SOURCE: Michigan Manufactured Housing Association

March 26, 2008 13:03 ET

Own a New Home for Less Than Renting

OKEMOS, MI--(Marketwire - March 26, 2008) - For less than most people pay for apartment rent, you can afford your own home. System-built homeowner Morgan Summers and her daughter moved from a small apartment to a 2,200 square foot system-built home. "I didn't think I could afford it, but then the payment ended up being less than apartment rent," said Summers.

System-built housing construction costs range from 20 to 30 percent less per square foot than a site-built home. Since the homes are built in a factory setting, there are not any weather damaged materials to replace and, by purchasing materials for several homes at once and using them as needed, the cost of the home is considerably reduced.

Market conditions in Michigan are ideal for those interested in home buying. Homebuyers can benefit from easy financing with affordable interest rates. While the cost of renting continues to rise, new home prices have remained flat with their value increasing.

You don't have to spend hours searching for your dream home only to settle for one that doesn't quite measure up, or a fixer upper that soon becomes a money pit. According to Summers, a prime advantage of buying a system-built home is the ability to custom design it right from the start: "You can get exactly what you want in a system-built home, much easier than designing and building a site-built home... and for less money." System-built homebuyers are directly involved with the entire design process, selecting from hundreds of floor plans, interior and exterior features, and even the smallest details like light fixtures and doorknobs.

Owning a home gives you the flexibility to decorate and customize your home exactly to suit your needs and lifestyle, including equipped kitchens with name-brand appliances, walk-in closets, whirlpool tubs and vaulted or tray ceilings. Homebuyers can opt for oak cabinets, plush carpeting, stone fireplaces, skylights and "smart home" electronic packages... providing their new, homes with additional comfort and style. The options are limitless.

For more information about system-built housing, visit www.michhome.org, call 800.551.1315 or contact the Michigan Manufactured Housing Association, 2222 Association Drive, Okemos, MI 48864-5978; 517.349.3300.

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