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W Are they on the MLS?
Panelized and modular homes must meet the same local building codes as conventional new-construction homes. They typically don’t require any special distinction on the MLS. However, manufactured homes might. If a home is considered a
vehicle, it can only be transferred as personal property and must be converted to
real property (where the underlying land is owned or leased by the home owner)
to be listed for sale or lease on the MLS. Check your MLS for specific guidelines.
W What’s in a name?
The term “prefab” (from “prefabricated”)
refers to a home partially or fully produced in a factory, later delivered for
assembly onsite. Factories may create
components from roofs to entire rooms.
Prefab encompasses several categories:
b Panelized: Prefabricated sections like
walls, floors, and roofs are created in a
factory and delivered to the job site.
b Modular: Some 70 percent or more
of the home may be completed in the
factory, with full rooms or modules
built and then delivered to the site,
where they’re connected to create the
b Manufactured: Long referred to as
mobile homes, these are built on
nonremovable steel frames and trans-
ported to the site. They must meet
special federal building codes from the
Department of Housing and Urban De-
velopment and are subject to di;erent
financing requirements than modular,
panelized, and traditional housing.
Prefab can also refer to more specialized
designs, including dome homes, modular
log cabins, tiny-home kits, or even houses
made from shipping containers.
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