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These homes have specific design specifications that exceed
ENERGY STAR standards and meet the criteria of the following:
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
- U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development
- Fannie Mae MH Select™
Why you should offer, promote and sell ENERGY STAR qualified
homes and why a customer should buy one:
- Lower Operating Costs. ENERGY STAR qualified homes — because
they are highly energy efficient — have lower monthly operating
costs. This can reduce a homeowner's monthly out-of-pocket
expenses and potentially increase the resale value of a home.
- Customer Satisfaction. The efficiency measures built into an
ENERGY STAR qualified home have other benefits that increase
customer satisfaction. They are typically more comfortable,
durable, quiet, environmentally friendly and have superior
moisture control compared to non-ENERGY STAR qualified homes.
- Parity with Site Built. Because there is a single ENERGY
STAR label covering all types of housing, the program offers
another opportunity for a manufactured housing retailer to
demonstrate parity with or superiority to site-built
- Third-party Verified. ENERGY STAR is third-party verified.
An EPA-authorized independent agent verifies the manufacturer's
energy efficient design and compliance with ENERGY STAR
- Government Backed. The ENERGY STAR label can be a powerful
sales tool. ENERGY STAR is a nationally recognized brand, backed
and promoted by two federal agencies (US EPA and US DOE).
- Advanced Technology. ENERGY STAR qualified homes incorporate
advanced technologies into their construction that have been
demonstrated to reduce energy usage and expenditure.
Next Step Foundation Requirements-
Foundations are central for two important aspects of
- A high quality permanent foundation improves the lifetime
performance of the home, it’s energy efficiency and aesthetic
- A foundation that meets all lender requirements allows for a
better initial mortgage and increases the potential for
successful resale of the home. Although Next Step requires an
FHA Title II Foundation for the majority of our homes, we
recognize that alternative foundation systems may be adequate
and appropriate in manufactured housing communities. Please
contact Next Step staff for further details about alternative
FHA Title II Foundation -
- Is required for a HUD FHA insured real estate mortgage loan
for manufactured housing. This permanent foundation is designed
by a professional engineer to FHA standards . (Title I is for
Chattel finance and with no permanent foundation)
- Meets highest quality standard for permanent
foundation—meets all lender requirements.
- Also must meet HUD specifications in the “Permanent
Foundation Guide for Manufactured Housing”.
- A licensed professional engineer's seal and signature are
required to certify design compliance with the Foundation Guide.
- The lender should furnish the appraiser with a design
engineer's inspection of the foundation prior to the appraisal.
FHA Title II Foundation (Link)
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