Mobile homes and manufactured homes actually share a common history which is why they are so often confused. In the 1920s, the popularity of the automobile led to people creating trailers, named as such because these vehicles 'trailed' behind the truck or van that was pulling it. Trailers were popular with vacationers who wanted to camp on the go. And they still are.
In the 1930s, manufacturers began to produce trailers on a mass scale in factories. Over time, they became bigger, longer, wider, and more elaborate. Eventually people started to use these 'house trailers' as year round residences and they were not often used for travel.
In the 1950s, the industry decided to rename them, calling them mobile homes instead of trailers due in part to the less frequent mobility. These mobile homes were situated on the property, and were not permanently attached to that property. Mobile homes were assigned VIN numbers and financing was similar to financing a car. They are personal property not real estate unless they are permanent to the land by foundation.
In 1976, standards for mobile homes were set by the builders to create a more uniformed quality since many people were using them as permanent residences. With these new codes came another name change - from mobile homes to manufactured homes.
Therefore from a date standpoint, the term 'mobile home' is only appropriate if the structure was built before July 15, 1976. If the home was built after July 15, 1976, the correct term should be 'manufactured home'.
The HUD code, enacted in 1976, is really what makes a manufactured home fundamentally different from a mobile home. The HUD code established federal standards for the building of manufactured housing. It involved regulating the construction and quality of all aspects of building a manufactured house, including:
No, the first year round permanent owner occupant must be at least 55 years of age with no one in the household younger than 40.
No, your lease prohibits defining your leased lot area with shrubs, fence or any other defining material.
No, we do not have a pool or club house. We do have regular free social events on property as weather and space permit. RSVP is usually required.
Your new home comes with written warranties in simple everyday language. Because most homes here are built on 16"centers with 6" sidewalls, any experienced contractor should be able to perform any needed service or maintenance. We recommend you have a pre-loved home inspected by a licensed home inspector so you minimize the possibility of needing service, just as you would for any other pre-owned home.