The Grissim Ratings Guide to Manufactured Homes: The Essential Buyer's Resource, Listing Every Builder in the U.S., Their Histories, Products, Price ... Need-to-Know Information and Much More

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At last, the first comprehensive consumer ratings guide to every manufactured home builder and their brands, with at-a-glance up-to-date listings that provide key information home shoppers need to make an informed buying decision.

All 79 U.S. builders evaluated

More than 300 brands and series described. Plus,

An annotated construction rating chart with 56 criteria you can use to evaluate any home—before you buy.

John Grissim’s bestselling The Grissim Buyer’s Guide to Manufactured Homes and Land has been hailed as the definitive resource for navigating the tricky waters of the manufactured home marketplace. Now, he has written a companion guide that takes a close critical look at every manufacturer and the brands they build, providing up-to-date, essential information together with authoritative, no-nonsense insights that have made him a respected industry observer and voice for the home-buying consumer.

Each manufacturer’s listing includes: · Company background/history · States where sold · Principal market niche/target customer · Retail price range · Who they compete against · Construction rating on a 1-to-10 scale · Brands and series described · Description of a popular model · What distinguishes brand from competition · Number of dealerships · Warranty structure · Availability of in-house financing/insurance · Web site rating and evaluation · Grissim’s comments

Exhaustively researched, and containing much information that many manufacturers would prefer you not know, The Grissim Ratings Guide to Manufactured Homes not only tells you who’s who in the manufactured home universe—enabling you to compare and evaluate their products—it will help you be informed, empowered and confident as you make the many decisions involved in the purchase of your new home.

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This book is the direct outgrowth of my first consumer guide to manufactured housing, The Grissim Buyer’s Guide to Manufactured Homes and Land—How to find a reputable dealer and negotiate a fair price on the best kept secret in American housing.

Following publication of the book’s first edition, I was deluged with questions from readers about different manufacturers. In the absence of any guide that described and rated all U.S. builders (not even Consumer Reports has done so), I resolved to tackle the project. This book is the result of that effort. It is designed to be an essential companion resource to the Grissim Buyer’s Guide as well as a stand-alone reference work for home buyers everywhere.

A final note: While I am a strong believer in manufactured housing, I am also an outsider, one of the industry’s most vocal critics whose loyalty is to the home buying consumer. Over the years I have crossed swords with more than a few builders who were not at all happy with my critiques. So be it. As a journalist I am fiercely protective of both my independence and professional integrity, as well as the credibility of my writing. Thus, other than income derived from book sales and speaking and writing about the consumer’s point of view, I neither solicit nor accept a dime from the industry about which I write. My readers have my assurance that I intend to keep it that way.

About the Author:

John Grissim is a journalist, author and convert to manufactured housing. A San Francisco native, a graduate of U.C. Berkeley, and a former Navy Lieutenant (two tours to Vietnam waters), he began his journalism career writing for Rolling Stone in the late 1960s. In the more than 30 years since, he has authored nine books and contributed to many periodicals in the U.S. and overseas, mostly on ocean and marine topics, including Discovery, Sports Afield, Surfer, Playboy, National Fisherman and Smithsonian. In addition to writing, he provides personal consulting services to manufactured home buyers around the U.S. He lives with his family on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula.

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