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Buying, Selling, or Moving a Mobile Manufactured Home What type of document is used to buy or sell a mobile/manufactured home? How does one obtain a statement of ownership? Who is responsible for the property taxes on a mobile/manufactured home that is treated as personal property? Should the assessor be notified if a mobile/manufactured home has been bought or sold? What must one do before moving a mobile/manufactured home to another location? Where do I go to get a title or Statement of Ownership and Location to my mobile or manufactured home? How long will it take to get my Statement of Ownership and Location? What is Quick Processing? May I install my own home? What is the difference between an SOL and a title? How do I get an SOL? How do I elect the real or personal property status of my home? How do you calculate the fees? When must I apply for a revised SOL? I never got a title or SOL to my home. The person that sold it to me is gone. What do I do? My home is personal property, and I want to change it to real property. What do I do? Can I change it back to personal property? How? I have a manufactured home that is "business use," and I want to sell it for residential use. What do I do? I own a manufactured home that is not habitable. Can I sell it? I want to move my home. What do I have to do? Do we accept applications submitted with the old fees? Is notarization needed on the release of lien indicated on the face of a title since there is space for the notarization? Is the moving permit required on applications where the home was moved in the past? I've lost my original title or Certificate of Attachment, how do I get a duplicate? What is a Texas Seal, and do I have to apply for one? I'm trying to file for a homestead exemption and the County offices won't accept my title as proof of ownership. Do I need an SOL? I never received a certified copy of my SOL even though your records show that it was issued. Can another one be sent to me? How do I get a homestead exemption? Is there a fee for Form B? May I move my own home? What are Wind Zones, and what do I need to know about them? What is a "modular" home? Is my home a "HUD-code manufactured home" or a "mobile home"? There is an error on my SOL. How do I get it corrected? When is the retailer responsible for the installation of a new home? What is considered a used manufactured home? Who is responsible for Site Preparation for a new manufactured home? Who is responsible for Site Preparation for a used manufactured home? In what counties does the new Frost Line Zone requirement apply? What are the requirements when installing a new manufactured home in a Frost Line Zone county? What are the warranty requirements for an installer of a new manufactured home? What are the installation warranty requirements for a used home? What are the warranty requirements for a retailer when selling a new home? What are the warranty requirements for a manufacturer? What are the warranty requirements for a seller of a used manufactured home? What makes a manufactured home habitable? Related Posts Related content

June 21, 2014

Buying, Selling, or Moving a Mobile Manufactured Home

When buying, selling, or moving a mobile/manufactured home in Texas, there are certain requirements that must be satisfied to successfully transfer ownership or to secure a moving permit. The owner of the mobile/ manufactured home must obtain a tax clearance form signed by the assessor and auditor-treasurer of the county in which the home is located stating there are no current or delinquent taxes due. Once this form is processed and issued, the owner can transfer the title of the home, apply for the homestead classification, or get a moving permit to tow it across state highways, county roads, city streets, or township roads.

What type of document is used to buy or sell a mobile/manufactured home?

When a mobile/manufactured home is bought or sold, the transaction is usually documented in writing. A mobile/manufactured home bill of sale or contract agreement may be used to help show proof of ownership and protect the rights of the buyer and seller. It provides the terms and conditions of the sale; the names and addresses of the buyer and seller; the make, model, year of manufacture, size, and vehicle identification number of the mobile/manufactured home; the location of the home; warranties; and a notary acknowledgment.

How does one obtain a statement of ownership?

The seller of a mobile/manufactured home may keep the certificate of title in a safe place like a filing cabinet, safe, or safety deposit box. To sell or give ownership to another person, the title must be located and the transferable portion of the document completed with the buyer’s name and address, the date of transfer, and seller’s signature. Then, it must be transferred at an authorized Texas Department of Housing & Community affairs manufactured homes division so that the new owner can obtain an original statement of ownership & location.

Who is responsible for the property taxes on a mobile/manufactured home that is treated as personal property?

The owner of record as of the assessment date, January 2nd of the year the taxes are levied, is the responsible party. If the mobile/manufactured home is sold, the payment of taxes should be discussed between the buyer and seller. The county will hold the seller responsible for the payment of the entire year’s tax. If the taxes are unpaid, the county will pursue collection from the seller. Any delinquent taxes will be submitted for collection under the name of the seller to the Revenue Recapture Unit of the Minnesota Department of Revenue.

Should the assessor be notified if a mobile/manufactured home has been bought or sold?

Yes, if a mobile/manufactured home has been bought or sold, the parties to the sale should transfer the certificate of title and make the assessor aware of the ownership change. This notification is necessary to ensure that the new owner is assessed the taxes, informed about the taxation laws relating to a mobile/manufactured home, and given the opportunity to file a timely application for homestead if it is their principal residence. Otherwise, the assessor will continue to assess the property and send all tax information to the seller.

What must one do before moving a mobile/manufactured home to another location?

If an owner is planning to relocate a mobile/manufactured home, the proper state, county, city, and township authorities should be contacted to obtain the required permit(s). Before a permit can be issued, the owner must obtain a tax clearance form from the assessor and auditor-treasurer in the county where the mobile/manufactured home is located. This form is issued to the owner only when all property taxes that are due or will become due have been paid. If a mobile/manufactured home is moved without the proper paperwork, the law allows for a fine to be imposed on the mover.

Where do I go to get a title or Statement of Ownership and Location to my mobile or manufactured home?

Effective September 1, 2003, all outstanding documents of title are considered to be Statements of Ownership and Location (SOLs). All mobile or manufactured home SOLs in the State of Texas are issued by the Manufactured Housing Division headquarters in Austin. Though you may come to our office in person, it is not necessary and does not speed up the application processing time. For our mailing or physical address and other contact information please visit our “Contact Us” web page.

How long will it take to get my Statement of Ownership and Location?

This will depend partly on the method of delivery of the application to our office and the method you choose to have the Statement returned to you. If your application is complete, regular processing takes 15 business days. If the application is incomplete, a Request for Additional Information will be mailed to the appropriate party, resulting in delays and longer processing times.

What is Quick Processing?

This option is no longer available.

May I install my own home?

No. Only a licensed installer may install, relevel, or modify any component of the manufactured home's foundation.

What is the difference between an SOL and a title?

Before Senate Bill 521 (SB 521) took effect in June 2003, manufactured homeownership was evidenced by a Certificate of Title. When the ownership of a home changed, an application for title transfer had to be submitted to the Manufactured Housing Division (Department), and a new title would be issued. When a home became real property or was declared for business use or salvaged, the title was cancelled, and the tracking of the ownership of the home by the Department ceased.

After June 2003, SB 521 replaced the Certificate of Title with the Statement of Ownership and Location (SOL). The SOL is a statement of the information contained in the Department official record for a manufactured home. Because the SOL simply confirms the Department official record, no document of title is needed to evidence ownership. If the Department record states that someone owns a manufactured home that record is conclusive evidence of such until and unless the record is changed.

How do I get an SOL?

You must apply to the Department for it within 60 days from the date of any sale or relocation of the home. This is very important because ownership of a manufactured home does not pass or vest at a sale or transfer of the home until a completed application for the issuance of an SOL is filed with the department. If you purchase your home from a licensed retailer, they may assist you in completing the necessary forms, and they must provide all necessary information, supporting documents, and fees to our department. If you acquire a home from someone other than a retailer, you may obtain the necessary forms from our website or by calling 1-800-500-7074. To determine what you will need to submit with your SOL application, please read Applying for an SOL (PDF).

How do I elect the real or personal property status of my home?

This must be done on a completed and notarized Application for Statement of Ownership and Location accompanied by the applicable fees.

How do you calculate the fees?

Read our Fee Schedule (PDF) and Applying for an SOL (PDF).

When must I apply for a revised SOL?

Any time there is a change in any of the following:

  1. owner name(s),
  2. physical location of the home,
  3. lien information,
  4. elected treatment of the home (real/personal property), or
  5. use (residential/non-residential).

I never got a title or SOL to my home. The person that sold it to me is gone. What do I do?

First, read Applying for an SOL (PDF) to determine what forms and fees are required. In addition to the required forms and fees, evidence of ownership (i.e. bill of sale, purchase agreement, contract, receipts, deed records, etc.) to support the application will be required. The application will be reviewed, and if the Department finds the evidence to be insufficient, you will be notified as to what will be required to complete the application. Once your application is deemed complete, it will be processed and an SOL will be issued.

Additionally, if the person who sold you the home was a retailer, you may file a complaint with the Department by completing the Consumer Complaint Form. This may enable the Department staff to assist you and to take action to prevent further undocumented sales by that retailer.

My home is personal property, and I want to change it to real property. What do I do?

First, you cannot elect real property status for your home unless it is attached to land that you own or land that you are leasing under a qualifying LONG-TERM lease.

Long-Term Lease: For the purpose of determining whether or not the owner of a manufactured home may elect to treat the home as real property, is a lease on land to which the manufactured home has been attached and which: (A) has been approved by each lienholder for the manufactured home by placing on file with the department written consent to have the home treated as real property; or (B) is for at least five years if the home is not financed.

Next, if there are any liens on your home (such as a consumer loan lien), the liens will need to be discharged or the lien holders will have to give written consent. The only exception to this requirement is where the transaction is being handled through a title company that is insuring against existing liens, such as the situation where you are converting from personal property to real property and paying off your consumer loan by refinancing with a mortgage loan. In that case, a copy of the title commitment or policy is required.

Third, you must complete an Application for Statement of Ownership and Location and submit it with all documentation and fees.

The Department will issue your SOL, and until a certified copy is recorded in the real property records of the county shown on the SOL, the conversion to real property status is not complete. If you are making the conversion to real property status on your own (not going through a lender, title company, or attorney), contact the county clerk to find out their procedures, requirements, and fees for recording this document

Can I change it back to personal property? How?

Just apply for a new SOL, indicating on the application that the real/personal property election is being changed to personal property. An inspection will be required as well as a lien search or proof of no liens from a title company. You will also need to notify your county tax assessor of the change so that they can alter the way that they assess and administer property taxes on the home.

I have a manufactured home that is "business use," and I want to sell it for residential use. What do I do?

Before you can sell the home, you must obtain a revised SOL which indicates that the home is no longer reserved for business use only. Read Applying for an SOL (PDF) for detailed instructions. We will need to inspect it to be sure it is habitable before it is changed back to residential use.

I own a manufactured home that is not habitable. Can I sell it?

That depends. If you sell more than one manufactured home in a twelve month period, you must be licensed as a retailer; and a licensed retailer may not sell a home that is not habitable unless it is sold for business use only.

A sale by an exempt consumer is not covered by the Texas Manufactured Housing Standards Act. However, if the home is moved, the new installation is subject to inspection; and at the inspection the habitability condition will be cited if observed.

Also, if the home is not habitable, even if the sale is exempt from our jurisdiction, you may be committing a practice that will give rise to liability. We do not recommend selling a home that is not habitable unless the matter is fully disclosed.

I want to move my home. What do I have to do?

First, the person or company that moves the home must contact the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) (http://www.txdot.state.tx.us) to obtain any required permit, a copy of which must be submitted with your application for a new SOL. Next, you will need to apply for a new SOL, showing the new location. Also, any lien holders will need to be discharged (paid off) or give their written consent to the move.

Do we accept applications submitted with the old fees?

No.

Is notarization needed on the release of lien indicated on the face of a title since there is space for the notarization?

No, notarization is not required on a release of lien.

Is the moving permit required on applications where the home was moved in the past?

If an SOL applicant had the home moved when they bought the home, we must have a copy of the moving permit. If the move took place too long ago or if the home was moved without a permit, the applicant could, in lieu of a moving permit, provide a “Tax Certificate” issued by the county where the home used to be installed showing no taxes due. If taxes are due, they will have to be paid.

If a consumer purchases a home from a licensed retailer and finds that the retailer moved the home without a permit or that there are taxes owed on the home at its previous location, the consumer may file a complaint with the Department within two years from the date of purchase. If so, the Consumer Protection staff may be able to force the retailer to pay the taxes owed or file against their bond.

I've lost my original title or Certificate of Attachment, how do I get a duplicate?

Due to recent changes in Texas law, Titles and Certificates of Attachment are no longer produced. Effective September 1, 2003, all such documents became known as Statements of Ownership and Location (SOLs). To obtain an SOL to replace a lost Title or Certificate of Attachment, please read Applying for an SOL (PDF) for a complete list of documents and fees required.

What is a Texas Seal, and do I have to apply for one?

A Texas Seal is a metal plate with a number that is used to identify a manufactured home that does not have a HUD Label. State law requires that a manufactured home have either a HUD Label or a Texas Seal attached to it BEFORE any sale, exchange, or lease purchase (or any negotiations for such) of the home to a consumer.

I'm trying to file for a homestead exemption and the County offices won't accept my title as proof of ownership. Do I need an SOL?

Texas law states that as of September 1, 2003, all titles became Statements of Ownership and Location (SOLs), so the title should be acceptable. However, if the County will not accept the title, you may submit a written request to the Department for an SOL at no charge, as long as the original title is surrendered and there are no changes to any of the information on the title. If the original title has been lost or if any of the information on the title has changed, a completed Application for Statement of Ownership and Location and applicable fees will be required.

I never received a certified copy of my SOL even though your records show that it was issued. Can another one be sent to me?

Yes. For instructions on how to submit your request, please read Applying for an SOL (PDF).

How do I get a homestead exemption?

First, you must contact the appropriate county office in the county where your home is located to find out what their requirements are and whether or not you will need to apply for a revised SOL (for a change in real/personal property election, ownership, location, etc.). Once you know exactly what type of SOL you need to apply for, you may read Applying for an SOL (PDF) on our website or contact us to determine what documents and fees you will need to submit to apply for that SOL.

Is there a fee for Form B?

If it documents a repossession, yes. If it documents a release of lien only, no.

The Department charges a fee per transaction, rather than a fee per form. For example, if the form B is submitted for a release of lien, the release of that lien is a transaction and requires payment of the fee. However, a transaction may include more than one change to the SOL, and there would still be only one transaction fee paid. So, if the release of lien was accompanied by a change of ownership from the owner listed on the SOL to a new owner, there would still be only one transaction fee paid.

However, if there are multiple changes to the same information, each change is considered to be a transaction for which a transaction fee must be paid. A Form B that is for a repossession establishes a change in ownership from the owner on the SOL to the lienholder. When the new SOL is issued, the lienholder listed on the old SOL will become the owner on the new SOL, and that change in ownership is a transaction which requires a transaction fee. If the application for that repossession (change in ownership) is submitted in conjunction with an application for transfer of ownership from the lienholder to a new buyer (another change in ownership), there will be two transactions, each requiring a transaction fee.

May I move my own home?

You may, but you must obtain a permit from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to do so. For permit information, you may visit the TxDOT website at http://www.txdot.state.tx.us or call 1-800-299-1700. You will need a copy of your TxDOT permit in order to apply for a new SOL showing a new location.

What are Wind Zones, and what do I need to know about them?

The counties along the Gulf Coast are designated as Wind Zone II counties because they often experience very strong winds, especially when a hurricane makes landfall. Therefore the homes that are installed in those counties must be built and installed to withstand these higher winds. To be installed in a Wind Zone II county, a manufactured home constructed on or after September 1, 1997, must meet Wind Zone II standards. Wind Zone II homes and homes built prior to September 1, 1997, may be installed in a Wind Zone I or II county without restriction. Wind Zone I homes may not be installed in those counties designated as Wind Zone II. The counties designated as Wind Zone II are Aransas, Brazoria, Calhoun, Cameron, Chambers, Galveston, Jefferson, Kenedy, Kleberg, Matagorda, Nueces, Orange, Refugio, San Patricio and Willacy.

What is a "modular" home?

Title 42 United States Code 3282.12 (42 USC 3282.12) states that the term includes "Any structure that meets the definition of manufactured home at 24 CFR 3282.7(u)" but "is excluded from the coverage of the National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act, 42 U.S.C. 5401 et seq.," and for which the manufacturer issues a certification that states the following:

"The manufacturer of this structure, Name _______; Address ______ (location where structure was manufactured) certifies that this structure (Ser. No. ______) is not a manufactured home subject to the provisions of the National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act and is-

(1) designed only for erection or installation on a site-built permanent foundation,

(2) not designed to be moved once so erected or installed,

(3) designed and manufactured to comply with ________ (Here state which code included in paragraph (b)(3) of this section has been followed), and

(4) to the manufacturer's knowledge is not intended to be used other than on a site-built permanent foundation.

Is my home a "HUD-code manufactured home" or a "mobile home"?

To make this determination, you will need to answer a few questions (this link opens a new window).

There is an error on my SOL. How do I get it corrected?

If you find an error on an SOL, please inform our office in one of 4 ways:

  • By email at processing@tdhca.state.tx.us
  • By mail (TDHCA, P.O. Box 12489, Austin, TX 78711)
  • By fax at 512-475-1109
  • By phone at 1-800-500-7074

We will need the following information:

  • The identification numbers of the home (HUD Label, Texas seal, and/or serial numbers)
  • Exactly what needs to be corrected.

We will review the application that was submitted, and if it is determined that the error was made by the applicant, a completed Application for Statement of Ownership and Location and the $55 fee will be required to issue a corrected SOL. Otherwise, a certified copy of the corrected SOL will be mailed to you at no charge.

When is the retailer responsible for the installation of a new home?

Under Section 1201.206(a) of the Occupations Code at the first retail sale of a manufactured home, the retailer shall provide for the installation of the home and ensure that the application for the issuance of a statement of ownership and location is properly completed.

Under Section 1201.201(3) of the Occupations Code a "First retail sale" means a consumer's initial acquisition of a new manufactured home from a retailer by purchase, exchange, or lease-purchase. The term includes a bargain, sale, transfer, or delivery of a manufactured home for which the director has not previously issued a statement of ownership and location, with intent to pass an interest in the home, other than a lien.

What is considered a used manufactured home?

Pursuant to Section 1201.003(32) a “Used manufactured home” means a manufactured home which has been occupied for any use or for which a statement of ownership and location has been issued. The term does not include: (A) a manufactured home that was used as a sales model at a licensed retail location; or (B) a manufactured home that: (i) was sold as a new manufactured home and installed but never occupied; (ii) had a statement of ownership and location; and (iii) was taken back from the consumer or transferee because of a first payment default or agreement to rescind or unwind the transaction.

Who is responsible for Site Preparation for a new manufactured home?

The responsible installer of a new manufactured home is responsible for the proper preparation of the site where the manufactured home will be installed.

Who is responsible for Site Preparation for a used manufactured home?

A consumer acquiring a used manufactured home to be installed is responsible for the proper preparation of the site where the manufactured home will be installed except as set forth in Title 10, Section 80.22 of the Texas Administrative Code (relating to Generic Standards for Moisture and Ground Vapor Controls).

In what counties does the new Frost Line Zone requirement apply?

The following Texas counties have a 12 inch frost line depth to consider for the installation of a new manufactured home: Armstrong, Bailey, Briscoe, Carson, Castro, Childress, Cochran, Collingsworth, Cottle, Crosby, Dallam, Deaf Smith, Dickens, Donley, Floyd, Foard, Gray, Hale, Hall, Hansford, Hardeman, Hartley, Hemphill, Hockley, Hutchinson, King, Knox, Lamb, Lipscomb, Lubbock, Moore, Motley, Ochiltree, Oldham, Parmer, Potter, Randall, Roberts, Sherman, Swisher, Wheeler, and Wilbarger.

What are the requirements when installing a new manufactured home in a Frost Line Zone county?

Pursuant to Title 10, Section 80.21(a) of the Texas Administrative Code, for a new home to be installed in a Frost Line Zone county, footings placed in freezing climates must be designed using methods and practices that prevent the effects of frost heave by one of the following methods:

(A) Conventional footings. Conventional footings must be placed below the frost line depth for the site unless an insulated foundation or monolithic slab is used (refer to 24 CFR 3285.312(b)(2) and 24 CFR 3285.312(b)(3)).

(B) This is not subject to the provisions in 24 CFR 3285.2(c) that also require review by the manufacturer and approval by its DAPIA for any variations to the manufacturer's installation instructions for support and anchoring.

(C) Monolithic slab systems. A monolithic slab is permitted above the frost line when all relevant site-specific conditions, including soil characteristics, site preparation, ventilation, and insulative properties of the under floor enclosure, are considered and anchorage requirements are accommodated as set out in 24 CFR 3285.401. The monolithic slab system must be designed by a registered professional engineer or registered architect: (i) In accordance with acceptable engineering practice to prevent the effects of frost heave; or (ii) In accordance with SEI/ASCE 32-01 as defined in 24 CFR 3285.4.

(D) Insulated foundations. An insulated foundation is permitted above the frost line, when all relevant site-specific conditions, including soil characteristics, site preparation, ventilation, and insulative properties of the under floor enclosure, are considered, and the foundation is designed by a registered professional engineer or registered architect: (i) In accordance with acceptable engineering practice to prevent the effects of frost heave; or (ii) In accordance with SEI/ASCE 32-01 as defined in 24 CFR 3285.4.

What are the warranty requirements for an installer of a new manufactured home?

For all installations, the installer shall give the manufactured homeowner a written warranty that the installation of the home was performed in accordance with all department standards, rules, orders, and requirements. The warranty for the installation of a new HUD-code manufactured home is to be given by the retailer, who is responsible for installation. If the retailer subcontracts this function to a licensed installer, the retailer and installer are jointly and severally responsible for performance of the warranty.

The warranty must conspicuously disclose the requirement that the consumer notify the installer of any claim in writing in accordance with the terms of the warranty. Unless the warranty provides for a longer period, the installer or retailer has no obligation or liability under the person’s warranty for any defect described in a written notice received from the consumer more than two years after the later of the date of purchase or the date of installation.

What are the installation warranty requirements for a used home?

For all installations, the installer shall give the manufactured homeowner a written warranty that the installation of the home was performed in accordance with all department standards, rules, orders, and requirements.

The warranty must conspicuously disclose the requirement that the consumer notify the installer of any claim in writing in accordance with the terms of the warranty. Unless the warranty provides for a longer period, the installer or retailer has no obligation or liability under the person’s warranty for any defect described in a written notice received from the consumer more than two years after the later of the date of purchase or the date of installation.

What are the warranty requirements for a retailer when selling a new home?

Section 1201.352 of the Occupations Code states:

(a) The retailer of a new HUD-code manufactured home shall warrant to the consumer in writing that:

1) installation of the home at the initial homesite was or will be, as applicable, completed in accordance with all department standards, rules, orders, and requirements; and

(2) appliances and equipment included with the sale of the home and installed by the retailer are or will be:

(A) installed in accordance with the instructions or specifications of the manufacturers of the appliances or equipment; and (B) free from defects in materials or workmanship. The warranty may expressly disclaim or limit any warranty regarding cosmetic defects.

(b) The retailer's warranty on a new HUD-code manufactured home is in effect until the first anniversary of the later of the date of initial installation of the home at the consumer's homesite or the closing of the consumer’s purchase or acquisition of the home.

(c) Before the signing of a binding retail installment sales contract or other binding purchase agreement on a new HUD-code manufactured home, the retailer must give the consumer a copy of: (1) the manufacturer's warranty; (2) the retailer's warranty; (3) the warranties given by the manufacturers of appliances or equipment included with the home; and (4) the name and address of the manufacturer or retailer to whom the consumer is to give notice of a warranty service request.

(d) Not later than the 30th day after the installation of a new HUD-code manufactured home, the retailer shall deliver to the consumer a copy of the warranty given by the licensed installer.

What are the warranty requirements for a manufacturer?

Under Section 1201.351 of the Occupations Code

(a) the manufacturer of a new HUD-code manufactured home shall warrant, in a separate written document, that: (1) the home is constructed or assembled in accordance with all building codes, standards, requirements, and regulations prescribed by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development under the National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C. Section 5401 et seq.); and (2) the home and all appliances and equipment included in the home are free from defects in materials or workmanship except for cosmetic defects.

(b) The manufacturer's warranty is in effect until at least the first anniversary of the date of initial installation of the home at the consumer's homesite or the closing of the consumer’s purchase or acquisition of an already installed new home, whichever is later.

(c) At the time the manufacturer delivers the home to the retailer, the manufacturer shall also deliver to the retailer: (1) the manufacturer's warranty; and (2) the warranties given by the manufacturers of appliances or equipment installed in the home.

What are the warranty requirements for a seller of a used manufactured home?

Under Section 1201.455(a) of the Occupations Code it states that a person may not sell, exchange, or lease-purchase a used manufactured home to a consumer for use as a dwelling without providing: (1) a written disclosure, on a form not to exceed two pages prescribed by the department, describing the condition of the home and of any appliances that are included in the home; and (2) a written warranty that the home is and will remain habitable until the 60th day after the later of the installation date or the date of the purchase agreement.

What makes a manufactured home habitable?

Under Section 1201.453 of the Occupations Code manufactured housing is habitable only if:

(1) there is no defect or deterioration in or damage to the home that creates a dangerous situation;

(2) the plumbing, heating, and electrical systems are in safe working order;

(3) the walls, floor, and roof are: (A) free from a substantial opening that was not designed; and (B) structurally sound; and

(4) all exterior doors and windows are in place and operate properly.

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These Tips And Tricks For Selling A Mobile Home To Be Moved Will Make The Process Much Easier. Read On For Some Great Ideas And A Few Reminders Too.

Perhaps you’ve been living in a mobile home park and you don’t own the land your home is on.. But you’re sure it would make a great home for someone else.. Of course, buying a home is a big step, more so when it’s a used mobile home to be moved.. Plus, when you’re talking about a mobile home that will need to be moved before the homeowner takes up residence, you add another layer of cost related to moving it.. However, keep in mind, different buyers may have different priorities so what may appeal to one prospective buyer may not necessarily grab another.. After all, maybe you tidy the house just when friends are coming over to visit.. And, if prospective buyers are weighing whether they want to actually live in your mobile home, they’ll be spending even more time than guests.. Plus, when it comes to repairs, keep in mind that prospective buyers may point out things they perceive as issues.. The point is that when selling a mobile home, you want prospective buyers to like it.. So, as you’re selling a mobile home to be moved, keep in mind you want the house to look like a good buy.. As you get started selling a mobile home to be moved, be sure you ask yourself: do I have the green light to sell my home and have it moved?. It makes sense to collect any necessary documents as you get ready to sell your home.. Clearly, if you’re selling your mobile home to move, you’ll want people to know it’s available.. You can also get more information on how to sell a mobile home that has been moved, just in case you’ve already moved before you thought of selling.

The laws on moving a manufactured home dictate when, how, and if a manufactured property can be moved. These are the four that you'll need to know about.

It’s important to know the specifics of moving manufactured homes and the laws that dictate when, how, and if a manufactured property can be moved.. That’s because the laws on moving a manufactured home require that you work with a licensed, bonded, and insured professional moving company.. As for the cost of moving a manufactured home , for relocations within 50 miles, you should anticipate spending somewhere between $5,000 and $8,000 for acquiring permits, moving your home, and hooking up utilities for a single-wide manufactured home.. If you hire a moving company for a full-service move, the crew will disconnect your manufactured home and reconnect it at the new site.. Although you’re moving your manufactured home, you’ll still need to pack and move your belongings in a separate van.. Treat a manufactured home move just as you would a move from a fixed home.

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However, we’d strongly advise against trying to move a manufactured home by yourself.. If not done properly, it could not only make the move extremely difficult and land you in “hot water” with the law, but it can jeopardize the integrity of your home.. There is a very good reason that it becomes harder to finance a home the more times it has been moved – the chances of something going wrong and damaging the structure of the home is just too big.. You will also need to hire some extra pairs of hands, rent a crane to lift and move the home, etc.. Not to mention, you need to know how to disconnect and connect utilities, separate and join the sections of a manufactured home (if you have a double-wide), and check for any damage to the chassis.

Get great tips on where and how to sell your manufactured home from Rachel Hernandez, a popular mobile home investor and author.

Another route you can take is to sell your home back to the manufactured home community.. If you have time to sell, you may want to hold off on this route and see what kind of offers you receive using other methods.. Mobile home dealerships are in the business of buying and selling new manufactured homes.. Sometimes these dealerships may consider purchasing used homes to sell to their list of buyers, many times other homeowners or investors.. Keep in mind investors are there to make a profit just like manufactured home communities and mobile home dealerships.. Be sure to make it clear the home is sold with the understanding the investor gets approved by the community or it is OK with park management to remove the home from the park if going that route.. If you choose to sell on payments and the home is staying in the park, be careful.. Be sure the person you decide to sell to can work with you and you feel good working with them.

Buying a manufactured home in 2022 could be the best decision you ever make! Here’s how to get a great deal on a great home.

This guide will take you through every step in the process of buying a manufactured home in 2022–from how to find a mobile home you love, to investigating your financing options, to the closing process.. The experts at MHVillage will guide you through every step of how to buy a manufactured home that you love.. Often, they’re different from the options that are available for site-built homes, so the process for getting financing may be unfamiliar to some buyers—but millions of buyers every year can and do finance their manufactured homes.. Many buyers can also get help from the U.S. government with financing their mobile home.. For buyers who are buying a mobile home without land , you’ll want to look into chattel loans, the most common type of loan for home-only buyers.. First, here are a few basic questions that you can ask to get started on your criteria for finding your ideal manufactured home:. Once you have a basic idea of what kind of manufactured home you’re looking for, MHVillage offers several easy ways to browse manufactured homes near you.. If you’re looking at a pre-existing manufactured home, you can easily contact the seller through MHVillage by clicking “Email Seller” or “Call Seller” on the home’s listing page.. The HUD tag, a metal plate typically located on the outside of the house.. When you’re ready to make an offer on a manufactured home, it’s easy to do it through our “Make Offer” button on MHVillage.. A real estate professional will be able to guide you through the process of making an offer and creating legally binding documents for the process.. Think carefully about what kind of contingencies you want to include in your offer.

We Have All That You Need To Know On How To Buy A Manufactured Home. The More You Know, The Easier Shopping Will Be. Learn more and find out!

It might seem intimidating at first, but buying a mobile home is not all that different from purchasing real estate.. Probably the first consideration you need to make is whether you want to live in a mobile home park or on your own parcel of land.. At over 20 ft. in width and less than 90 in length, they are slightly less rectangular than single-wides that make them much more flexible.. Mobile homes can also qualify for real estate loans under certain conditions.. Interest rates are highly dependant on the loan amount, your credit score, and the lender but start at 5%.. If you are buying new, you will be ecstatic to know that most manufacturers offer customization options for their home models.. You should establish the options each manufacturer provides to choose the best one for you that will be able to get you closest to your dream home.. Clayton Homes , Manufactured Homes , and The Homes Direct are popular manufacturers that provide customization options.. Buying new also means you can take advantage of the customization options these manufacturers provide.

Purpose of this page This page discusses transferring a mobile home’s ownership from a seller to a buyer in the great state of Texas. This is not i

Verify seller is the owner on record: Ask to see a copy of the home’s Statement of Ownership and Location (SOL) and tax receipt/bill during your initial walk through of the mobile home.. Once on this page use the home’s serial number or label/seal number (see below) to locate the home’s records and verify if taxes are current.. If there is/are no HUD Label(s) or Texas Seal(s) on your home, a Texas Seal will need to be purchased and will be issued to each section of the mobile home at an additional cost of $35.00 per section of home.. Seller may pay for taxes and obtain a Tax receipt from the local tax collector’s office.. Call your local tax collector’s office to find out back tax amount and total fees to obtain a Tax Receipt for this mobile home.. If purchasing or selling before October: Be aware, the seller (or you if the seller has no funds) will be required to place the current year’s taxes in escrow with the county tax office before the tax collector will provide this Tax Receipt you need.

Need To Know How To Sell A Mobile Home Without Land? Here Are The Steps To Do It. From Start To Finish, This Is What You Need To Know To Finalize Your Sale.

Mobile homeowners have the option to place their home in almost any location they like!. Check out these tips for how to sell a mobile home without land!. How to sell a mobile home without land If you own the land where your mobile home currently stands, then your home is considered real property or real estate.. About half of the people who live in manufactured homes do not own the land, so it is quite common to sell a mobile home on what is known as a lot lease.. Another important thing you must know about how to sell a mobile home without land is the role of the park owner.. How to price your mobile home If you want to sell your mobile home fast without spending weeks (or even months) waiting for a willing buyer, you need to determine the right asking price for your home.. However, when you do not own the land, keep in mind that your mobile home has depreciated during the time you lived there.. The agent will know the best option to list your home and get you a suitable buyer.. A copy of the seller’s Mobile Home Act written statement A copy of the community or park rules Details on the expected park charges in respect to water, power, sewerage, garbage, gas, outbuilding, parking space and other services provided by the park, including the next time they are due.. The next thing you should do is sign a Schedule 2 Notice of Proposed Sale Form with the buyer then take it to the park owner.. The park owner can oppose the sale within a given period.. If the owners do not object within the given time, the sale can go as planned.

Mobile Home Prices Are Determined By A Number Of Factors. Wondering What Yours Should Cost You? Or Maybe You Want To Sell? We Have The Cost Breakdown Here.

Because financing options are more restricted and less attractive, when it comes to mobile homes, knowing what homes cost in full is important.. While it’s not exactly easy to finance a traditional home, it can be even harder if it’s a mobile home.. Factors that make it difficult to finance a mobile home If the home has been moved (almost impossible if moved twice or more). Chattel loan This is one of the most widely known and used ways to get financing for a mobile home because they do not require you to own the land the home is on.. FHA Loans The FHA (or Federal Housing Administration) falls under the Title 1 program and therefore includes mobile homes as well as site-built homes.. We hope this guide of mobile home prices has been a light for you in the murky, foggy waters of trying to figure out the cost of a mobile home.

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