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by marinermark
Mon Jan 17, 2011 11:22 am
Forum: First Time Home Buyers Forum
Topic: Do mobile homes hold there value?
Replies: 4
Views: 2921

Re: Do mobile homes hold there value?

We bought our new 3/2 1500 sq. ft. Homes of Merit mfg. home, with 45x112 lot in a nice community in Ft. Myers, FL in April, 2005 - near the peak of the market. Homes at that time were selling in the $140s to $160s - and increased to $170s - $180s later in the year. Several resales of those homes hav...
by marinermark
Sat Nov 13, 2010 9:14 pm
Forum: Ask The Manufactured Housing Expert
Topic: Life Expectancy
Replies: 3
Views: 2726

Re: Life Expectancy

We live in Fort Myers, FL in a manufactured home built in 2005. We expect it to last as long as any conventionally-framed home. Friends moved here in 1975. Their double-wide house is still in place, as are a great many homes built in the 70s. Homes built in our community in the early 90s are still i...
by marinermark
Wed Oct 28, 2009 5:58 pm
Forum: Ask The Manufactured Housing Expert
Topic: Bathroom Sewage Odor
Replies: 1
Views: 2288

Bathroom Sewage Odor

We are experiencing an occasional light-to-medium sewage odor from the front (master) bathroom in our 2005 Homes of Merit. The odor began a few weeks ago and occurs just after discharging a moderate amount of water from that toilet, kitchen sink or washing machine, which are all at the front of the ...
by marinermark
Sun Feb 22, 2009 12:37 pm
Forum: Ask The Manufactured Housing Expert
Topic: lot rent increases
Replies: 6
Views: 3588

Re: lot rent increases

The big "gotcha" is buying a home in a rental park without a rent guarantee of some sort, or at least a tie to some benchmark (like the CPI). Park owners know you can't move your home or just pack up and leave; so you have to pay, sell, or lose your investment. See if they are offering lower rents t...
by marinermark
Sun Nov 30, 2008 8:57 am
Forum: Ask The MH Insurance Specialist
Topic: Manufactured Home Insurance in Florida
Replies: 4
Views: 11906

Re: Manufactured Home Insurance in Florida

My 2005 Homes of Merit came out of the factory in April or May,2005 and was placed/installed on the site in May/June. Were any construction or installation standards upgrades instituted after that that I should be aware of and should consider retrofitting to my home?
by marinermark
Mon Nov 24, 2008 10:04 am
Forum: Ask The MH Insurance Specialist
Topic: Manufactured Home Insurance in Florida
Replies: 4
Views: 11906

Manufactured Home Insurance in Florida

I just viewed the video on the strength of today's manufactured homes. That was my concern when I bought a new 2005 MH in Fort Myers, FL. Apparently the insurance companies don't agree as to the strength of today's homes. MH insurance is still impossible to get (except from Citizens) in Southeast or...
by marinermark
Tue Aug 19, 2008 3:38 pm
Forum: Ask The Manufactured Housing Expert
Topic: First Time Homebuyer Considering MH - please help
Replies: 6
Views: 2102

Re: First Time Homebuyer Considering MH - please help

Manny: I'm a first-time manufactured homeowner now in Ft. Myers, FL. My (2005) double-wide house (which I bought new) is, at 1500 sq. ft., just a little smaller than the CBS house I sold in Miami. It's more nicely appointed and just about as permanent. After you join and finish the sections, pour an...
by marinermark
Mon Aug 11, 2008 8:20 pm
Forum: Ask The Manufactured Housing Expert
Topic: 2005 Homes OF Merit and VERY high energy costs
Replies: 7
Views: 2844

Re: 2005 Homes OF Merit and VERY high energy costs

I have a 2005 HOM - about 1500 SqFt in Ft Myers. I paid a little extra to get a 13 SEER 4T AC when the house was built. I also installed a computerized thermostat LUXPRO from Ace Hardware (there are mnany others at home Depot, etc.) The thermostat allows me to set different temperatures for each of ...
by marinermark
Mon Aug 11, 2008 8:04 pm
Forum: Ask The Manufactured Housing Expert
Topic: First Time Homebuyer Considering MH - please help
Replies: 6
Views: 2102

Re: First Time Homebuyer Considering MH - please help

I bought a new manufactured home with the lot in Ft. Myers, FL in 2005. I'm very happy with it. If you look at used homes, Look only at those built after 1995. Hurricane Andrew, which hit Miami, FL in 1992, destroyed many mobile homes, and resulted in stronger construction standards for homes built ...