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Property Q&A in Brea : Real Estate Advice

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Wed Apr 30, 2014
Ashley Clouse asked:
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Mon Jan 21, 2013
John Arendsen answered:
Personally? I wouldn't touch that old place with that kind of space rent unless you're thinking about pulling it out and replacing it with a new one.
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Sat Jan 12, 2013
John Arendsen answered:
Marina, If folks are looking for manufactured homes I'm sure they have a very good reason for it. Don't feel embarrassed or intimidated by RE professionals trying to talk you or in many cases even shame you out of a manufactured home. If that's what you want it's up to the RE professional to help you find one not make you feel bad for wanting to purchase one.

First let me explain the difference between a "MOBILE HOME" and a "MANUFACtURED HOME". PRE HUD "Mobile Homes" have not been built since June 15, 1976 and they were built like trailers with thin walls, rolled aluminum roofs, aluminum siding and they were built very cheaply.

A "HUD" "Manufactured Home" by contrast actually started being built in the 80's. These homes were built with a wood like siding called Masonite and were framed with 2x4 and even 2x6 wood framed construction and many if not most of today MHs use drywall on the interior walls. The roofs are nicely pitched shingled roofs.

If you're purchasing a MH in a rent/lease park/community and you need to finance it you will probably pay a higher interest rate with at least a 25% DP and a 15 to 20 year term max in most cases.

Now if you're purchasing in a resident owned condo conversion, sub division or planned unit development (PUD) where you own the land and/or the air space there are competitive conventional 30 year mortgages available from most banks providing the home is on a foundation system.

If you want someone who can give you the answers you are looking for please feel free to email me at or call my cell anytime at 760 815-6977. By all means feel free to log onto any of our very user friendly websites:
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Sat Dec 29, 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

Although there is no date of manufacture on the listing I see that this home is obviously 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.

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 a California licensed and experienced manufacured home and general contractor and manufactured home dealer, developer and real estate brokerage with decades of experience in the MH industry.

We don't cover that area but we would be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have about purchasing a MH at no charge as long as we can do it on this forum. Or you can email us at

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Wed Oct 24, 2012
Mary Schreiber answered:
As per the MLS, this unit has sold. The space rent was $1300 per month.
Mary Schreiber
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Wed May 30, 2012
Maria Eliruiz answered:
Orchard Pl. as far as the mls is concern does not show a listing in the price range you are referring too.
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Wed May 30, 2012
Maria Eliruiz answered:
Currently the space rent is about $ 910 in a Senior community. Space rental vary in Brea as they do in Harbor City.
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Fri Jul 15, 2011
John asked:
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Thu Nov 25, 2010
Ben Teal asked:
It seems that HOA dues can only go up.
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Tue Sep 14, 2010
Kevin Olson, Jessica Laude answered:
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Mon Apr 5, 2010
Janet asked:
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Thu Jan 28, 2010
Greg Haraksin answered:
Hi Janet:

The listing on this mobile home expired almost 3 months ago. There is no indication of a foreclosure.
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Wed Nov 11, 2009
Aaron Zapata answered:
Funny you should ask about this property. Some how this got into Trulia, but this is not a real house. This address (2415 E. Imperial Hwy, Brea) is the address of the office I work out of. The photo looks like it came from a property out of the area.

So NO, this is not for sale.

Let me know if I can help with anything else!
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Tue Oct 13, 2009
Bonnie Scribner answered:
The link goes to Lennar Homes in Irvine. The homes are being offered "pre-opening" on October 17. When you are dealing with a new home sales office, it is often in your best interest to bring your agent along with you to make sure you understand all aspects of the contract, perhaps negotiate extra amenities, and follow the process through to closing. I would be happy to help you. You need to be accompanied the first time to the sales office to register with your agent. And the best thing is that this doesn't cost you a penny. Please feel free to call if I can help. Bonnie ... more
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Tue Oct 13, 2009
Greg Haraksin answered:
That's the address of the listing agent's office.
The home your inquiring about is in Corona.
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Wed Aug 19, 2009
Steven Kang answered:

This property isn't available at this time but another property very similar to this one in the same neighborhood just listed yesterday. Another one also may come available shortly that our office is aware of through an agent working with an owner.

Please contact me at if I can help. I'm a Broker-Associate at Hayes Land Office and work with Olivia, who was the listing agent for 3637 Falcon Way.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Steven Kang
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Tue May 19, 2009
Walter 'Skip' Kersten answered:
Hi Judy,
The space rent for this property is $900 per month.
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Mon Mar 16, 2009
Walter 'Skip' Kersten answered:
Hi Riz,
Call me and I will give you the information regarding this property.
Thanks, Walter
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