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Old 12-20-2007, 12:29 AM   #1
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I am moving out to New Mexico soon and will finally be able to invest in a house (I currently live in NYC so can't afford it). While doing a bit of research online I came across a company called Falcon Ridge that makes modular homes on permanent foundations. They claim that the houses are just as good as site built houses as far as looks, but hold together better over time and are a bit cheaper.

Anyone know anything about these kinds of houses? Is this something that could actually be a good deal or will I constantly have to fix things as the house falls apart? Thanks

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Old 12-20-2007, 01:07 AM   #2
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Many homes up here are modular or pre-fab structures that are trucked to the site in sections, and put together on a normal concrete basement.

The houses tend to look a little "modular", IMO, but some hide it very well. The modulars I've been inside of look good. They often use obscure hardware that isn't as easy to repair or service. But the quality seems to be quite good. They all have a fat wall down the middle where the sections were joined, so your stuck with that in any floorplan.

I've heard some folks say that modulars aren't as tight as stickbuilts, and depending on the company, some can have issues with seams opening or other little issues. I don't know about that myself.

I can see a good modular being as good as a decent stick built, but I don't buy the argument that they hold up better over time.

They are cheaper, but the trade-off is customization.

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Old 12-20-2007, 07:00 AM   #3
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I can see a good modular being as good as a decent stick built, but I don't buy the argument that they hold up better over time.
Ayuh,........ I Totally Agree..........

Then again,......... Being a "Home Owner" pretty much means that there's Always something that needs Fixing somewhere...........
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Ain't that the truth.

Bondo, you from Maine, or you just talk like you are? Usually you've got to be a toothless fisherman to "ayuh" that convincingly.
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Usually you've got to be a toothless fisherman to "ayuh" that convincingly.
Ayuh,........
While I do Love to be Fishing,+ I don't have All the teeth that God gave me,............
I'll take that as a Compliment,........

Born'n raised on the northwestern fringe of good ole Downeast,.....
Old Town.............

I still have the old family Lodge on Chemo Pond, town of Clifton,.......
I do my best to get up there a couple times of year to see my sisters,....

Even though I moved to the Extreme northern Ny. over 30 years ago,......
Everybody around here tells me I still Talk Funny......................
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We recently bought a modular home that I can only assume was brought in on two trucks and popped onto a basement. For the most part, I'm happy with the house. The inspector that we had said that there was a lot of upgrades done to it, probably prior to construction. It's not terribly fancy by any stretch, and there's a few little construction issues, but seeing as it was built over 30 years ago, I can imagine people have similar issues with stick built homes that are in their 30's.

FWIW, there's a lot more customization in modular homes now. Some would argue that the quality could in theory be better too since they're all built in jigs and whatnot, so getting straight walls and 90 degree corners may be easier.
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Shop around and look at some of the modular homes that different companies have put up. There are some that we have worked on that you would NEVER guess was a modular.
Realize that you can build a modular home and add other features onto it to customize it.
I wish I had pictures, because there is a guy that does modular homes and built his own home, using the modular company he buys from. We were contracted to do various additional aspects of the home. When all was said and done, he had a home that cost him $200,000.00, and was appraised at $1.2 million....and it looked like a $1.2 million dollar home. After he got the appraisal, he wanted to sell it, but his wife wouldn't let him.

Anyhow, shop around, and also consider hiring a contracting company that specializes in dealing with modular homes.... that can add some nice customizing additions; roof lines, exterior finishes, etc...
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Anyhow, shop around, and also consider hiring a contracting company that specializes in dealing with modular homes.... that can add some nice customizing additions; roof lines, exterior finishes, etc...
Thanks for the info everyone. I will be out in the area a little after New Years to scout out some real estate. I will make sure to do as you suggest and check out what companies I can find and see if there are any contracting companies I can work with. Thanks again.
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I was watching HGTV and they were showing some of the most beatiful log homes. The #2 log home was a modular home. It was beautiful. The home owners really loved the outcome. I never would have guessed that it was a modular home. It was VERY nice.

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I was able to check out some of the houses while I was in the area last week. Turns out they are really nice. I drove around a bit and checked out several houses I had seen online. The modular home I checked out looked just as good as the other homes I looked at. At least now I wont feel bad about considering these a bit more. Thanks for all the help.
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Just for the heck of it send for a Wausue home cat. Out of Wisconson
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