How Much Mobile Home Can I Afford?

One of the first questions we address with our manufactured housing clients is “How much mobile home can I afford?” 

There are many variables:  amount of down payment, income and debt.  Every client has a unique financial situation so our manufactured housing specialists can create a customized plan to get loan and park approval.  Sometimes that plan is to wait for 9 months until they secure more of a down payment.  Or Alliance works with our clients to boost their credit score. 

Some senior parks don’t require all the residents to be at least 55 years old.  In this case an income of a full time professional in their forties can be combined with a retiree’s income.  Mobile homes in senior parks tend to have a lower price point than all age parks.

Alliance also has strong relationships with mobile home lenders like Community West and Triad as well as brokers such as Mobile Home Loans.  Mobile home lenders just announced a decrease in interest rates this month so now is a great time to prequalify.

Our manufactured homes specialists can give you information on income requirements to get interested buyers started.  Mobile homebuyers cannot be pre-qualified over the phone but our manufactured homes specialists can explain the 3 times rule required by most mobile home parks.

All mobile home parks have different eligibility requirements.  They also have different space fees, amenities, rules and regulations.

Potential homebuyers should first determine where they want to live.  Manufactured homes specialists can then pull up listings in their preferred area.  If a homebuyer has 2 dogs, specialists can narrow down pet-friendly parks.  Once future homebuyers know a specific area then they can work on financing and park approval.  The process to mobile homeownership can be happen in less than 3 months or as long as homebuyers need to find their perfect home.  Making a call to an Alliance manufactured homes specialist is the first step.  888-874-8692

California’s new ADU laws offer much-needed solution for the Bay Area’s housing shortage

F8-2410MontereyRd-3The recent showdown in Oakland between homeless full-time working mothers and a Redondo Beach real estate investment company highlights how serious the lack of affordable housing has become for low and middle income families.  The housing shortage in the Bay Area is a topic every local government grapples with.

California’s new ADU (accessory dwelling units) law now in effect will make bringing the units onto properties easier, faster and with fewer building code requirements.

Here are the key changes of the 4 new laws for ADUs:

  • AB 881
    • Allows fewer restrictions on parking requirements and setbacks. Local governments cannot require setbacks larger than 4 feet.
    • Previously local governments restricted the square footage of an ADU based on the size of the primary residence. Now there are no size restrictions.
    • Local agencies must address a permit request in 60 days before it was 120 days.
    • Property owners no longer have to live on the premises.
  • AB670
    • HOAs, CC&Rs or other organizations cannot prevent homeowners from adding ADUs to their property.
  • AB68
    • Up to 3 units can be placed on a single property if accessibility, setbacks and other requirements are met.
  • SB 13
    • Local agencies cannot issue impact fees on ADUs under 750 square feet.

For property owners who don’t have the time or interest in designing and building their own ADUs, there are many options.  Prefab and manufactured homes can be installed on a property within weeks once all the permits are in place.

Manufactured ADUs are also cost-effective because they are built in other parts of the state where labor and construction fees are not as expensive as they are in the Bay Area. There is also less material waste because they are built in factories where resources are shared across multiple homes.

Many manufactured ADUs come with smart thermostats, energy efficient appliances, LEDs and are made of sustainable materials.  Two stories, floor plans, kitchen, bathrooms and add on features can all be customized.

Manufactured Home Maintenance Guide for Fall/Winter

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Fall is the perfect time to take care of big home repair projects before shorter days make outdoor work too difficult. It’s important to prepare for the cold, and possibly wet, winter months to prevent costly damage. Below are the preventative home maintenance steps that every home owner should follow.

According to Mobile Home Living, the most important tip a professional can give a mobile home owner is to check your home every year to ensure the it is level. Mobile homes can settle over time. If the mobile home is not level or properly supported, the framing and other things such as plumbing will suffer.

Roof Maintenance
If your mobile home is having a flat roof, you will have to re-coat or reseal the roof regularly; some of the mobile home manuals say that the resealing should be done once in a year.

Ensure that the flashing is in good condition and that there are no cracked caulking or soft spots. Flashing is a thin material that covers cross-section where the roof meets the exterior wall, for instance. You should also ensure that the right coating is used, as aluminum or asphalt coatings cannot be used on rubber (EPDM) or PVC roofs.

Regularly checking your gutter system is an easy way to prevent foundation and roof damage. Clogged gutters can result in water damage and leaking.

