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Breakthrough in Bay Area Housing Sales

Housing Market

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.

If you have any questions about homes, please check out our website at http://www.alliancemh.com or give us a call at 408-598-2078!

Introducing the Lastest in our Design Evolution–The Powerhouse!

Why is Alliance the most successful retailer in Northern California?

We think different, and create a way to give our buyers what they need.  You demanded affordable luxury, we built it. You required green construction,  we delivered it.  And now, introducing the latest in our design evolution–The Powerhouse.
Watch the meter move backwards, and your savings move forward, as The Powerhouse enables you to generate your own power for FREE! The first of its kind in Silicon Valley, The Powerhouse combines unparalleled luxury with cutting edge solar technology.

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Why choose The Powerhouse? By investing in this cutting-edge renewable energy source you are:

Protecting yourself against rising energy bill
In the next 10 years, the average Californian will spend over $14,000 on electricity, and this figure is expected to increase 3% – 5% each year!
Protecting the environment
Solar is the cleanest and most sustainable energy source available, with no fuel, no moving parts, and no emissions.  The environmental impact of the average solar electric system is the equivalent to planting nearly 39 trees per year.
Protecting the value of your home
Solar is a safe, long term investment with an excellent financial return. And it continues to generate value long after it is paid off.
Make a statement!  Demonstrate your commitment to environmental sustainability!  Want to learn more about this home? Call (866) 502-7038 to speak with an agent for more details!

How Safe are Manufactured Homes?

One of the most asked questions we come across is, “Are Manufactured Homes safe?” As with any home purchase safety is the most important factor. In some cases Manufactured Homes are much safer than site built homes. Here are helpful facts about Manufactured Home safety that may enlighten you in your decision when looking for a home.

  • Manufactured Homes are constructed on a non-permanent foundation whereas site built homes are on a permanent foundation
  • Manufactured Homes are installed onto a series of steel support piers. These piers offer structural foundation support as well as seismic support for any lateral forces caused by earthquakes
  • Each new home is equipped with 2 x 4 and 2 x 6 exterior studs and a high percentage of shear walls to exceed the required strength parameters. This ensures the structural support during any shaking or rattling from an earthquake
  • The homes are built to the HUD code. This 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 systems.
  • Manufactured Homes are inspected frequently at the assembly plant during each phase of construction. In-plant inspectors, as well as independent agencies inspect your home on behalf of the federal, state, and local governments for code compliance. Evidence of this inspection can be seen through the federal, state, or inspection agency label of approval
  • Manufactured Homes are built and shipped on a permanent chassis and can withstand harsh winds on the freeway
  • Manufactured Home communities are required by the state of California to have evacuation procedures for their residents

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

Save Green by Going Green

Alliance Homes has partnered with Skyline Homes and Karsten Homes to build new, green energy certified homes. Not only are these homes built responsibly and with little waste, they also have low utility bills-saving you money!

Love to cook or spend time in your already green kitchen, but want some more green ideas? Check out Martha Stewart’s Website for more tips and ideas. Below are a few of the tips:

Say Yes to Convection Because it continually circulates heated air, thereby reducing cooking time, convection uses 20 percent less energy on average than a conventional oven.

Green Dish Washing Liquid- For greasy pots and pans: Try scouring with salt. For burned saucepans: Fill the pan half full with water, spoon in baking soda, let it soak overnight, and bring to a boil.

Unclog Your Sink Naturally Don’t worry, it sounds more complicated than it actually is. Boiling water converts baking soda to sodium carbonate, a more effective drain cleaner. Pour 1 cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by 3 cups of boiling water, and let science take over. It’s a much safer choice than commercial drain cleaners, which can harm skin, eyes, lungs, and the water supply.

Fill Up the Freezer Fill up your freezer, since the more full it is, the less energy it uses to keep food frozen.

Try Reusable Towels Paper towels cause waste — even if you stick to the recycled brands. Microfiber towels grip dirt and dust like a magnet and don’t let go. After use, toss the towels into the laundry and reuse over and over.

Hopefully these tips can help you out in your kitchen but also give insight into the many ways to go green. You can start by going green in your kitchen through appliances and these eco-friendly ideas, but you can incorporate other ideas to other rooms throughout your home! For more information please take a look at our website,  click here!

 

Why Now is a Great Time to Buy!

       Not sure whether now is a good time to buy a home? Buying today is full of opportunity and more consumers are coming to realize this conclusion. In a recent monthly survey, the mortgage company Fannie Mae found that nearly three-quarters of Americans thought it was a good time to buy a home due to their expectation that purchase prices will increase within the next year. Doug Duncan, a chief economist from Fannie Mae, stated in the Wall Street Journal, “Conditions are coming together to encourage people to want to buy homes”. So why should you buy a home right now? We’ve listed the main reasons below:

  • Lower interest rates
  • Increasing rents
  • Lower prices

Lower interest rates. Interest rates today are some of the lowest since 1971. “Homeownership is within reach of more households than it has been for nearly two decades,” said Bob Nielsen, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).  No one is sure just how long these low rates with stick around.

Increasing rents. Rental prices have continued to climb while vacancy rates reach a low. According to Ryan Severino, a Reis senior economist, “…rents tend to spike as landlords perceive that tight market conditions afford them greater pricing power over tenants”.

Lower prices. Prices still have not returned to their 2006 levels.

      Still not sure whether buying now is the best decision for you? Now is the time to find out! Whenever buying a home you need an experienced, reputable, and trustworthy agent at your side.  Our agents at Alliance Homes are here for you. Contact your local experts today!

Apartment Rents Rise, Vacancies Plunge. ABC News. Web. 6 Jul. 2012. <http://news.yahoo.com/apartment-rents-rising-vacancies-10-low-140611799–abc-news-savings-and-investment.html>.   

June 2012 Market Update. Keller Williams Realty. Web. 18 Jun. 2012. <http://images.kw.com/media/shared/tmre/tmire-jun12.html>.

Why Now is a Good Time to Buy a Home. MSN Money. 25 Jan. 2012. Web. 18 Jun. 2012.  <http://money.msn.com/debt-management/article.aspx?post=88a39190-6e56-47e4-a1a7-4ec8a79edfc4>.

Why Buy a Home? Carla Hill. Realty Times. 25 Jan. 2012. Web. 18 Jun. 2012. <http://realtytimes.com/rtpages/20120125_whybuy.htm>.