Hi, we are Paul and Yvon Prehn. We are licensed Manufactured Home Sales Persons with the State of California. We operate out of our home office, which is what keeps our overhead costs low and which we pass on to you.
Actually, Paul is only in our home office when he is doing research on mobile home sales; he is usually out on a job site either overseeing a job in progress or interacting with clients, taking care of problems or answering questions. Yvon primarily camps out at the office, doing design work, answering the phone, doing paperwork, interacting on email with clients, park management, subcontractors, and manufacturers. This teamwork serves our clients well.
Though we are independent contractors, we work under a Dealer of Record for legal purposes and for the paperwork needed for the State of California, as the Dealer is who we purchase the home through. Our Dealer of Record is Miguel Torres with the Mobile Home Factory, (why we do it this way is detailed below).
A little more history
We have been married for over 25 years and since the earliest days of our marriage have worked off and on together in construction and real estate. Early on we remodeled and sold homes together and that experience has been very helpful when overseeing a subcontractor who is trying to defend less than perfect work because I can honestly say to him, “Don’t give me that….I was doing (painting, finish carpentry, remodeling, etc.) before you were born.” Though we currently work with a seasoned team of subcontractors, we both know the construction business well and demand the best from the people we work with.
Paul was a bi-vocational pastor for many years and had his own handyman company where he did lots of work on manufactured homes. We eventually moved into a mobile home park (Lemon Wood in Ventura, where we still live) and he continued that work. This was an invaluable experience as he learned what people needed in new manufactured homes that most dealers and manufacturers didn’t include such as extra hose connections and electrical plugs on the outside of the coach. He also did finish work for new manufactured homes and worked with a number of dealers.
Later on, we started investing in older mobile homes, fixing them up and selling them, but it was not profitable for us because we fixed them up too nicely to recover our
investment. But we liked the manufactured home business and this led to selling new homes. We both got our Manufactured Home Salesperson license to do that.
Yvon then decided to become a Manufactured Home Dealer and this was a great learning experience. The training and testing are quite intense and detailed. In the course of this and our previous work as salespeople, we worked with many fine manufacturers: Fleetwood, Cavco, Hallmark, Silvercrest, Golden West, Redman and put in numerous beautiful homes for very happy clients.
However, being a Dealer also involved a lot of paperwork with the State of CA and Yvon didn’t like that and it took her away from the direct work with clients. We feel our best skills are working directly with clients and manufacturers. To design the homes with the level of personalization and design excellence that we do takes a lot of time and Yvon couldn’t be both doing paperwork for the State of California and working with a client to design a home.
To be able to focus more fully on clients and design, Yvon quit formally being a dealer and we currently work with a Dealer of Record, the Mobile Home Factory. They do the paperwork for our homes and with the State of CA. They are paid a fee, which is clearly explained to do this work.
After working with many aspects of the manufactured home business, we now focus on doing what are called replacement homes or trade-ups. This is where an older home is replaced with a new one. This is where an older home is replaced with a new one. For a detailed view of the entire process, CLICK HERE. Overall Yvon works with the clients to design and plan the homes and coordinates construction with the factory and parks. Paul oversees construction and subcontractor work and follows up on any maintenance issues and minor home problems the warranties don’t bother with.
We do this quite differently than other dealers in that we tell you precisely what the costs are, do not mark up options or subcontractor costs and are patient and kind through the process and beyond. Again, CLICK HERE to go to a detailed description of our replacement home process.
We care tremendously about our clients and work hard to answer all their questions and be with them every step of the way from new home dream, through construction, set-up, and until they are happily moved in.
For overall information on Parks or buying a lot, call Paul 805-766-6020.
For Replacement Home info, costs, ideas, questions, call Yvon 805-218-4858.
Paul J. Prehn, SP#SP1255602;
Yvonne G. Prehn Prehn, SP#SP12255572).