Check for any drafts, inspecting and replacing weather stripping and tightening the hinges on your doors. You may need to add caulk to these areas, too, to help keep cold air out and increase your energy efficiency. This is also a great time to add insulation to outside walls.

The skirting or the perimeter enclosure of a mobile home is a much important part, as the skirting acts as an insulator for the house. Manufactured House states that it offers protection from pests and adds appeal to your home. Therefore, the skirting of the mobile home should be secure to keep away rodents, while offering necessary venting to prevent humidity and mold from damaging the home.

Mobile home plumbing is a bit different from site-built homes, but the same concept applies: the plumbing system has a supply line, a waste or drain line, and ventilation. If you have water leaks in your home, there may be an issue with the pipes, water lines, sink, appliances, faucets, or refrigerator waterline.

Ideally, all mobile homes will have a shut-off valve at every water feature. If possible, add one to the toilet and faucets in the bathroom and kitchen. Make sure you know where your main shut-off valve is to your home, too.

Test out all the outlets, appliances and light switches. Be sure they are working. If not, you may need to reach out to an electrical company.

Heating and A/C
Heating and air will be tested for optimum performance for the units according to the house standards.

Although grass appears to stop growing in the fall, the roots are actually growing deeper to prepare for winter. Now is the best time to fertilize and reseed your lawn. Prune your trees and shrubs after the leaves turn to encourage healthy growth. Trim any tree limbs that are dangerously close to power lines or the roof of your house. Heavy snow and ice can cause damage in the winter.


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Fire Safety & Manufactured Homes

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Manufactured homes often provide an affordable housing option that’s impossible to beat as housing costs continue to rise in California, especially the San Francisco Bay Area.

As we are mid-way into the autumn season, high winds and unpredictable power outages administered by PG&E have many question if manufactured homes are more prone to fire than any traditional, on-site built homes.

Aside from taking precautions to prevent fires in your home, you will learn that modern manufactured homes were redesigned and constructed with fire prevention in mind.

According to the Ohio Manufactured Homes Association (OMHA) and the national Manufactured Housing Institute, “The manufactured housing industry produces the safest and most fire-resistant home available in the market today. That’s a fact backed by the 2013 National Fire Protection Association study indicating manufactured homes have stricter fire safety codes and less fires than site-built homes.”

Results of a 2013 National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) report comparing the impacts of fires on manufactured and traditional housing showed:

  • The fire death rate in HUD Code homes, those built after 1976, was equivalent to other site-built housing, and that manufactured homes have 38-44% fewer fires than site-built homes.
  • Manufactured homes have essentially the same fire death rate as other single-family residential homes.
  • Manufactured homes have a lower rate of civilian fire injuries per 100,000 occupied housing units than other one or two-family homes and post-HUD standard manufactured homes are more likely than other homes to have fires confined to the room of origin.

Since 1976, manufactured homes have been required to follow certain construction and safety codes from HUD, including items that help prevent fires in prefabricated homes. Fire resistance features of the HUD Code include:

  • Strict standards for flame spread and smoke generation in materials, especially those materials close to heating equipment and in the kitchen
  • Egress windows in all bedrooms
  • Smoke detectors
  • A least two exterior doors, which must be remote from each other and reachable without passage through other doors that are lockable, compared to site-built homes are required to have only one exterior door, and no reach ability requirement

In addition to the HUD standards, other improvements are making newer homes and parks more fire safe than ever before. Joe DiSalvo, a firefighter and shift inspector for the Evans Fire Protection District, said newer parks tend to have streets with curbs, gutters and sidewalks, and the proximity of the trailers to each other has grown relative to older parks.

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Home Fire Prevention and Safety Tips

Use these tips below to keep both your family and home safe in the event of a house fire.

