Three Things Your Mobile Home Dealer Wants You to Ask

March 6, 2015

A well-educated consumer is a good home buyer, and ultimately a satisfied homeowner. When you're looking at mobile home dealers in Iowa, be sure to ask some important questions.

Question Answer Street Sign blog.jpg1. Does it matter where the home is located?

Absolutely! Any mobile home dealer in Iowa can sell you four walls and a roof.  “We want to guide our homebuyers to clean, safe neighborhoods,” notes Troy Hames, VP of Sales for Hames Mobile Homes. Some important factors to consider when looking at the location of your next manufactured home:

Resale Value of Home

Your home site affects the value of your home.  Mobile homes in Grand View or Summit View manufactured home communities are worth more than similar homes in other mobile home parks because our communities have beautifully landscaped common areas, parks, playgrounds, walking/jogging trails, basketball courts and a Frisbee golf course.  All these make your home more desirable when you’re ready to resell.

Safety of Living

Neighbors that care – about their homes and about each other - make the difference!  Hames encourages community spirit with open spaces to get-together and plenty of all-age events.  Hames communities have on-site management available for residents 24 hours a day in case of emergencies.  All prospective residents undergo a background check before they are accepted to live in Grand View and Summit View.  Two emergency shelters at each of our manufactured home communities keep residents safe when Iowa storms hit.

Quality of Life

Short commutes to work, shopping and activities are important, too.  Grand View and Summit View in Cedar Rapids are just minutes from Kirkwood Community College, CRST Trucking, Amana Colonies, Eastern Iowa Airport, and Westdale Mall. Because you’re close to I-380 and I-80 it’s a breeze to travel to Waterloo, Iowa City, Des Moines, even Chicago!

2. What do I need to know about financing?

Make sure you’re working with a mobile home dealer in Iowa that will advocate for you.  Someone working on your behalf will know what sources are available and will educate you on important credit knowledge such as income, debt-to-income ratio, down payment percentage, etc.  In addition to traditional manufactured home lenders, Circle Finance LLC, is our in-house lending source that is available to help potential borrowers.  Not sure if you qualify?  Complete our online credit application at

3. What type of mobile home should I buy?   

The choices when buying a manufactured home can be overwhelming so having a good mobile home dealer by your side is essential.  “With the Hames team, we have high quality expertise in guiding buyers to look at homes they like and can afford,” adds Troy Hames.

Hames has mobile homes that range from 800 square feet to 2400 square feet, with prices from $15,000 to $120,000. There’s a lot of variety of floor plans that can fit consumers’ lifestyle and budget.

At Hames, we have buyers’ best interests at heart – that’s why we’ve been in business for over 50 years and sold over 13,000 homes.  Before you visit a mobile home dealer in Iowa - that may try to sell you a home that is too big, too expensive or the wrong fit.  View our model homes at Grand View, 5410 Wabash St. SW in Cedar Rapids, visit us onlinecontact us or call us today at (319) 377-4863.


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