This week we are taking a look at buying a mobile home in New Jersey, which happens to be the most densely populated state with more people per square mile than any other state in the country. From how to research before buying to taking a look at some of the cool homes in the state we cover it all.
Facts About New Jersey
There are over 127 miles of coastline in New Jersey. Which makes it the perfect home for some great vacation retreats full of cool mobile homes. Take a look at some of the other facts we found about mobile homes in New Jersey:
Average price of a pre-owned home: $82062
Average model year of a pre-owned home: 2001
Average pre-owned home size in square feet: 1101
Average sites in a manufactured home community: 166
Average year a community was developed: 1979
Number of age-restricted communities: 66
Number of all-age communities: 151
How to Research Before You Buy
One of the biggest resources a potential homeowner has when considering buying a mobile home in New Jersey is access to the New Jersey Manufactured Housing Association site. While there you can learn why manufactured housing is becoming a top choice for new homeowners, what value and features are found in mobile homes, as well as how to finance and where to place your new mobile home.
New Jersey MHA
2741 Nottingham Way
Trenton, NJ 08619
Registering Your New Mobile Home
According to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, a mobile home will need to be titled within 10 days of purchase in order not to have a penalty. You will need to bring the following when registering your home:
- Acceptable proof of identification.
- A properly completed, signed, original Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin (MCO) or title.
- If the vehicle is financed, you must provide the address and Entity Identification Number (formerly corpcode) of the lien holder. The original title will be sent to the lien holder.
- $60 fee or $85 fee for a financed vehicle.
Remember, if you are buying a new mobile home the dealer will usually take care of the registration for you. Just make sure when you are signing the necessary paperwork at closing you make sure its included.
Handling Any Issues After the Sale
All new mobile homes include a 1-year manufactured home warranty. This warranty covers defects from the manufacturer as well as issues that may be a result of installation. Make sure you take a good look at your new home after it has been setup. Contact the dealer if you see any issues. Be sure to keep good records of any communications (preferably communicate in writing) so that you have a paper trail showing you have tried to resolve your issues within the first year.
If you aren’t able to get your issues resolved, you will need to utilize the HUD Manufactured Housing Dispute Resolution Program. New Jersey doesn’t administer their program. Instead, they are a part of the federal program that handles these issues. You can submit your complaint in the following ways:
Online Email: [email protected] Phone: 571-882-2928 Fax: 888-819-5191 Mail (preferably certified): ATTN: Manufactured Home Dispute Resolution Program 1676 International Drive Suite 501 McLean, Virginia, 22102
Mobile Home Living in New Jersey
When looking for cool mobile homes to share with you in New Jersey, the first thing I noticed was the variety of homes available. Although New Jersey is mostly urban, there are homes on Zillow in mobile home parks, on their own land, and plenty of waterfront homes that would make wonderful vacation homes.
Take a look at just a few that are available:
Buying a mobile home in New Jersey is a great idea. With the ever growing population in the state, manufactured housing is going to continue to be a wise choice for potential homeowners that is both economical and offers all the same value as stick built homes.
Stay tuned as we wind down our series, with Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Massachusetts finishing us out.
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