to Modular Homes. http://modularhomesnetwork.com/modularhome-benefits.asp
Think about it. They need to be built to be loaded onto a truck and moved which a regular home would never
survive. Plus it is build using the latest technology and in a
Now a doublewide is very different. It is a trailer sitting on iron beams that have been known to rust away. Sitting on supports that can move, and often has floors made of particle board that is known to break.
A modular costs about $15-25k more here over a doublewide. It is worth it. Sometimes a ranch can be built cheaper on site, sometimes a house is much cheaper as a modular. What you need to look at are the specs. Are the floors made of 1 1/4" planking? Does it have anderson (with all the toys) windows? What kind of doors, how thick are the walls, what thickness drywall, what r-value insulation and so on.
For myself, If I was to buy new I would rather look at a quad-lock Insulating Concrete Forms ( or other mfgr) concrete poured in foam block walls built house. Very energy efficient, lower fire insurance, much quieter, and best of all, it will not rot or be eaten by bugs during your lifetime.
You might want to know something about FHA. Once a case number is assigned to a listing and an appraisal that number stays with it. And you can't appeal it. Of, course, the seller knew that if she put it back on the market we would have the same problem if someone else went FHA because that "albatross" number could easily be pulled up.
To make a long story short the seller had to bring $14,000 to the closing because the appraiser didn't know the difference and there are still a lot like him around.
I must note though; there are a lot of great appraisers out there. I am not trashing appraisers, just that one.
Think of it this way, modulars are built under very consistent conditions. If a board needs 3 nails in it, it will have all 3 nails and all 3 will be where they should be. In some ways this could be much better than a 'hung-over' framer.... ;)