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.
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Sunnyvale is the #32 Safest City in California

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Sunnyvale is considered the #32 safest city in California. From great school districts to beautiful local hiking trails and family-friendly events, Sunnyvale is a great location for any lifestyle!

For more information on other highly ranked safe cities in California visit, http://www.safewise.com/blog/50-safest-cities-california.

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

6 Items Every Household Should Have

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Did you know most families are not prepared for an emergency? According to a Columbia University survey in 2011, respondents didn’t have basic emergency items such as water and flashlights. Below are recommended items any household should have to keep your family safe when faced with common hazards:

  1. Risk Detectors – Risk detectors should be installed to alert for smoke and carbon monoxide. Don’t forget to replace them as they may lose their sensitivity over time.
  2. Fire Extinguishers – Every household should have a fire extinguisher to control small fires in an emergency.  Not only is it important to have one in accessible locations, but learning how to use properly one is key.
  3. First Aid Kit – A first aid kit is a must for any emergency. Each kit will include basic supplies such as wound-dressing and antiseptics, but you should add extra medications specific to your family members.
  4. Battery-powered Flashlights and a Radio – In an event where the electricity is out for a long period you will need flashlights and a radio. Flashlights will aid in navigating through the dark and allow you and your family to travel to a safe location. Make sure to keep an extra set of batteries. A radio will all give you access to any important local and government updates.
  5. Food and Water Supplies – It is recommended by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to have at least one gallon of bottled water per family member per day. In addition, there should be enough nonperishable food items for your family (including pets) for at least three days.  Be sure to check your emergency food and water every six months for expiration dates.
  6. An Emergency Game Plan – Did you know most families do not have an emergency plan? Planning in the event of a fire, earthquake, or any other emergency will ensure each family member is aware of the proper steps to take and where to meet in case of an evacuation.
Roberts, Amy. 6 Must-Have Safety Items for Every Home. Liberty Mutual. Web. 25 Oct 2013.
http://www.libertymutual.com/safe-and-smart-living/home-articles/home-emergency-response-plan

5 Great Reasons People Purchase Manufactured Homes

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  1. Manufactured homes are built in controlled environments under the factory roof and shipped in weatherproof wrapping.
  2. The costs per square foot is typically much less than site built homes.
  3. Manufactured homes can be completed faster than site-built homes.
  4. Manufactured construction is typically greener because building in a factory environment reduces a great deal of waste.
  5. Most manufactured home companies permit you to design your own home. Design and build a brand new home for less than your rent!

Breakthrough in Bay Area Housing Sales

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According to a recent report the Bay Area’s housing marketing reached the highest level of sales in nearly seven years.

Realtor’s president, Errol Samuelson said, “You’re seeing the marketing start to stabilize, which is a really good thing”. While sellers are benefiting from the large yearly gain in sales prices, buyers are finding it easier to move into the market.

David Chung, a recent home buyer in Walnut Creek said, “We timed it well… These are incredibly low rates. I couldn’t be happier”.

Furthermore, Kevin Kieffer with Keller Williams in Danville states, “There’s enough owner-occupy buyers coming in to fill the gap, and they’re getting a better price”.

Carey, Pete. Bay Area Home Sales Hit Seven-Year High.  San Jose Mercury News. 15 Aug. 2013. Web. 26 Aug 2013. http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_23869987/bay-area-home-sales-hit-seven-year-high.