Iowa Construction and Home Improvement AssociationsMore Iowa residents are choosing factory built homes over traditional homes. Factory built housing sales increased by 28% in 2012 from the previous year's sales. Iowa officials say modular homes have become 6% of the single family home building permits requested. The popularity of manufactured homes is so great in the state, officials proposed a revolving loan program to assist residents in purchasing manufactured homes but the bill did not pass the state senate.

Most consumers do not know there is a difference between a modular home and a manufactured home. Both modular and manufactured homes are factory built, but, a modular home is easily mistaken for a traditional home. Most manufactured homes are mobile homes constructed according to Federal Construction Safety Standards Act on a non-movable steel chassis. A modular home is constructed with the same building codes as a traditional home, but, they need approval from a state inspection agency.

Iowa resident turned to manufactured homes because they offered a guaranteed price for a home. Consumers know the price per square foot they will pay, and, they know the only additional costs are for site development, land costs, well or septic. In Iowa, as in other states, traditional home prices are influenced by regional, governmental and political factors as well as labor, and material costs, which vary according to the time of year, job-site conditions, local building codes, zoning laws, and liability insurance coverage.

Unfortunately, the price a consumer pays for a traditional house is influenced by too many variables making its cost out of reach for too many Iowa residents. Switching to factory built homes has given residents a chance to own a home.

Iowa Manufactured Housing Association

The association was organized in 1947 to promote and strengthen the manufactured home industry. Since then, they have worked to keep manufactured homes an affordable alternative to traditional housing and ensure homes are built according to mandatory building codes.

They IMHA represents manufacturers of manufactured and modular homes, retailers, suppliers and service companies. Their goal is to make the manufactured housing industry more efficient and productive through strong associations within their organization. Their board of directors set the objectives for the organization in response to members concerns. By coming together and working on issues as a team, they create an environment for problem solving, research sharing, and training.

Contractors in the manufactured housing industry can keep informed of state and federal legislation that influences their industry when they become members. The association is there to monitor, analyze, interpret, and advice members on trends. The association also serves as a liaison with regulatory agencies such as the Code Commission, Department of Transportation, Department of Housing and Urban Development and local agencies.

Quad City Builders and Remodelers Association

The QCBR is a non-profit association representing home improvement contractors in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. One of the association's goals is to ensure homeowners in the area receive quality, safe, affordable housing. Members within the association working towards this goal include members of the of financial community, insurance companies, and trade contractors.

The QCBR has over 300 members from the home building and remodeling industry within Iowa. They work in partnership with the Home Builders Association of Iowa, Home Builders Association of Illinois, and the National Association of Home Builders to keep legislation and regulatory actions working in favor of the home building industry.

Keeping legislation working in favor of the residential building industry is a measure to ensure more residents can afford to own their own homes. Members believe that keeping affordable housing a priority increases the profit margin of contractors in the building industry. So members of the QCBR are encourage to work toward legislation that favors the industry.

The QCBR also works toward better educating their members. They have established education programs in collaboration with the NAHB to give members a chance to improve their businesses through personal development courses. Members are encourage to participate in webinars, specialized team training, and continuing education classes to help them grow as professionals in the building industry.

Home Builders Association of Iowa

The HBA provides leadership for over 1750 members of Iowa's residential construction industry. The eleven HBA state chapters participate in government affairs, networking opportunities, supporting new technology and trends, and building the reputation of members and home building industry through ethical business practices.

Within the association, members have a forum for issues impacting residential construction. They are able to present a unified voice with the power to impact legislation, regulations and codes and make the building industry stronger. The association encourages its members to participation in the legislative process so they can improve the future of the residential building industry.

Family members of HBA members can also benefit by accessing a scholarship program which will pay for their education if they major in a home building industry field. Family members can receive up to $1,000.00 in financial aid paid directly to their school.

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