Download the shipping container home white paper here.
We asked Mary Martinez-Garcia, Manager of our Library Collection Development for Information Central at NAR, to explore the subject of shipping container homes for this paper and we are very happy with the results. Mary interviewed REALTORS®, manufacturers, and government agencies regarding the benefits and challenges of building a structure using shipping containers. She also found homes for all climates and budgets.
To me, the most surprising thing about shipping container homes is how different and varied these structures can be. They don’t have to look like giant rectangles. They can be customized to look like traditional homes. There are many different options to choose from, such as pre-fab homes, commercial office designs, and a wide variety of floor plans and design styles.
CRT is interested in this area because of the technology employed. When considering these homes one key factor is sustainability. Other technology considerations focus on the home as a mobile space that remains with you as you move for work or other needs. These technologies focus on the portability and flexibility of the space. These homes often allow a person to adapt to changing environments and locations because of their portability and customizability. Realtor.com recently featured a smaller space that was for sale for $49,500.
Shipping container homes are not for everyone but they are becoming more prevalent in urban and rural areas. REALTORS® will need to become familiar with the features, amenities, and issues related to shipping container homes as they become more mainstream. We’ve included plenty of images, site plans, and floor plans in this paper to help you become more familiar with current trends in the shipping container market. Download a copy of the white paper here and let us know what you think about this topic.