They haven't manufactured "Mobile Homes" since June 15, 1976. The actual terminology is "Factory Built" housing which comes in two forms; Manufactured, built on a steel mainframe chassis and trailer frame. The components be they single or multiple sections are transported to their situs on their own running gear by a vehicle called a totter.
They are then set up and installed on an Engineered Tiedown System (ETS) and/or State approved Earthquake Resistant Bracing System (ERBS) whence the running gear i.e. wheels and axles are removed and returned to a recycling plant where they are recycled to the various "Factory Built" housing manufacturers and reused to transport other Manufactured Home components.
"Manufactured Homes", also know as "HUD" compliant homes must conform to the State of California "Housing and community Development Department "HCD" set up and installation standards. The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has not had any jurisdiction over Manufactured Homes since 1981 unless they are under the original DMV "In lieu of Property Tax" (ILP).
However, these homes are becoming more scarce as they are often converted to "Local Property Taxes" (LLP) at which time they fall under the jurisdiction of the HCD from that time forward and not allowed to return to ILP under the DMV. Ho"pe you don't find this too confusing but it is important to know that the DMV no longer regulates the "Factory Built Housing Industry
The other form of "Factory Built" housing (residential) is called a "Modular Home". A Modular Home is built the exact same way that a "Manufactured Home" is built. In fact they generally go down the same assembly lines. The only difference is that they are not built on a steel mainframe chassis with their own running gear.
They are transported by a truck and "low boy" trailer to the site and either crane lifted or rolled onto a poured in place stem wall and foundation system and are then anchored in a common and traditional fashion to it. Unlike their "Manufactured Home", "HUD" cousins they must comply with local building and planning codes, regulations and ordinances.
Hope this helps. If you have any other questions please feel free to contact us anytime. We are a full service Manufactured Home Dealer, Manufactured Home Contractor, General Contractor, Real Estate Broker and developer. Even though we don't service Northern California we would be happy to address any of your concerns.
The term: "Manufactured home" includes two types of homes: Mobile Home and a Modular Home.
Mobile homes are delivered to the sight on their own axels and wheels and generally have the wheels remain in tact. It is not real property and you pay the DMV vehicle taxes on it.
Modular homes are pre-built homes which are delivered to the lot on flatbed trucks, hoisted onto a permanent foundation and bolted down. Therefore the Modular home becomes 'real property' because it is affixed to the land. You pay regular property taxes on a Modular home, according to Prop. 13, as you would on regular, or, "stick-built" homes.
The value of the Mobile home is generally less than that of a Modular home. Financing of such a home is not nearly as attractive as that of a Modular home. There tends to be fewer lenders wiling to lend on a Modular home than a traditional "stick-built" home. However, those that do, typically offer comparable rates and fees to that of traditional homes.
We are one of those lenders who lend on Modular homes. Why not call or e-mail me for more details?
Mike Walters, CA-DOC #280219
Community West Mortgage
You can actually design your own floor plan using any state of the art building materials, components, appliances, etc that you could incorporate into any traditionally built home. You don't have to have a "boxy" looking home at all.
In fact you can design in curvilinear and extended features i.e. bay windows, offsets, split level, multiple stories etc. utilizing wood, Hardy Board (cement board) or stucco siding. You can also choose between composition, shake, tile or cement roofing materials.
You can order any type of appliance, flooring, wall coverings, etc that you wish. Most manufacturers will be happy to work with you in the design stages of your home. One of the best in the business is Silvercrest Homes. They are considered the Cadillac in the Manufactured Home Industry and are very easy to work with.
I would recommend that you contact them http://www.silvercrest.com or call them at 800 silvercrest or 951 734-8405. Ask to speak to Steve Truslow and tell him that we recommended him. He would be happy to help find a local dealer in your area that would be happy to sit down with you and work out a floor plan that meets your criteria and budget.
Hope this helps and all the best in your "Factory Built" housing experience. Please feel free to contact me anytime should you have any questions. Even though I don't service your area I would be more than happy to help you inn any way I can. I am always happy to help anyone seeking knowledge and information about this fantastic industry..
Mike gave you some good information.
Also, I used to buy and sell land in the santa cruz and santa clara mountains, and a number of clients were interested in modular homes because of the savings, although my understanding is they're not as inexpensive as you'd think. I think there are some companies now making modular homes that don't look like they are pre-manufactured, and I believe there is a manufacturer near you and some near Santa Maria.
Lance King/Owner-Managing Broker