Answers to common questions about manufactured housing

Common manufactured home buying questions

The Michigan Manufactured Housing Association (MMHA) gets a lot of consumer questions about manufactured and modular housing. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions.

Does the MMHA sell homes?
We do not, but our members do! The MMHA is a nonprofit trade association representing the manufactured and modular housing industry in Michigan. Our membership is made up of manufactured housing communities, retailers, manufacturers and servicer suppliers located across the state. MMHA makes it easy to search for a manufactured home on our website, www.michhome.org.

What is the difference between manufactured and modular homes?
Manufactured homes are built on a steel frame that is designed to be used with or without a permanent foundation when connected to the required utilities. They are delivered to the home site in one or multiple sections and may be placed on private property or in a land-lease community. Manufactured homes are built to the federal Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards Act, and enforced by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Modular homes begin as components, which are designed, engineered and partially assembled in a controlled factory environment. Components come together at the building site and the home is completed by a builder licensed under standards enforced by state and local agencies. Modular homes may be one- or two-story dwellings and are placed only on private property. These homes are built to the State of Michigan Residential Building Code.

What is included in lot rent charged by manufactured home communities?
Manufactured home land-lease communities charge lot or site rent to homeowners. The cost and what is included will vary by community and may consist of property taxes, snow and waste removal, lawncare and maintenance, utilities and general maintenance of community amenities.

Can I put a manufactured or modular home on private property?
Yes! Your home retailer can help you find property (if you don’t already own land) and you will need to know the local zoning requirements for single-family homes in the area. It will be important to work with your local municipality or township as you move forward with your planning. Your retailer will ensure the home you purchase is in compliance, and can also arrange for transporting and setting the home on your property.

Where can I go to learn more about manufactured and modular housing?
The Michigan Manufactured Housing Association (MMHA) has a comprehensive website, featuring a blog with homebuying tips and information, industry news and an easy search for manufactured housing communities and home sellers. You can also follow MMHA on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Or sign up for our e-newsletter for additional information.

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