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Prices set to rise for Mobile Homes in 2020

Given recent cost trends, we wanted to provide a more extensive update on some of the reasons for these increases, including an increase for February.The majority of our co... Read More »

5 Floor Plans for your Barndominium

Living in a nice house, away from the city noise, is a dream many of us have. Imagine a place that’s a mix of a barn and a condominium. Sounds interesting, right? Well, that’s what a barndominium is. It’s a fusion of these two elements, and has been a hit in recent years. 
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How to replace flooring in a mobile home

Mobile homes are a large rectangular container type structure pre-fabricated at a manufacturing site in the form of a house. These homes are attached to a steel frame underneath with wheels, which make them easy to move from one location to another. 
The concept came from residential car... Read More »

What does it cost to move a mobile home?

About 17.7 million Americans live in mobile homes in the US. That accounts for 5.6 percent of the US population. Mobile homes have become a popular option in the US because they range from affordable to high end. The country experienced an upsurge in sales of manufactured homes in ... Read More »

Getting a Certificate of Occupancy for your Mobile Home

Mathew McConaughey, Kid Rock, David Arquette, and Nia Peeple all have one thing in common: they own a mobile home.
Manufactured homes are no longer the undesirable housing option of decades past. McConaughey lived in one of the most exclusive and trendy trailer parks, P... Read More »

What is a barndominium?

Ever heard the phrase “raised in a barn.” It’s supposed to be insulting. But what if it wasn’t? What if the barn is actually a barndominium, a combination of a traditional barn and a condominium? Talk about reinventing the wheel.
The trend of buil... Read More »

Mobile Home Skirting: Everything You Need to Know

Mobile homes have an open space underneath which can be a haven to animals. Rainwater or snow may also collect there, which can raise one's energy consumption by driving temperatures down. 
Skirting is a practical method of protecting a mobile home from invasion by ... Read More »

How to Take Your Mobile Home Off the Grid

Over 1.7 billion people live off-grid worldwide, and that number is increasing every year as more and more people feel the need to detach from modern urban environments. Off the grid living is very environmentally conscious and typically more frugal than living i... Read More »

Buyers guide to a USED mobile home

Just like buying a used home, buying a used mobile home requires careful diligence to ensure the home is well-maintained. New mobile homes come with peace-of-mind and knowing everything is in tip-top shape, but an old mobile home can sometimes be bought for a bargain. With the right eye, an ... Read More »

Farmhouse Style Modulars

Sheffield Modular Home Interior
In the age of sophisticated materials and computer-aided manufacturing, most people still rely on the traditional way of building their homes. 
However, no matter if such structures are made out of wood, concrete, clay, cement or other aggre... Read More »

Construction Loans for your Modular Home

So you’ve decided to build a new home… Congratulations! The next step in bringing your dream home to life is securing a construction loan. In this post, we’ll discover how new home construction loans work (also known as a Construction to Permanent Loan). Read on to learn all you n... Read More »

Manufactured vs Modular Building Codes

All homes in the US are built to a residential building code of some sort.  A building code is a set of standards that must be met by the builder in order for the home to qualify for a ‘CO’ (‘Certificate of Occupancy’) when completed.  A CO is issued by the local bu... Read More »

10 Best Additions for your Mobile Home

Mobile homeowners are no different than traditional homeowners in that it's typical to have a constant desire to improve your living space. After all, your home is likely where you spend most of your time and it's only natural to want it to be as comfortable as possible.
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The Pros and Cons of Buying a Mobile Home

Mobile homes are gaining in popularity and are considered a strong favorable alternative to traditional home buying. In fact, more than 22 million people live in mobile homes in the U.S, and mobile homes now account for 10% of new single-family home beginner purchases.
These hom... Read More »

What Questions You Should Ask Before Buying a Mobile Home

Buying a mobile home is an exciting process, but it can also be stressful. As with any real estate investment, purchasing a mobile home should not be taken lightly. Before you get the keys to your mobile home, whether it’s new or used, you’ll want to take plenty of ... Read More »

How large can a mobile home be?

Manufactured Homes are some of the most diverse forms of housing that you can buy. Between the manufacturers we represent, we have tens of different home "lines", hundreds of floorplans, and thousands and thousands of different combinations of options. Anything found in a modern stick built home tod... Read More »

3 Ways your Mobile Home dealer is RIPPING you OFF!

New home construction is not something to be taken lightly. If you're not paying attention, the details of ordering a home, getting a loan, transporting it, and getting it installed onto its mobile home foundation can be fraught with peril. This is further compounded by the fact that many crooked lo... Read More »

Mobile Home Investors

1. Investor/Realtor must own a building lot
2. Investor must have a Project Manager to install home
3. Investor must show loan approval to fund home purchase if not sold within 120 days
&n... Read More »

What we do (and what we DONT do)

Home Nation is your first choice for a Home!  With our unique process we make it possible for you to literally SAVE THOUSAND$ while getting the most home that you can for your budget.  Our job is to supply the ‘Home portion’ of your home building project AND GUARANTEE  tha... Read More »

