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Manufactured homes are once again in the spotlight. And we’re all about seeing what the fuss is about — whether it’s good or bad. (We can always celebrate the good and learn from the bad, right?)

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Manufactured homes in the spotlight: providing affordable solutions

When something comes under the public’s eye, it’s important that we pause to take note. This applies to manufactured homes. Join us as we take a look at how manufactured homes were acknowledged by Ben Carson as a viable means of providing affordable solutions.

Who is Ben Carson and why does his opinion matter?

Carson is the United States’ Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. A brain surgeon before becoming a government official, he knows what it is to care for and assist others in need.

Regardless of where one’s viewpoint may lie on his politics, the fact of the matter remains that Carson’s role with the Department of Housing and Urban Development requires him to help Americans with their housing needs.

It comes as no surprise that he noticed the validity of manufactured homes in filling this need.

A problem requires a solution

Earlier in June, Carson appeared on Fox Business, sharing that the housing crisis is a big problem in the United States. Lack of affordability and resiliency was at the heart of this crisis.

He shared how mobile homes can be built with quality, affordability, and resiliency in mind. And the cost, he said, came at less than 30 to 40 percent of what a site built home would run.

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To Carson, the mobile home is a big game changer.

The housing crisis

According to a Huffington Post article from last June, America’s housing crisis is described as a “ticking time bomb.”

Rents are rising. The American economy is in a struggle.

Housing costs continue to go up. Sure, homeowners can earn 50% more than they did back in the 60s. But there’s an imbalance. The cost of a home has shot up 112%.

There are consequences to that. People can’t afford to live in the towns wherein they work. For many, over 30% of their income goes into rent.

In cities where the cost of housing has risen significantly, homelessness is a common sight.

Another added consequence to rising costs in housing within cities, especially, is that it takes away from a parents’ time spent with their children. There’s more time on the road spent traveling to more affordable housing outside of the city where they work.

Mobile homes weren’t always this way

In seeing such comments from Carson and in the news, it’s a positive change for mobile homes. There was a day where these homes were built with the shabbiest and poorest of materials. They were not built to last.

But thanks to the HUD code that developed in the 1970s, mobile home manufacturing has taken a turn for the better. Manufacturers have stepped up their manufacturing process and materials. Not only that, they’re designing homes that are more energy efficient than ever before.

The mobile home has come a long way from the days of dilapidated metal boxes.

As a matter of fact, most mobile homes built today look quite like a site built home. It’s all about the design and materials used.

Shaking off the stigma

If you could own a quality home at an affordable cost, why wouldn’t you? Now is better than ever to acquire a mobile home. They’ve come a long way in quality — even the stigma is losing its weight.

When you see people like Carson looking to mobile homes as a worthy housing option in the midst of a crisis, you know it’s worth looking into. They’re affordable, they’re safe, and they’re customizable. The options for mobile home design plans are almost limitless.

It’s good to see such a worthy housing venue taken seriously.

Have you considered a mobile home?

As you look into housing for your own family, we hope you’ll take the worthy mobile home into consideration. Whether you’re housing you and your special other or a whole tribe of kiddos, there’s a floorplan for everyone.

But before you step into a purchase agreement, take the time to understand what you are getting into. We can help you get started with that. Check out our top things to know about renting or buying mobile homes. And if you’re concern is that a mobile home might not look like a house, we can help alleviate those concerns. Here is the secret to getting that mobile home that looks like a house.

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