More Families Choosing To Buy Mobile Homes

by Diane Tuazon
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - While the housing market is at a slump, more families are looking into purchasing mobile homes to save money.

"We're getting better and better everyday," Big J's Mobile Home associate, Rodney Johnson, said.

Big J Mobile Home in Odessa says despite the slump in the housing market, they've seen a significant increase in mobile home sales for several months now.

"With the tax refund right now, people are going for it. Of course the housing market has slowed down, but we still are seeing the rise in sales," Johnson said.

Some sales agents say it has a lot to do with the options first time home buyers get when purchasing a mobile home versus a site built home.

"You don't have all the fees and closing cost when buying a site built home. You can put a 5% down and that's it, also our credit requirements are not as strict," Johnson said.

One mobile home buyer says living in a mobile home comes with a lot more freedom.

"When living out of city limits, you can do what you want without all the restrictions. I mainly did it for the kids, so they can play outside without worries," Mobile Home Owner, Eric Gallardo, said.

Mobile home sales agents say a majority of the purchases are from first time home buyers.
They also say they expect sales to continue to rise during the next few months.

First of all, I just want to say thanks for the service we got from you and of course everybody that works there at Big J Mobile Homes.

February 25

Thanks, Freddy Alvarez

Mr. Victor Goodson,
Steven and I would like to thank you for the excellent customer service we received from you on the recent purchase of our home with Big J Homes. You handled all of our questions and concerns very quickly and had our home to us and set up within just weeks. All your hard work is greatly appreciated and we will definitely refer anyone looking to buy a home to you there at Big J.

We also want to give a special thanks to all the hard working guys that came out to set it up. They worked fast and got the job done. We were very pleased and satisfied with Big J Mobile Homes through the whole deal. Thanks for everything!

September 25

Sincerely Steven & Rena Foster

To Whom It May Concern:
I am writing this letter in regards to Victor Goodson of Big J Mobile Homes in Odessa, Texas. Working with Victor was a great experience in my first effort to secure a home. I was made to feel that no matter what my income was, he spent as much time and effort with me as he would have with someone else who might have had a much larger income and means to secure a home.

He worked tirelessly on my behalf, always calling me to make certain I was being heard in what any concerns I might have had were, and always making certain I had an answer. I have worked with the public for 35 years, and in that length of time, I have never had a more considerate or caring salesman. Big J Mobile Homes and Victor Goodson have my seal of approval, and I will be telling everyone I meet about them, and my two children who will be looking for housing very soon will be going to him as well.

September 27

Sincerely Gayle Ferguson