Selling Your Home? Follow these Tips for taking Listing Photos!

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Ever heard the saying that a picture is worth a thousand words? When it comes to selling your home, let’s just say that your home photos will be worth more than a thousand dollars for those who seek housing in your area. Whether you’re an agent or a person trying to sell his or her own home, it is vital that you make a big first impression, and pictures are the best opportunity that you will have to do just that.

According to Gabriela Islas from Zing! By Quicken Loans, a recent study found that the quality and order of the pictures make a big difference.  Here are some of their findings:

  • If people don’t like one of your pictures, they’ll move on to the next listing.
  • Professional photography gave a better sense of the home condition and dimensions.
  • People prefer larger images in a gallery-style format.
  • The order of the pictures is important! People want to see photos in the same order as you’d see a house in person, starting with the front exterior and ending with a view of the rear of the home.

If you want to avoid your home to be listed on the market for more than 90 days, here are some helpful tips to make that first impression of your home.

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  • Light: Nothing is better than natural sunlight, so try to schedule your photographer to take photos of your home on a sunny day. Shoot in the early morning or late afternoon when the natural light is soft. Also, open blinds and curtains to let in as much natural light as possible.
  • Exterior: Exterior pictures of homes look better if shot from an angle instead of directly from the front. This allows viewers to see the depth of the home instead of a “flat” two-dimensional view of the front.
  • Interior: When photographing a room, it almost always looks better if the shot is taken from the doorway looking into the room. Try aiming your camera into the corner of a room to create an image that will showcase an open, airy room instead of a suffocated one-wall shot. Refrain from using a fish eye lens to make smaller spaces appear larger; it often has the opposite effect, making the space feel smaller and distorted.
  • Clutter: Removing all unnecessary items from a room will help the space appear larger. Clean and organized rooms also help a house hunter imagine the home with their own belongings in it.
  • Architectural Details: Show off the crown molding, coffered tray ceiling, and large bay window you’ve always loved about your home. Potential buyers are drawn in by interesting architectural details that add to the value of the property (not to mention the home’s character).

Follow these useful tips to make your home look its best; your home will not only likely sell faster, but you may even sell it at a higher price than expected!

Helpful Links:
https://www.outboundengine.com/blog/tips-to-create-bright-interior-mls-photos-with-your-phone
https://blog.allstate.com/5-tips-to-take-a-listing-photo-that-will-help-sell-your-home
https://www.zillow.com/blog/listing-photo-dos-and-donts-157730

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Advantages to Living in a Mobile Home Community

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Casa De Amigos; 1085 Tasman Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94089

What are the first things that come to mind when you hear “mobile home community?”

Do the words, “attractive”, “secure”, or “luxurious” come to mind?

Modern mobile home communities in the Silicon Valley are not what you may think. There are many benefits associated with living in a mobile home community ranging from lifestyle to social benefits. These include minimal maintenance, great location with convenience, home ownership perks, and community amenities such as club houses, swimming pools, fitness centers, and a playground!

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Adobe Wells; 1220 Tasman Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94089

Take for instance, the Sunset Estates Mobile Home Community in Mountain View, CA is a peaceful and comfortable senior community. As you drive through the park, you will notice the properties have relatively large yards, which is a rarity with mobile home living and dramatically increases curb appeal.

Casa De Amigos, for example, is the ideal community for raising a family. Mobile Home Living provided a reasonable statement that when a park is managed correctly, with proper background checks and safety protocols, the entire community become a safety net for the children within the park. There are also neighborhood watch programs and a wide array of activities and amenities such as clubhouses, pools, tennis courts, and walking trails. It is noted that most communities in the Silicon Valley are well-kept and maintained by the professional community managers.

Enjoy the lavish landscape with a pond and extensive grassy areas at the family community of Adobe Wells or the quiet neighborhood with an expansive and elegant club room at the Chateau La Salle.

