Which of the first three homes shown on this page are manufactured homes?
Let’s call the photo of the home in a subdivision (the featured photo at top) Home A.
We will identify the home on an acreage in the photo below as Home B.
The house below out in the country we’ll refer to as Home C.
The photos that follow —> are not <— part of the quiz.
This quiz should be easy for most Americans.
Without looking at the answer below the next photos, please identify which of the 3 photos above is a manufactured home.
Use the home’s letter to make your selection.
Ready for the answers to the Manufactured Home Quiz?
Home A and Home B are both manufactured homes.
Home C is not a manufactured home, it is a true ‘mobile home,’ built prior to June 15, 1976. There has been no mobile homes built in the U.S. in over 38 years.
New York Housing’s Fall Home Show
We traveled to Verona, New York from Lakeland, FL. By air and rental car, about 13 hours round trip vs. 39 hours if you made the drive. At the beautiful grounds of the Turning Stone Hotel was the site of New York Housing’s Fall Show.
As you can see from the photo above, the home show’s location was busy!
Those there reported a good, steady stream of people interested in seeing modern factory-built homes. Three model homes were on display. The smaller home at the left is technically a park model RV, not a manufactured home.
While we were in Verona, Nancy Geer (bottom left in the photo above) suggested the 19 minute drive to Cherrywood, a 55 plus community. The photo below is a street shot from that land lease community that offers a 24 hour resident clubhouse with a range of activities for golden agers.
Now that you’ve seen this 55 plus community, you might be rethinking your guess above.
Let’s talk about that mobile home in the third photo from the top for a few moments. I took the photo of that house on a clean, well kept property on a nice paved county road. I know many folks who live a very comfortable life in just such houses. Compared to 50 year old conventional houses, the comparison can be a favorable one of affordable living.
Comparing Conventional Housing to Contemporary Manufactured Home Living
Home A and Home B could easily be mistaken for a conventional ‘on site,’ ‘stick built’ houses. The differences?
1) We’re told by local experts that there would be a savings of about $50,000 to $70,000 vs a comparable conventional house in the same market.
2) Government and insurance company studies reveal that the utilities and maintenance costs are typically lower in the manufactured home than the conventional house. See the interview with retired federal official Bill Matchneer video interview, linked here.
3) Start to finish for construction, you could move into the manufactured in about 1/3 to 1/2 the time. The building process is also 1/3 greener. The savings in time, less waste and bulk purchases are how the money is saved.
The video and community tours aren’t associated with the New York home show, but are shared to illustrate the appeal and value of today’s manufactured homes.
Make sure you educate your friends, family and co-workers. As Dr. Harold Hunt, PhD from the Texas A&M Real Estate Center said in a previously published report, today’s MH is not your grandfather’s trailer house. ##