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Market Conditions in Encinitas : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Mar 14, 2014
Michael Pountney answered:
I would say the real estate market in Encinitas is booming. Good houses are selling fast and prices are rising. Encinitas is investing a ton of money into the city services and infrastructure. People want to live near the beach with good school districts. Encinitas is one of the last affordable beach towns to live in, in Southern California. ... more
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Thu Nov 22, 2012
John Arendsen answered:
You really should start with the park manager. You will have to fill out an application and be approved by them before you even make an offer on a manufactured home in a rental park

I see that this home could be a pre HUD, built before June 15, 1976. If you are thinking about securing a loan for the purchase you will find that most lenders will not lend on a PRE HUD home. Additionally, you should be aware that many if not most Pre HUD homes were built with lots of caustic and carcinogenic chemicals i.e. formaldahyde and asbestos.

Most importantly be sure to have it thoroughly inspected by an experienced MH inspector and not just any home inspector as there are several nuances with MHs that you don't have in a conventional site-built home and most home inspectors not familiar with these nuances will not even know what to look for.

Make sure the inspector crawls under the home and thoroughly inspects each and every pier and pad assembly for rust, deterioration and decomposition if steel and for decompsition if concrete as homes that close to the ocean can be severely impacted by salt.

They should also make sure the home is level by checking all the doors and windows to make sure that they are not swinging or sticking and that all the strike plates on the doors are properly aligned and the doors close soundly.

The inspector should also inspect the steel mainframe for rust and decomposition as well. I can't tell you how many mainframes we've had to repair that were suffering and in some cases even failing from rust and deterioration related issues.

Be sure and have the inspector check for rips and tears in the vapor barrier under the floor. If there are openings in this membrane it could allow the insulation under the floor to become compromised and even fall on the ground.

Openings in the vapor barrier are also a great place for rodents and cats to habitate and reproduce. We've eradicated countless critters from these cavities over the years and it's not a very pleasant experience.

Finally and very importantly make sure the home has a state Housing and Coummunity Development Department (HCD) certified earthquake resistant bracing system (ERBS) as this area is classified as a Zone 4 earthquake area.

We are an experienced California licensed Manufactured home and general contractor and manufactured home dealer, developer and real estate brokerage with decades of experience in the MH industry.

We are located in North San Diego in Encinitas, Vista and San Marcos and cover the entire San Diego market we we would be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have about purchasing a MH at no charge or obligation to make sure you're made aware of the many Manufactured Home nuances, facts and important information you need to know before purchasing a Manufactured Home.

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Sun Nov 18, 2012
Suzy Morris answered:
Yes and No! Yes! We and lot of other firms can help you find investment properties in the entire US as well as other countries. However, we would like find you an investment in San Diego.

I hate to say really the answer is NO! I would not advise you going outside the US unless you understand risk. Many sad stories of overseas investors. Also, we use local partners for US and international locations. So yes we can help you, but no it really is our partners outside SoCal.

My advise is make sure who ever you use has a strong local partner with track record.

Hope this helps!
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