Different Types of Mobile Homes

What is a Manufactured Home
What is a manufactured home? Manufactured homes are houses that are constructed in controlled factory settings, undergoing specific federal guidelines, which are later transported to a certain permanent location.
View our Single Wides
&... Read More »

One change makes all the difference

It's incredible what a big difference a few small changes to your home can make.
Here we have a couple very simple on-site changes a customer can make to their home, in this case white paneling was added around the dormers in a few combinations.
Probably the most dramatic c... Read More »

Home Nation vs Other Dealers

If you’ve already begun your search for a new or used manufactured or mobile home, you’ve probably already come across a wide range of dealers to choose from. However, there are quite a few differences between Home Nation and other mobile home dealers out there that set us apart from the... Read More »

How to tie down a mobile home

Although designed to be permanent structures, mobile homes need to be secured to withstand high winds. This process is known as tying down a mobile home, and it’s a relatively easy way to make sure you’re safe inside you’re mobile home. Just follow these steps:

1. De... Read More »

How to block level a mobile home

Have you noticed that some of the doors in your mobile home don’t close quite right? Or have you begun to see small cracks near the windows or on the walls? If this is happening, there’s a good chance your mobile home is no longer level.
There can be a few causes for this. Bad wea... Read More »

What options should I choose for my Mobile Home?

Once you’ve decided to move forward with purchasing your new home, the fun part can begin! Just like with a new traditional stick-built home, you can choose your mobile home options, upgrades, and extras to truly make the space your own. In fact, if you’re new to this process, you might ... Read More »

Choosing Land for your Mobile Home

As the prices of standalone houses and land increases across the United States, more and more people are searching for cost-effective alternatives.
One such option that’s rapidly gaining popularity is mobile homes. These compact, affordable and high-quality dwellings provide hundreds of... Read More »

How are Mobile Homes built?

When you think about a home being built, most people picture a group of construction workers slaving away around a pit of concrete. However, mobile homes take a different route altogether – one that may surprise you if you haven’t seen it before.
So, how exactly are mobile homes b... Read More »

The 3 types of Mobile Home loans you need to know

Manufactured Home Lending Programs
There are 3 main types of lending options available when considering
manufactured/modular construction, Chattel, Construction and End (Permanent)
Mortgages. Each has its own specific purpose and characteristics. Below is a review of
thes... Read More »

Our most popular print, The Breeze

Our most popular print, The Breeze
We offer thousands of floorplans, from multiple manufacturers, but time and time again, there is one floorplan that comes out ahead. The Breeze has been one of our most popular prints for some time now. Why? Let’s find out.

Short in leng... Read More »

Build your credit for a Mobile Home

Getting a loan for your Mobile Home
Today, Mobile Homes are one of the cheapest way to own your own home. They are traditionally built as lower-income housing. As we’ve found out in this article, however, low-income does not mean low quality. At the end of the day, a Mobile Home is stil... Read More »

All about tiny homes

History of Tiny Homes
Between 1908 and up to 1940, Sears was one of the first companies to offer what we now call a “mobile home”. Through their catalogue, they offered different floorplans, window options, and stylish decors that you could pick for your home. Once ordered, Sears ... Read More »

8 reasons to buy a Mobile Home

1. Mobiles Homes are ultra-customizable
Mobile homes are more than just a box. One overlooked feature of a Mobile Home is how easy it is to customize. Our builders offer thousands of options with each print. Some of the more robust manufacturers will even offer different qualities of material... Read More »

Crane Setting a Home

Modular homes are almost always set with a crane. This is mostly because they are delivered on a frame, which is then taken back to the factory and reused after delivery. A mobile home is phsyically built onto the frame, which stays with the home. Mobile homes can also be set this way, usually when ... Read More »

5 Reasons to choose a Modular Home

Although they are both made in a factory, a Modular Home is not considered a “Manufactured Home” since it is constrained to the local building code, just like a house. The main benefit is that a Modular Home will be appraised as if it was built on site. This creates huge cost savings for... Read More »

5 Reason to choose a Mobile Home

Shopping for your first home can be a difficult task, as real estate costs rise, being able to afford that first home is becoming much less likely. We truly believe manufactured housing is the answer to Americas housing crisis.
The trend towards smaller dwellings, such as tiny homes, indicate... Read More »

Installing and Setting Up Mobile Homes: The Complete Buyer’s Guide

So you’ve found a mobile home dealer you are comfortable with, bought your home on a square deal, found a site, and checked the zoning laws. Give yourself a pat on the back! You’ve come so far already. Now, things get exciting. You’re ready to have the mobile home installed on your... Read More »

Mobile Homes vs Tornados

You’ve heard it before, “Mobile homes are more susceptible to tornados”.
The truth is, any above ground structure (including stick built homes) is dangerous during a high wind storm. Since the introduction of manufactured housing, the industry has greatly improved it... Read More »

When sitework goes wrong

Our homes are manufactured in a tightly controlled, heated environment. This reduces waste and time required to build each home, while driving costs down. Most construction problems will occur in the factory and can be easily identified and fixed. If you have problems during the purchase of your hom... Read More »

