From the Omaha World-Herald comes an upbeat article on manufactured housing by Erik Martin. The item, which ran in the real estate section, finds shoppers seeking to make their housing dollars go further in the current economy are taking a closer look at manufactured homes. “After looking at the options available, it’s clear that today’s manufactured homes—built off-site in a factory and then transported to a temporary or permanent location—are not the stereotypically flimsy trailers and cramped mobile homes of the past,” Martin writes. The article notes the construction quality, energy efficiency and comparable lifespan to stick-built housing. Martin also points out that based on results of the Manufactured Homes Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, the national average sales price of a new manufactured home in 2009 was $63,100.