  • Prepare a plan to help children and the elderly out of your home in case of a fire.
    • Practice your fire escape plan so that your family is aware of what to do in case of a house fire.
    • Find two ways to get out of each room in the event the primary exit way is blocked by fire or smoke.
  • Keep multiple first aid and/or survival kits around your home.
  • Discuss a designated area to meet outside your home in case of a fire.
    • Make sure your designated meeting spot is far enough away from the home such as the mailbox at the end of the driveway or going across the entire street to your neighbor’s front yard.
  • Install multiple smoke detectors throughout your home.
    • Test your smoke detectors monthly.
  • Make sure to blow out candles before going to sleep or leaving your home.
  • Unplug heaters while you sleep so they do not accidentally tip over or have something flammable fall on them while you sleep.
  • Have a fire extinguisher easily accessible in your home.
    • Good places for a fire extinguisher include your kitchen, near fireplaces and near any grills you may have on your porch or deck.
  • Have smoke-alarm activated nightlights throughout your home.
  • Don’t leave anything flammable near a fireplace or heater, such as a blanket or curtains.
    • If you have children or animals, make sure to block off access to your fireplace so that only adults can access it.
  • Keep sentimental items and important documents in a fireproof safe.
    • Make digital copies of important documents and photos.
  • always turn the stove/oven off when you walk away from it or out of the kitchen.


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Guide to Buying a Manufactured Home

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Purchasing a home is most likely the biggest financial decision you will ever make. Whether this is your first purchase or you are an experienced buyer, this decision must be made carefully.

Despite still carrying a stigma, the quality of manufactured housing has dramatically improved in recent years. Manufactured homes offer a great way to acquire your very own home at an affordable price, especially when living in the Silicon Valley.

One of the benefits of the factory-built process is that you can buy a new home, one that no one has ever lived in. Perhaps you want an existing home – do you want to reside where the home is today? Whether new or used, here are some tips to get started on your manufactured home buying process.

1. Choose the Right Home for You and Your Family
The first step toward buying a manufactured home is to figure out what you are looking for in terms of size, floor plan, and features. Do you want to buy brand new or used?

Most manufactured homes are available in a wide range of sizes, architectural styles and can include different amenities, such as spacious floor plans, walk-in closets, fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs, and energy-efficient features. Once you have established your needs and wants, selecting the right home becomes a lot easier.

Here’s a list of things you should look at when shopping:

  • Window and door quality
  • Floor material and structure
  • Insulation
  • Walls
  • Exterior siding
  • Roof material and quality
  • Anchoring and earthquake bracing system for the home

2. Evaluate All the Financing Options
Before you start shopping for your dream home, it is a good idea to make some preparations. In order to make a financially sound decision, you need to weigh out all the financing options available to you.

Your credit score will have a huge impact on what type of property you can buy, and at what price. It is first recommended to check your credit rating with an experienced lending institution so that we can determine what you can afford.

There are four primary financing options when purchasing a manufactured home: Conventional loan, Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Mortgage, Veteran Affairs Mortgage, and Chattel loan. However, each of these options has requirements and limitations and you should evaluate them carefully. Talk to your mortgage lender if you have any questions about buying a manufactured home.

3. Choose an Agent
Buying a home requires making many important financial decisions, understanding complex issues, and completing a lot of paperwork. It helps to have an expert in your corner when undertaking such a large purchase. We can guide you through this process, and also provide you with access to property listings before they hit the general market.

Here are some factors to consider when choosing your real estate professional:

  • Look for a full-time agent. Find an agent who has experience completing transactions similar to yours. Are they familiar with manufactured homes and the areas that you are interested in? Ask for a list of properties they have sold or a list of references.
  • Ask about their credentials and education. A good agent will continually strive to improve and gain knowledge of the latest real estate trends and hold the highest designations in their respective fields of expertise.
  • Does the agent return your calls promptly? Time is money when attempting to buy a home. Be sure to choose an agent who listens attentively to your needs and concerns. 


4. Narrow Your Search
Get to know the neighborhoods and communities that interest you. Drive around and get a feel for what it would be like to own a manufactured home in the area. Start getting a sense of the homes available in those areas by searching through MHVillage, Zillow/Trulia, MLS, Craigslist, or even our website at!

Do you want to live in a big, family friendly community? You can go for either Casa De Amigos, Adobe Wells, or Plaza Del Rey in Sunnyvale. Live close to Google, but over the age of 55? You will love the senior communities of New Frontier or Sunset Estates in Mountain View. Live close to the city of San Francisco? We have a gated, all-age community of the Franciscan Park in the heart of Daly City. For more information on mobile home communities, click here.

Once you have picked out the home you want to purchase, your agent can help you make an offer that the seller will accept. A good agent will investigate the potential costs and expenses associated with the new property. They can also help you draft your offer in a way that gives you the advantage over another offer.

5. Inspection & Final Approval
Once your offer is accepted by the seller, you will need to have a licensed property inspector inspect the home within the time frame that was agreed upon in the effective contract to purchase. As with any home purchase, you need to thoroughly check out the manufactured home. While this applies to a new home as well, it’s especially important if you’re buying a used manufactured home.

