Many borrowers want to know if there are FHA home loans for manufactured homes, modular homes, or mobile homes.
The short answer is yes, there are, but the FHA home loan program does feature some rules you should know before deciding on the right manufactured home for you.
FHA Loan Rules For Manufactured Homes: Permanent Foundation Required
FHA mortgage loan rules for manufactured housing (located in HUD 4000.1) include a requirement that the property is or will become attached to a permanent foundation that meets federal and state requirements.
FHA home loans cannot be made for any mobile home that cannot or will not be attached to a permanent foundation and FHA mortgages cannot be approved for recreational vehicles or houseboats.
Manufactured Home Age Requirements
Mobile homes and manufactured homes must be compliant with the section of HUD 4000.1 found on page 151 which says the home must, “have the HUD Certification Label affixed or have obtained a letter of label verification issued on behalf of HUD, evidencing the house was constructed on or after June 15, 1976, in compliance with the Federal Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards”.
FHA Loan Rules: Retailer Alterations To The Home After Purchase
The manufactured home manufacturer or seller is permitted to make alterations to the home before delivery, “but must carefully ensure that the change complies with the HUD Code”.
In cases where there have been changes to the home that do not comply with the HUD Code, the FHA home loan rules state clearly that it cannot be approved for a home loan.
In this particular case, “An alteration is defined as the replacement, addition, modification, or removal of any equipment or installation,
FHA Home Loans For Mobile Homes: Rules For Relocation of the House
The HUD official site states “…it is crucial to check with the appropriate authorities having jurisdiction regarding transportation of manufactured homes and applicable zoning regulations regarding placement of the home.”
You may find that buying a manufactured home in another state or township includes certain rules for the transport and delivery of the home. But it’s not just getting the home from Point A to Point B: the FHA/HUD
Ask a loan officer for more information if you are not sure how these rules may affect your home loan transaction.