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RISMEDIA, Sept. 19, 2008-Realty Development Associates, a builder specializing in modular or factory-constructed homes, is experiencing growing sales in the tear down-rebuild market.

Realty Development Associates is reporting a 35% increase in sales at a time when the housing market and building has been declining. This trend is very appealing on the South Shore and Cape Cod where valuable land is often difficult to find. The tear down-rebuild is popular with the newly retired age group who are converting vacation cottages into year-round residences as well as first time homebuilders.

Realty Development Associates is currently completing the construction of a tear down-rebuild home at Winter Street in Norwell, MA. The owner purchased the piece of land in Norwell where he wanted to build. He contracted with Realty Development Associates to tear down a small log home on the property and handle the construction of his new custom designed modular home being put together on site.

This 2900 square foot customized, Energy Star Compliant, modular model is a traditional colonial with a two car garage and a full farmer’s porch in front. The house was constructed at the Wingdale, NY Westchester factory and shipped to the Norwell site. According to Don Shulman, president of Realty Development Associates, the home represents a customized design that showcases the modular advantage. The four bedroom, two and a half bathroom home features cathedral ceilings in the family room and master bedroom.

It has an unfinished bonus room above the garage and a Jacuzzi tub in the master bathroom. The kitchen features a built in desk and high wall cabinets with crown molding. It also features the Realty Development Associates standard features that include architectural shingles, Anderson windows and 200 AMP electrical.

“We are excited about the growing interest in modular housing and how the public is reacting to the trend,” said Shulman. “The number of people attending our open houses has grown and this has helped people understand the superior construction and the customization that goes into each individual home.”

Houses are assembled at the factory in six days and shipped to Realty Development Associates. They in turn can assemble a modular house and make it weather-tight in a day or two, then bring the project to completion within 8 to 10 weeks.

According to the company, Realty Development handles everything from the tear down, engineering, permitting to the final finishing touches on the homes. Modular construction is becoming more popular as a means of accomplishing a teardown-rebuild, or replacing a smaller obsolete house on the same lot with one that is more functional. Modular or factory-built homes use 20% more wood in the framing process than traditional or “stick-built” products.

For more information, visit or call (508) 888-4212.