Be Careful! Not all Manufactured Home Dealers are looking out for you

Be Careful!

Not all Manufactured Home Dealers

are looking out for you

 

Yes, It's true! the BACKYARD HOME Phenom is real and spreading like a wind fanned fire and Manufactured Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) are no doubt rolling down the road to a backyard near you.

 

While a BACKYARD HOME can come in all shapes and sizes one of the most popular and affordable choices by far is the "off-site" aka "Factory Built" or "Manufactured" option. But they come with a certain

Cavaet Emptor. 

 

In this gold rush of a very heated and exciting cottage industry, quickly becoming a major growth industry, many entrepreneurs, opportunists and fast talking, high pressure used car salesmen seem to be reinventing themselves and becoming instant experts and self proclaimed authorities on the subject almost overnight. 

 

But don't be fooled and by all means don't become a victim by putting the cart before the horse. There is a smart. safe and proper way to ease your way into your buying experience without making premature decisions and spending a considerable sum of money way before its even necessary.

 

The fact is you may end up with a large structure sitting in a storage yard with the money meter ticking while you have the privilege of paying dearly for daily storage fees. Add to that having to deal with all the unnecessary weather and environmentally induced damage
that could ensue from your manufactured home sagging, warping, cracking, breaking and even attracting a dose of mildew or worse mold while it's waiting to be securely installed on its properly prepared site.

 

A prudent manufactured home dealer that has your interest at heart will not try to stuff you into a home before he's assisted you through the entire development precess. If he doesn't have the time or inclination to help you pull your permits, prepare your site, install your utilities and be there to meet the inspector for your final inspection he's not the dealer you want to purchase you manufactured home from. 

Why To Choose Us?

John DL Arenden, Broker 

TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments

TAG (The Arendsen Group) Real Estate Sales & Investments is a full service, one-stop, turnkey, family owned and operated real estate brokerage, General Contractor, Manufactured Home Contractor, Developer, Investor, Property Manager, Interior Design, Engineering, architectural, Landscape design, Expert Witness, Consulting, Curative Title and Troubleshooting company with over 100 years of combined experience in the San Diego real estate sales, construction, design & development arena.

 

 

 

 

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Comment balloon 20 commentsJohn DL Arendsen • November 21 2019 05:25AM

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Hi John,
I love and appreciate your passion for this sector of housing. I only see this niche growing and those looking to take advantage of high demand will be coming out of the woodwork.  I hope buyers heed your warnings:
There is a smart, safe and proper way to ease your way into your buying experience without making premature decisions and spending a considerable sum of money way before its even necessary. 


Posted by Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager (Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.) 8 months ago

This sector of housing is becoming increasingly prominent.  Your warnings are a testament to the importance of doing your research before buying.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 8 months ago

And this applies to anyone purchasing a manufactured home for any reason Myrl Jeffcoat Not just ADU's. Thanks for your feedback.

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) 8 months ago

Hi John - your manufactured home expertise continues to impress me.  Another well-written post.  Good job.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 8 months ago

Thank you Michael Jacobs we've been having some issues with unethical dealers slamming folks into these homes and leaving them to their own decvices. Not cool.

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) 8 months ago

It's a good idea for buyers to do their investigation on dealers and new homes. I can see how a buyer could wind up with big issues if they select the wrong ones.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) 8 months ago

Not to mention high levels of indoor toxins that can be a health hazard to already compromised individuals. Thanks for continuing to share  your vast ADU knowledge. 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 8 months ago

No doubt about that Kat Palmiotti can't tell you how many calls we get weekly from folks who took delivery without having a permit. Worse yet no contractor. Most businesses like ours won't do any installations on anything but our own homes. 

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) 8 months ago

Toxins not so much nowadays as most manufacturers no longer use them. Some still use some formaldihyde though. But the bigger concern is black mold issues from long exposure to moisture due to the home not being buttoned up Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD But thanks for that astute info.

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) 8 months ago

Thanks for this great info! I must say I avoid this segment of the market anyway possible 

Posted by Tom Bailey (Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc.) 8 months ago

Excellent advice John! So many people foolish dive right into making a decison on a 'small' home in  back for parents ( or what/who ever) only to find that the city may not permit it. Chose wisely who's giving advice and knowledge when buying a 'small' home.

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Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) 8 months ago

Great information and advice here, John. You are the one in the know for this housing niche!! I certainly know who to call if I have questions!

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) 8 months ago

Don't just wait for that reason to call Jeff Dowler, CRS We need to just plain get toghether again.

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) 8 months ago

Thank you for a helpful post on buyer beware in reference to manufactured or modular homes.

Posted by MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty) 8 months ago

John - this is really, really, really good information! Thanks!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 8 months ago

Hope it helps Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP Thanks for the positive response.

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) 8 months ago

No problem Michelle Cherie CarrCrowe Just Call...408-252-8900 , however, do remember that it's not about the homes themselves. It's about the dealers who are selling them before folks are really ready to receive them.

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) 8 months ago

I believe the affordable housing challenge could be solved by using ADU's on properties that are adequate for its use. Cities and counties could enact laws and regulate the ADU's that would certainly aid in the reduction of affordable housing and assist in increasing our economy too. 

Posted by Kimo Jarrett, Pro Lifestyle Solutions (WikiWiki Realty) 8 months ago

Spot on Kimo Jarrett and that's exactly why the State is enacting all this new legislation. 8 new laws coming out this January.

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) 8 months ago

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