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Modular homes and mobile homes are very similar in nature and the terms tend to be used interchangeably. Because of similarities in the manufacturing process, some companies build both type homes in their factories.
Modular buildings are sectional prefabricated houses that consist of multiple sections i.e. modules. The modules are multi-sided units constructed in a manufacturing facility. They are transported to their permanent site on a flatbed vehicle. The modules are put on the building's foundation and joined together to make a single residence. The modules can be placed side-by-side, end-to-end, or stacked to permit a variety of house layouts.
A mobile home is built on a permanently attached chassis with highway-grade wheels and tires, mobile homes are usually transported by being pulled behind a truck to their permanent site. Several such units maybe jointed together to form larger entities. Mobile homes are usually placed on a concrete pad in one location and left there permanently, but they may retain the ability to be moved. Behind the cosmetic work fitted at installation to hide the base, there are strong. During installation the trailer frames, axles, wheels, and tow-hitches needed for moving are hidden behind aesthetic screening
A mobile home should probably not be called an investment. Such homes depreciate over the years, and unlike classic cars, they don’t tend to reverse the trend. However, there are some advantages to owning a mobile home. Generally they are cheaper than houses for similar floor space. A mobile home can often be purchased on a lower down payment both because of the lower price. Frequently, on a new mobile home purchase, you may be able to finance the cost of the sales taxes into the loan amount. Purchasing a mobile home, may give you the feel of home ownership
Mobile/modular homes are often placed in land lease communities where home owners may rent space. These communities are referred to by several names: trailer courts, mobile home parks, mobile home communities, manufactured home communities, and factory built home communities. Amenities of these communities may include:
- Natural Gas
- Garbage Removal
- Community Rooms
Communities recently built for those 55 and older are most often found in the sun belt. Residents, as owners or renters, may consider the community their primary, or only home. Sometimes, they may live in the community for a few months, living elsewhere the rest of the year. Many "snowbirds" from the upper mid-west and the north east follow this pattern of living. They spend winter months in Modular or Mobile Home Parks in Florida during the winter months. Canadians are significantly evident as winter residents of modular resort communities in the Coachella Valley and the high desert of California and in Arizona. In fact the three month limit for HMO's covering members while away and the 90 day out of the country limit Canadian health coverage limits the high season for many parks in the sun belt that have brutally hot or humid summers.
Snowbirds can find lower total costs for vacations or winter housing in Modular or Mobile Home Communities than in other forms of housing available short term. The greater affordability of this type of rental, short term, is a way for seniors to "try before they buy". They test both the Modular Community concept and the City or region as a relocation spot. For many, on a long term rental or purchase it is just a more affordable and/or more desirable way of life.