"I had a wonderful visit there with Mrs. Watkins [ LA VON ] . She was very professional and helpful and answered all of my questions. I plan to place my current home for sale and would have to sell it before buying a new home, but I hope that's sometime during the Spring of 2024."
Thank you and please thank Lavon Watkins, for taking the time to explain and answer all the questions we had.
Jovanna T. – Hesperia, CA
I have been very impressed with the service provided from Lavon. It has been far better than any other sales center she's spoke with. Lavon has been sending me info via email.
Bethany L. – High Desert
“I could go on for hours about how wonderful it is to work with the team at Ma Williams. First, they’re a truly family-oriented business. They’re extremely honest people and loyal to their vendors. In this industry, much of the time there are situations that arise, and it’s our responsibility to work together as a team to help find solutions. Ma Williams is extremely team-oriented in how they approach business, jobs, and customers. They’re also willing to work with my company when there is something that needs extra assistance on our end, even when it’s not necessarily their responsibility. I truly cannot say enough about how great it is to work with Ma Williams!”
JoAnne VanEvery, Business Associate
Tim was excellent! He had great presentation and was very informative.
Claire and Jim K. – Huntington Beach, CA
It’s one of the oldest, most persistent, and most frustrating accusations against manufactured homes – the perception that they are not as safe or durable as dwellings built the traditional way.
Unfortunately, this stigma has been spread by media reports, which often single out manufactured homes for coverage when they are damaged by tornadoes or other natural disasters. Even the sturdiest site-built brick homes are no match for such fury, but those stories don’t make the local news.
We address these concerns at Ma Williams every day. And when we tell potential buyers that this should not have a negative impact on their decision to purchase a manufactured home, we are not just expressing an opinion. We have the data to back it up.
According to the most exhaustive study of this issue to date, manufactured homes built after 1994 conform to enhanced construction requirements adopted by HUD.
This was borne out through reviews of more than 29,000 manufactured homes that had been exposed to hurricane force winds from four storms – Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne. There were 3,500 homes destroyed – all built before 1994. Those built to the new HUD standard were not only still standing, they did not suffer serious damage.
But wait, what about all those helicopter shots of manufactured homes with the roofs torn off? Some of them look like they had to be built after 1994!
Yes, that’s true. But in these cases the damage was a result of add-ons such as carports and verandas that were attached to the home, but were not subject to the same construction standard. When those were damaged, it did impact the main structure.
You can also review damage statistics of conventional housing and commercial construction, and you’ll find just as many, if not more instances of destruction – enough, in fact, to cost insurance companies more than $41 billion for these four storms alone.
So once again we’re happy to write here what we tell our customers – manufactured homes are beautiful, spacious, more affordable, and, yes, as safe a site-built home.