Things to Know When Buying a Mobile Home in Vermont
This Friday our series continues with things to know when buying a mobile home in Vermont. Vermont currently has less than 700,000 people in the state and is only a little over 9,000 square miles of area. But that doesn’t mean that mobile homes aren’t playing a big part as a housing option in the state. Just like every other state in the country, manufactured housing is growing as an affordable option.
Before Buying a Mobile Home in Vermont
There isn’t quite as much information available concerning buying a mobile home in Vermont as there is for some of the other states we have explored. However, Vermont does have a nice site that offers valuable information for potential homebuyers. The Vermont Manufactured Housing Association includes information about why manufactured homes are a good choice, a calculator to help you decide how much home you can afford as well as a list of members. This is a great place to start the home buying process.
Vermont also has a mobile home program through the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO). This program offers personalized assistance to mobile homeowners or renters in communities or on private property. It is a wealth of information to help support the growing number of mobile homeowners in the state.
Making Your New Home Your Own
Most states require that when a mobile home is purchased a title is submitted to the local DMV. However, Vermont does not require titles, they do however ask that a Mobile Home Uniform Bill of Sale be signed by each Buyer and Seller, endorsed by the Town Clerk of the town where the mobile home is located at the time of sale, and filed by Buyer with the Town Clerk of the Town where the mobile home will be located within 10 days after the sale. A financing statement evidencing a security interest in the Mobile Home must be filed with the Secretary of State. (source: Vermont’s Legal Help Website)
Keep This in Mind After the Sale
Unfortunately, there are times when everything doesn’t go as planned with your new mobile home. When that happens, don’t hesitate to reach out to the dealer, manufacturer or installer of your home. Buying a manufactured home is a huge investment and if there are issues that need to be resolved they need to be handled during the one-year warranty period after the purchase.
If you aren’t able to resolve your issues it may be time to file a complaint for any issues that consumers may have with their mobile home after the warranty has expired or if they are unable to resolve their problem with a dealer or manufacturer during the warranty period.
Be sure to include the following if you are considering filing a complaint:
- The retailer, manufacturer, installer, HUD, or the State Administrative Agency was notified of the alleged defect(s) within one year after the date the home was first installed.
- The home was not reinstalled.
You can submit your request in the following ways:
ATTN: Manufactured Home Dispute Resolution Program
1676 International Drive
McLean, Virginia, 22102
Mobile Home Living in Vermont
In today’s buyers market there are so many different ways to look for a mobile home to purchase. For example, there are over 200 mobile homes for sale on Zillow alone right now. Here are just a few of the finds we found.
It’s great to see states like Vermont taking an active role when it comes to helping residents with mobile homes both before and after the sale. Our state series still has a few states to go, including Lousiana, Maryland, and Wyoming in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.
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