Modular Homes Offer Quicker, Cheaper Path To New House

THE SEASON. GOOD FOR THEM. IT LOOKS BEAUTIFUL. I’M SURE THE COMMUNITY WILL LOVE IT. THANK YOU, DAVID. IF YOU’RE IN THE MARKET FOR A NEW HOME, YOU MIGHT WANT TO CONSIDER A MODULAR. A CONSTRUCTION COMPANY HAS PUT ITS FIRST HOME FOR SALE. IT IS PART OF A BIGGER PROJECT TO USE MODULAR HOMES. WE EXPLAIN WHY IT COULD MEAN A BETTER DEAL FOR THE BUYER. IT USES THE SAME MATERIALS THAT ANY OTHER HOUSE. IT’S JUST BUILT INSIDE OF A FACTORY. Reporter: WALKING THROUGH THIS HOME ON IRVING AVENUE NORTH, YOU WOULDN’T NOTICE ANYTHING OUT OF THE ORDINARY.

YOU CAN’T TELL WHERE THE TWO COMPONENTS WERE PUT TOGETHER. Reporter: THE MAIN FLOOR OF THE 4 DETERMINE, 3 BATH HOME ARRIVED IN TWO PUZZLE SPIESES ON A FLATBED. WHEN THEY SET IT DOWN, EVERYTHING WAS PERFECTLY SQUARE AND IT WAS GOOD TO GO. Reporter: THE FINISHED MODEL OFFERS HOMEOWNERS A HOME AT A DISCOUNTED PRICE. DEPENDING ON THE DESIGN OF THE HOUSE, 15 TO 25%, BUT THE — ONE OF THE BIGGER FACTORS IS TIME. Reporter: GARY WHO OWNS THE COMPANY SMART HOMES SAYS THE MAD YOU LAR HOUSE WAS LIVE-IN READY TWO MONTHS FROM BREAKING GROUND ON THE FOUNDATION. HE AND A BUSINESS PARTNER CAME UP WITH THE IDEA TO BRING MODULAR HOMES TO THE NORTH SIDE IN AN EFFORT TO REDEVELOP LOTS THAT ARE EXPENSIVE FOR PRIVATE BUYERS. WE FELT THAT WE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY IN THIS NEXT YEAR, YEAR AND A HALF TO REALLY MAKE A SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE. Reporter: SMART HOMES WILL BE BUILDING FOUR TO FIVE MORE HOMES IN NORTH MINNEAPOLIS OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS WITH THE HOPE VACANT LOTS WILL BE TURNED INTO A NEW KIND OF HOME FOR FAMILIES.

IT COULD HELP FULFILL A SIGNIFICANT NEED FOR QUALITY HOUSING IN THE METRO AREA. Reporter: WCCO 4 NEWS. ALL OF THE MODULAR HOMES MADE BY SMART HOMES ALSO HAVE SMART TECHNOLOGY. THEY’LL INCLUDE APPS THAT ALLOW YOU TO OPEN YOUR FRONT DOOR OR CONTROL YOUR THERMOSTAT BY USING YOUR PHONE. IF YOU WANT INFORMATION ON THE .

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