all types of housing can be right for all kinds of buyers under the right set of circumstances. I think I'll know when that day gets here, because it'll be when agents stop asking me "Who lives in a mobile home?"

Comments (4)

Dale Terry
Yadkinville, NC

At some time in the future when this country finally runs short of building materials, everybody will live in a manufactured home. 

Jan 13, 2010 09:02 AM
Jeff Spicoli

The manufactured housing industry has made some serious improvements in recent years regarding quality construction and residential appeal. With modern day technology and assembly line techniques, the industry is overcoming the misconception that manufactured homes are poorly built and don't measure up to stick-built homes.

Jan 14, 2010 04:05 AM
John DL Arendsen
CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments - Leucadia, CA
Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer


Hi Justin, 

Just wanted to add my two bits worth.

I'm way late for this one but it just popped up on my radar so here goes anyway. 

Today's "Manufactured" "Factory Built" Home is constructed exactly like any Site-Buit (Stick Built) Home. In most cases even better inasmuch as they are built in a indoor climatically controlled environment and inspected by a liecensed HUD inspector through every phase of construction. 

As a RE Broker, Manufactured Home Dealer, General Contractor and Manufactured Home Contractor in California, Arizona, Oregon and Florida for the past 25 years I can assure you that having built equally as many site built projects as I have Manufactured Home projects that I would select a manufactured home any day. 


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Mar 01, 2011 11:00 AM
John DL Arendsen
CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments - Leucadia, CA
Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer

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Jan 31, 2014 03:06 AM