In addition to all the usual things you’d check out in any home (such as plumbing, wiring, and heating and cooling), with a used manufactured home, the following features deserve a close look:

  • Windows and doors. Make sure they’re insulated, and keep an eye out for gaps around the frames. Look for any cracks in the windows, and make sure the doors all open and close easily.
  • Floors. Test their strength (no squeaking or sagging), look for any warping, and avoid floors constructed with particle board because it tends to warp or rot when wet.
  • Belly wrap. This thick plastic goes under the floor and insulation and helps keep out animals and moisture. Check the insulation under the wrap to make sure it’s not damp.
  • Walls. Look for any interior leaks. Vinyl exterior siding is preferable to metal (which can buckle) or hardboard (which can have water problems).
  • Roof. Avoid the old-style flat metal roofs, which can leak and make cooling the home difficult, and look for a shingled roof with an overhang to aid in rain runoff.
  • Lumber. Walls should use 2×6′ lumber with studs 16″ apart.
    Settling and leveling. Older manufactured homes can settle over time, twisting the home’s frame and leaving it unleveled.
  • Anchoring. Check that the home’s anchoring system is still sturdy and well-attached. Worried about those rumbling earthquakes in the Bay Area? Check out one of our previous blogs on earthquake bracing by clicking this link, here!
  • Additions or alterations. Determine if the home has any structural additions or alterations that were no factory installed. Additions not approved by the home manufacturer may present increased exposure to wind and snow weight damage if not properly supported.

Meanwhile, an agent will regularly monitor the progress of your transaction and keep you fully aware of unexpected funds that might be expected from you. They will also work with your lender to make sure all the necessary paperwork is complete as we move closer to a smooth closing.

6. Closing
Making it through escrow can seem like a hurdle, but the end game is worth it. Expect to sign a ton of paperwork before you get there, and an agent will hold your hand through every step of the process. A few days before closing, they will conduct a final walk-through, and then, once both parties sign closing statements, the keys are yours and we’ll celebrate your new home!

Buying a manufactured home is a big commitment and investment, so do your homework, check all your options, and follow up on any safety, construction, and finance questions you might have. Remember, you’re not buying a “mobile home,” you’re buying YOUR home for you and your family!

At Alliance Manufactured Homes, we are more then happy to answer any of your questions and help you purchase your future home! Give us a call at (888) 874-8692 or email us at


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Reasons Why Fall is the Best Time for Sellers

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Spring and summer are traditionally thought of as the busiest times in real estate, but buying or selling a home during the autumn and into winter can carry many advantages, too.

After all, people are always moving and deciding to buy or sell, no matter what season it is. The National Association of Realtors has found that fall is the best time to purchase a home. People are no longer traveling as heavily as they did in the summer, kids are back in school, and there is a certain stability to the fall season.

While buyers currently have fewer homes to see and choose from, they also want to get the most value for their money and are being more selective.

Reasons Why Fall is the Best Time for Sellers

      1. Analyze the market.
        It’s important that if you decide to sell your home in the fall, you first analyze the current state of your local real estate market. While you may not know how to do this, if you reach out to an experienced real estate agent, they should be able to help you with this. Understanding the type of market your area is experiencing is important. Is your local real estate market in the midst of a sellers market, a buyers market, or a balanced market?
      2. Motivated sellers and buyers.
        Sellers who keep their listings active in the fall usually have a motivating factor behind their decision, which can benefit the buyers. While it isn’t fully a buyer’s market, because they likely have less showings, they may be more open to accepting an offer. Those who didn’t buy their dream home in the spring/summer are more eager to be in their new home before the holidays. Other motivations include a recent job transfer or a desire to have their kids move to a new school prior to mid-year breaks.
      3. Less competition.
        Spring may have higher demand, but it also comes with higher inventory. Your home listing in the fall means less competition for you and possibly a better offer. Make sure you have done a great job of addressing curb appeal, staging, and cleaning to help your home really shine.
      4. Time to move on.
        Look at the reason you decided to sell in the first place and determine whether it is worth waiting. Is money more important than being with family? Is money more important than your health? Is money more important than having the freedom to go on with your life the way you think you should?
      5. Bonus for sellers: appliances bargain!
        More than likely, if you are selling your home you are planning to buy a new one as well. Fall is a great time of year to score major bargains on home appliances. The month of December, according to Consumer Reports, is the best time of year to buy appliances such as dryers, washers, refrigerators, and stoves.

