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Mby852, Home Buyer in Nice, CA
Fri Feb 20, 2015
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Laura Souza, Real Estate Pro in MERIDIAN, ID
Mon Jan 26, 2015
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Alexander Gr…, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Mon Sep 29, 2014
Alexander Greer answered:
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I do not check replies, so if you have a comment or question email me here:

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Charlotte, Home Buyer in Paradise, CA
Sun Sep 7, 2014
Charlotte answered:
They don't tell anything you really need to know. Very annoying.
I don't care if they listed the house for a dollar if they don't give the costs, like
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Patti, Home Buyer in Santa Rosa, CA
Sat Aug 9, 2014
Patti answered:
Hi we are considering moving to lake county and purchasing a home. What are the most desirable areas to live in.
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Jean King, Real Estate Pro in Middletown, CA
Sun Jan 19, 2014
Jean King answered:
Information provided by Trulia may not be accurate; as noted this listing was not pulled directly from our MLS but rather the Listing Book which may or may not have syndication rights from the MLS. Regardless, MLS does indicate that this home does offer central heat and air. MLS further indicates this is maufactured, not stick built housing. Hope this information helps. ... more
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Smalayphone, Home Buyer in Clearlake, CA
Mon Sep 16, 2013
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ellie.roberge, Renter in Clearlake, CA
Sat Jul 6, 2013
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John Arendsen, Real Estate Pro in Leucadia, CA
Wed Jun 26, 2013
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

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 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 Community 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 manufactured 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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Suzanne Alex…, Other/Just Looking in Willits, CA
Wed Apr 24, 2013
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Duane Cissna, Home Buyer in Lakeport, CA
Fri Mar 22, 2013
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Ron Thomas, Real Estate Pro in Fresno, CA
Thu Dec 27, 2012
Ron Thomas answered:
You are desperate!
Your Credit or Finances, or both, will not allow you to go the conventional route:
You need the Seller to help you out!

The Seller will know it, and you are going to pay dearly for this service:
There aren't too many altruistic Sellers out there.

The terms that can be written into a Lease/Option can be dangerous to you:
How long is the Option period?
How much money are you putting in to the Option?
What happens if you are not able to execute the Option?
How do you know what your financial situation will be 2-5 years from now?
How much is the rent in the meantime?
Who will be responsible for maintenance and repair in the meantime?
What will be the Market Value of the home in 2-5 years?
What will be the Selling price 2-5 years from now?

This is the Ultimate Caveat Emptor!
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John Arendsen, Real Estate Pro in Leucadia, CA
Sun May 27, 2012
John Arendsen answered:
Once again I must chime in with Steve. I just heard one so called expert/pundent say on CNBC just this past week that we could be looking at as much as another 20% decline which really surprised me. However, I've also heard there's another 5.5 million foreclosures in the "SHADOW" that are still being held in absence awaiting release.

It's anybody's guess at this point. That stated, as any RE professional knows RE is very local and what's happening in one part of the Country, State, County, City may be the antitheses of what's happening in the other.

It's definitely a Mad Hatters ride at best and sometimes I wonder if the so called experts even have a clue. Frankly, I get crazy in the head watching and listening to all these expert/pundents arguing back and forth about their so called expertise and experience. Personally I'm short on RE and long on Apple. LOL!!
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Pam G., Home Owner in Hidden Valley Lake, CA
Mon Jan 31, 2011
Pam G. answered:
My husband and I too were intrigued by the beauty of the community but, that soon turned to disillusionment when you venture outside the "gates" of Hidden Valley. An area coffee shop has a slogon on their mugs that says it all....Lake County..on vacation or on probabtion. Everything decent takes an hour to get to. The wear and tear on your vehicles is tremendous if you are a commuter. The savings you have in home prices are quickly eaten up in wear and tear on you and your cars. Plus, don't even think you can get decent healthcare up here. There are too many negatives and only a few positives. If you are retired or a telecommuter then this is perhaps a option for you. My best advice is to rent up here before even considering purchasing. I wish we had done the same. ... more
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Fiona Macken…, Real Estate Pro in Kelseyville, CA
Sun Oct 31, 2010
Fiona Mackenzie answered:
If it's a terrific property that's priced well, it will receive multpile offers and go into escrow within a week or so. Escrow will usually close 30-45 days afterwards. That's why it's important to hook up with a local realtor who can inform you immediately when a new property, fitting your requirements, comes onto the market. Having said all that, properties are generally listed with a realtor for 6 months. If an offer isn't made within a certain period of time, the realtor will advise the owner to lower the price. ... more
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CHERYL MARIN…, Real Estate Pro in Clearlake, CA
Tue Nov 17, 2009
Mike Lieb,  in 95451
Wed Jul 8, 2009
Mike Lieb answered:
Alternatively, you might try these two Lakeport numbers: Lake Vacation Rentals at (707)263-7188 or CPS Country Air at (707)263-1523 for short term rentals.

Why is this post still here after almost two years?! C'mon people! ... more
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Elizabeth Da…, Real Estate Pro in Lakeport, CA
Sun May 24, 2009
Elizabeth Davis asked:
Since November '08 to April '09 the average price has gone down to $184,000. This includes ALL sold properties in Lake County and the surrounding cities of the Clear Lake Basin. Most purchases…
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