Mobile Homes Vs. Manufactured Homes….What is the Difference?

question-markAs the newest member of the team at Detray’s Custom Housing in Puyallup, Washington, I am frequently asked what the difference is between our homes (manufactured homes) and mobile homes. Knowing that the Detray Team is always about offering the highest level of information and professional advice, I set out to make sure I understood the facts. Here is what I have learned.
History
As early as the 1920’s, mobile homes were being pulled by automobiles (back then there were even blurred lines between travel trailers and mobile homes!) Mobile homes were often created as simple sleeping areas without plumbing and bathrooms. In the 1940’s, bathrooms were introduced and the size of mobile homes grew to the point that folks began to use them as retreats and vacation homes. Important point….Prior to 1946 there were no construction standards for mobile homes! After World War II, returning veterans were looking for affordable housing and turned to mobile homes. In June, 1946, the federal government stepped up their involvement in the mobile home industry and enacted the National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Act. Mobile homes were then required to be built under the regulations of HUD (Housing and Urban Development).
Here’s the key! What’s the difference between a mobile home and a manufactured home? It’s all in the date! According to HUD, a factory-built home prior to June 15, 1976 is a mobile home and one built after June 15, 1976 is a manufactured home. Here are some common traits of manufactured homes:
* • Usually built in a factory and taken to the property where they are set up
* • May be built on metal frame for transportation purposes.
* • Customization by builders produce Manufactured Homes to your specifications.
Modern Day
Many of today’s manufactured homes are being built to standards that rival high-end, site-built homes. Yes, there are still manufactured home builders that have kept “one toe in the old-school pond”; however, the modern, educated consumer is demanding that a high-quality manufactured home be placed on their land or in a park. I believe this trend is good for the industry and that the savings achieved for home buyers by manufacturers producing these beautiful homes inside a dry and level factory will continue to deliver construction and, therefore, financial advantages to the consumer.
Today’s modern homes are built with 2×6 construction, Quartz or Granite countertops, Ceramic Tile Backsplashes, Laminate Floors, Low e Glass Windows, Energy Star Ratings, 30-year Lap Siding, Architectural Shingles, Beautiful Wood Cabinets, and much, much, more!
Conclusion:
If you want a custom home built with high-quality interiors and exteriors, featuring the finest materials available; and, you want to purchase that custom home at a significant savings over a site-built home, consider buying a modern, manufactured home!
For more information on materials, floor plans and other information, contact me: Mike@DeTrays.net or go to Detray’s Custom Housing website.

Seattle Home Show & The MHRV Show Success

Seattle home and garden show and the MHRV show was a great success. After the final numbers came in, the shows experienced a 14% increase in visitors from previous years. Our facebook also receive a huge bump by gaining over 5,000 reviews. With people saying words like “Awesome”, “Cool”, “Wow”, “Amazing”, and “Unbelievable” as well as other sayings, we feel we accomplished our goal by introducing something new and exciting. We continually try to grow with the demand and find ways to amaze everyone.

Other news you may like to hear is that Last Week’s Economic News in Review stated:

Winter slowed the pace of housing construction, while lay-offs continued to drop and core inflation saw a sizable gain.

Housing Starts

January’s cold snap had its impact on real estate as housing starts and building permits both contracted during the month.

Permits issued for housing units of all types dipped to an annual rate of 1,202,000 for the month, marking a 0.2 percent decline from the December rate of 1,204,000, according to last week’s report from the Census Bureau. Similarly, permits issued for single-family homes in January notched down to a rate of 720,000, which was a 1.6 percent decline from December’s pace of 732,000.

Actual starts on housing units of all types in January dropped to an annual rate of 1,099,000, which was 3.8 percent down from December’s rate of 1,143,000. Starts on single-family homes fell to a rate of 731,000, which was 3.9 percent off from December’s rate of 761,000.

“Despite the modest dip in starts this month, we expect to see ongoing, gradual growth in housing production in 2016,” National Association of Home Builders’ Chief Economist David Crowe wrote in a public statement. “An improving economy, solid job creation and pent-up demand for housing should keep the market moving forward.”

Additional good news is that spring is near and weather conditions are improving. This always creates motivation for buyers and sellers. Now is the time to get back in gear to sell, find, and buy.

We would also like to thank everyone who took the time to come view our version of the “tiny home”. This trend currently is very popular with the nation and many other countries. Our “little home” version we displayed at Seattle’s Century Link had many viewing a manufactured home for the first time. It seems as though society as a whole is looking at other affordable housing options and realize the benefits from living in a manufactured home.

For those who visited the show or did not get a chance to come see us, the factory is extending the special that was offered to homes ordered. The “Little home” displayed is now back at our property as well as our new Evergreen home. This is our new 1765 Square Foot Home custom built by Skyline. The design is an open floor plan with many upgraded options, including quartz counter tops and a beautiful 72″ walk in tiled shower. We are confident you will get the “Wow” factor on the homes once you get a viewing.

Hope to see you soon!

DETRAY’S CUSTOM HOUSING TO DISPLAY “THE NEW COOL” VERSION OF THE “LITTLE HOME”.

DETRAY’S CUSTOM HOUSING TO DISPLAY “THE NEW COOL” VERSION OF THE “LITTLE HOME”.
While other builders throughout the country try to find alternatives to affordable housing.

DeTray's Custom Housing version of the "Little Home"

DeTray’s Custom Housing version of the “Little Home”

 

SEATTLE, WA, February 1, 2016 – DeTray’s Custom Housing, located at 10209 149th St E, Puyallup, will be showing their newly built “little home” beginning 10:00AM, Friday February 11th – 14th 2016 at The Seattle RV Show in Century Link Field Event Center, and again February 20th – 28th at the Seattle Home Show.
DeTray’s Custom Housing is joining the trend for the mini homes with their version on the “tiny house”

Dana and Diane DeTray, owners of DeTray’s Custom Housing Puyallup, believe, “Our goal is to grow with the demands of the market and allow home buyers choices. Whether buying a 560 square foot home or buying a 2700 home, we feel that being associated with this trend will introduce us to this market and allow others to get into home ownership.” DeTray said; “Affordable housing is now available to the almost anyone, where else can someone buy a new custom home for about the same price of a new automobile?” It meets the demands of these challenging times, with the government attempting to address this issue; it sheds new light on these homes as an excellent option or housing choice.”
The launch of the “Little Home” establishes DeTray’s as one of the only custom housing distributers in the market today with the ability to deliver customers with a customized home that will combine luxury and comfort, with features and amenities most buyers seek, like “Green” standards in Energy Efficiency.
“The housing market is driven by supply, demand, market trends, and we seek to grow with change. We constantly try to find what is desired and needed, and meet those demands to the best of our abilities”; says Dana DeTray, President of DeTray’s Custom Housing Puyallup.
DeTray’s Custom Housing Puyallup encourages home seekers to consider looking into manufactured housing. Because of the high prices and low inventories of homes for sale, these elements are driving prices up and leaving less than desirable homes affordable. We have a solution, please check us out.
Go to www.detrayscustomhousing.com for more information. We hope to see you at the shows.