Although fall is a great time to sell your home and the industry is very active, it can be a challenge to sell as the holidays approach and many people are focused on other things.

If you’re wondering how many homes are on the market in your local area, feel free to give us a call at (888) 874-8692 and our Alliance agents will help you. They’ll have a comprehensive list of homes on the market and can let you know if now is a good time to list your property for sale.


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Custom Styling at Skyline Homes

Our wide range of exterior and interior designs allow you to select a home with the style and floor plan you want for your family. Your home should reflect your personal taste and style. With Skyline factory-built housing, it’s easy to get the look you want for your dream house.

Since 1951, Skyline has been a leader in the factory-built housing industry, offering quality construction with high-grade materials and superior customer. Their homes are designed to enhance the quality of today’s lifestyles. They have an array of beautiful floor plans to fit whatever stage of life you are in. First-time home buyers, a family that’s growing, or an empty nester can all find homes to fit their needs. Their design team had created a portfolio of floor plans, decors, and optional amenities to ensure the flexibility needed to satisfy your housing needs.

Skyline offers a wide variety of custom home options. Some choices may include:

  • Stainless Steel Appliances
  • Super Capacity Washer & Dryer
  • GE Smart Water Filtration System
  • Upgraded Kitchen Appliances
  • Raised Panel Oak, Cherry or Maple Cabinetry
  • Brushed Nickel Cabinet Hardware
  • Additional Kitchen Convenience Options
  • Tub/Whirlpool Combo
  • Larger Shower Options
  • Double Vanities
  • Designer Door & Hardware Options
  • Mirrored Closets
  • Exterior Dormers & Windows
  • Lighting Upgrades including Pendant Lights, etc.
  • Upgrade Faucet Style & Efficiency
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Interior or Exterior Accent Columns

Whether you’re look for that perfect home or looking to sell, Alliance is here for you! Call today at (888) 874-8692 to speak with an agent for more information on our manufactured homes and communities in your area.

Manufactured vs. Modular Homes

“Manufactured homes are no longer for trailer parks,” said Ben Carson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

“Manufactured homes have the benefit of driving down construction costs. And in the wake of a natural disaster, manufactured homes could restore damaged property in weeks or months, not years.”

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) sponsored the first-ever Innovative Housing Showcase in Washington from June 1-5. The event included panel discussions, interviews and demonstrations with exhibitors, lawmakers, entrepreneurs and housing industry leaders.

The intent of the gathering was to educate policymakers and the broader public on innovations and building technologies in new manufactured homes that address affordable housing issues across the country.

The exhibits, which included prototype houses, showcase innovative building technology that addresses affordability and resiliency during natural disasters. The 18 exhibitors featured building technology demonstrations, information for future home buyers and housing counseling services.

Skyline Champion Corporation, a factory-built housing company that specializes in manufactured and modular homes, brought a pair of homes to the National Mall.

What are manufactured homes?
Manufactured homes, sometimes referred to as mobile homes or trailers, are built as either a single section or multi-section home (depending on the floor plan). They are pre-constructed in the factory on a permanent chassis; therefore, a permanent foundation is not necessary. These homes usually have skirting around the bottom to hide where the wheels were removed and to give it the appearance of a typical home.

Manufactured homes conform to Housing and Urban Development (HUD) codes. During your search, you’ll often find them referred to as “HUDs.” The HUD code regulates the design, construction, structural durability, transportability, fire resistance and energy efficiency of a home. It also prescribes performance standards for the mechanical, plumbing and electrical standards.

Manufactured homes offer families the chance to own a comfortable, amenity-filled home at a fraction of the cost. Families living in manufactured homes have a spacious and luxurious floor plan. Many floor plans range from basic models to more elaborate designs that feature vaulted ceilings, fully equipped modern kitchens, energy-efficient gas fireplaces, double pane windows, comfortable bedrooms with walk-in closets, and bathrooms with recessed bathtubs and dual vanities. Many homeowners have customized their homes to have extra insulation, ceiling fans, and thermal pane windows to improve air flow, lower utility bills, and provide a more comfortable living space.

What’s the difference between manufactured and modular homes?
Both manufactured and modular homes have one thing in common: both are built indoors and transported to their intended location.

