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Modular Homes for Sale Washington DC

Just as multi-section homes slowly replaced singles in the late 50s and early 60s it looks like so-called "Modular" homes in many areas are beginning to attract new home buyers. And, like many retailers discovered the switch to multi-section homes came a whole host of new issues to deal with: double the transport costs, more expensive and complicated installations, utility crossovers, ridge caps, leaking ceilings, racking, leveling, etc.

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(703) 971-5555
6084 Franconia RdSuite A
Alexandria, VA
 
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(703) 573-2500
3028 Javier RdSte 100
Fairfax, VA
 
Quadrangle Development Corporation
(202) 393-1999
1001 G St., NW
Washington, DC
 
International Trade Center-Ronald Reagan Bldg
(202) 312-1300
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
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(202) 347-6337
555 13th St., NW
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(301) 881-1700
11900 Park Lawn Dr
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(301) 774-5900
3300 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd
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CSG Urban Partners, LLC
(202) 347-5962
1105 5th St., NW
Washington, DC
 
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414 Florida Ave, NW
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901 New York Ave., NW
Washington, DC
 

Adding Modular Homes to My Sales Inventory

Ask Eddie - Should I Add Modular Homes to My Sales Inventory?
Thu 12/27/07 09:02:05 pm
by Ed Hicks

I have been selling HUD Code homes from my sales center for over 15 years now and since my rate of sales has been consistently slowing down in the past 3 years, wonder if I should be adding "Modular" homes to my inventory?   Fred C., Jacksonville, FL.

You should seriously consider it!

Just as multi-section homes slowly replaced singles in the late 50s and early 60s it looks like so-called "Modular" homes in many areas are beginning to attract new home buyers. And, like many retailers discovered the switch to multi-section homes came a whole host of new issues to deal with: double the transport costs, more expensive and complicated installations, utility crossovers, ridge caps, leaking ceilings, racking, leveling, etc. Some of them never made the change over.

In a similar sense, selling "Modulars" will add a new dimension in sales and home installations, when compared to HUD code homes. Most jurisdictions will require obtaining a general contractors license, or finding a qualified licensed sub-contractor, who is licensed. More complicated foundations than have been required for HUD Code homes. There are longer delivery times, and different financing and settlement issues to deal with. And, in many areas building codes may vary so there may not be the uniformity of construction standards for "Modulars" what HUD code homes have enjoyed.

And, for those of us who recognize the much lower overall cost for a HUD Code home with the same features as a "Modular", it may be a hard pill to swallow. I guess many of the horse buggy dealers never converted to selling the much more complicated automobile in the early 1900's either.

However, you should consider these issues:

  • Most home buyers prefer a home built to "Modular" codes over a HUD code home, and are willing to pay the premium pricing.

  • Price savings in non-urban settings can range from 15% to 20% lower than a custom built home with the same size and features.

  • There is much more architectural freedom to create more conventional looking homes with a "Modular".

  • Except in areas where CC & Rs and deed restrictions prohibit them, getting land use or zoning approvals is a thing of the past, since they can be placed in any location on which a site built home may be built.

  • There are substantial cost savings over site built homes because of the shorter time for construction, minimal shrinkage from theft or damage from weather related problems.

  • Long term, low interest financing is available from a very wide range of lenders, at lower interest rates and terms, than for HUD code manufactured homes.

  • Appraisals are generally higher for new and resold "M...
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