DeTray’s Recognized for Quality & Service

In a significant achievement, DeTray’s Custom Housing has earned the prestigious award of Retailer of the Year from the Northwest Housing Association, solidifying their leadership status in the Pacific Northwest Region of Washington State for quality manufactured housing solutions.

The Northwest Housing Association’s recognition is a testament to the combined efforts of the entire team at DeTray’s Custom Housing. The award is a celebration of their exceptional teamwork, reflecting the company’s commitment to creating manufactured homes that embody quality, affordability, and the essence of true community living.

Dana and Diane DeTray, in conjunction with the collective efforts of their team, including Jonathan Williams, Adrian Ortega, Lora Whitemarsh, and Michelle Dux, have fostered a collaborative environment dedicated to the company’s mission – “to offer affordable quality homes, including custom features at the highest value with minimum stress and maximum satisfaction that meet the individual needs of each customer”. With an outstanding record of teamwork, competitiveness, and a profound passion for crafting affordable, comfortable, and energy-efficient homes, their leadership has set an industry benchmark.

DeTrays Custom Housing stands out for its unwavering commitment to consistently deliver high-quality, affordable homes that cater to the diverse needs of the community. Under their guidance, the team showcases a united commitment to providing housing solutions that prioritize comfort, functionality, and energy efficiency.

The competitive spirit driving DeTray’s Custom Housing is a result of the collective dedication of the team, staying ahead of market trends and employing innovative construction techniques. This collaborative approach ensures that each project goes beyond being just a house, becoming a home tailored to the unique preferences and needs of its occupants.

Passion remains the driving force behind DeTray’s Custom Housing’s success story. Dana and Diane DeTray, along with the entire team’s genuine desire to make a positive impact on people’s lives is shared by every employee. This shared passion influences each decision and design, creating homes where families can live comfortably and thrive.

As DeTray’s Custom Housing continues shaping the future of affordable housing in the Pacific Northwest, the award serves as recognition of their extraordinary team contributions, creating homes that radiate quality, affordability, and the true spirit of community living. Come see their newest “little home” at the Seattle Home & Garden Show on February 22-25th at Lumen Field Event Center.

Why Consider a New Manufactured Home Now?

Is this a good time to commit to a new manufactured home? The manufactured housing industry is currently experiencing long build times of 10-18 months.  Supply shortages and prices continue to fluctuate.  Worse, interest rates are rising rapidly.  Should I move forward to get my dream home now, or wait it out?

MARRY THE HOUSE, DATE THE RATE!

What does that mean?  It means buy the house you want now, so you can begin enjoying everything you love about it.  But committing to the house does NOT mean you have to commit forever to the financing that is available now.  As time goes by, your home becomes more valuable, worth more, and more.  A 30-year mortgage rarely lasts 30 years. You can always change your financing to more favorable terms later, should better rates and products become available.  Homeowners re-finance, or use a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC), to take advantage of equity build-up.  They use the cash for investments, college funds, pay down debt, vacation, buy a boat or car etc.  Smart homeowners watch for a better financing opportunity, and make the move when the time is right. 

And if rates only get worse, you will be really glad you married the beautiful DeTray’s Custom Home you love when you did! 

Lora Whitemarsh, DeTray’s Custom Housing Consultant

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

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.

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

Customize Your Customization!

In a world where the possibilities and options seem to be endless, I’d like to introduce you to TRUE CUSTOMIZATION.  At DeTray’s Custom Housing, our primary focus is on each and every customer’s unique vision for their home.  We take the time necessary to carefully listen to our customers’ needs and wants and we expand upon that to help you turn your vision into your dream home.  Both of our home builders (KIT & SKYLINE) offer many customizable options such as your choice of flooring, countertop materials, interior and exterior paint colors, appliance packages, cabinets, hardware, siding, doors, roof style, and even your home’s layout.


DeTray’s Custom Housing has an entire room devoted to the many color options and material choices that are available. We call it the décor room.  It’s in this room that we carefully pull together elements of color, materials and layout, into a home plan that meets the customer’s needs.  Why get stuck with a floor plan that doesn’t accommodate your family or wishing you could have had the option to make some important changes to your current home?  Why not truly define your customization with us at DeTray’s Custom Housing?   We have the latest and greatest décor trends and options and we would love an opportunity to show you around our stylish manufactured model homes and the décor room!

Jason Lockhart
DeTray’ Custom Housing
Housing & Design Consultant

Fun at the Puyallup RV Show

It is now three weeks following the Puyallup RV Show which also featured beautiful Manufactured Housing. DeTray’s Custom Housing and their skilled support team coordinated the exhibit of two custom homes, “The 1st Cabin”, crafted by Kit Custom Homebuilders, and Skyline Homes’ “The Cozy Abode” doublewide. These homes attracted thousands of interested attendees and rarely disappointed onlookers. Diane DeTray continues to demonstrate her skilled talent for selecting unique furniture pieces and tying them into a theme, depicting lifestyles that the average NW families find comforting and yes, even cozy.
Show specials offered by both Factories, Kit Custom Homebuilders, and Skyline Corporation, helped to bring a record number of buyers and shoppers into DeTray’s exhibit area.

