Feeling Thankful

GRATITUDE

Word origin for gratitude; from Latin gratus, pleasing, thankful.

Grat-i-tude

Noun – the quality of being thankful, readiness for and to return kindness.

When you feel gratitude you are pleased by what someone did for you as well as pleased by the results.

Did you know that positive feelings of appreciation or gratitude may lead people towards “meaning” and “better health”?

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed should include all things in your gratitude.”

Quote- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Gratitude is an emotion, a trait, a mood. A feeling of happiness that comes from appreciation.

Abraham Lincoln was 28 years old and a member of Illinois State Legislature. In one of his public addresses he said to his audience,

“This task of gratitude to our fathers, justice to ourselves, duty to posterity, and love for our species in general, all imperatively require us faithfully to perform.”

Quote-Abraham Lincoln

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

Quote-Melody Beattie

“No one who achieves success does so without the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.”

Quote-Alfred North Whitehead

“Gratitude will shift you to a higher frequency, and will attract much better things”.

Quote-Rhonda Byrne

My many, many years in the manufactured home industry have given me much satisfaction to providing housing to all my clients. The industry has proven to be progressive in its building, with new and innovative ideas and materials. I am grateful to have chosen this as my career. May you have a prosperous New Year!

Marlene LeMoine, Housing Consultant

Time for Home Preparations

As chilly weather approaches, it is important to take some simple measures to protect your home through the winter months. Winterizing is generally a task that can be done inexpensively, but will make a big difference in how comfortable your home is and could also end up saving you money on energy bills. In fact, many effective house weatherproofing jobs are something that homeowners can complete without any professional help!

Easy Home Weatherproofing

Some small weatherproofing jobs require little to no “handiness”, but can make a real difference once cold weather hits your area. By doing these things before the temperatures drop or the snow falls, you’ll be saving yourself some hassle (and possibly some money, too!):
• Clean gutters and downspouts in mid-fall and double-check them before winter.
• Replace the filter in your furnace.
• Close any vents in your home that may have been opened for the warm weather.
• Disconnect hoses from outside faucets and turn off the water.
• Buy a snow shovel and other winter supplies before the messy weather hits.
• Keep extra water and canned food in storage just in case.
• Test your heating system, so that you know it will work properly when you need it.
• Give your deck a fresh coat of sealer to protect it from the winter elements.

Happy Holiday Season from all of us at DeTray’s Custom Housing!

Jonathan Williams, Sale Consultant

Manufactured vs. Stick-Built Housing

Manufactured homes like ours, are built using the same high-quality materials as stick-built homes. Their manufacturing process is also highly regulated by the federal government, meaning the home you buy is held to the highest standards of quality during its design and construction.

They are built entirely inside “home building facilities” that are climate controlled to avoid weather delays and typically offer many customizable options such as many choices of flooring, cabinetry and exterior finish, just to name a few. Each home is internally inspected multiple times throughout various phases of construction to confirm proper construction and quality.

If the home is placed on the post & pier foundation, perimeter material such as concrete blocks, or concrete skirting will be added to finish the home to code. Manufactured homes can also have a garage added just like a site-built home. Manufactured homes can be finance similar to site built, offering VA / FHA, or Conventional land-home, and Chattel type mortgages. The flexibility for you is unsurpassed. We will put you in touch with the largest manufactured home lender in the state. You can apply on line, or directly in our office.

You can choose from hundreds of designs, and you can also create your own manufactured home design by customizing any of our floor plans. A custom-built manufactured home begins with your ideas and how you want your home to be built, inside and out.

One advantage of the home built in a controlled factory environment, is every part of the home – from the front door to the bathroom sink – is protected from weather-related damage, vandalism and other hazards.

Our technicians, craftsmen and assemblers are well trained and professionally supervised, resulting in an excellence of build. Finally, all of our manufactured homes and modular homes undergo more than 35 quality inspections throughout the construction process to ensure they meet our high standards and meet code.

Provides Many Other Advantages

Interested in vaulted ceilings? We offer them. Modern kitchens with stainless steel appliances and perhaps spacious bedrooms with walk-in closets? Those, too. Like site-built homes, our manufactured homes and modular homes offer plenty of floor plans and amenities. You can also find stylish features such as tray ceilings, recessed lighting, custom cabinet applications, large family rooms with entertainment centers and more.

Manufactured homes must be durable enough to withstand transportation. They are built using jigs and other machinery that help increase the quality of the home. Lag bolts, for example, are better compared to nails or reinforcement straps, which on-site builders use.

