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.