How the Pandemic Has Changed the Homebuying Process
When the pandemic hit, more Americans than ever were shopping online for everything from groceries to consumer goods. E-commerce sales jumped nearly 32% in 2020 alone, according to U.S. Census Bureau data, and have remained strong as people have adapted and learn to enjoy the convenience of shopping online. In 2022, it’s not just groceries and standard consumer products being purchased from the comfort of home but buying cars and even homes online is now commonplace.
HomeQuest, one of the largest manufactured home retailers on the west coast, launched its e-commerce website during the height of the pandemic and has seen new home escrows increase by double digits. The innovative new platform – one of the largest in the country – allows home buyers to explore the largest database of floorplans available to configure and custom-build their ideal manufactured home. It can be delivered anywhere in the U.S.
The company’s platform allows filtered searches by price range, size, and other specs while viewing floorplans, images, and even virtual model home tours and selecting features such as upgraded appliances, finishes, and other interior design options… all from the convenience of your home computer. Available models include Tiny Homes (also called Park Models) used as She Sheds, home offices, or guest quarters for the backyard, up to 1,500 sq. ft. manufactured homes used as weekend getaways or primary residences.
HomeQuest has partnered with top manufacturers in the country to help homebuyers build their perfect unit at a competitive cost, saving them thousands off the Manufactured Suggested Retail Price. The platform currently features Tiny Homes and larger manufactured homes by Champion, Silvercrest, Skyline, Redman Homes, Fleetwood, Karsten, Golden West, and Back Porch Homes.
“The HomeQuest platform represents the next generation of home buying, with the ultimate in convenience and a user-friendly experience,” said Shane Joffe, a partner, and general manager of HomeQuest. “Homebuyers have hundreds of options from various floorplans to amenities and upgrades to custom design a manufactured home right from the convenience of their home computer.”
“We are simplifying the manufactured home buying process while offering an unprecedented number of options at every price point, so there is something for everyone,” explained Joffe. “We are helping modernize the industry and making virtual home buying easier than ever.