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4 - CAPE GAZETTE'S MANUFACTURED HOUSING, SPRING 2001 Price, durability mean success for manufactured homes HUD Code closely regulates construction and performance By Jim Cresson It's an undeniable though hard to recognize fact: many of the nicest new homes along the high- ways and byways of the Delmarva Peninsuia were built in a factory. Manufactured housing has come of age, reaching a prog!uct maturity that reflects the latest of housing style trends at prices well below site-built homes. Manufactured homes - whether single story, two story or three sto- ry - are built to federal code stan- dards under provisions of the Fed- exal Manufactured Home Con- struction and Safety Standards, as administered by the U.S. Depart- ment of Housing and Urban De- velopment (HUD). These exten- sive regulations, enacted in 1976, are collectively known as the i: HUD Code. Those HUD Code standards regulate design and construction, strength and durability, trans- portability, fn'e resistance, energy efficiency and quality. The code also sets performance standards for the heating, plumbing, air con- ditioning, thermal and electrical Systems. It is the only federally regulated national building code. : Manufactured homes are built :-with virtually the same materials used in site-built homes. Plus, fac- tory-built homes have the advan- tage of using engineered design applications and the most cost-d- ficient assembly-line techniques to produce a quality home at a much lower cost per square foot. Oakwood Homes, based in Greensboro, N.C., is a leader in the manufactured housing indus- try nationwide. A publicly owned corporation listed on the New York Stock Exchange, Oakwood Homes has 35 manufacturing plants and 375 sales center coast to coast. Oakwood Homes' local sales HOU Roofs Decks Restored All Homes Waxed center - on Route 113 in Millsboro - ranked thirteenth in the corpora- tion for home sales last year, all within the lower Delmarva Penin- sula from Lewes south to Cape Charles, Va. Nationally, Oakwood Homes' total sales for 2000 was $1.5 billion. Sales manager Bill Beall ex- plains the appeal of Oakwood Homes. "Our houses are beauti- fully designed, well built and maintenance free," said Beall. "Everything in our homes is a standard, name brand product that can'be found in any quality home improvement or building supply center. And, the construction cost of $35 per square foot is a lot more attractive to retirees and young families than the average construction cost of $75-$100 per square foot for a site-built home." Beall gives visitors a tour of one of Oakwood Homes' 2001 model houses. Its 2,100 square feet of living space is thoughtfully and efficiently planned with four bed- rooms, three baths and plenty of open space. Six more new models are set to be released to the sales centers in April. "I can't walt to show our homes to retiring Baby Boomers from the cities," said Beall. "Assuming that most have never been in a mann- factured house, I can't wait to see their reaction. They'll be pleasant- ly surprised - even amazed - at the quality." Satisfied ownership of manu- factured housing can be measured from the results of two independ- ent consumer studies. A 1996 study by the Foremost Insurance Company revealed an 88 percent satisfaction rate among owners of manufactured housing. A 1998 Owens Coming study conducted by National Family Opinion found that 93 percent of manufac- tured home owners are satisfied with their choice in housing. Independent studies also count- er an archaic assumption that manufactured housing adversely affects the real estate values of surrounding properties. There is Safe Cleaning & Sealing Free Estimates Jim Cresson photo Oakwood Homes sales manager Bill Beall invites prospective homehuyers to take a tur and learn more about manufactured housing. U.S. Census Bureau statistics from 1998 showed factory-built housing accounted for nearly a quarter of all new single family housing starts in 1998. Those statistics also revealed the average cost of a manufactured home was $43,800, while the average cost of a site-built home was $181,000. "People who have never set foot in a manufactured home will be pleasantly surprised, even amazed," said Beall, shown in the kitchen of a four-bedroom, three-bath model. little, if any, basis of fact for those setts Institute of Technology and misconceptions. Harvard University concluded In 1986, the Joint Center for that manufactured housing had no Housing Studies of the Massachu- impact on adjacent site-built homes. A 1993 study by the University of Michigan's College of Archi- Continued on page6 homes Whether You're Looking For: ' !st HOME v" LARGER HOME V' VACATION HOME or V' RETIREMENT HOME WE'VE GOT THE HOME FOR YOU! Single / Sectional Manufactured Homes & NOW MODULARS Look for our red & white lighthousel. 501 North Dupont Highway, Millsboro 934-6322