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Manufactured Home Sale

A manufactured home sale is conducted differently than the sale of your personal piece of real property.  If you are selling your house, you known just how much paperwork is involved in the transaction and how many hoops there are to jump through, so as to assure that neither the buyer nor the seller will end up liable for anything that might be going wrong related to the transaction in question.  To this end, an entire industry has sprung up around this process – buyers’ brokers and sellers’ agents are now taking hefty commissions to ensure that all the i’s have been dotted and all the t’s have been crossed properly, adequately, and quite often even in triplicate!  Yet what about those homeowners who are living in a more unconventional home?  A manufactured home sale can be just as stressful on the average home owner as the sale of a brick and mortar home. There is a move to contemplate, a buyer for the mobile home to be found, the legalities need to be taken care of, and your next residence will need to be planned for as well.

Fortunately, a manufactured home sale is much easier than a brick and mortar house sale.  Quite possibly because a manufactured home sale is treated like the sale of a car, so many signs in mobile home parks read “for sale by owner” and even though manufactured homes dealers are willing to help you buy or sell your mobile home, they are not usually specializing in this practice since it is so easy to do on your own.

Of course, there are a few tricks and tips to keep in mind when putting up your manufactured home sale.  For example, you will need to make sure that your home is presentable to potential buyers.  This means that just like you would have a car all cleaned up and shiny on the outside and the inside, so you should also have your mobile home presentable and good to go.  Fix cosmetic problems that might turn off a potential buyer, and do not hesitate to walk around with a bucket of paint to put a fresh coat on kick boards or other areas that might have flaked off.  Similarly, get a good idea of what homes in your mobile home community are selling for.  If you are selling way above the selling price and do not have a piece of property to justify this selling price, you will most likely not sell your home. Conversely, if you are selling way below what others are selling, potential buyers might be wondering if there is something wrong with your home. When you are ready to sell, put a visible sign in your window and also advertise your home on the Internet.  Take photos and post them alongside the description of your home.  Make sure you take the pictures on a sunny day when your home and its surrounding area are shown in its best light. Next you will need to have a bill of sale ready to be filled out.  Be sure to meet your buyer at the bank where you will be able to take receipt of the funds and also make use of their Notary Public who will need to witness the transaction.

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