Is a Clayton Built® Home a Good Investment?

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From affordability and quality construction to a variety of design options and energy efficient features, learn more about why a Clayton Built® home can be a good investment.

Becoming a homeowner has many benefits, from helping increase your family’s financial security to giving you the freedom to take on the decor or landscaping projects you want. A home is an investment in your future, and there are a few key reasons why a Clayton Built® home can be a great fit for all of your needs.

First of all, most people are aware that home prices are continuing to rise across the country. In fact, the average sales price of a new site-built home hit an all-time high of $437,000 in April 2021, according to the Census Bureau. That price range is simply not within the budget of many home buyers, and that’s where manufactured homes can offer a more affordable option for becoming a homeowner.

As of March 2021, the Census Bureau also reported the average sales price of a new manufactured home without land was $98,100. That means if you choose to purchase a manufactured home, it’s possible you might have a lower down payment and monthly mortgage payment than you would with a site-built home, which can help make it easier to turn your dream of homeownership into a reality.

Manufactured home dining area and kitchen with wooden table and chairs, wooden console table, green island, white cabinets and stainless steel appliances.

Finding Your Clayton Built® Home

While the affordability of a home is a key factor for many buyers, at Clayton we know what’s inside the home is important, too. Our Clayton Built® homes are constructed in our home building facilities using quality materials from top home building brands. And all new manufactured homes are built to HUD code, which sets standards for construction, safety, energy efficiency and more. So, you can trust you’re choosing a home that’s both strong and reliable, and that it will be a place you and your family can enjoy for many years.

And, of course, we have to talk about a few of the details and features you can find in our homes. We have a wide variety of styles, from farmhouse to traditional to modern, and you’ll also find that many of our floor plans have available customization and upgrade options, such as different kitchen or bathroom layouts. From fireplaces, flex spaces and soaker tubs to smart thermostats, Frigidaire® appliances and Low-E windows, we offer the features and options we know home buyers want.

We’re all about helping you find the home that’s a perfect fit for you, not someone else. So when you invest in a new Clayton Built® home, you can know that home has been built just for you — right down to the paint colors and cabinets — without the need for any of the expensive or time-consuming renovations you might have with an older home.

Exterior of a CrossMod home with blue-gray and white siding, a small front porch and a garage with a driveway.

Other Ways to Invest in Your Manufactured Home

Once you’ve found a home model that you like, there are a couple other considerations that can help make your Clayton Built® home a great investment. For example, are you interested in an attached or detached garage? In some cases, a garage can be added to the design of your home, and we also have several home models that include a garage option.

Placing your manufactured home on land that you own, especially if that land is in a good location or a neighborhood, is another way to really invest in your new home purchase. Having your own land can be especially helpful if you plan on doing extensive landscaping or gardening, want to ensure your privacy without having a landlord or plan on adding on to your home at some point. In addition, you may also want to choose to place your home on a permanent foundation.

You may also be interested in a CrossMod™ home, which combines some of the features of both off-site and site-built homes, such as:

  • An elevated roof pitch
  • A garage, carport or covered porch
  • And a permanent foundation

CrossMod™ typically start at $200,000 in most areas, not including the cost of land. And, because of the features this type of home has, they can appraise similarly to a site-built home and increase in value over time, depending on the housing market.

Finally, you’ll also want to be sure to maintain your new home through regular maintenance. At Clayton, we’re here to help you even after your home purchase, so we have all of the tips and tricks you’ll need to keep your home in top shape, inside and out.

If we know one thing with our years of experience, it’s that each homeowner’s journey has unique steps, and we want to help you as you navigate them. You can get started on investing in your future today by contacting your local home center to learn more about what beautiful and affordable homes are available near you.

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