Today’s Evolving Manufactured Homes: Bigger, Better, and More Affordable

The American dream of homeownership is readily accessible thanks to today’s quality built, affordable manufactured home. A home’s affordability is the most important consideration in determining whether or not a manufactured home is right for you. With stagnant wages and shrinking opportunity, manufactured homes offer quality equal to traditional stick-built housing at an affordable price.

A manufactured home is not only more affordable than a traditional site-built home. Housing experts generally consider them equal to or better built than many site built dwellings. A modern marvel, the affordable manufactured home of today boasts greatly evolved style and amenities. This evolution is rooted in a history of answering the American public’s demand for quality housing at an exceptional value.

 A Brief History of Manufactured Housing

The end of World War II for American veterans meant returning home to their families. More often than not, they returned to find housing in seriously short supply. Ready to answer the call for more housing, the trailer industry responded by building small homes to specifically shelter America’s veterans. In the 50’s and 60’s American families wanted larger homes with new innovations in appliances and other amenities. Made popular by “The Long, Long Trailer” staring Lucille Ball, these new “mobile homes” inspired many to consider trailer houses as an alternate to more traditional housing options. Easily financed, today’s manufactured home retailers currently offer prefabricated housing that rivals even the most innovative building techniques.

Fun fact: The trailer in the movie was in fact a 1956 Redman 10’ x 36’.

Rolling out the era of the “mobile home”, which was bigger in size, nicer in appearance, and met the needs of prospective young homeowners, these mobile homes eventually morphed into more stationary structures. Eventually, the desire for mobility would begin to wane in favor of “settling down” in one place. The homeowner’s desire for more living space resulted in the advent of the longer 10’ and 12’ model homes in the 60’s and early 70’s.

Modern Manufactured Housing

In 1974, Congress passed the National Mobile Home and Construction and Safety Standards Act (HUD Code). This unprecedented legislation made mobile homes the only form of single family buildings subject to federal regulations. These regulations became effective in June of 1976 and preempted any local construction and safety codes applicable to mobile homes.

Upgraded further, the Housing Act of 1980 officially mandated that “manufactured housing” replace “mobile homes” in all federal law and literature for homes built in a factory post 1976. The effect of federal legislation was to more clearly define mobile homes as buildings rather than vehicles.

Today’s prefabricated homes are truly quality built units that have little in common with its trailer/mobile home ancestors. The affordable manufactured home of today is well-designed, innovative, and efficient. The only time a manufactured home is “mobile” is on the day its owner transports it to the home site. In fact, less than 5% of all manufactured homeowners ever relocate their home from its original location.

We encourage potential home buyers to visit their local manufactured home retailer to experience the exciting options available before making this decision.