How to evaluate a manufactured home (mobile home) dealer.

January 19, 2017

Here’s a checklist to honestly evaluate a mobile or manufactured home dealer:

1. Years in business - longevity counts.

Hames – The Homes People ® has been in business continuously at the same location since 1969.  Only ethical, reputable companies stay in business that long.

2. Get references and referrals – what do past customers say?

The Hames website has numerous testimonials from satisfied homeowners.  Or, visit our Grand View office at 5410 Wabash St. SW – the bulletin board is full of appreciation letters!  We’ve got good ratings on all the review websites, too.

3. Evaluate any complaints – are they handled correctly?

Hames Homes, LLC is an A+ rated, accredited member of the Better Business Bureau.  That doesn’t mean our customers have never complained.  It means that when they do, we solve the problem right the first time.

4. State licensure – is the mobile/manufactured home dealer legitimate?

Hames Homes, LLC is a fully licensed manufactured home retailer in the state of Iowa.  We also have Iowa-certified manufactured home installers on our experienced service team.  Our in-house financing company, Circle Finance LLC, is licensed and registered with the nationwide mortgage licensing system, NMLS#366020.  

5. Website transparency – does the manufactured home dealer openly provide the facts?

Prices, pictures, and features for all of our used mobile homes are listed on our website. also has an abundance of resource materials, from financing applications, to community rules, to email addresses for our staff.  Some material is even available in Spanish.

6. Manufactured home dealer’s service department – is it dedicated or out-sourced?

Our in-house service department repairs, refurbishes, and installs all the manufactured homes we sell.  Other mobile and manufactured home dealers use subcontractors who may not have the time or the knowledge (or license!) to do a good job.

7. Local Involvement – integrated in the community or just passing through?

The Hames family gives back to the communities in which we do business.  We regularly donate to schools, shelters, athletic programs, and many non-profit agencies.

In addition, we are long-term, active members of the Iowa Manufactured Housing Association, Marion Economic Development organization, the West Branch Chamber of Commerce, the West Branch Historical Society, West Branch Booster Club, and the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance.

After you’ve done your research, you’ll realize that you want to do business with Hames – The Homes People®.  Call us today at (319) 377-4863 or contact us online.  You’ll be glad you did!



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