Shipments of New Manufactured Homes Going Strong in 2015
If you’re thinking of buying a manufactured home, you definitely aren’t alone! Numbers from the Manufactured Housing Institute indicate that many people are seeing the great benefits of living in a manufactured home because the numbers of new manufactured homes being shipped have been very strong so far this year.
In February 2015, 4,780 new manufactured homes were shipped in the United States; an increase of 9.7% from February 2014. And in March 2015, 5,608 new manufactured homes were shipped in the U.S., up 14.3% from March 2014.
Since manufactured housing has so many benefits to offer, it comes as no surprise to us that so many people are eager to call them home! Manufactured homes are significantly more affordable than site-built homes; in fact, they are one of the largest sources of affordable, non-subsidized housing in the country. Even if you have damaged credit, owning or renting a manufactured home is still a possibility for you! The affordable nature of manufactured housing makes them appealing to anyone who believes in living frugally. There’s nothing wrong with that!
For many years, many people were under the impression that manufactured homes weren’t very energy efficient, but that notion is quickly disappearing. With more and more people becoming environmentally aware, people are looking for homes that are built for energy efficiency and manufactured housing fits the bill! The way manufactured homes are constructed means there are fewer gaps for heat to get out (or in). Manufactured homes can also be insulated very well, helping to keep your heating and cooling bills down. Many manufactured homes also come outfitted with Energy Star appliances.
If your manufactured home is located in a community, you will likely have access to some great amenities you might not be able to have if you lived in a site-built home. Our HomeFirst™ manufactured housing communities include features such as swimming pools, 24-hour fitness centers, playgrounds, athletic courts and more!