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Manufactured Housing Question

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Warren Sumner

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For some of you in the know...

Is there a way to determine the make and model # of a home if you have the serial number, HUD codes and date of manufacture? I have all the other info, just not the make and model. I would appreciate any direction you fine folks could provide.
 

Restrain

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I don't know about NC but Texas has a web site that if you know the HUD #, it gives you the brand, site of manufacture, date of construction, installation date and installation inspection date, along with the title history. Check with the division of the NC govt. that oversees manufactured housing - they should be able to help.

Roger Strahan
 

Jo Ann Meyer Stratton

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I was out of town last week on Friday and missed your message until now. Were you able to find the data plate (AKA Certificate of Compliance) inside the home? Letter sized piece of paper with a map of the USA. At the upper left hand corner should be all the information you are looking for. The ownership documents for the unit should also have some info. Or you could contact the inspection agency (the three alphabetical letters at the beginning of the HUD label number indicate which inspection agency) and see what information you can find. On the HUD.gov website do a search for manufactured housing. You can find a list of all the inspection agencies in the country on that website, with addresses and phone numbers for the main office of each.
 

Terrel L. Shields

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Jo Ann said
Were you able to find the data plate (AKA Certificate of Compliance) inside the home? Letter sized piece of paper with a map of the USA. At the upper left hand corner should be all the information you are looking for. The ownership documents for the unit should also have some info.

Jo Ann - I ran into similar problem today...2001 Cavalier of Alabama, no model name. I found no Data sheet in a cabinet or electrical box, and nothing in the paperwork mentioning the model NAME which NADA likes so well...but I found the model NUMBER.5413 on the Warranty card.

Can I go into a web site for Cavalier and match the number to a Name??

Terry
 

Jo Ann Meyer Stratton

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Just did a search for Cavalier of Alabama using goggle, found their web page but it doesn't have much info. So went to HUD.gov and did a search for manufactured housing. Scrolled down to list of manufacturers and found them listed--their phone number is 205-747-1575. Although if there is a local dealer, they might be able to tell you the model name from the number and you might even be able to get a floor plan and builder's spec sheet. If you are doing a real property appraisal, the model name doesn't really matter, just the year and builder is sufficient, although model name is nice to have. If you are doing a personal property appraisal, you probably do need the model name for NADA or Kelly Blue Book. I have not used NADA or Kelly in over 20 years, so I am not familiar with what they need now days.
 

Terrel L. Shields

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The NADA computer version of the book wants both manf. and name, but you can get a number using the supplemental checkoff in the program without a name. I encounter most MH's as hired hand dwellings (slave's quarters to some) on poultry farms and use the NADA as my guide to its contibutory value. I can annoy the dealer if I can locate the salespeople. I think I know which dealer sells those here locally. It appears to be a medium quality unit, not the top line, but nice.
 
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