These homes cost a lot less compared to stick-built homes of the same style and size. Since manufactured homes are built in a controlled environment, they are easier for workers to complete on time.

Selecting a manufactured home can also mean choosing a larger home because they come with more square-footage for the same price compared to smaller, traditional homes. If your budget is limited, purchasing a manufactured home can be a comfortable alternative to renting, and at a competitive price.

When it comes to stick-built homes, there are so many opportunities for delays. The materials – usually sourced from different parts of the country – can be delayed if suppliers are unable to distribute materials to the builder at the right time. However, because manufactured homes are built directly by the manufacturers, materials are readily available and in abundance to get the job done fast. If you have a time constraint in transitioning to a new home, a manufactured home will save you a lot of time. When placed on an engineered foundation, financed similarly to stick built homes, the value is unsurpassed. Remember, you ordered a home, customized to your standards, with the features, options, and your colors. It is a very enjoyable experience knowing you did it “your way”, and received the highest quality home available for you and your family. Congratulations, we hope to see you soon to guide you through every step of this project.

Respectfully Submitted,

Michelle Dux

DeTray’s Custom Housing Consultant

Remodel or Replace?

You bought beautiful land in the 1970-1990’s and put a nice Manufactured Home on the property.  You love the location, neighbors, outbuildings and gardens, but the house is dated and needs some repairs.  You can keep the things you love about the property by remodeling the existing home, or removing and replacing it.  Some thoughts:

Remodeling

Anyone that has ever started a remodel, has found that it is NEVER simple!  There are always surprises: dry rot, bug/critter infestations, mold, foundation and roof problems.  What starts as a simple kitchen counter remodel, changes into striping everything to the studs and replacing floor joists and decking.  Then “If the kitchen is new, we had better do the bathrooms at the same time”. Repeat for both baths.  Now the rest of the house is shabby, more updates.  Besides the mess and inconvenience, the stress of choosing from zillions of cabinets, counters, flooring, knobs, lights, paints etc. can be overwhelming.  Is it time to re-do the roof as well?  Cha-ching! Want more energy efficient windows?  Count on $10,000-$15,000+ for that cost alone.  Need better insulation? The exterior walls are only 4”.  Every stud needs to be added onto to hold R-21 insulation, and installing insulation is a hot, itchy, messy job! This can turn into a $70,000 major headache very quickly!  Now for the worst news:  When you are finished, you still have a 1970’s “trailer” on the county records.  The home is already 30-40 years old.  You have just invested months of time, money and work, and you will never get your investment back.

DeTray’s Has a Better Option

Let us remove the existing home, and replace it with a beautiful, new Skyline or Kit West home from DeTray’s Custom Housing.  Your needs are different now.  We can design a home exactly the way you want it, stretching/flipping floor plans, moving walls, adding windows.  Our homes have energy efficient insulation, windows, pecs piping, safe wiring, new appliances, new wood cabinets, lots of drawers, granite or quartz counter tops, big closets, updated tubs, showers, sinks and lots of flooring options.  Your electric bill will go down and you don’t have to worry about major repairs.  We do all the work.  You just move in and live happily ever after.  Come see me so I can answer all your questions.

Laura Whitemarsh, Housing Consultant

Lora Whitemarsh

Sugar & Spice Home is Here!

Each year at the Puyallup RV Home with Featured Manufactured Housing, DeTray’s Custom Housing premieres a new manufactured home. This year’s home is SWEET!

This amazing home is now available to view at our Showplace in Puyallup. It truly is a must-see with all of the space and amenities:

1,728 SF
·     Three bedrooms
·     4:12 Roof Pitch
·     2×6 Exterior walls
·     30 LB Roof load
·     Larger Windows
·     Energy Star Insulation / NEEM program
·     Fireplace with mantel and hearth
·     Solid surface counters with granite island
·     Living room and family room
·     Command Center Kitchen Island, featuring seating for 10

We are excited about this new home and hope you will be too. Stop by and see us or call to get more information.

Seven Common Mistakes…

7 Common Mistakes After Financial Approval

THERE ARE MORE BUT THESE ARE THE BIG ONES…

Congratulations! You’ve found a home to buy and have applied for financing! Before you make any big purchases, move money around, or make any big-time life changes, consult your loan officer. They will be able to tell you how your decision will impact your home loan.

With that, here are the seven PREVENTABLE mistakes when getting financing for your home.