Did you place your order for delivery this summer? If not, please come by to view our beautiful show room homes here at 149th and Meridian in Puyallup South Hill. For those new to the area, we are 15 minutes south of the Western Washington State Fair Grounds on Hwy. 161 toward Graham, WA. We have a small but enthusiastic staff ready to assist with all our guests so feel free to call and make an appointment. Saturdays are quite busy, so you might want to consider a weekday 9-6 or Sunday Noon to 5 pm.

Before driving over, check out our floor plans on our website, www.detrayscustomhousing.com

 

Thank You and See You Soon!
Mike Buck, Housing Consultant & DeTray’s Staff

Interesting Facts About Today’s Manufactured Homes

The Manufactured Homes of today are nothing like Grandma’s old “Trailer” or “Mobile Home”.  No factory has built a “Mobile Home” for over 40 years.  Congress passed the “Manufactured Housing Construction and Standards Act of 1974” which became law on June 15, 1976.  This Federally mandated, national construction standard is known as the HUD Code.  The HUD Code has been updated regularly to improve storm resistance and quality. Homes manufactured since 1976 are built to the HUD Code.  They are classified as “Manufactured Homes”.

Manufactured Homes are built in huge enclosed factories utilizing assembly-line techniques.  Team members specialize in building one part of the home, then the home moves down the line to the next production area.  We build hundreds of homes every year.  Our factories get huge bulk discounts on components and there is almost no waste.  Those savings are passed along to our customers.  Manufactured homes are never exposed to the elements until the roof is in place.

Manufactured homes use the same materials: roofing, siding, sheet rock, appliances, as site built homes.  The media images of destruction in the aftermath of hurricanes are of “Mobile Homes”, not HUD built Manufactured Homes.  Our homes have already traveled from the factory to the site, bouncing down the road at 65 mph.  They sustain “stormy weather” for 5-8 hours during delivery!

Manufactured homes, tied to the foundation on private property, are considered “Real Estate” and qualify for VA, FHA and Conventional mortgages.  Manufactured homes in Parks are financed as personal property or “Chattel Loans”.  DeTray’s works with banks to help secure your loan.

Manufactured homes can appreciate in value similar to other homes.  Appreciation depends on the stability of the area, supply and demand, how the home is maintained and location.

DeTray’s Custom Housing is the best choice for a beautiful Manufactured Home.  Our team can develop the property, customize the home to meet your needs and service the home when it arrives on site.  DeTray’s has been in business 55 years.  We know how to work through the process and we do it right.  We would love to help design your dream home so you can “Live happily ever after”!

 

 

Lora Whitemarsh

Housing Consultant

Get Your Bang for the Buck

I wanted to talk to you about getting the most “bang for your buck” when it comes to buying a home. If you look at today’s building materials in our new manufactured homes, they are what I see on today’s construction sites. I drive around and see various housing developments, apartment homes, new commercial buildings and they all have one thing in common. You guessed it, the materials used to build. I see O.S.B. board, 2×4’s, 2×6’s, sheet rock, Tyvek house wrap and the list goes on. Our homes from DeTray’s have all the same materials, real wood studs, joists and trusses, top-grade roofing materials, energy star windows, insulation, siding and doors just like a home built today.

You want Quartz counter tops, tiled showers, name-brand appliances, Hardie lap siding, metal roofs, all for far less that the competitors offer? Then come see us today. Most new homes built today range from the mid 300’s up to 500k. Why pay so much for something that is built with the same materials as today’s manufactured homes? Manufactured home building standards are quite impressive given the manufactured homes history; it is almost night and day. This is a good thing for the consumer who is looking for home ownership, not everyone has 350K to go buy a 2-story home in a neighborhood, on a “postage stamp” lot and no parking. Reach out and give your neighbor a high-five without leaving your home! Well, thanks but no thanks, that’s just my opinion. In today’s market and your average cost of living, who wouldn’t like to have a custom home built with quality building materials for 30% less and have a large piece of land you can actually do things with? Not having an H.O.A. telling you what you can or cannot do on your land? No thank you. I know what sounds more appealing to me. Home ownership with fewer restrictions, a bigger lot and larger home for less. That is high value. That is more “bang for your buck“!

With that said, I encourage you to look into today’s manufactured homes and just see what might be a perfect solution to your housing needs. Hope to see you soon here at DeTray’s Custom Housing. Stop by and see me at 10209 149th St. E. in Puyallup.

Happy Holidays!

Zac Phillips – Housing Consultant