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Manufactured Housing Trends: Looking Back. Moving Ahead

The growth of manufactured housing has been one of the real estate’s biggest success stories in 2017. By offering a growing selection of low-cost, high-quality homes, developers have helped millions of first-time homebuyers live their dreams.

Top Manufactured Housing Trends from 2017

2017 saw the introduction of many new features allowing homebuyers to customize their homes, further blurring the line between manufactured homes and site-built construction.

The most popular upgrades have raised modern kitchens and bathrooms to an even higher level of luxury. Kitchen upgrades include gleaming stainless steel appliances, large center islands with breakfast bars, and popular farmhouse sinks. Bathrooms have been transformed into spa-like environments with large tile showers, garden tubs, and double vanity sinks.

What Manufactured Housing Trends to Expect in 2018

Look for more customization options, such as attached garages, porches, walk-in closets, built-in sunrooms and wet bars.

Luxury fixtures and finishes, such as granite countertops and kitchen islands, will continue to be popular. Buyers who want to put their personal stamp on homes, can even design their own backsplash in kitchens and bathrooms and choose from an array of new wood cabinet finishes.

Manufacturers are making a smart move even smarter by offering Smart Home Packages with nest thermostat that reduce energy costs.

Virtual home selection will play a bigger role in the home-buying process. The Dream Home Checklist at lets customers choose from hundreds of home plans and features online.

Better Training Means Smoother Moves

Training will become even more important as sales and marketing teams educate potential homebuyers about the ins and outs of the home-buying process.

At UMH Properties, mortgage specialists help customers acquire the most competitive mortgage rates and terms of their manufactured home. Set-up specialists guide owners through moving-day tasks such as utility hook-ups, landscaping and home skirting. And experienced on-site maintenance crews in each community keep homes in top shape.

More to Love at UMH Communities
UMH will continue to improve and expand amenities, by adding playground equipment across all communities, new resident clubhouses in select locations and improved landscaping and lighting.

UMH community expansions are already underway at Holly Acres and Huntingdon Pointe in Pennsylvania, where clients can customize their own homes and choose their own lots. In New York State, UMH continues to fill out expansions at Brookview Village and Pine Manor 55+ Community. And a beautiful new development in Coxsackie, NY is ready to break ground.

Not Ready to Buy?
Rental homes offer tremendous value. Customers moving over from cramped apartments appreciate the open concept floor plans that actually increase usable square footage. In Tennessee, homes in some UMH communities offer up to 4 bedrooms for growing families.