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Modular vs. Manufactured

Modular homes are built in sections in a factory setting — indoors — where they are never subjected to adverse weather conditions like your typical stick-built homes. The individual sections move through the factory, with the company’s quality control department checking them after every step. Finished modules are covered for protection, then transported to your home site. They are placed on a pre-built foundation, professionally joined and completed by your local builder.

How long does it take to build a modular home?

That depends on your design and the manufacturer, but some modular homes can be built in the factory in as little as one to two weeks. And since modulars are built indoors, there’s never a weather delay. It usually takes another two to four weeks for your local builder to put the pieces together once the materials are delivered to the building site.

They sound like mobile homes. Are they the same thing?

Mobile homes, now called manufactured homes, are built to conform to the same federal code, no matter where they will be delivered. That code is called the HUD code, which comes from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, an arm of the United States government.

A modular home conforms to the building codes that are required at the specific location it will be delivered to and, in many cases, construction exceeds the required codes. Some critics might even argue that a modular home is more attractive than a manufactured home.

Don’t all modular homes look alike?

No, and unless you were there to see the house delivered and assembled, you might not guess it’s a modular home. Modular home manufacturers use computer-aided design programs to draw plans to your specifications or to modify one of their standard plans to suit your needs, so nearly any home plan can be turned into a modular home.

It’s true that some modulars are very basic and resemble double-wide manufactured homes, but the two structures are still built in different ways.

No two manufacturers are alike, so be sure to ask questions about flexibility if you’d prefer to design your own home. Designed with modern stands in mind, most people probably can’t tell the difference between a regular stick-built home or a modular home. They look similar to a regular home, yet are often much more cost-efficient to construct.

Will banks finance a modular home?

Yes. Most banks, appraisers and insurance companies treat modular homes the same way they do site-built homes — a house that’s constructed entirely on your property. Ask the mortgage brokers and banks in your area to explain how they finance modular homes.

Can I save money by building a modular home?

Sometimes. Construction costs for a modular home are sometimes less per square foot than for a similar site-built home. And there are other cost-saving features:

  • Many modular homes are energy-efficient, which helps reduce your heating and cooling costs while attempting to protect our planet from climate change.
  • Your home will probably be ready to move into much sooner than if you wait for a builder to construct a house on site. There are often fewer delays.

For first-hand information, consider visiting model homes in your area. Take a look at popular websites in your state. Why not tour a local modular home factory and see the construction process in person? If you think modulars are ho-hum, you’re in for a pleasant surprise.

After you choose a modular home builder, talk with a local real estate agent to determine where you can place your modular home. You will need a foundation, either raised or slab. Keep in mind that slabs are more common in hot, dry climates. You’ll also need utilities on the land and the right zoning to build.

Article Source: https://www.thebalance.com/what-makes-modular-homes-different-1797805

 

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Bellanti, Lake Shore to be Honored by Club

Two major supporters of the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Chautauqua County will be honored during an event next month at the Shorewood Country Club. This year’s recipients are Dominic A. Bellanti, Owl Homes of Fredonia president, as Friend of the Club and Lake Shore Savings Bank for service to the club.

“Dominic and Lake Shore Savings Bank have contributed a great deal to the club and our area’s youth on a regular basis,” said club President John D’Agostino. “They’re always willing to lend a helping hand and we’re grateful for their support.”

Bellanti and Lake Shore will be receiving awards during the fifth Boys & Girls Club of Northern Chautauqua County annual banquet beginning at 6 p.m. March 15. The evening will include cocktails, a silent auction and the give-away of 32 New Era Major League Baseball hats. Dinner, with a program, will begin at 7:30 p.m. A live auction will follow dinner.

Seats for the dinner are available for $65 and tables of eight are $500. Dinner choices include strip steak, maple mustard salmon, spinach and parmesan stuffed chicken breast or pasta primavera.

Bellanti has been active in the home industry for 28 years, holding a variety of sales and service positions at Owl Homes of Fredonia prior to purchasing the company in 2003. Presently a resident of Angola, he grew up in Silver Creek and graduated from Silver Creek High School. In 2004, Dominic completed the University at Buffalo Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Program.

Lake Shore Savings Bank, with a number of branch locations throughout our region, prides itself on putting people first. Its focus will always remain on its clients and their personal financial goals. Lake Shore has been serving Western New York community for more than 127 years.

In October the Boys & Girls Club moved to the Salvation Army in Dunkirk at 704 Central Ave. “This is a wonderful partnership,” D’Agostino said. “Our club is so impressed with the work being done by the Salvation Army and we believe this is a great location to continue to grow membership.”

The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Chautauqua County has served our community’s children for 24 years. Core programs engage youth in activities with adults, peers and family members enabling participants to enhance their self-esteem and develop to their full potential. Based on physical, emotional, cultural and social needs and interests of boys and girls, programs and activities are offered in five areas: character and leadership development; education and career development; health and life skills; the arts; and sports and recreation.

For more information on the dinner or the club, call 366-1061.

ARTICLE SOURCE – http://www.observertoday.com/news/page-one/2019/02/bellanti-lake-shore-to-be-honored-by-club/

Home Market Analysis Buffalo/WNY

Have you ever heard that song “What a Wonderful World”? Well… the Housing Market in 2018 has left us wondering just how wonderful the world really is.

In 2018, and continuing with force into 2019, the real estate market (Existing Used Structures) is experiencing its most inflated pricing since the early 1990’s. This has greatly affected and changed the way Americans are able to live their lives. Due to these crude Real Estate conditions, the New Home Market has flourished. Americans built more New Homes in 2018 Than since the early 1990’s.

“It’s bothersome, the amount of people who come to us and tell us that they were looking at existing homes for over $100k that were 25 years old or more, which have NO WARRANTIES on them, and the homes even need work done to them most of the time, and people are REALLY considering buying this stuff!! It is just craziness. We are writing up New Built Home Projects on private properties all over Buffalo and WNY. Including Ranch, Chalet, Cape Cod, and Two Story Home packages. Small Ranch Homes can start as low as in the $90k’s for the home. But we can build anything from a small modest project like that, up to the biggest most luxury home of your dreams. We also offer Manufactured Housing where the houses start as low as in the $40k’s. We work within 100 miles, so offer all types of housing and can achieve any price point for our visitors or inquirers.” – Said Nicholas Bellanti, New Home Consultant of Owl Homes of Fredonia.

 

Owl Homes of Fredonia is home to over $1,000,000.00 in New Homes, setup for display for visitors to walk through. This includes Ranch Homes, Cape Cod, Two Story, as well as a fully turn key basement for viewing.

Campus Location: 3752 E. Main Rd. Fredonia NY 14063 (Where Routes 20 and 60 meet)

Phone: 716-673-1366

Email: owlhomesoffredonia@netsync.net

 

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