How Much Is Your Manufactured Home Worth? (2022)

Ready to sell your home? Want to apply for a home equity loan?You’ll need to know your manufactured home value in order to get the most out of it. In this article, you’ll learn what influences the price of your home and where to go and what to do to get the best-guess value of your home. So, how much is your manufactured home worth?

There are several factors that can influence your home’soverall market value. While size, age, and upgrades play a large factor in your home’s worth, there are other things to consider as well.

We’ll cover each variable that can impact your manufactured home’s value and teach you how to figure out yourhome’s worth.

Topics

  • Factors that Impact a Manufactured Home’s Value
    • Land
    • Condition, Size, and Layout
    • Location
    • Neighbors
  • Find your Manufactured Home’s Value
    • Research The Value Yourself
  • Appraisal Vs. Book Value
  • NADA Manufactured Home Value Estimate
  • Hire An Appraiser
  • Conclusion: How Much is Your Manufactured Home Worth?

Factors that Impact a Manufactured Home’s Value

Land

The land is often more valuable than the home. Since land is a limited supply commodity it will gain value over time whereas a home will lose value. Houses need updates and repairs as it ages so they always depreciate over time, land does the exact opposite and gains value. Eventually land surpasses the home in value. This goes for any kind of home, not just manufactured homes.

The reality is that the physical structure actually depreciates over time. It is the land underneath the structure that appreciates in value. This is a significant distinction, considering that the purchase of a home is the single greatest investment that most retail investors will make in their lifetimes. – Robert Stammers (Investopedia.com)

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Condition, Size, and Layout

The condition of your manufacturedhome is another major factor in determining its worth. A well-maintained and aesthetically appealing home can demand a higher price.

If your home has minor repair issues, go ahead and fix them before you calculate your home’s value. A fresh coat of paint can do wonders too!

Amy Anderson, an agent with Davidson Realty, Inc. in St. Augustine, Florida, interviewed by US News, stated,“Someone will pay $15,000 more for a well-kept house that’s move-in ready than they will for a house that needs $5,000 worth of work.”

The size and layout of the home are important too. Manufactured homes are a perfect size for the hottest trend in housing – small homes.

Anderson gave US news her opinion on the importance of a home’s size:

“While homebuyers used to swoon over ample square footage, many have fallen out of love with the McMansion. “I think people realize when they buy a 3,300-square-foot house, they’re not getting what they thought they were,” Anderson says. “There’s more upkeep and a lot more involved with taking care of these huge houses.” –Amy Anderson (US News)

Location

The location has a huge impact on every home.

Proximity to schools, hospitals, major commercial areas, and entertainment venues are important to home buyers. Homes that are located in or around places of convenience will be higher value than a home that isn’t.

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The location’s statistics will play an important role in home valuationtoo. Favorable statistics for a neighborhood, such as crime rates and calculatedearnings, influenceda home’s valuation. You will also need to consider the neighborhood itself; if surrounding homes are in good condition and the area is not overly developed or crowded this can increase your manufacturedhome’s value.

BobVilla.com announced the findings of the Nabewise Studies. Buyers ranked safety, commute, real estate prices, cleanliness, and accessible public transit as the top five most important neighborhood characteristics.

Neighbors

Neighbors play an important part of your home’s total worth. If your neighbors take good care of their homes and have tasteful curb appeal it can positively impact the value of your home.

On the other hand, if a neighbor doesn’t care for their home well it could negatively impact your home’s value.

Related: Learn about even more factors that impact your home’s worth.

Find your Manufactured Home’s Value

Research The Value Yourself

If you enjoy a good research project, you can determine your home’s worth yourself. This is hardly a scientific method but it can give you a general sense of your property value.

With the proper informationand tools available online you should be able to get a fairly accurate estimate. The following is the information you will need to calculate an accurate home value estimate:

  • Look at your property tax statement to see how muchyour local tax appraiser valued your property.
  • Research your neighborhood’s listings, especiallynotating listings closest to your home. you can usually find out how much a property sold for through yourlocal county recorder’s office.
  • Order aComparative Market Analysis from a local Realtor. The market analysis compares your home to others in the general market and allows you to see how much they sold for.

With figures from the three sources above you should be able to get a good idea of your property value.

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Appraisal Vs. Book Value

When it comes to manufactured homes there are two different methods used to get a home’s value.

