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Crime & Safety in 92069 : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Nov 18, 2014
John Arendsen answered:
Casitas del Sol is a Sweetheart of a resident-owned Manufactured Houme Development and has a great reputation for safety. I have lived 5 miles from this beautiful little community for the pas 32 years and have worked there for alomst 3 decades.

It is one of the nicess retirement communities in San Diego and San Diego is one of the finest places in the World to live out ones life. The folks in that development are very friendly and easy to get to know. It is wonderfully maintained and supurbly managed by a very capable HOA.

Many of the homes are old but very well maintained if not entirely remodeled. There are also a number of new homes that have replaced several of the older PRE HUD (built before June 15, 1976) and have reall helped gentrify the community overall.

I would caution you, however, to think long and hard about purchasing a PRE HUD home unless you are planning to remove it and replace it with a new one. Homes built during this time were largely made with many very caustic and carcinogenic chemicals i.e. formaldehyde and asbestos. Additionally they may have many other structural problems that will cost you far more than what you would ever realize when you try to get all your money out.

In any event 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 have worked in all the park/communities in San Marcos for decades area and would be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have about purchasing a MH. Please feel free to contact us anytime at or you can call me at 760 815-6977.

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Sun Oct 10, 2010
Monir Mamoun answered:
Hi 430 PA, you should really check with the local San Marcos police and sheriffs departments for this data. They will have the most accurate information. A realtor can't really give you a fully "legal" opinion on this issue for a variety of reasons related to real estate laws and professional liability.

If you could use a referral for a really great agent in your area, please contact me through the trulia form.
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