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2007, Home Buyer in Philadelphia, PA

i`am thinking of buying a mobile home but i want to know is it safe to live in mobile home and whats the side affect of living in mobile house also i

Asked by 2007, Philadelphia, PA Sat Sep 26, 2009

want ask is it true when u buy mobile house you dont own the land and it`s easy for the land owner to ask you to move out

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Dear homebuyer,

There are mobile homes for sale in Plumstead Township, Bucks County. This mobile park is convenient to great shopping and located in the Central Bucks School District, one of the top 50 schools in the Philadelphia area, rated by Philly Magazine.

It is true that you do not own the land, you pay a land fee. To answer your other question, yes the landlord can ask a mobile home owner to move with usually 30 days notice. Since you asked if it would be safe, this is how the landlord keeps the park as safe as possible, getting rid of disturbing neighbors. The landlord also helps in keeping disturbance at bay with the power to have the tenants vacate if they have noisy pets or unruly children. Some allow one dog upon approval of the animal, but, the pet owner should beware that if the dog is a barker, he may be asked to move.

PS: Plumstead isnot in the 19053 zip code, but, I am sure that most mobile home communities follow these same guide lines.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 10, 2010
Hello Lalla!

I actually spent the early years of my housing career working in all stages of Manufactured housing so I am very well educated to answer your question.

"Mobile Homes" Now called Manufactured Homes are a great way to purchase an affordable home. Yes, if you are looking a a Manufactured home in a community...then the lot that the home is placed on is a rented lot. You purchase the home and rent the land. Manfactured homes are actually built better than stick built homes if you are purchasing something from 1980 and newer to keep things simple....the codes for building a manufactured home "mobile" home are written by the national government. The home is built in a factory (not outside like stick built) and if a home is built well enough to travel down the road usually 100 miles to the site "lot" where it will be set ...don't you think it is built well? Manufactured Housing is built very well and yes you are right...you do not own the land. But, the way the land owner makes money is by having you live on his land and you pay rent. The only way someone would want you to move your home is if you stop paying the land rent or if the land is being taken over to improve a public necessity like a air port expansion etc.

All and All....this is a wonderful way to own a home in a managed community..where you can have a yard, a dog and a garden and own a little piece of the american dream.

So, I say go for it and good luck.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Sep 27, 2009
The newer mobile homes are perfectly safe as long as you don't place it in an area that gets hurricanes or heavy flooding. The only side affect of living in a mobile home is that they are not built as good as houses but they are still fine for living in. I own two of them and love the fact that everything is on one level so there are no steps to climb. If you don't have your own land to place it on and you live in a mobile home park there are rules and regulations that you have to abide by otherwise the land owner can ask you to leave. You would either have to move the mobile home somewhere else or sell it and the landowner has to agree to whoever buys it that they are permitted to live there. They do credit checks.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 26, 2009
Mobile homes are in a different category than a conventional home. First of all you don't get a mortgage, you get a loan similar to a car loan. Second, you lease the property that you put the mobile home on. (Unless you own land where you plan to park it).

Are they safe? Well don't park them in Tornado Alley or in the path of hurricanes.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 26, 2009
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