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We are a military family who bought a doublewide mobile home four years ago. We have not paid extra principle on it at all because we were trying to pay off other loans first. Now we are about to be sent somewhere else, which we hadn't expected since my husband was previously in a non-mobile position. How can we sell our mobile home before we leave? We have a year and a half before we have to go. Please help give us some ideas. We owe quite a bit on the land and the house. They are on separate notes.
Because you have some time to do so, you can try to sell it on your own, otherwise known as a "For Sale by Owner". Give yourself until about 6 to 9 months from the date you need to have the home sold depending on the real estate market in your area, then if you can't sell it go to a Realtor.
Basically you need to do some homework and get an idea what homes like yours have been selling for lately (not the asking price, the sold price). You can get this information at your local government tax office. Price your home correctly, not too high and not too low. The mistake most people make is to price the home on what they think they need to take out as a profit. Then it just sits there.
Next is to prepare the home for sale. Curb appeal is essential. Approach your home and see what you can do to make it look appealing from the street. Landscaping, window treatments, front door are all eye-catching areas. Inside make sure the home smells nice, no animal smells. Carpets should be freshly cleaned, walls cleaned or freshly painted and bathrooms and kitchen should be spotless. Put in the brightest light bulbs your fixtures allow, people love well-lit homes. Lastly, no clutter. If you have too much furniture, put in a friend's garage or store it somewhere. People try to imagine how their furniture will fit in your home and will have a hard time if it is wall to wall clutter.
As far as advertising, use all the free ads you can run, the base newspaper, etc., then take out a small ad in the local paper. Take a picture of your home and go to your local Staples type store and let them help you put a brochure together. This should have a picture of you home and the features of your home on them. See if a base store or credit union will let you place your brochures at their waiting area. For safety reasons, always make sure appointments are made with potential buyers while both you and your husband are home. Let your neighbors know your home is for sale and when people are stopping by. Good Luck and thank you for your service to our country.
My husband is a sales manger for Fleetwood Manufactured homes in Fruitland, ID. The company buys mobile homes from people. I don't know what the circumstances are or anything, but a simple phone call might help you. They might buy your home from you. You can call 1-800-821-0410 or you can call your own local Fleetwood Homes store or might even try any other manufactured homes company.
My suggestion to these people would be to refinance the two notes into one mortgage. Since the mobile is on land, it would qualify as a single-family dwelling. There may be some requirements by a lender as to a pad, skirting etc. That information could be obtained through HUD. This would make the home much more marketable, as the payment would probably be much less than the two payments. Also, if they refinanced with a new assumable loan, buyers could possibly buy their equity for less than they would have to pay down on another property. When they applied for refinancing, they could include any required upgrades in the loan. Mobile homes on their own lots are far more in demand than mobile homes with space rental.
You could do several things. Start with an ad in a buy-sell bulletin. These sell for around $75 where we live and you can usually run an ad for free selling a home by the owner. Have it priced to sell. It sells better if it's take-over payments. Make sure you transfer it into their name. That way you could possibly keep the land if you wanted. Next step would be to try to list it with a real estate company. If you can't sell it, you could possibly rent it through the realtor to another military family, which should give you some good renters, as they would be responsible for paying for any damages. Also, realtors are usually more careful about who it's rented to. This way if you decided you wanted to come back you'd still have your house/land.
As a retired military person, I know that there are times when military couples have quite a wait to get into government quarters. When we were in San Diego, we lived in a house that belonged to a Navy man who was transferred to Hawaii, but he wanted to keep his house. It was rented through the Base Housing Office and the standards for occupants were as stringent as the ones for base housing. This is an alternative you might consider.
There are several variables that may impact your situation:
Make sure the manufactured home is considered "permanently attached", according to your state regulations. Someone in your county tax assessor's or building permits areas should be able to direct you to this information. Once you make sure it is permanently attached, if you do not intend to keep the land with hopes of someday returning, building, etc., you should have the tax assessor come out and assess the home and land together, assuming you are now being taxed separately. This will open up the mortgagable market to which you may sell, making your home pass the first step to qualify for FHA mortgaging. Other factors will involve appropriate skirting, distance from property lines, accessible by publicly maintained roads, water and sewage system availability and proximity.
Sit down and think about all these things, create a priority-project list for your marketing plan, and get going on the initial phases as soon as possible.
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