Wanting to buy a mobile home in Reedley in the Senior park.

Asked by rtaranta, Reedley, CA Tue Jul 9, 2013

I'm only 52, but have no children living at home and want to make this my last (and only) home purchase. Is there any give on the age limit, and with whom should I speak?

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Ron Thomas, Agent, Fresno, CA
Fri Jul 19, 2013
I cannot find any Mobiles in Reedley, Orange Cove, Dinuba, or anywhere close to Reedley right now:
I can keep an eye out and let you know.
There are some very cheap houses in that area, particularly Orange Cove; from $125k down to $45K. You can bet that they will need some work.
Are you hard and fast on Reedley?
Let me know if I can help.
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John Arendsen, Agent, Leucadia, CA
Fri Jul 19, 2013
As far as qualifying to live in a 55+ senior community most park/communities are very strict about this rule and tend to enforce it very aggressively. Unless you have a spouse or a partner who is 55 years or older you may be out of luck.
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John Arendsen, Agent, Leucadia, CA
Fri Jul 19, 2013
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

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 decomposition if concrete as homes 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.

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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.

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