Student Built Modular Homes can be one of the best deals in housing

If you are looking for a bargain in a brand new custom Green home you may not have to look
any farther than your local High School or Technical College.   As I was searching the scouring
the internet for information on trends in modular home building, modular homes for sale and
other related topics, I discovered a logical, yet disheartening trend.  For many years now, High
School Technical School Programs, Community Colleges and Universities, have offered a very
rewarding hands on experience for students in the Building Trades and Construction programs
in which the students partake in a year long (sometimes 2 years) project of building a house.   
The house is usually completed near the end of the spring semester, at which time the school
puts the house up for sale or at auction to recoup the money they spent on materials and
maybe make a little profit.  The proceeds of the sale is then used to fund the building project
for the next group of students.  And so it goes on from year to year.  

This is how it works in an ideal situation.  However, what I found as I did a little research was
that in the past few years as the economy and the housing market in particular began to
weaken, it became much harder to just build a house and have people line up waiting to buy it.  
With the shrinking number of buyers and increased number of inexpensive houses available
due an increase in  foreclosures.  There were some schools that still were able to sell their
project houses at a profit.

But there were many other instances of schools that did not get the minimum bid required to
break even on the house or sold the home at a loss in a no reserve auction.  Other schools
had their student built modular home sitting on the lot waiting to be purchased for over a year.  
The result was some high schools and technical colleges were forced to discontinue or alter
their Construction Program.  So instead of students getting valuable experience completing all
the varied tasks involved in building a modular home, they only had the option of taking cabinet
making, or some other more limited course.  

In addition, we strongly believe that continuing programs that allow students to be exposed to
the entire process of building a home is beneficial to the students themselves, as well as the
community.  The sense of accomplishment that is felt by the team of students when they
complete a house is something that cannot be duplicated in the classroom.   So it appears that
the reason that some of the houses are not being sold in a timely manner in order to keep the
programs going is simply that there is an information gap.

The student built homes offer an opportunity for a prospective buyer to get a quality home at a
price that is still less than full retail, while benefiting the students by supplying the school with
needed cash to buy materials for the next home.  But because the housing market is soft and
there are less potential buyers and the economy in general is struggling, leaving schools with
limited or no funds to invest in advertising to get the word out to consumers that these
exceptionally priced houses are available, the houses go unsold or do not bring back enough
money to cover the costs and pay for materials for the next project.  

In an effort to close this gap in a way that doesn't cost any money to the schools that offer
these student built modular homes (actually any student built home is eligible even if it isn't
considered modular), we are building a section on this website to promote all of the available
student built project homes that are for sale or that will be for sale in the coming year.  We will
begin by listing a link to every student built home we can find in a calendar format, so you can
see the homes that require bids the soonest.  There are different methods used by schools to
sell the houses but for example a typical sale takes place in the form of a Sealed Bid auction
with sealed bids being taken up until a certain date and time.  The bids are then opened at that
time or reviewed and opened a couple days later.  

No matter which method is used for the sale of a student built home, we encourage all schools
that have a home built by students as part of a Construction Project that is being offered for
sale to contact and supply the necessary details so we can list
your home on and provide free exposure for your sale.  By creating a
space on this website where all of the student built homes can be listed together, the result will
be that consumers most interested and likely to buy a home like this will be able to see the
homes available and hopefully find a home in the area they live in or would like to live in that
fits their needs.  
Update - Student Built Modular Home Sold!
The beautiful home built by students at Middle Bucks Institute of Technology
received multiple bids and the school board has decided to accept a bid and will
be selling the house.  To everyone who was interested in the house, you will be
happy to know that since this house will be sold, the school plans to build
another one for the 2011-2012 school year.  Thanks for your interest.  We will
continue to find similar deals to promote on this page of the website.  If your
school has a program like this and would like to help get the word out about
your house, contact and we will gladly promote
the sale for free.

Modular home built by students to be auctioned -  sold!
modular home
Houses Built by Students
Student Built Modular Home for sale in Charlottesville, Virginia.  
1300 square foot modular home
3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
Framing according to Green Built guidelines
Bids are due by April 11, 2011.  Details on
CATEC Website
Student Built Home in Hastings, Nebraska to be auctioned off.  
The 1680 square foot ranch style home was constructed by Central
Community College - Hastings campus students of Construction
Technology, Electrical Technology; and Heating, Air Conditioning and
Refrigeration.  The auction is scheduled for May 4, 2011.  Details for this
auction on   
If your Technical High School or College has a student building
program you would like to promote, please contact and provide some details and we
would be glad to post them on this site.

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Somerset County Technology Center
2018 Modular home is now for sale.  Check out the details and
bid package.

Wright Technical Center House
Buffalo, Minnesota student built house.  Now accepting bids until
March 25, 2019.  I'm not sure if this one is technically a modular
home but it looks like they did a good job on it so I wanted to
promote it anyway.