Quick Guide to Buying a Mobile Home in Arizona
Every Friday our state guide brings you the resources and information you need when buying a mobile home. Last week, buying a mobile home in Virginia was the focus and this week it continues with a quick guide to buying a mobile home in Arizona. Our goal is to help provide the resources needed for potential mobile homeowners to make an informed purchase of their next home.
Mobile Home Living in Arizona Facts
- The average price of a pre-owned home: $55393
- Average model year of a pre-owned home: 1996
- The average pre-owned home size in square feet: 1109
- Average sites in a manufactured home community: 226
- The average year a community was developed: 1987
- Number of age-restricted communities: 346
- Number of all-age communities: 297
Resources You Need When Buying a Mobile Home in Arizona
Just like with any big purchase you always want to do your research before purchasing a mobile home. The Manufactured Housing Industry of Arizona’s site is a wealth of information to help you find a dealer, a community, and even includes floor plan options.
Visit their site to see their home buying guide or contact them directly to learn more:
4525 S Lakeshore Dr., #105
Tempe, AZ 85282
Titling Your Mobile Home
Like most states, Arizona requires a mobile home to be titled through the Arizona Department of Transportation site, and if the home has two or more sections, each one must have their own title.
However, if you are placing your home on land that you own, you will need to file an Affidavit of Affixture in the county that you are living. For what is required and how to start the process, contact your local Assessor’s office.
If you are buying your mobile home from a dealer, they will typically handle all this paperwork for you. But if you are buying a used mobile home from a seller, you will need to file the paperwork yourself.
Issues After the Sale
Start With the Dealer
If you are buying a new mobile home, it includes a one year manufactured warranty. Any problems or defects that come from the factory or during installation can be taken care of by contacting your dealer. They typically have a staff that handles any problems that occur.
Keep in mind you will want to keep a record of any correspondence (typically contact them in writing via certified mail) so that you have a paper trail in case your issues aren’t handled properly.
Arizona Department of Housing
Complaints due to manufacturer or licensee defect, as well as cosmetic issues are handled by the Arizona Department of Housing Manufactured Housing Division. Please make all correspondence in writing. Refer to specific information about the nature of your complaints or complaint items. You can find the packet that includes directions on the site. Then mail a copy of the form to:
STATE OF ARIZONA
DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING
1110 WEST WASHINGTON, SUITE 280
PHOENIX, ARIZONA 85007
Mobile Homes of Arizona
We weren’t surprised when we started searching for available mobile homes to find that there are over 3,000 for sale on Zillow alone. With the state becoming one of the top destinations for retirees there are plenty of options if you are considering buying a mobile home in Arizona.
Have a question about buying a mobile home in Arizona? Comment below, and we will try and find the answer! Our state guide continues next week with a look at resources you can use when buying a mobile home in Indiana.
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