The Grissim Guides to Manufactured Homes and Land

From Rainshadow Publications, the two most comprehensive, trusted and authoritative guides to manufactured homes, written by veteran journalist and author John Grissim

Special announcement

This year marks the 14th. anniversary of The Grissim Guides, which I'm gratified to report continue to be very well received by consumers. Here's a bit more news for 2017:

Two years ago, In response to many requests from my book buyers, I made available for the first time a digital edition (in PDF format) of The Grissim Ratings Guide to Manufactured Homes. A year prior to that, I had launched a digital edition of the companion guide, The Grissim Buyer's Guide to Manufactured Homes & Land.

The price for each was $16.95—a savings of $18.95 over the $35.90 cost (including S&H) of the print edition. Also available was a special two-fer: buy both digital editions for $29.95 and save nearly $26 over the $55.90 cost of both books in soft cover.

The idea was, the ability to purchase and immediately download for use (including printing) two books containing over 300 pages of authoritative guidance that could be copied and stored on any personal computer or mobile device (including smart phones and iPads)—all for less than $30—would prove to be a popular option for today's Internet-savvy home shoppers.

The response was wonderful. Orders for the digital copies soon overtook the demand for the print editions, with the special $29.95 two-fer offer by far the most popular. Please browse the Buy Books page for other special offers.

That said, the print editions of the guides are still very much in the mix. There's a lot to be said for a book one can hold in one's hands. However, this year I am making a transition to print-on-demand technology to print small numbers of the soft cover editions of the guides, rather than ordering them by the pallet.

The great advantage for my book buyers is I will be able to quickly update the print editions of the guides as easily as I do with their digital editions, thus ensuring that they always have the very latest information.

Before this technical transition is complete, however, print editions of one or both of the guides may be temporarily out of stock. Thanks in advance for your patience.

Thanks for visiting. And best of luck with your home buying research!

—John Grissim

Another special announcement - Free two-day shipping

Order the print edition of either or both guides and the shipping is free. That's a $5.95 savings. Plus, your order will be shipped by two-day PriorityMail, including tracking and insurance

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96 pages, soft cover


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The Grissim Ratings Guide digital edition. In PDF format. No eBook reader required.


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Now in its third printing!

The Grissim Ratings Guide to Manufactured Homes

The essential buyer’s resource, listing every builder in the U.S., their histories, products, price ranges, construction ratings, need-to-know information and much more

At last, the first consumer ratings guide to every manufactured home builder ever published. This eagerly awaited book quickly became a standard reference work for consumers, providing at-a-glance listings with key information home shoppers need to make an informed buying decision.

  • All 63 U.S. builders evaluated
  • More than 300 brands and series described

Plus!, an annotated construction rating chart with 56 criteria you can use to evaluate any home — before you buy.

“An essential resource...a wealth of invaluable information...pulls no punches...strongly recommended. The potential home buyer will be best served by purchasing both books.” The St. Petersburg Times (Florida)

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ISBN 0-9725436-2-7

192 pages, 66 illustrations, 2 tables

Soft cover $29.85

E-book edition, only $16.95

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Second edition—Revised and Updated!
An invaluable resource for the 2017 marketplace

The Grissim Buyer’s Guide to Manufactured Homes & Land

How to find a reputable dealer and negotiate a fair price on the best-kept secret in American housing

The second edition of #1 bestselling consumer guide in America on manufactured homes. This edition contains many revisions, up-dates and new material that make this invaluable resource even more useful to home shoppers.

“Outstanding research...jam-packed with information and advice...Fair and balanced....Will save money, time, effort and frustration.” St. Petersburg Times

“Finally, consumers have a detailed map of the manufactured home marketplace... Presents a huge amount of sophisticated information... above all, [how to] negotiate a fair deal...” Shelterforce magazine

From the author

Welcome. If you’re considering buying a manufactured home, you will find here a good amount of free, useful up-to-date information, some the industry doesn’t want consumers to know. And some you won’t find anywhere else. It’s provided here at no charge because my goal is not just to sell books. I want to assist you with your research and to help you with the many important decisions involved in home ownership.

Thanks for visiting.
John Grissim

About The Grissim Ratings Guide to Manufactured Homes

John Grissim’s bestselling The Grissim Buyer’s Guide to Manufactured Homes & Land has been hailed as the definitive resource for navigating the tricky waters of the manufactured home marketplace. Now, he has written a long-awaited companion guide that takes a close look at every manufacturer and the brands they build, providing up-to-date, essential information together with authoritative, no-nonsense insights that have made him a respected industry observer and voice for the home-buying consumer.

Each manufacturer’s listing includes:

  • Company background and history
  • States where sold
  • Principal target customer
  • Retail price range
  • who they compete against
  • Construction rating on a 1-to-10 scale
  • Brands and series described
  • Description of a popular model
  • What distinguishes brand from competition
  • Warranty structure
  • Author’s comments...and more.

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About The Grissim Buyer’s Guide to Manufactured Homes & Land

Manufactured homes are truly the best-kept secret in American housing. Many models are indistinguishable from conventional homes and offer great quality and savings. Yet for all their advantages–and there are many–manufactured homes are still sold like cars: through dealerships. Amazingly, manufactured retailers sales are even less regulated than used car dealers

Retailers historically have been highly secretive about how much they actually pay for the homes they sell. Unscrupulous dealers regularly charge home buyers thousands more for their homes than they should. That’s outrageous.

This authoritative guide explains just how the manufactured home industry operates, exposes its secrets and reveals insider information that even the good guys don’t want you to know.

Among the many additions to this second edition are a greatly expanded discussion on selecting the right home, including a new glossary of common terms used in manufactured home construction, plus a new three-page Construction Features and Specifications Comparison Table with 56 criteria. This table enables you not only to identify what features are associated with different levels of quality but also to determine the construction quality (on a 1-to-10 scale) of any home you are evaluating (independent of what any sales person may claim). This same table is also in The Grissim Ratings Guide, and is by far the most comprehensive detailed listing of construction features and quality ever provided consumers.

Among many topics receiving an expanded discussion in this second edition:

  • the installation (or set-up) process and the role of the set-up contractor, including a detailed installation check-list for home buyers.
  • Warranty issues, and how to deal with them, receive added emphasis.
  • Tips to better calculate the fair asking price for a home, together with a simple formula for determining your offering price during negotiations.

In short, this guide contains all the information and tools you will need to confidently–and successfully–go through the home buying process.

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