This week we continue our state buying guide with things to know when buying a mobile home in Nebraska. We take a look at all the things to consider such as where to find information before making a purchase, what to do if there is a problem after the sale and a peek at some of the mobile homes that can be found in the state.
The Facts About Nebraska
Nebraska sits right in the middle of the country and is currently home to almost 2 million people. It appears to be slowly gaining in population each year. Which makes it the perfect time to consider buying a mobile home in Nebraska! Here are a few facts about mobile homes in the state:
The average price of a pre-owned home: $54002
Average model year of a pre-owned home: 2015
Average pre-owned home size in square feet: 1074
Average sites in a manufactured home community: 113
Average year a community was developed: 1996
Number of age-restricted communities: 1
Number of all-age communities: 97
What to Know Before Shopping
Research is key when considering buying a mobile home. Deciding how much home you need, how you are going to pay for your new home and where that home is going to be placed are just a few of the questions that need to be addressed. So, it makes sense that most states have in place a site to help with those questions. Nebraska’s site, the Nebraska Manufactured Home Association, answers these questions and more.
P.O. Box 22097
Lincoln, NE 68542
Related: Our Best Advice for New Manufactured Home Buyers.
Making Your New Mobile Home Legal
After buying a mobile home in Nebraska you will need to make that new home legal. If you are buying a used home you will need to visit a local DMV office and title the home in your name. If you are buying new, your dealer will typically handle that paperwork for you.
If you are permanently placing your mobile home on property you own, you will still need to file for a title. Once that has been issued you can then have the title cancelled and the home will be reclassified as real estate.
What to Do If There Are Issues After the Sale
Unfortunately, there may be times your new mobile home has issues that need to be handled. These can be problems that happened during the building of the home, during setup, or even after the home is installed. Luckily, a new mobile home includes a one year manufactured warranty. There are also a couple of manufactured home builders that offer 5 and even 7-year warranties. Any issues or defects from the factory or the installation are usually handled by the dealer.
Be sure to correspond in writing whenever possible so that you have a paper trail if you aren’t able to get your issues resolved directly with the manufacturer or dealer.
If you aren’t able to get your issues resolved, you will need to utilize the HUD Manufactured Housing Dispute Resolution Program. Nebraska doesn’t administer their program, however, they are a part of the federal program that is in place. You can submit your complaint in the following ways:
Mail (preferably certified):
ATTN: Manufactured Home Dispute Resolution Program
1676 International Drive
McLean, Virginia, 22102
Mobile Home Living in Nebraska
Finding mobile homes to share from the state of Nebraska was a little tougher than it has been for most states. For example, on Zillow there were less than 40 manufactured homes listed. But we need manage to find a few great-looking properties to share!
Although mobile homes have yet become the top choice for potential homeowners, as the population continues to climb, so will the need for cost-effective housing in Nebraska. Which can only mean an increase in manufactured housing in the state.
With only two states to go, watch for next week’s installment when we take a look at buying a mobile home in Massachusetts.
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