Maine Real Estate – Mobile Homes Are Now Eligible For The USDA 100% Program

A double or single-wide manufactured home is now eligible for RD (Rural Developement) financing only when purchased from one of their approved dealers. The manufactured home requirements are:

Rural Development – Manufactured Homes
Basic Requirements:

 Units must be new
 Placed on a private lot (not in a park)
 Put on a permanent, approved foundation
 Purchased through approved dealer-contractor


No furniture, including drapes, beds, chairs, sofas, lamps, tables, televisions, etc.
Furniture does not include refrigerators, ovens, ranges, washers and dryers, etc.

Certification and Inspection Requirements:

 Foundation Plan:
 Must be stamped by a Maine Registered Professional Engineer
 Must be approved/stamped by State Office
 Must transfer all loads below the established frost line
 Home must be permanently anchored to foundation

Manufactured Housing Unit:
Unit must have a properly affixed certification label indicating the construction of the unit is in accordance with Federal Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards (FMHCSS):

Maine real estate- manufactured housing tag

Maine real estate- manufactured housing tag





Must meet agency thermal requirements:
Comfort Heating and Cooling Certification
FMHCCS Uo Value Zone 3 for all of Maine

Required Contractor Statements:
Statement by dealer-contractor that any cash payments/rebates will be deducted from price of unit and not paid to applicant

Statement by dealer-contractor that the proposed cost is the full price of the unit and all development activities

If the applicant is purchasing furniture with other funds, a lien will not be filed against the Agency/Lender’s security property
Required Inspections for Manufactured Homes:

Stage 1 Inspection:  Prior to or during placement of permanent foundation, but prior to backfill
Stage 2 Inspection:  Final inspection when construction is complete, unit is in place but prior to occupancy
-FMHCSS Sticker
-Comfort Heating & Cooling Certificate for Zone 3

 Approved Dealer/Contractor to provide:

 Lien Release  for all materials or labor furnished
 Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin indicating that the unit is free and clear of all encumbrances
 Builder’s Warranty
 All manufacturer’s warranties to the applicant

Lender Requirements:

 Recertification or Satisfactory Completion Certificate
 Water Test, where applicable
 Septic System Approval, where applicable

For a list of approved manufactured home Maine dealers,  call our office at: 207-784-2525  or email –