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. http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/features/2011/03/paradise-cove-201103

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!

List of Sales Since January

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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>.

California Home Buying Process

 

Fig. 1 Besançon, Ellie. “Members are Using One Cool Thing!” California Real Estate Oct. 2012: 9. Print.

How do most people find their dream home? Home buying trends are changing. According to the California Association of Realtors, 80% of people found their home through an agent followed by websites, sale signs, and open houses. The data also reveals that home buyers today are looking at fewer homes before making the big move. What do you think of these statistics? (see fig. 1)

The Distinction Between Manufactured, Mobile, & Multi-Unit

In order to better understand the present day’s manufactured homes it is to differentiate the definitions of manufactured homes, mobile homes, modular homes, and multi-unit manufactured housing. The terms all refer to a type of home, but each one has its own specific home type. The California Manufactured Housing Institute website,  http://cmhi.org/cons05bll.asp, states the differences between each.

Manufactured Home. The manufactured home is constructed to comply with the National Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards, a uniform building standard administered and enforced by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD Code). Over 97 percent of all homes constructed in California factories meet this code.

Factory-Built Homes. Often called “modular” homes, factory-built homes are constructed to comply with the California Administrative Code. About three percent of all factory homes produced in California meet this code.

Mobilehomes. These homes were constructed to comply with standards enforced by the State of California prior to June 15, 1976, when the federal preemptive HUD Code became effective. Mobile homes have not been constructed since this date.

Multi-unit Manufactured Housing. These homes are built to very specific codes and for use as two-or more dwelling units. Structures can include, duplexes, dormitories, hotels, apartment houses, and other structures that contain two-or more dwelling units. Each have different applicable codes. These homes are utilized by developers for higher density and infill development.

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