Great question. Having built many homes in Vermont using SIP's I can report there are some differences in the building process when using SIP's and lack of experience with the product and how to work with it may be the primary cause behind the low usage rate.... more
We will be glad to help you with finding a home. Owner financing is available on some homes but often requires a substantial down payment. Contact me or my team mate, Sherry Reavis @ 828-429-2686 or email@example.com to discuss your options further.... more
Carol - While the roads in Western North Carolina (Asheville and west) have curves, they are not what I would call difficult. And believe me, you get used to them! I live west of Asheville (Waynesville) and take Rt 40 to Asheville with no problem. It takes me about 30 mins. So the major highway system is good and getting better as they finish the new road at Rt 40 and 26S.
Many of the side roads are maintained by the state and they do a pretty good job! The only time I've had problems is in the winter and then you just stay in until the sun comes out and melts the snow!
Feel free to contact me with any questions. My email: ShirleyKelley@kw.com
I moved down from MI in 1999 and love it here!... more
Hi, Teri: I know you asked this question over six weeks ago, but I've just now found it! I actually work in the McDowell and Burke County areas, so perhaps I can help you.
First, you ARE better off buying a stick built home, all things considered. But buying a manufactured home can be a good idea depending on lots of factors -- what price range you can afford, the age, quality & location of the home, how much total living space you need (not just want), whether it's on a permanent foundation or just underpinned with vinyl skirting. Daniel's answer below is absolutely correct. Manufactured homes are MUCH better built these days, and, just like in stick built homes, there are different qualities of construction, and the future value of it will greatly depend on how well it's taken care of. Manufactured homes are abundant in this area, and right now, there are quite a few deals in the Morganton area that are (unfortunately) foreclosures, so you can buy a nicer, bigger manufactured home for much less than you can buy a stick built. If you're ready to buy and would like some help in your search, feel free to email me, (just click on my name and it'll take you to my info), I'd be happy to help you find a home.... more