The Evolution of Factory Built Housing

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Home Builder with CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS 521400, 1501015, 01795582

The Evolution of Factory Built Housing

TRAVEL TRAILERS

The "FACTORY BUILT HOME" has no doubt come a long way in almost 100 years. 

It all started in the 1920s whence "Trailers", "Travel Trailers", "Trailer Coaches" were built primarily for the American traveler who desired having a real bed and a place to sleep at a campsite instead of having to camp out in a sleeping bag and a tent.

 

 

Additionally, during Word War II, trailers were used as temporary homes for factory workers who came from all over America for the many job opportunities that were created as a result of the war.

 

When veterans returned home after the war they found it quite difficult to find affordable housing. Thus the Factory Built Housing Industry  began building homes that were large enough to accommodate these veterans and their families and that could be moved from location to location.

 

MANUFACTURED HOME PARK/COMMUNITY

 

However, in came the '60s and consumers began demanding even more from the industry. They wanted and needed larger "Trailers" with more  bells and whistles. They also demanded all the new appliances that began to surface in the market place.

 

However, many still wanted it to be "Mobile" albeit seldom do these 2nd generation "MANUFACTURED HOMES" aka "COACHES" ever move once installed.

 

Interestingly one of the first renditions of this 2nd evolution was a house (travel) trailer called "THE NEW MOON" which was featured in the Lucy & Desi hit "The Long Long Trailer". This was one of the first 50 foot plus Trailers built and was the leading edge for the next generation of Factory Built Housing.

 

 

In fact my wife's family actually owned a NEW MOON for over 50 years that was permanently located (wheels & axles removed and home placed on pilings) in the renowned "EL MORRO TRAILER PARK" on the ocean in Laguna Beach. This modest little charmer served 4 generations very well as one of the best vacation homes anyone could ever wish for.

 

PRE HUD TRAILER


In walks next generation (above) of "Factory Built Housing", the "MOBILE HOME". Mobile homes were bigger in size, nicer in appearance and met the needs of prospective young American homeowners. 



As a result of this sweeping phenomenon Congress passed the "National Mobile Home Construction and Safety Standards Act in 1974", aka the "HUD Code" which made "mobile homes" the only form of private and single-family building subject to federal regulation.

 

 

These regulations became effective on June 15, 1976, and the MANUFACTURED HOME INDUSTRY has been regulated by them every since. Additionally they preempt any existing state or local construction and safety codes which means that you don't pull your permits through the local city & county jurisdictions. They are issued and regulated by the California Housing & Community Development Deapartment (HCD).

 

TWO STORY SILVERCREST MANUFACTURED HOME

 

 

The primary goal of the "HUD CODE" federal regulation was to more clearly define "MOBILE HOMES" as "BUILDINGS", rather than "RECREATION VEHICLES or TRAILERS".

 

Finally "The Housing Act of 1980" adopted this change officially, mandating that the use of "Manufactured Home" replace the words "Mobile Homes" in all federal law and literature for homes built from 1976 to date. 

TODAYS MANUFACTURED HOME

 

Today's Manufactured home (above) is built in a factory on a permanent steel chassis to the HUD preemptive code and all of the design and engineering criteria including wind, seismic, roof load, floor loads, etc. are built to a national standardized criteria.  

 

Under the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) code, manufactured home fabrication supersedes the requirements of the local building jurisdictions.   Because the requirements for set-up can vary depending on whether a homeowner wants permanent or more temporary housing, manufactured housing is generally less expensive and the permit process can be less restrictive and time consuming. 

 

MODULAR HOME

 

The Modular home, albeit constructed in the factory as well, is built to local city & county building codes and regulations which is used by conventional site builders so the code will vary depending to the local building jurisdictions.  

 

Because the home is always installed on a permanent foundation, the cost may be higher for the more substantive and permanent installation, but the pre-fabricated building offers distinct advantages from a financing standpoint.   In essence, the pre-fabricated building is considered an equal to the site built home with regards to financing.   

 

MULTI LEVEL MODULAR (FACTORY BUILT) CONSTRUCTION

 

But there are also many other advantages.   Because the construction takes place within a factory, it eliminates the possibility of damage from weather and allows the materials to be assembled in a climatically controlled environment. Unlike manufactured homes with standardized design criteria, applications of size and style are unlimited as the units are totally customizable.---so possibilities range from cozy cottages to multi-story apartment buildings, mid rise hotels & motels, commercial buildings, etc!

 

Custom designed modular homes have sold in excess of 1 million dollars.

 

MODULAR HOME LOG CABIN EXTERIOR

 

MODULAR HOMES far from being a low-end option, today modular housing methods are used in spacious, multilevel homes with soaring interior rooms, multiple roof lines, and sophisticated design elements-virtually indistinguishable from their pricier custom-built counterparts. Interiors include high-end features such as curvilinear architectural details i.e. column-lined arched doorways, built-in bookcases and granite kitchen counter-tops.

