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Old 06-03-2009, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Jonquil City (aka Smyrna) Georgia- by Atlanta
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There is a new player in the housing market called Clayton and they make a house in pieces in a factory, truck it to the land and put it togther. It is not a trailer nor is it a regular house. I have not seen it except on the news but they say it cost about 1/2 as much as a house built from scratch and it cost about 1/4th the utility bills per square foot.
My only question is where this type of house can be built and how long until the Home Builders Associations and the neighbourhood snobs manage to use zoning laws to put this outfit out of business.

Clayton 'i-house' is giant leap from trailer park - Yahoo! News (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090506/ap_on_re_us/us_clayton_i_house - broken link)
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Old 06-03-2009, 07:10 PM
 
Location: California
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Manufactured homes have been around for ages so I don't know why anyone would want to make them illegal. Zoning issues are a whole other ballgame, they would probably be ok wherever manufactured homes are already ok. I'm not sure I see the problem?
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Old 06-03-2009, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Aside from zoning ordinances as Cecee mentioned, why should they be illegal?

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Old 06-03-2009, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Jonquil City (aka Smyrna) Georgia- by Atlanta
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Manufactured homes have been around for ages so I don't know why anyone would want to make them illegal. Zoning issues are a whole other ballgame, they would probably be ok wherever manufactured homes are already ok. I'm not sure I see the problem?
The land area in this country where manufactured homes is legal is probably about the size of Disneyland.
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Old 06-03-2009, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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Manufactured homes are nothing more than the logical progression from the mail order houses that were popular pre-WWII.

A lot of them are still standing. A number of companies sold them but Sears (Who else?) led the pack.

Features - Sears & Roebuck kit houses from the early 20th century
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Old 06-03-2009, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth/Dallas
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There is a new player in the housing market called Clayton and they make a house in pieces in a factory, truck it to the land and put it togther. It is not a trailer nor is it a regular house. I have not seen it except on the news but they say it cost about 1/2 as much as a house built from scratch and it cost about 1/4th the utility bills per square foot.
My only question is where this type of house can be built and how long until the Home Builders Associations and the neighbourhood snobs manage to use zoning laws to put this outfit out of business.

Clayton 'i-house' is giant leap from trailer park - Yahoo! News (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090506/ap_on_re_us/us_clayton_i_house - broken link)

If they cost about 1/4 the utility bills per square foot, I think the only people that would want them out of business are the power generating companies.
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Old 06-03-2009, 08:47 PM
 
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There are a lot of types of manufactured housing.

Most zoning laws and neighborhood restrictions manage to squeeze out everyone except home builders. Hmmm, wonder if there is some connection there?

The zoning and rules usually specify that only SITE BUILT homes can be put on lots. That is a blanket sweep that eliminates mobile homes, modular homes, and prefab homes all.

The truth is that the prefab options are getting better and better. IMO, it doesn't make sense to have everything shipped to a site 1 piece at a time and put together there. There is a lot more climate control and quality control available inside a production facility than there is in an open lot with a concrete slab.
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Old 06-03-2009, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Minnysoda
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big one here in the upper Midwest. They go all over the place. My brother has one , very well built and energy efficient.
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