1. Don’t change jobs, quit your job, or change the way you are paid! Your loan officer must be able to track the source and amount of your annual income. If possible, you’ll want to avoid changing from salary to commission or becoming self-employed during this time as well. Getting a raise, well, that is always acceptable.
2. Don’t deposit cash into your bank accounts. Lenders need to source your money and cash is not really traceable. Before you deposit any amount of cash into your accounts, discuss the proper way to document your transactions with your loan officer.
3. Don’t make any large purchases like a new car or new furniture for your new home. New debt comes with it, including new monthly obligations. New obligations create new qualifications. People with new debt have higher debt to income ratios… higher ratios make for riskier loans… and sometimes qualified borrowers no longer qualify.
4. Don’t co-sign other loans for anyone. When you co-sign, you are obligated. As we mentioned, with that obligation comes higher ratios as well. Even if you’re not the person making the payments, the payment will count against you.
5. Don’t change bank accounts. Remember, lenders need to source and track assets. That task is significantly easier when there is consistency among your accounts. Before you even transfer money between accounts, talk to your loan officer.
6. Don’t apply for new credit. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a new credit card or a new car. When your credit report is run by organizations in multiple financial channels (mortgage, credit card, auto, etc.), your FICO score will be affected. Lower credit scores can determine your interest rate and your eligibility for approval.
7. Don’t close any credit accounts. Many clients have believed that having less available credit makes them less risky and more likely to be approved. A major component of your score is your length and depth of credit history (as opposed to just your payment history) and your total usage of credit as a percentage of available credit. Closing accounts has a negative impact on both those determinants of your score.
Finally, any impact on assets or credit should be reviewed and executed in a way that ensures your loan will be funded. Fully disclose your plans with your loan officer before making any financial decisions during the process, they will be happy to guide you. 
For more information on financing, visit our preferred lender, 1st Security Bank HERE.

Cory Howerton, Housing Consultant


It’s the First Day of Spring…Cleaning

Written By – Michael Dux, Service Manager

With the first day of spring arriving tomorrow, March 20th, it’s time to look forward to enjoying the amazing beauty that is the Pacific Northwest. It’s also a good time to do a little spring cleaning and home maintenance.

Spring Home Maintenance

We’ll leave the spring cleaning checklist to you, though here’s a list that might help with taking care of the home itself.

  • Clear any debris inside the gutters.
  • Look to make sure that the gutters are still flush to the fascia and that the down spouts are still straight and drain away from the home.
  • Some manufactured homes have a vent along the marriage line roof where the two sections come together. Look for loose shingles or debris that might have blown in.
  • Look for missing shingles or shingles that have popped up.
  • Check the chimney for signs of damage.
  • Examine any decks, stairs, or landings for damaged or splintered wood.
  • Check caulking at windows and doorways, and trim. Rework as necessary.
  • Remove any debris that may have piled up near or around the home.
  • Check the hose bibs, though it might not be time to take those insulating covers off just yet. 
  • Check your multi use fire extinguisher to make sure it’s full and in a good location.
  • Clean out the clothes dryer exhaust vent.
  • Check and replace any burnt out light bulbs. Consider changing to LED lighting for cost savings, and change the batteries in your smoke / carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Clean / Replace the Air Handler (Furnace) filter.
  • Inspect your exterior heat pump or AC for debris both inside and outside.

Time Is Money…

For over twenty years, I have stopped almost every day at Starbucks. I don’t want to calculate how much I have given to this company over the years, but it’s my one vice and I will continue to do it.

When I started visiting my favorite coffee shop, the cost of my “Quad Venti Non-fat Vanilla Latte” was $3.00. Today, while I order a different drink now, in a smaller cup, it’s $5.25. I think back to when I was a kid growing up in Sumner, I would swing by a local restaurant in the morning and get a to-go cup of coffee for less than a dollar.

Why am I sharing with you the price of coffee and what appears to be a severe caffeine addiction?

Prices on just about everything are going up, every day. In fact, I have never experienced a price decrease at my favorite coffee stand.

Just like Starbucks, the prices of homes are going up too, at times, several times a year. That’s why if you’re ready to make a decision, now is the time.

Last month a couple visited our sales center in Puyallup and mentioned to me that they had been in a year before and the home they wanted was $8,000 more than the last time they were in. I shared with them that the same home would be another $4,000 in the next twelve months. I said to them, “If you’re ready now, you should place your order.” They did and we helped them save thousands of dollars.

We would love to continue our conversations and see where we might be able to assist in your process and help you make the best decision possible for you. Feel free to call us at 253.840.6773 and let’s schedule a time to continue our discussions or have me answer any questions that you might have.

