What is Manufactured Housing?

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  • Written By: Luke Arthur
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  • Last Modified Date: 11 July 2019
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A type of housing that is not constructed on-site, manufactured housing is built in a manufacturing environment and then transported to a permanent location. This type of housing is relatively inexpensive when compared to other options that are available. Manufactured houses also depreciate in value in contrast to other, more traditional types of housing, which often see their value increase over time. Many individuals purchase manufactured housing in order to cut back on living costs and save money for other purposes.

Manufactured housing is one of the most popular types of housing in the world. There are many different types of manufactured housing that an individual could choose to purchase. One of the most common types is the mobile home. This is a structure that comes in a variety of layouts and floor plans, and must be transported to the site with a semi truck.

One of the primary advantages of this type of housing is that it is very inexpensive compared to other housing options. Many individuals can purchase this type of housing with cash instead of having to take out a loan for the purchase. If a loan is required, it is generally such a small amount that the buyer can get a payment that would be less than paying for rent in another situation. Many people who want to save money on living expenses utilize manufactured housing as a way to do so.


Even though manufactured housing is inexpensive, there are some drawbacks associated with this type of housing. One of the primary disadvantages is that it depreciates in value. Most traditional homes grow in value over an extended period of time; manufactured homes actually decline in value as time goes by. This makes them a depreciating asset, and a poor investment for people who are looking for a return on their investment in the home.

Another disadvantage of manufactured homes is that they are not as sturdy as a traditional house. They can be significantly damaged by severe weather and potentially destroyed. This puts the inhabitants of the house in danger and can result in expensive repairs for the owner.

There are a number of loan programs that are designed to help individuals pay for improvements to this type of property or to help them purchase a new property. In the US, for example, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has a loan available specifically for this purpose. These loans enable individuals who do not have much money to qualify for home ownership.



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