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Learn more about Clayton CrossMod homes and the features that make them indistinguishable from traditional site-built homes.
MARYVILLE, Tenn., Dec. 14, 2023 ~ Clayton, a leading national builder of single-family attainable housing, is set to benefit from the Federal Housing Administration's (FHA) new appraisal guidelines. The updated policy will now appraise CrossMod® homes alongside site-built homes and other CrossMod homes, instead of older off-site built homes without CrossMod features. This provides homeowners the opportunity to build equity and wealth over time.

Kevin Clayton, CEO of Clayton, said: "We join housing leaders across the country in applauding FHA for their new appraisal guidelines that improve the valuation accuracy for CrossMod homes. These homes will play an essential role in addressing the affordable housing crisis."

CrossMod homes are challenging zoning restrictions and regulatory barriers where off-site built homes have historically been limited. For example, two CrossMod homes were placed within city limits in Atlanta earlier this year. The city of Atlanta allows off-site built homes that are secured to a permanent foundation - a zoning ordinance ideal for CrossMod that showcases how flexible policies can increase attainable homeownership opportunities in high-growth cities.

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Clayton CrossMod homes include features such as a permanent foundation, an elevated roof pitch, garage, covered porch, drywall interiors and energy-efficient features. These features help make them indistinguishable from traditional site-built homes. HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge said: "Increasing the supply of affordable homes in this country will require us to use every tool available to us. That includes innovative solutions like manufactured housing."

CrossMod homes are built to HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) code and blend the advantages of off-site and site-built construction which allows for increased affordable home inventory at a more efficient pace. All new Clayton CrossMod eBuilt™ are estimated to save homeowners up to 50% on their annual energy costs1 with renewable energy systems like solar which can offset up to 100% of the home's energy consumption as well as energy-efficiency features like Rheem® hybrid water heater, low-E windows with argon gas, ENERGY STAR® certified appliances, LED lighting throughout, an ecobee® smart thermostat and additional insulation.

The FHA's updated policy is set to provide homeowners with more attainable options when it comes to building equity and wealth over time while also helping address the affordable housing crisis across America by increasing supply through innovative solutions like manufactured housing with Clayton's CrossMod eBuilt™ technology which offers sustainable construction efficiencies at an efficient pace while also providing energy savings for homeowners over time.

1energy.gov ZERH guidelines
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