Buyers interested in small- home living, custom design, eco-friendly
digs, or easy smart-home
integration might be drawn to
a prefabricated house. Those
who need quick construction
turnaround or seek to build in a
can also look to prefab as a great
solution. As “installed” housing
becomes more popular, you
could soon be trying to score a
prefab listing. Are you ready to
advise both buyers and sellers on
their options? Here’s a primer on
the basics. Read the full story at
W Where are they?
Prefab still makes up a relatively small supply of housing. Around
14,000 to 15,000 homes are built using modular methods each
year, making up about 1. 5 percent of housing starts. Modular
housing is most common in the northeast, where construction
costs are highest. There, modular housing made up about 4 to
6 percent of all homes built in the region in 2015.
A crane helps with the installation of this
1,800-square-foot, three-bedroom home in Seattle.
Photo courtesy of Method Homes ©2016
This stylish, modular home
is near the Northstar ski
resort in Truckee, Calif.
Photo by Lisa Petrole,
courtesy of Method Homes