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Dina, Home Buyer in Allentown, PA

Do modular homes sell the same as regular built homes?

Asked by Dina, Allentown, PA Mon Jan 26, 2009

i was thinking about buying land and either having a contractor build or buying a modular.

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It depends how the house presents itself- the decor, the landscaping, the overall design and location.
Some modular homes sell better than stick built homes and some stick built sell better than modulars.

If two houses are exactly identical, it should make no difference.

We have been building modular homes for 24 years and noone has had a problem selling their house because it was a modular.

Bob Mazzola Atrium Development Co
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 28, 2009
In my selling area along the shore, they sell just as well. I have sold them for over $1 million.

I was just told yesterday by a contractor though, that the pine they use to build them is not dried when it is used in the construction. Therefore, a few years down the road when the heat is turned on in the house over a period of time, the pine dries out, causing all kinds of problems. I don't know that to be true and I haven't had time to research that information to verify it. Just mentioning it for you to check into yourself.
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I have marketed "factory crafted" homes and many potential buyers are very surprised when informed that they are modular. The designs and style are now far from the sterotypical box-like structures of the past. The stigma that they are some how inferior has diminshed to the point where it's nearly, a non-issue. To those that have raised the issue I've simply told them that the "factory crafted "homes are the only homes that are designed and constructed so well that they can travel 60 miles per hour down a highway.
The only tell tale sign in todays designs are the double thickness of the interior walls where the sections meet.
If you go this route make sure that the assemlby contractor has experience with the builder and that the local building officals review the plans prior. Many local building officals have not had the amount of experience with "factory crafted" versus site-built. It's always a good idea to keep the local officials happy.
Enjoy the journey!

Wayne Smith
Weidel Realtors
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 26, 2009
Dina: In most cases that I've come across, newer modular homes have better specifications than built on site homes. They look the same as any other house from the street and I'd say that, in general, the pricing would be about the same for the neighborhood, given that the modular will usually be a one of a kind for that area, rather than the "standard" models that you might find in a larger development.
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Hi Dina, Jeannie back - meant to complete my response with "...most buyers expect to have a basement"...

You've got some great responses here -isn't Trulia the best!

Good luck,
Jeannie Feenick
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Modular homes have come a long way...you can get them with basements, garages and generally all the amenities you'd like. They are built to strict standards and the companies I've dealt with are very accomodating.

If you have specific questions contact Bob Mazzola at ATRIUM DEVELOPMENT CO. they are specialists in Modular Home Sales and Construction the phone # is 973-263-1034. E-mail: RJM07045@optonline.net.

Laura Giannotta
Keller Williams Atlantic Shore

0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 26, 2009
Some of today's modulars are virtually indistinguishable from stick-built. Some are very plain-vanilla homes on slabs that just look cheap. If you go with the more high quality "upscale" modulars, you will not have any problem reselling. The best modulars are better than standard stick-built homes in most respects. I've appraised many modulars over the years and they usually sell just like a standard home if they are of similar quality, appearence, and trim level.


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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 26, 2009
Hi Dina, the popularity/desirability of modular homes will vary region to region, but generally speaking I find that modular homes are not as desirable as others in my area. A positive aspect of a modular home is that they have factory-perfect lines/corners etc. Although not always the case, sometimes they are on slab or a small crawl space rather than a full basement - watch this. My experience is that homes on slab or with a small crawl, definitely sell more slowly in our general area than those with basements. Here too, in some areas of the country, this is commonplace, expected, and does not impact sale time. But in the NE, people generally expect to have a garage.

I'm originally from Oil City, PA (western side) so I've got a soft spot for PA people - good luck to you Dina!

Jeannie Feenick
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