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Old 10-18-2006, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Edgewood, NM
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Hi
Would love to know the general attitude/perception of quality modular constructed homes in Colorado - from the home buyer's point of view to the lenders. I have been researching the various products for a few years now and know that a custom designed modular home is a very viable alternative to a stick built home.

BUT every state has a different attitude to how this type of construction is viewed. In South Carolina million dollar homes are built, banks do not have a problem nor does the resale market. North Carolina - different story - has to be stated in the ad that it is modular and the market perceives them to be inferior. What do the locals feel about modular and are there any reputable companies worth researching?

Thanks to all who take the time to respond to the various requests for info - I love following the posts and we are incredibly excited about our visit this weekend!!!
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Old 10-18-2006, 10:04 PM
Status: "Celebrating 30 years as a Broker" (set 20 days ago)
 
Location: Just south of Denver since 1989
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depends on the area in question, building one in the foothills seems to be the preferable way to go, in metro Denver you need a lot in a subsivision that is not covenant controlled, but plan on living there for 7 years or more, there is not as much demand for modular homes in Denver.
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Old 10-18-2006, 11:10 PM
 
Location: Highlands Ranch, CO
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There is a company in Ft. Morgan that says they can build to any plan. I don't know how good of a company they are but they are called Wardcraft Homes and their website is at http://www.wardcraft.com/. They do factory tours, so you can check them out firsthand.

We want to get some lot in Douglas County and build a home. I like the idea of the modular homes as they are reported to be stronger built, better insulated and erect on the site much faster.
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Old 10-19-2006, 02:34 AM
 
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Modular homes are better built and you have to put them on a permanent foundation, as far as I know, in Colorado. The permanent foundation keeps it from sinking or warping over the years, like mobile homes can do, and it grounds them to the earth for better stability in storms.
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Old 10-19-2006, 06:09 AM
 
Location: Edgewood, NM
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Thanks to all for responding - we will be looking to out of the city centre - 2 acres or more. Do you have to state that the home is modular when it is being sold? I guess ultimately it will be our permanent home, hopefully for a lengthy period of time, so everything changes with time!! If we are looking around Golden or Fort Collins are there areas that are recommended for land that would be around $100, 000, we do not want acreage that is too steep.
Thanks
Oceankidz
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Old 10-19-2006, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Highlands Ranch, CO
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Do you have to state that the home is modular when it is being sold?
Maybe 2bindenver can answer that one, as I believe he is an agent.

Once the house is complete, you shouldn't be able to tell that it was built in a factory, so I wouldn't think it would be an issue. You can have a regular basement and everything else that a stick built home has. Maybe the biggest thing you will notice is that it has 2x6 outer walls as opposed to the 2x4 walls of a stick built home.

Land prices can vary widely by location and by what utilities are available. In many cases you may have to add a septic system, propane tank, and even drill a well.
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Old 10-19-2006, 09:09 AM
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Location: Just south of Denver since 1989
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Thanks for noticing. Yes, I am a real estate broker. 17 years now, but I am a she

In our MLS system Modular would be listed under Construction type.
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Old 10-19-2006, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Highlands Ranch, CO
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but I am a she
Sorry about that.

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In our MLS system Modular would be listed under Construction type.
Is that something that must be disclosed?
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Old 10-19-2006, 05:45 PM
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Location: Just south of Denver since 1989
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In our MLS system we need to identify the construction type, and it is a mandatory field.

What else could you call it? And no custom is not an option under construction type.
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Old 10-19-2006, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Highlands Ranch, CO
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In our MLS system we need to identify the construction type, and it is a mandatory field.

What else could you call it? And no custom is not an option under construction type.
Looking at some listings on the web I see "Construction" listed as "Stucco", "Frame/Brick" and "Frame". Is this the "construction type" that you mention? If so, couldn't any of these be used, as applicable?
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