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Q: My husband and I have been house-hunting for more than two years. We finally found this home that we loved -- it's in beautiful condition, set up perfectly for our family, the right size, the right location, etc. We made an offer and got it! Anyway, in the disclosures we learned that the house is actually a modular home that was prefabricated in the factory and moved to the lot in several pieces. It was attached to a permanent foundation and hooked up to all the utilities with permits from the city. We don't care that it's a modular home, but some of our family members expressed a lot of skepticism about it. Then, they were surprised when they actually came and saw the house. What gives? A: Modular homes have gotten a bad rap in the past because people used the term modular, manufactured and mobile homes interchangeably, while they're really quite different. The second- and third-generation modular homes that I see now often are totally indistinguishable from "sti...