The first is the appraisal which takes into account the land and the home and is what we have been discussing so far in this article. An appraisal takes into account all kinds of information from various sources and is typically calculated by a person.

The second type of home value method for manufactured homes is the book value. The book value is calculated the same way the value of a car is calculated, via an algorithm. It uses the make and model of a home, the size and upgrades, and its age to estimate the home’s value without the land. These book values are possible thanks to large databases that track large amounts of data on manufactured homes and is typically computer-generated.

NADA Manufactured Home Value Estimate

The NADA Manufactured Home Appraisal System can provide you a home value estimate for $20. You can fill the forms out online or via fax or mail.This guide is used by professionals in assessing manufactured home value and can prove very useful because the system is so thorough.

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See a National Appraisal System sample manufactured home appraisal reporthere.

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Hire An Appraiser

Having a professional manufactured home appraiser can certainly help you determine the fair value of your home. However, you’re going to want to be sure you’re hiring an appraiser that is knowledgeable about manufactured homes. Ask them if they have taken a manufactured home appraisal course or have a certification.

The I’M HOME initiative released a48 page PDF titledREAL HOMES, REAL VALUE: Challenges, Issues, and Recommendations Concerning Real Property Appraisals of Manufactured Homes that you can read herethat looks at the many issues facing manufactured home appraisals today.

A good appraiser will be certified and/or have a state license. Both show a level of educational training and field experience in appraising properties. Most appraisers will have information available explaining their background, experience, and areas of expertise.

You can find a reputable appraiser through an online search or by getting a recommendation from a local Realtor.

Conclusion: How Much is Your Manufactured Home Worth?

As you can see, there are several methods and tools for assessing the value of your manufactured home.

The most recommended method of obtaining an accurate manufactured home appraisal is via a licensed appraiser. They have the experience, knowledge, and professional tools necessary to determine the most accurate value for your home. If you aren’t as worried about accuracy the other methods we mentioned above are a good way to get a close estimate.

Have you had your home appraised? How was your experience? Do you feel it was an accurate value?

Thank you so much for reading Mobile Home Living!

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FAQs

What is the Blue Book on a mobile home? ›

Blue books are used to determine a quote for an item based on the make, model, year, condition and other possible variables. This quote is then typically used as the basis in negotiations.

Do manufactured home retain value? ›

New data suggest that manufactured homes appreciate in value almost as quickly as traditional homes. Many have long held the assumption that mobile homes don't increase in value — or, at the very least, they rise in value at a much slower rate than traditional homes.

Do mobile homes gain or lose value? ›

Mobile Homes Tend to Drop in Value

Mobile homes placed in mobile home parks typically decrease in value over time. On the other hand, land normally appreciates over time. So, if you own land and build a traditional home or, in some cases even place a mobile home on the land, the value will normally appreciate.

Why do manufactured homes lose value? ›

One reason mobile homes depreciate in value is because they are personal property, not real property. "Real property" is defined as land and anything attached to it permanently. Anything that can be removed without "injury" to the land is not real property.

Do double wides hold their value? ›

Myth: Manufactured homes do not appreciate in value like other forms of housing. Instead, manufactured homes depreciate in market value, similar to the way automobiles lose value each day.

How much does a manufactured home depreciate each year? ›

In general, mobile homes depreciate at about 3-3.5% a year. Working out how much your manufactured house has depreciated can help you to fairly accurately determine the current value of your home. For example, a home that originally cost $50,000 will be worth $ 41,000 after six years.

How much value does a mobile home lose? ›

In general, mobile homes depreciate at about 3-3.5% a year. Working out how much your manufactured house has depreciated can help you to fairly accurately determine the current value of your home.

What is a 1973 mobile home worth? ›

an older home price: 1973 double wide in a nice family park might fetch $120,000 in Carpinteria, near the beach in California. In the same park a newer home of the same size will go for $250,000 or more.

What is the average useful life of a mobile home? ›

While the average life expectancy of a mobile home is 30 to 55 years, you can still outlast that number. This is best done if you ensure the installation is done properly, choose the right location, and generally adhere to maintenance practices.

Do mobile homes hold their price? ›

Do park homes hold their value? The short but misleading answer is no. A well-made new park home (such as a Willerby!) will have a lifespan of eighty years or longer, but they tend to lose cash value as they get older. Perhaps it's best to think of it as more like buying a car than buying a house.

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