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Frequently Asked Questions

See this map.  The primary jurisdiction counties are in yellow plus we serve 11 more Wisconsin counties and 7 Michigan counties.

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Arm’s Length Sale – sale between two parties, neither of whom is related to or under abnormal pressure from the other. This is not known during marketing, but should be marked at the time of closing if true.

Listing a mobile home in a park - guidelines

  • Residential listing – Property type = Mobile Home
  • Legal description = No real estate
  • Title = Lot Rental
  • Lot size = 0
  • Monthly Fees = $  (ie. Monthly lot rental)

Recommended disclosures to consumers and brokers through a note in General Remarks or CSPAL to consumers AND to Realtors in the Realtor Remarks such as:

  • Personal property only – no real estate transferred
  • No real estate included in transaction

Single Family Detached refers to habitable homes and the land they sit on. This should not be used when no real property (land) is being offered for sale.

Please note that sales of more than 1 mobile/manufactured home per year without real estate requires a Wisconsin mobile home sales license. See Wisconsin Administrative Code SPS 305.003(38).

You may find the DSPS overview document for manufactured home sales licensing here:

http://dsps.wi.gov/Documents/Credentialing%20Forms/Manufactured%20Homes%20Application%20Forms/10676Intro.pdf

The Wisconsin Administrative Code regarding manufactured home dealers can be found here:

https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/code/admin_code/sps/safety_and_buildings_and_environment/301_319/305/III/323/1

"My seller has a nice double-wide factory-built home on a full basement and does not want it to be listed as mobile/manufactured."

First, you may not misrepresent the property so you need to determine what it really is. All of these homes are intended for year-round occupancy in Wisconsin. They are not travel trailers, which are personal property, even if they are sitting on real estate (land).

Manufactured homes include mobile homes by Wisconsin statute 101.91(2)(c). They were called mobile homes prior to June 1976 and the HUD Title 6 standards. After that date they were required to conform to HUD standards regarding building codes for electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilation, fire protection, structural strength, etc. They should have a HUD tag attached to the home. The HUD Tag is a 2 x 4 inch aluminum plate affixed to the outside of the manufactured home. The HUD Data Plate is a sheet of paper inside, usually by the electrical panel, in a kitchen cabinet or bedroom closet and includes a map of the U.S. with information on wind zone, snow load, etc. that the home was built for.

Modular construction type is for homes built in a factory consisting of 2 or more modules that are assembled on site. These homes may be either “on-frame” or “off-frame” and will include a modular tag, usually under the sink. Modular homes must conform to local state building codes.

This is the MLS definition:
Manufactured/Mobile Home: Dwelling unit that conforms only to HUD codes rather than local building codes. A HUD tag should be found and this property is defined by Wis Stats., sec. 101.91(2) as: a structure that is designed to be used as a dwelling with or without a permanent foundation and that is certified by the federal department of housing and urban development as complying with the standards established under 42 USC 5401 to 5425 and includes any additions, annexes, foundations and appurtenances. A manufactured home sold on the land it sits on may be entered as a SFD, provided the construction is noted as manufactured/mobile home. A manufactured home is a minimum 400 square feet. A travel trailer (DOT- ANSI A119.5) is only personal property and may not be listed as a Manufactured/Mobile Home.

Modular: Home is constructed on site from modules. These homes must conform to local building code rather than Federal HUD codes. They are set on a permanent foundation or basement and do not have (never had) axles or a tongue for transport.

NADA provides a definition of the modular home built to local state codes and having a modular label.
http://www.nadaguides.com/Manufactured-Homes/Definitions

The Wisconsin Housing Alliance also provides some information on determining the correct construction type of the home.
http://www.housingalliance.us/home-buyers/manufactured-vs-modular/difference-manufactured-modular-home/?

GNMLS automatically sends all residential listing info to REALTOR.com if this option is checked during listing entry. Your commercial listings are sent to ListHub where you can choose to send them for display on commercialsearch.realtor.com.

You may create an agent profile on REALTOR.com for better branding at no charge or purchase additional services.  For more instructions on setting up and managing your REALTOR.com agent profile, click here.  If you are a managing broker and would like to establish a brokerage profile that will allow you to setup branding and other options for all agents at your firm, you must call their customer service team at 1-800-878-4166 (Mon-Fri 8am-7pm or Saturday 9am-3pm) to get started.

Note that REALTOR.com also offers a New Agent Success Kit and a Success Kit for Teams that you may find helpful in establishing your personal and/or brokerage brand.

According to Appendix B in the GNMLS Policies & Procedures Manual, no.  Condominium properties are those for which the owners have filed condominium declaration papers and are governed by chapter 703 of the Wisconsin statutes.

All condo properties should be listed as a condo Property Type and include condo in the Title field. Condos should name the official association in the legal description, include condo docs in attachments, and disclose the condo fees associated with the property.

Please be sure to write your listing contracts, offers to purchase, etc. on the appropriate condominium WB-4 and WB-14 forms to conform to DSPS rules REEB 16.04.