All about eaves, roof pitch and roof load

An often overlooked (literally) feature of your new mobile home is eaves and roof pitch. While all manufactured homes are built in a factory, not all roof pitches will be the same! For example, modular homes often carry a 5/12 roof pitch. This can be important, as local governments will often have s... Read More »

Preventing Window Condensation

Like it or not, winter is here.
With subzero conditions (especially a sudden drop in temperature) it is not uncommon to have condensation on your windows.
This is mainly due to humidity levels in your home. If your home is new, it will take a heating season or two to remove exc... Read More »

Mobile Home Myths

We would like to address a couple of Mobile Home Myths with the following videos.
We get this all the time,
"Are mobile homes safe"?
"Is a mobile home built to the same standard as a stick built home?"
"Will my mobile home retain it's value?"
These are all fantasti... Read More »

Owning vs Renting

When you're ready to buy a new home, you may be wondering whether the costs will be worth it. We get this question all the time from our customers, that are often not confident in the value of their purchase.
Let's make this point clear. While a house payment may seem like a lot, this payment... Read More »

Typical Road Damage

When you transport something as large as a mobile or modular home, road damage is not only a potential risk, but is expected. As your home travels down the road, the movement of the truck will inevitably cause cracks to appear throughout the drywall in your house.
Do not panic! This is comple... Read More »

What is an FHA Mortgage?

The most important part of FHA is understanding that this organization doesn't actually lend money, that's up to the lender or bank. The FHA, also known as the Federal Housing Adminstration, is a branch under the Department of Housing and Urban Development. FHA is a type of foreclosure insurance to ... Read More »

How to budget for your new Mobile Home

Over the years we have seen many customers exhaust all of their funds to purchase new homes. Then the time to move comes and they end up having to borrow money to move from relatives or credit cards.  I’ve also heard months later that other expenses ended up going up more than the cu... Read More »

How does credit scoring work?

Credit Scoring is a means of evaluating an individual’s credit using a very sophisticated scoring process. It was developed as part of a project involving two companies, TRW (now called Experian) and Fair, Isaac and Company (FICO). Their goal was to establish a system that would ... Read More »

Documents needed for a loan

Getting a loan can be quite stressful. Thankfully, we offer some of the most flexible loans available for Mobile Homes, even for those with poor credit scores. Here is a guide on what you'll need to apply for these kind of loans. You can also go here to inqure about your options today.
D... Read More »

All about Home Appraisals

A mortgage is a loan that uses real property (a house or condominium) as collateral. An appraisal is the document used by lenders to evaluate the collateral of a loan and educate the lender about the property.
Appraisers are responsible for informing the lender about the structure of the home... Read More »

Closing costs on a Mobile Home loan

Closing costs are those charges assessed by the lender, title company, municipality, or real estate company when the loan is "completed", in order to pay for the services needed to close the loan. These charges, while quoted by the lender, are not all assessed or determined by the len... Read More »

Cost of a Prepaid Loan

One group of costs that you will need to come up with at your loan closing is termed “prepaids”. Prepaids are those items that are considered part of the loan’s recurring costs. There are four prepaids that you will find at most closings.
The first is the prep... Read More »

The Home Nation Story

Hi. My name is Paul, founder of Home Nation.
I was born the eldest of six to a son of a Greek immigrant to Australia.  I came here in 1984 from there with just two suitcases and $900 in my pocket.  One suitcase was full of study books. (Today those same books are mostly on my smart ... Read More »

Factory Direct vs Stick Built

Since everyone asks, here is how we save you money!
This is a building cost calculator for residential homes that is fairly accurate. We suggest you use it to understand costs for a typical site built (stick built) home. It quickly becomes obvious how much you will save with a Modular or... Read More »

Quoted transport vs Actual transport

Here is a great example of why we cannot give you exact quotes on the transportation of your mobile home, only estimates.
As you can see, what was originally thought to be an 80 mile trip doubled into a 160 mile trip due to construction and delays. If this home was a double wide, you would es... Read More »

Zone Maps

Mobile home manufacturers often have differing standards for their homes, usually based on their local audience. For example, the majoriy of manufacturers will not build homes to withstand a Zone 3 Wind Zone Rating, but there are several manufactures in Florida that will. Because of this, it is impo... Read More »

Home Installation

The following are examples of common foundations for various single wides, double wides, and modular homes. There are several types of foundations, including but not limited to...

Crawl Space
Cement Slab

Almost all of t... Read More »

Mobile vs Modular

What are mobile homes?
There are two types of homes, those built in a factory and those built on site. We call these "manufactured homes" and "stick built homes", respectively. One takes advantage of the efficiencies of modern factories, while the other costs more, is slower to build,... Read More »

Step by Step

Thank you for looking at our beautiful selection of homes. Purchasing a new mobile or modular home used to be a long, drawn out process. We strive to make the process easy to understand and able to be completed at your own pace.
The process is simple, here is what to expect.
1. CH... Read More »