Comparing mobile/manufactured homes, site-built homes on real estate, condominiums and apartments, can be confusing!  We’re here to help by putting all the information in one place for easy comparisons.

Mobile/ Manufactured home Real estate Condominium Apartment
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A new factory-built home costs

about $45-60 per square foot.

A new traditional home built on-site costs about $90-$100 per square foot (excluding land)

New condos cost $90-$100 per square foot (excluding land)

 

Property Taxes +

Annual taxes on a new 2200 square

foot manufactured homes in

Iowa are $440

Annual taxes  in 2017 on $130,000

house in central Iowa   $2751

Annual taxes  in 2017 on $100,000 condo in central Iowa

$2171

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Included in rent.

Construction-Grade Building Materials +

Most people are surprised to learn that

today’s manufactured homes are built with the same building materials as site-built homes.

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Privacy +

You’re not living wall-to-wall in your own manufactured home.

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You’ve got at least one shared wall with your neighbor.

You’ve got at least one shared wall with your neighbor.

Storm Safety +

All Brenton Communities have emergency storm shelters or designated safe places.

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You probably have a basement – although some do flood.

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Does your condo or complex have a safe place to go in a storm?

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Does your apartment have a safe place to go in a storm?

Garage +

Most home sites in  are large enough for an optional garage.

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Unless it’s an old home, you’ve probably got a place for your car.

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Let’s assume condos have garages.

Be ready to scrape your car after a snow storm.

Planned community +

All residents agree to abide by common

guidelines for living.

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Unless you’ve got a homeowner’s association, you’re on your own.

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Unless you’ve got a homeowner’s association, you’re on your own.

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All residents agree to abide by rules of the complex.

Screened neighbors +

All residents in Brenton Communities

undergo a criminal background, sex offender and credit check before moving in.

Do you really know who your neighbor is?

Do you really know who your neighbor is?

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Let’s assume experienced apartment managers screen their tenants.

Build Up Equity +

You own your home.

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You own your home.

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You own your space.

You’ll never get back one penny you pay in rent.

It’s clear to see that a mobile/manufactured home from Brenton Communities wins in every category over other types of housing.

Come and see for yourself why so many people choose the manufactured housing lifestyle – attractive, affordable homes in beautiful, safe and quiet neighborhoods.

Call us today at one of our many locations, to schedule a time to see the home you’ve always wanted, with all the features you thought you couldn’t afford. Financing is available for those who qualify!