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Deepika, Home Buyer in Fremont, CA

what is a mobile home?

Asked by Deepika, Fremont, CA Thu Sep 25, 2008

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John Arendsen
Encinitas, CA

I'm way late for this one but it just popped up on my radar so here goes anyway.

Today's "Manufactured" "Factory Built" Home is constructed exactly like any Site-Buit (Stick Built) Home. In most cases even better inasmuch as they are built in a indoor climatically controlled environment and inspected by a liecensed HUD inspector through every phase of construction.

As a RE Broker, Manufactured Home Dealer, General Contractor and Manufactured Home Contractor in California, Arizona, Oregon and Florida for the past 25 years I can assure you that having built equally as many site built projects as I have Manufactured Home projects that I would select a manufactured home any day.

As for financing? There are plenty of lenders out there willing to finance MH's if they meet the following requriements.

Please feel free to log onto our Trulia or Active Rain blog for more comprehensive information about the MH Industry.

Or you can check our our website and give us a call or drop us an email. We are RE Brokers, Manufactured Home Dealers and licensed, bonded and insured General Contractors and have been actively engaged in the MH Industry statewide for almost 3 decades.

We also do "Lonnie Deals"
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Generally speaking a mobile home(trailer) is a living space that is constructed on wheels, initially transported on those wheels, and could possibly remove the home by use of the wheels.

Many "mobile homes" through time become more perminent and are embellished by additions,built up roofs, garages etc.
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Deepika, from the CAR website. -Steve

New Rules 2008

By Sonia M. Younglove

The January/February issue of California Real Estate magazine discussed several new laws affecting the real estate industry in 2008. But there are more! Read on for a summary of additional new laws that are sure to affect REALTORS®.

"Mobile Home" and "Manufactured Home" Defined (SB 538)

In the past, the terms "mobile home" and "manufactured home" had been used interchangeably in various California statutes. Now the legislature has decided to give them separate definitions in the hope of improving the ease of financing manufactured homes. According to the California legislature: "Continued use of the term 'mobile home' in various statutes, as well as the implication that the terms are interchangeable, exacerbates the confusion between the two products and deters affordable financing, discourages use in certain localities, and perpetuates incorrect perceptions as to codes and standards."

"Manufactured home" now generally means (with a few exceptions stated in the California Health & Safety Code Section 18007) " structure that was constructed on or after June 15, 1976, is transportable in one or more sections, is eight body feet or more in width, or 40 body feet or more in length, in the traveling mode, or, when erected on-site, is 320 or more square feet, is built on a permanent chassis and designed to be used as a single-family dwelling with or without a foundation when connected to the required utilities, and includes the plumbing, heating, air conditioning, and electrical systems."

"Mobile home" is now defined as "a structure that was constructed prior to June 15, 1976, "with the rest of the definition identical to the definition of a manufactured home. However, the reason for the selection of June 15, 1976, as the cutoff date is that all such housing built on or after June 15, 1976, is in compliance with the standards of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, promulgated under the federal National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act of 1974.

The new law also creates a definition for the term "multifamily manufactured home" as either of the following:
(1) A structure transportable under permit in one or more sections, designed and equipped to contain not more than two dwelling units, a dormitory, or an efficiency unit, to be used with either a support system as defined in Section 18613 or a foundation system as defined in Section 18551(a).
(2) A structure transportable under permit in one or more sections, designed to be used with a foundation system for three or more dwelling units, as defined by Section 18003.3.
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