So, the time has come when you have decided to sell your Sarasota Florida mobile home.
This may be happening due to buying a different mobile home, relocating to a different part of Sarasota Florida, or leaving the entire Sunshine State altogether.
Regardless of your decision on why you are looking to sell your Sarasota Florida mobile home, it is important to know exactly where the title of your mobile home is before ever looking at selling.
A mobile home that is located on leased land in the state of Florida is viewed as and taxed as personal property. This is the exact same way a motor vehicle is handled within the state. As such, mobile homes then have titles associated with their ownership of them and not deeds.
The title of your Sarasota Florida mobile home will be a light blue color with information on the mobile home both on the front and the back of the title.
If you are selling a single-wide mobile home then it will have one title, a double-wide mobile home will have two and a triple-wide mobile home has, yes you guessed it, three titles.
The title of the mobile home will clearly state who owns the mobile home and what, if any, leans have been placed on the property.
Having your mobile home title is essential to selling your mobile home as this will be the one document issued by the state of Florida that shows you, as the Seller, are the one who can legally sell the property.
Oftentimes we, here at The Mobile Home Dealer, will run into Sellers who have lost or misplaced their mobile home title when it comes to closing on the property.
This is not a huge issue as the state of Florida does allow a mobile home Seller to apply for and acquire a duplicate title. To obtain a duplicate title the Seller will have to fill out a duplicate title form at the Department Of Motor Vehicles (DMV), provide their photo identification, and pay a small fee. Once this is all turned in the DMV will then be able to print off the duplicate title for the Seller so that they can move forward with selling their mobile home.
If the Seller does not have the title and is not able or willing to apply for a duplicate title then the sale will come to a halt as this document is needed to proceed with the title transfer from the Seller to the Buyer of the mobile home.
If the Buyer of the mobile home is looking to purchase a property where there is no title and no owner then the Buyer could apply for an abandoned title at the DMV. This, however, can not be done if the Seller of the home is known and able to apply for a duplicate title.
When you are looking at selling your Sarasota mobile home before the home ever goes on the market to sell we strongly suggest you review how long you will need to move along with locating the title of the home.
We can not begin to tell you how many mobile homes we have sold for Sellers only to come to closing and not be able to locate the title to the home they are trying to sell!
If this is your situation, please, please, please, take a few moments to look for and locate the title of your mobile home. Please note, that if you are selling a doublewide mobile home then there need to be two separate titles that you are able to locate, one for each side.
After you have located the titles of your mobile home make sure you keep these in a safe place as these titles will need to be given to the licensed mobile home broker upon closing so that they are able to get the home out of your name and into the name of the new Buyers of your mobile home.
The next item of business that will need to be addressed prior to putting your Sarasota mobile home up for sale is just how long you will need to get packed up and out of the home when it is sold.
If you are using your mobile home as a winter retreat and are okay leaving everything in the home when it is sold then that is fine, just make sure you communicate these wishes to the mobile broker at the time of the listing of your home being taken.
If you are living in the home full time or if you need to make a special trip down to the home to remove certain belongings then by all means take the time you need to get moved out as this is the mobile home you are selling.
Taking your time and dragging your feet, though, are two different ways to approach a move.
When looking to sell or buy a mobile home in the greater Sarasota Florida area always make sure you are aware of where the title is located for the mobile home as well as whose name is on it. Without having the property person selling the mobile home and the ability to have this document in hand at closing it will delay, if not permanently stop, the sale process of your mobile home purchase!
This is Mark Kaiser with The Mobile Home Dealer and we help mobile home Buyers and Sellers get to a better place in life.