Santiago Financial Insurance Services

Did you know that Santiago Financial can help you insure your manufactured home? If you are currently financing your home, you are likely already required to insure your manufactured home and reviewing your policy for coverages and rates annually is always a good idea.  In addition, if you own your home outright, it is wise to continue your insurance coverage so you will be able to repair or rebuild in the event of a loss.  Conveniently, Santiago Financial Insurance Services offers competitive rates with top rated insurance companies.  If you finance your manufactured home with Santiago Financial, we can provide you with a quote and you can finance the first year’s premium.

Being that your manufactured home is likely one of the largest investments you will make, insuring your home and belongings is crucial. One natural disaster or accident could potentially jeopardize your home and most of your possessions, so why risk it? With our simple, free online application, there is no reason not to take the first step in insuring your new manufactured home.

Santiago Financial Insurance Services prides itself on partnering with leading insurance companies to offer comprehensive manufactured home insurance at an affordable rate. Policy coverage protects your manufactured home against sudden disasters, liability, in addition to financial loss and damage. Earthquake is also offered as optional coverage.

For your convenience, we offer free insurance quotes on our simple online application. If you should have any questions regarding insurance or applying for your free quote, please contact Lisa at or (800) 232-3908 ext 112. We look forward to helping you insure your manufactured home!

Comparable Sales

Comparable sales reports are a valuable tool in determining the value of a manufactured home in a park to sell or refinance. These reports also help appraisers to determine the value of the home that they are appraising. Lenders use comparable sales reports to confirm home values.


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Santiago Financial, Inc. provides two different options for receiving comparable sales reports– Individual Reports and Membership.

For a limited time, we are offering a FREE report to new customers. This limited offer is good until September 25, 2017. Click to order now. Individual reports are usually $25.00.

Membership for online access to the California comparable sales reports and title information reports is a quarterly paid service that allows you to receive comparable sales reports and title information reports on manufactured homes in California online. We offer membership packages for retailers, realtors, appraisers, brokers, and lenders starting at $300.

Approval Documents

  • Estimated closing statement from escrow

Provided by escrow, outlines all cost for the buyer and seller. Determines the total cash to close for the buyer.

  • One year insurance showing year, make, model, size and complete serial number of home. Also need lender to show as loss payee

Santiago Financial, Inc. has manufactured home insurance in-house for competitive rates. However, the buyer is not required to obtain insurance through Santiago Financial, Inc. but is required by law to obtain a one year policy on the home purchased. If the buyer chooses to proceed with the insurance Santiago Financial, Inc. offers, they have the option to finance the first year’s premium (depending on lender approval). Triad and CU will not finance closing costs normally.

  • Signed and Completed Santiago Credit App

Using the information provided from your initial Credit Application, Santiago Financial will generate a Uniform Residential Loan Application, also known as the 1003, for you to initial and sign.

  • Copy of Driver License
  • