The Manufactured Home Buyer's Handbook

The Manufactured Home Buyer's Handbook

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by Wes Johnson
     
 

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This handbook details the steps the shopper must follow when buying a manufactured home. It offers advice on choosing a dealership, negotiating with sales people, understanding mortgage options, avoiding common trouble spots in setup and delivery, and customizing the new home. Included as an appendix are the addresses of the state agencies dealing with consumer

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This handbook details the steps the shopper must follow when buying a manufactured home. It offers advice on choosing a dealership, negotiating with sales people, understanding mortgage options, avoiding common trouble spots in setup and delivery, and customizing the new home. Included as an appendix are the addresses of the state agencies dealing with consumer concerns about manufactured housing.

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Midwest Book Review
perform([s] a great service
Kelly Garbato
a must-read consumer's guide...well worth your time and money...the most helpful book available on the subject
National Director, Homeowners Against Deficient Dwellings, Inc - Sandy Skipper-Lopez
Outstanding. With millions of home buyers now opting for manufactured housing, don't buy or build any home before you've read this well researched guide...packed with useful insights and hindsights that follow personal experience.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786422098
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
09/27/2005
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Writer and computer business owner Wes Johnson lives in York, South Carolina.

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The Manufactured Home Buyer's Handbook 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THE MANUFACTURED HOME BUYER¿S HANDBOOK by Wes Johnson is a must-read consumer¿s guide to the ins and outs of buying a manufactured home. The author outlines the process of purchasing a manufactured home from start to finish. He covers every facet imaginable, including shopping around for the right home selecting a reputable dealer customizing your home to order bargaining for the best price financing your purchase overseeing the construction and setup of your home and dealing with any problems that may arise along the way. Throughout the book, Mr. Johnson maintains a good-natured but cautionary tone, resulting in an informative and enjoyable read. Unlike many other home buying guides, THE MANUFACTURED HOME BUYER¿S HANDBOOK is written for consumers, by a fellow consumer. Wes Johnson doesn¿t work in construction, nor is he a salesperson for a manufactured home dealership. Rather, his knowledge of the industry comes from his experiences shopping for and purchasing his own home. As a result, he doesn¿t sugarcoat the shortcomings of the manufactured home industry. Not all of his experiences were pleasant, and Mr. Johnson is frank and open about the obstacles he faced - as well as the ways in which he triumphed over dishonest salespeople, sub par construction, and careless setup crews. While some of the information in THE MANUFACTURED HOME BUYER¿S HANDBOOK might discourage consumers from investing in a manufactured home, this is a good thing - manufactured homes aren¿t for everyone. Instead of trying to push a particular product on readers, the author offers ALL the facts, good and bad, to help you make the choice that¿s right for you. This is perhaps the book¿s biggest strength - Wes Johnson is an advocate for you, the consumer, as opposed to home manufacturers or dealers. Whether you¿re just thinking about buying a manufactured home or you¿re already negotiating with a dealer, THE MANUFACTURED HOME BUYER¿S HANDBOOK is well worth your time and money. It is, by far, the most helpful book available on the subject!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Saving our bacon is the nicest way I know to put it. This handbook told how to check your marriage wall studs before your home is assembled, and we found our support studs were broken in half! Our new home was seriously defective despite all the promises about wonderful quality. Thanks to this book, we were able to get a replacement home ordered! Without it, we wouldn't have even caught most of our problems until it was too late.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the best 'reference' style book I've ever read. It was easy to follow, well illustrated and very entertaining. Without it, we wouldn't have even realized all the available options we could order -- salespeople just wanted us to order something off the lot that they wanted to get rid of. We ordered a custom home that was much more beautiful and well-built than anything we saw at the dealerships, and we still saved money over what we would have paid for one of the cookie-cutter homes. This book paid for itself many times over. Pick up a copy before you go shopping for a manufactured home and bring it with you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great book, well researched and easy to read. The author obviously put a lot of thought into this, and it shows. Anyone looking for a manufactured home definitely needs to read this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read 3 books on how to purchase a manufactured home and browsed through several more because I heard there were a number of tricks and problems you needed to be aware of. This is the best book by far! We've been shopping for our home for several weeks now, and have seen example after example from the book come to life, only in many cases we wouldn't have recognized what was really going on without the book. We'll save thousands of dollars on the price of our home and on financing (I thought Burnside's book was worthless in this regard). It's laid out logically, just as the customer goes through the entire process, they can follow it in the book. It's also very well researched and well illustrated. The chapter on the home's setup is a little frightening, but we can't wait to check our new home against the potential list of problems listed there in Chapter 10 to see if our home is really built the way we were promised it would be. Apparently, frequently you don't get what you pay for with manufactured housing. This book is worth its weight in gold, don't buy a manufactured home without it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a handy reference book for anyone searching for a new home, whether it is a manufactured home or not. Lots of practical information was given in an easy to use format. I plan on taking this book with me when looking for a home as it is easy to reference to. This really makes home buying a nonheadache!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have just received the 'Manufactured Home Buyer's Handbook' and found it to be very helpful - it is a must for anyone even thinking of puchasing a manufactured home - there are many many examples on what to look for - the author has done much research besides personal experience and has passed in on to us. It is very informative -especially for the walk through after you have received your new home - thanks for all the great info ! Makes our work a lot easier ! !
Guest More than 1 year ago
I believe the The Manufactured Home Buyer's Handbook is the definitive book written to date for the potential consumer in this field. I confess bias, however, since I wrote the book. It has been endorsed and greeted warmly by consumer advocates in the manufactured housing arena: 'Utterly the most remarkable, intelligent, informed, and honest accounting I've read anywhere -- there is no room for doubt about the authenticity of [the author¿s] experiences. Well worth the $35 price for the consumer with the inherent patience and aptitude who contemplates purchase of one of these houses.' -- Kristen Zehner, State President, Wisconsin Manufactured Home Owners Association, Inc. (WI-MHOA). ¿Outstanding. With millions of home buyers now opting for manufactured housing, don't buy or build any home, before you've read this well researched guide. Wes Johnson's 'The Manufactured Home Buyer's Handbook' is packed with useful insights, and hindsight's that follow personal experience.¿ -- Sandy Skipper-Lopez, National Director, Homeowners Against Deficient Dwellings, Inc. 'Wes Johnson combines personal experience with extensive research in a powerful 'must read' for anyone considering buying a manufactured home or currently living in one. The Manufactured Home Buyer's Handbook really is a wealth of information.' -- Peter Tabak, Homeowners Against Deficient Dwellings. Permission to use these endorsements is on file with the publisher, McFarland & Company, Inc. To learn more about The Manufactured Home Buyer's Handbook you're invited to go to its web site at www.manufacturedhomebuyers.com. There you can view the Table of Contents, read the Preface, and much more. This book will not only save new home buyers thousands of dollars; it will save countless headaches and insure that the consumer doesn¿t purchase a defective home or experience a disastrous set-up. Thank you for considering my book!