Known as factory-built or pre-fabricated homes, modular homes get built in multiple pieces, unlike manufactured homes that get built in one piece. The completed two to five pieces of the home get transported to the home site, where they are then joined on top of a solid foundation. Once all the pieces are joined, these homes look similar to site-built homes. These homes must also adhere to local and state codes, depending on where the building is located.


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Perks of Becoming a Home Owner Versus Renter!


As the housing market remains stagnant and far from full recovery, one thing is clear: renting a home has become an increasingly popular option.

What is unclear, however, is the financial benefit that one gains from choosing to rent. As stated in The Mercury News, “scarce rentals and a robust local economy marked by steady tech hiring drove up Santa Clara County prices 3.2 percent from a year ago.”

As rents continue to increase, it reminds us that the Bay Area is truly one of the most expensive locations in California, and even the United States. Rates for 1 and 2 bedroom apartments in San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland remained one of the highest in the nation.

Also stated in The Mercury News, “the average one-bedroom rental in Mountain View, home to Google, went for $3,270, second only to San Francisco in price.”

With rent on the rise and no show of it cooling down, right now is the best time to buy a home and become a homeowner!

When you purchase a manufactured home, you are getting everything an apartment complex offers plus more! You own the home, have your own privacy and space from neighbors, and don’t have to deal with parking spaces! If there is ever a problem, there is a park manager who lives within the community to help you out.

Like many luxury apartment complexes, some mobile home parks offer a community recreational club house with a playground, swimming pool, and spa. Other parks allow pets, depending on the breed restrictions. Many houses also have a small yard space for either a flower garden or a BBQ area. Communities such as Casa De Amigos, Plaza Del Rey, Chateau La Salle, and the Franciscan are great for families with children! The parks are secure as well as safe, because they are gated communities with a homey yet private feel. There are also senior communities that are perfect for adults 55 and older. Try looking up at the New Frontier, Sunset Estates, Cape Cod, and Millpond parks to see that they are just as great as the all-age communities.

The manufactured homes themselves are a great purchase and investment! Some homes are 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom where as others are 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom or a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom. The appliances are either recently updated stainless steel or brand new.

If you want a new home or a completely remodeled home, Alliance Manufactured Homes can make it happen for you! If you own private land and need a manufactured home (or a ADU), Alliance Manufactured Home can do a custom order for you, too!

Why settle for an apartment complex with no privacy, no space from neighbors, landlords, and a continuing spike in rent when you can buy a manufactured home for a fabulous and reasonable price? Purchasing a manufactured home in these tough times offers a security blanket that an apartment complex cannot offer you – so why compromise?

Call today at (888) 874-8692 to speak with an agent about buying a manufactured home!


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The Concept of ADU for California’s Housing Crisis

It’s no secret that the state of California has an affordable housing shortage.

From million dollar condos and townhomes to remodeled 1970’s modern homes that appealed to the millennial market, it is the demand to live and work in the Golden State that outweighs the supply of affordable housing.

Unfortunately, the Silicon Valley’s ever growing tech industry is one of the many problems.

According to KQED, “between 2010 and 2017, nearly 20 percent of all new Californians were either being born in or moving to the Bay”.

While mobile/manufactured housing is an option to those looking to not share a wall with a neighbor, another option is what you would hear in the news: granny flats, in-law units, and backyard units. What do they mean?

The technical term for these names is the accessory dwelling unit (ADU). No matter what you call them, ADUs are an innovative, affordable, effective option for adding much-needed housing in California.

As reported by Matt Levin of CALmatters, these units are “typically around 500 square feet and have a bathroom and kitchen, are especially popular among older California families looking to downsize and rent out their main property”.

What are the benefits of ADUs?

  • ADUs are an affordable type of home to construct in California because they do not require paying for land, major new infrastructure, structured parking, or elevators.
  • ADUs can provide a source of income for homeowners.
  • ADUs are built with cost-effective wood frame construction, which is significantly less costly than homes in new multifamily infill buildings.
  • ADUs allow extended families to be near one another while maintaining privacy.
  • ADUs can provide as much living space as many newly-built apartments and condominiums, and they’re suited well for couples, small families, friends, young people, and seniors.
  • ADUs give homeowners the flexibility to share independent living areas with family members and others, allowing seniors to age in place as they require more care.

At Alliance Manufactured Homes, we can help you get an ADU unit for your private property. For more information, contact us at (888) 874-8692.


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