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Chateau La Salle; 2681 Monterey Hwy, San Jose, CA 95111

Living in a modern mobile home community offers much more than the average apartment complex and offers the same comfort and amenities much like a site built home. You also have the flexibility to customize your home on a much more spacious floor plan!

One of the advantages for living in a mobile home community, according to Mobile Home Maintenance Parts, is that it is much cheaper than buying or renting a traditional housing unit. Depending on the size of your family, it is possible to get some very spacious living quarters in an MHP, competing favorably with any living quarter you may get in a different setting.

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Willow Ranch; 1111 Morse Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94089

If you would like more information on any of the communities we serve, do not hesitate to ask our experienced professionals – or you can click on this link here!

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.

Some Interesting Pros And Cons Of Living In A Mobile Home Community. Mobile Home Maintenance Parts. 25 Feb 2018. Web. 19 Mar 2018. http://mobilehomemaintenanceparts.com/pros-and-cons-of-living-in-a-mobile-home-community.
Advantages And Disadvantages Of Mobile Home Parks. Web. 19 Mar 2018. https://mobilehomeliving.org/advantages-and-disadvantages-of-mobile-home-parks.

What is a Trade-In?

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Ever thought of upgrading to a new manufactured home? Simply put, now is the best time to buy a new home. The recession has really impacted the housing industry, which has not only driven prices down but also provided the motivation for innovation and great design improvements — a perfect combination for buyers. At Alliance Manufactured Homes, we offer a trade-in program to help you on your path towards owning a brand new, energy efficient home.

A trade-in is a transaction in which a homeowner sells their home to Alliance, and subsequently applies the proceeds of that sale toward the purchase of a brand new home to occupy the same space. In addition to designing and installing the new home, Alliance also removes the old home, thereby completing the transaction from start to finish.

A trade-in is ideal for someone who owns an older 60’s or 70’s mobile home. This option is especially attractive if the home is in need of repairs such as leaky roofs, rotted porches, termite damage, and so on. Rather than use all the time, effort, and money into improving your older home, use its equity to help you purchase a brand new home and start fresh!

Here are other amazing benefits to choosing a trade-in:

  • Design your new home to fit all your needs
  • Increase the value of your home
  • Reduce maintenance costs
  • Reduce utility costs
  • Tax deductible
  • Stay in your current space; keep your friendly neighbors, and your address!

So if you love your neighbors and your community, but would like the comfort and lifestyle that comes with a new home and value that is unrivaled on the market for any type of residence, now is the time to trade up!

Call us at (888) 874-8692 and see how easy it is to customize your brand new home!

Does Your Manufactured Home have Earthquake Bracing?

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California, specifically the Bay Area, felt quite a rumble in January. The New Year started with a 4.4 magnitude in Berkeley along the Hayward Fault, which lasted about 10 seconds. An estimated 9.8 million people in the Bay Area felt the aftershocks of the quake, leaving them to question whether they are ready for when the “big” earthquake hits California.

The quake was a reminder that there is a one-in-three chance that a 6.7 or greater earthquake will hit the Bay Area in the next 30 years, according to the United States Geological Survey.

While the state of California’s Residential Mitigation Program offered grants of up to $3,000 for seismic retrofits of older homes, one of the most asked questions regarding manufactured homes are whether they are safe from earthquakes.

“Manufactured homes fair very well during earthquakes,” said Ara Sarkisian, a partner in Alliance Manufactured Homes. “They are built with a high percentage of shear walls, which offers great structural support during any shaking or rattling from an earthquake.”

Compared to on-site built homes, manufactured homes are lighter in general, an advantage in the context of earthquake ground motion, as seismic forces are proportional to the weight of architectural structures. These factory-built homes are built to resist the severe forces and shaking when transported on a permanent chassis from factory to site. The seismic performance of manufactured homes depends largely on the condition of the foundation and particularly on the connections between the home and the foundation, in accordance with Arash Nasseri, Ph.D. and Ehsan Kianirad, Ph.D. of ‎AIR Worldwide.