 

The "FACTORY BUILT HOME" you see today be it "HUD MANUFACTURED HOME" or a "MODUALR HOME" is truly a home and  bears little resemblance to its "tin-box" aka "Wobbly Box" ancestors, the "Trailer".

 

WOBBLY BOX

 


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Rainmaker
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Jeanne Dufort
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excellent walk down memory lane - I'll be re-blogging this one. Thanks

Jan 27, 2014 11:04 PM #16
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Randy Shamburger
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Excellent post, thanks for sharing.

Have a Big day,

Randy

Jan 28, 2014 12:00 AM #17
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Evelyn Kennedy
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John:

This is a comprehensive post about motor home, sorry, modular homes which I plan to keep for any clients who want to buy of of these homes.  Thanks so much for the information.  

Jan 28, 2014 01:07 AM #18
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Jordan Gouger
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John, this is an excellent post! I recently attended a lecture for becoming a Texas Affordable Housting Specialist and this was one of the things that was discussed in the class. Here in Texas, there is a huge stigma on buying manufactured homes. However, the ones that I've seen look just as nice as most production builder homes. For many people, it offers an affordable alternative to a site built home. 

Jan 28, 2014 01:45 AM #19
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Shanna Hall
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John- great history and wonderful presentation!

Jan 28, 2014 01:59 AM #20
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Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
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Excellent and very informative for those who were either uninformed or misinformed about "mobile homes." HUD homes can be located anywhere in any city or county permanently as long as they meet easement, fire, sanitary and utility codes, isn't that true?

Jan 28, 2014 02:39 AM #21
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Marshall Brown
Mid America Inspection Services, LLC - Fargo, ND
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Great post.

I just recently got an offer to refinance my site built home by Citi Mortgage. They exclude Modular homes in addition to excluding manufactured home.

My personal experience has been the modular home are less prone to some of the problems associated with site built home. As you mentioned they are built in a controlled environment and subject less the the local weather an skills of a local work force.

Jan 28, 2014 02:44 AM #22
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Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
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I have looked at some of these homes and they are very nice.  They also help provide affordable housing options for people.

Jan 28, 2014 03:29 AM #23
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Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
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John, I enjoyed reading about the evolution of factory built housing.  You taught me many things I did not know.

 

Jan 28, 2014 04:58 AM #24
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Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Associate Broker
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very good info & history lesson. I've sold a few S.I.P's houses that were built here a few years ago. Sorta a Hose-Kit, came in big pieces on a truck, then assembled on-site.

Jan 28, 2014 05:20 AM #25
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Thanks Amanda

David, FYI, they are now providing Factory Built homes completely off the grid.

Jan 28, 2014 07:08 AM #26
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Thanks Jeane. The more folks who know this history the better. Maybe someday people will quit calling them TRAILERS OR MOBILE HOMES. LOL!!

Jan 28, 2014 07:10 AM #27
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Your welcome Randy

Glad you caught yourself Evelyn. 

Jan 28, 2014 07:11 AM #28
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Jorden, there's been a stigma about Factory Built Housing forever. That's one of the main reasons for this post. In my little way I chip away at this everyday by providing this information. An informed RE Professional is a Professional that is doing the best service for his/her client. Being informed about all types of housing is essential.

Jan 28, 2014 07:14 AM #29
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Thanks Shanna

Jan 28, 2014 07:14 AM #30
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Kimo, it's true for the most part, however, they do have to comply with local CC&R's in planned developments.

That stated, however, I always recommend a "MODULAR" over a "HUD" in a residential development as they are much easier to finance because they can draw comps from site built homes near them whereas a HUD MH must use other HUD MH comps and sometimes the nearest comp might be in a rent/lease park/community which would kill a deal in a heart beat.

By contrast a Modular complies with all local building regulations and can be used as a comp with other site built homes.

Jan 28, 2014 07:20 AM #31
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Marshell, Not all banks are back into lending on any type of FBH yet. However, FYI, Wells Fargo is probably the biggest lender for FBH both HUD and MOD in the Country providing they meet FHA guidelines which is a service we provide Nationwide.

Jan 28, 2014 07:23 AM #32
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Gene, albeit they do provide some affordable housing I've seen them sell for over 1 million dollars a time or two. There's absolutely no limits on options and upgrades and folks can and do go whole hog from time to time.

Jan 28, 2014 07:25 AM #33
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Thanks for your kind words Sharon.

Jan 28, 2014 08:21 AM #34
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No doubt Travis like everything it's all about change and housing is no exception. Once  society deals with a little cognitive dissonence all will be well whence accepting FBH overall.

Jan 28, 2014 08:23 AM #35
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