Meet Lan!

Lan

Lan Nguyen began her career in manufactured housing with Advantage Homes as an admin in December of 1999, and became a sales agent in the summer of 2000. Throughout her 17 years’ experience, her hard work and first class customer service allowed to be among one of the top performing agents in Santa Clara County. Lan brings an unparalleled skill set to manufactured housing; not only does she hold a B.S. in Business Administration, but she is also a Licensed Realtor®.

When asked why she transitioned to Alliance, Lan indicated that she “admires Alliance’s creativity and innovation on new home designs.” She sees this new opportunity as a positive move toward advancing her career in manufactured homes, as she is “now working with the leader of this industry.”

When working with Lan, you can expect to receive experience, consistent communication, and strong attentiveness to details. As a top producer, she is knowledgeable regarding all things manufactured housing, from loans to community expectations to HCD guidelines, and she has cater to each client’s circumstances to enable a successful approval process.

Fluent in both English and Vietnamese, Lan is prepared to go above and beyond your needs to help you with your next housing change. Contact Lan today at (408) 215-0082 or Lan@AllianceMH.com for your manufactured housing inquiries!

Here are a few testimonials from Lan’s clients, via Yelp:

Thank you Lan Nguyen for your excellence services in helping us buy a brand new mobile home from Skyline!

We first met with Lan at an open house and discussed with her our plan.  At first, we wanted to purchase a new home so ended up on a waitlist for available space at the mobile home park we wanted.  A little of over one month, Lan called us back about the good news that space has opened up.  We worked with her to start customizing our home and then realized later that this didn’t fit our needs anymore and we decided to buy a new mobile home that was available for sale at the time.  She was very patient in the process and gave us helpful feedback in helping us decide what home would be right for us.

I would highly recommend Lan as she is very friendly and know what she is talking about.  As part of the walk through, she would help point out some defects that we missed which showed that she really cares for her customers. She is willing to work around the clock to make her customer happy by replying to my emails after hours which really helped with my busy work schedule.  Planning from our side changed, and she was able to get the home manufacturer to finish up the home faster to help us with our move in date.  An AC unit was also installed with the home which she helped out on.

There were defects in the homes, but Skyline was able to send their tech’s down to fix the defects after we closed out escrow.

So far, we are happy with our purchase and the 15 months warranty gives us a peace of mind regarding the house.

Johnny D. from San Jose, CA

I hired Lan Nguyen to sell my mom’s Sunnyvale manufactured home of 30 years. She helped me every step of the way and worked with the park managers and new buyer through the inspections to park applications for new residence. Lan is very professional and handled the buyer and seller relationship smoothly. She is patient and realistic. I highly recommend Lan if you plan to sell your mfg home or are looking to buy one. She understands what needs to be done from the sellers and buyers side. She has good relationships with park Managment to ensure their needs are met too. She gets the job done efficiently and effectively and organizes all the paperwork and she accommodating for special needs too. She does not need to be micro managed and that’s was VERY helpful for me. Lan gets the job done and I highly recommend she help you buy/sell your mobile home.

Becky O.

My wife and I purchased our first manufactured home in Sunnyvale. Lan Nguyen was our agent, she stayed in contact with us every week during escrow, informed as far as where we were in our process of purchasing, and made a whole purchasing process very easy and we were able to close escrow in 3 1/2 weeks. I had a lot of questions about The leasing process, what type of insurance that we needed as well as property tax information in regards to owning a manufactured home, she patiently answered all my questions and explain the whole process to us. During our move-in process there’s a few things that came up and she was able to help us resolve our issues very quickly. I would highly recommend Lan Nguyen for either purchasing or selling your property.

Lan thank you for all your help. We are very happy with her new home.

Roger M. of Sunnyvale, CA

 

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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

Mobile homes on a trailer park at dusk

  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.

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, and Multi-Unit

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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.

Mobile Homes. 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.

gMulti-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 Alliance MH or give us a call at 408-598-2078!