With Pier Approval by the State of California Department of Housing and Community Development, manufactured homes are installed onto a series of steel support piers, one of the most used earthquake restraint bracing systems (ERBS).

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Figure 1. A display model of a manufactured home supported by multiple standard piers.

The piers offer structural foundation and seismic bracing for any lateral forces caused by earthquakes. It is also important to secure the piers to their footings and main beams of the home, as shown below (Fig 2). These connections will prevent the home from jumping off the pier or footing during an earthquake.

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Figure 2. Secure piers to their footings and to the main beams of the home.

Alliance Manufactured Homes Installations has installed 75% of the new manufactured homes in the Greater Bay Area, accredited with over 5,000 new home installations. They are now offering earthquake bracing for any size home at the low flat rate of $1,995.

For more information on the safety of our manufactured homes, call (888) 874-8692 to speak with an agent today!

 

Cabanatuan, Michael et al. No damage reported as 4.4 Berkeley quake rocks Bay Area. SFGate. 4 Jan 2018. Web. 26 Jan 2018. http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/No-damage-reported-as-4-4-Berkeley-quake-rocks-12472837.php.
Lin II, Rong-Gong and Serna, Joseph. Bay Area earthquake rattled 9.8 million people — and offers a preview of something much worse. LA Times. 4 Jan 2018. Web. 26 Jan 2018. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-earthquake-bay-area-20180104-story.html.
Lochner, Tom. Here are the Bay Area communities eligible for state earthquake retrofit grants. East Bay Times. 23 Jan 2018. Web. 26 Jan 2018. http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2018/01/23/homeowners-in-several-east-bay-communities-eligible-for-state-earthquake-retrofit-grants.
Minimizing damage and repair costs to manufactured homes during an earthquake. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Web. 26 Jan 2018. http://www.huduser.gov/publications/pdf/pdrbrch.pdf.
Nasseri, Arash and Kianirad, Ehsan. Understanding the Seismic Vulnerability of Manufactured Homes. AIR Worldwide. 23 Oct 2017. Web. 26 Jan 2018. http://www.air-worldwide.com/Publications/AIR-Currents/2017/Understanding-the-Seismic-Vulnerability-of-Manufactured-Homes.

Sunnyvale is the #9 Safest American City

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Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Sunnyvale rates as 2017’s 9th safest city in America. Sunnyvale is a part of the larger Silicon Valley area, with large tech companies and smaller startups headquartered in the city.

Population: 148,178
Annual violent crimes per 100,000: 104
Annual property crimes per 100,000: 1,545

For more information on other highly ranked safe cities in America visit, http://www.businessinsider.com/safest-cities-america-us-2017-8.

A Whole New Meaning to Mobile Home Communities

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Location, location, location! Paradise Cove in Malibu California gives a whole new meaning to mobile home communities. Not only is this oasis notorious for its breathtaking canyons, nearby sea, and warm weather, but it is the home of multi-million dollar manufactured homes. Celebrities such as Matthew McConaughey, Pamela Anderson, and Minnie Driver once called this community their home. It was also a popular location for film sets such as the Beach Boys’ Surfin’ Safari record. So what does it cost to live in this beach friendly community?

David Carter, a real estate agent in Malibu says one home sold for $2.5 million in 2011. “Paradise Cove is full of gorgeous, tricked-out residences with a lot of value. It’s hard not to fall in love with this place”, Carter explains.

It is not uncommon to find luxurious features such as sub-zero appliances, recessed lighting, marble floors, and granite counters in some of these homes. So next time you’re thinking of moving you may want to consider Paradise Cove. When you’ve got the warm weather and a beach what’s not to love?

Grigoriadis, Vanessa. Bohemian Cove. Vanity Fair. Web. 6 Nov 2013. https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2011/03/paradise-cove-201103