We are here and ready to serve you however we can, making sure your experience in purchasing a new home is a memorable one. 

Cory Howerton Housing Consultant

YOU CAN’T GO, THE DATES ARE BOOKED

We have all been there…

You have decided to go camping this weekend, and when you’re looking for good spots for your weekend getaway, because it’s July, there are none. The RV sits in the driveway for another week. Personally, I love RV’s and camping, but I don’t enjoy fighting other people for great spots, having desirable dates that I can’t go because I tried to book too late, or looking at my RV in the driveway 50 weeks out of the year.

RETURN ON YOUR INVESTMENT

The average cost of an RV in the United States is around $100,000. What if I told you that you could have a great outdoors experience that fits your recreational lifestyle for around the same investment, and it comes with two great benefits.
1) A return on your investment
2) None of the hassle I outlined above.

The alternative investment is a custom manufactured home from DeTray’s Custom Housing. You read that right. A custom manufactured home.

This retreat provides you a guaranteed place to recreate or simply relax when ever you want to, without fighting for good dates like the 4th of July, Mother’s Day weekend, St. Patrick’s Day or the random Saturday in June or August when you can’t find good camping locations.

It also appreciates in value, but that’s not the return on investment I am talking about.

Airbnb OR VRBO

I am a huge fan of both of these sites, and have used them quite a bit. You control the calendar, so you can block out the dates you want in advance, and have access to your prime location, whenever you want, while generating a return on your investment.

We live in the most beautiful part of the country, and a properly placed manufactured home will be highly sought after, providing you an excellent opportunity for an additional income.

You will benefit from the marketing on these platforms, and a turn key operation from start to finish. Alone, Airbnb operates in 191 countries and both services have great reputations for both service and execution.

GUARANTEED TIME WHEN YOU WANT IT

The great news is you won’t be fighting with others for campsites, or other desirable locations when you simply want to pick up and want to go. If you decide on a Thursday that you want to visit your retreat, you can block out that date and go. The years of having to budget for gas on your vacations are over, and you won’t have to watch your investment depreciate in your driveway for years.

THE CRAFTSMAN

This year, DeTray’s will be showcasing your future vacation home at the Seattle RV Show.
If you’re looking for more of a traditional design, the Craftsman style blends well with whatever look and feel is right for you. The design is timeless and features 9? high flat ceilings throughout. At 798 square feet it is the perfect vacation home for weekend getaways, longer vacations or simply spending one night. The open concept layout allows for great family time together in a wonderful setting, and can be close to your preferred recreational activities. See more information on the Craftsman Cottage.

Disclaimer: Craftsman exteriors are available in 14’9? floor widths only. Exterior depiction are artist renderings only. Due to window sizes, room dimensions, and other optional features, actual exterior design is always floor plan specific.

Come See Us

It’s not easy to adequately describe the benefits in a single posting, so I am encouraging you to come visit us at the Seattle RV Show, February 7-10 at the CenturyLink Field Event center. You can get your tickets by visiting seattlervshow.com. We look forward to seeing you there!

Corey Howerton, Housing Consultant

Home for the Holidays

During this busy holiday season of family, friends, and endless hours of house cleaning, I wanted to remind you that at DeTray’s Custom Housing, we put the “home” in “Home for the for the Holidays”. Welcoming family over for the holidays is one of the most important parts of the year and having a home to welcome them is one of the most important accomplishments of our lives.

The importance of having a home that you can be proud of can’t be overstated and at DeTray’s Custom Housing, we’ve spent the last half century of doing business, focused not only on the home, but also the homeowner. Whether it’s your dream home or a Christmas wish granted, no two homes are the same and certainly no two homeowners are the same. We treat each customer as an individual with their own unique vision and help guide them through the entire process. Imagine a home full of family and friends.

Usually, everyone’s favorite gathering place is the kitchen. Now imagine the kitchen of your dreams, in the home of your dreams, while having the holiday of your dreams. During this time of year, we see a lot of homes being built with special focus on the kitchen. There are kitchen packages available with Lazy Susans, Spice Racks, Cookie Sheet Storage, and Roll Out Trash Cans built-in to the solid wood cabinets. Also available is a stunning Frigidaire 21’ Frost Free Refrigerator with Icemaker and double ovens for all those Christmas cookies!

Another great feature is the wood/gas burning fireplace to hang your stockings on. We welcome you to come tour our model homes and turn your holiday wishes into reality.

Wishing you and yours a very happy holiday season!

Jason Lockhart
Housing & Design Consultant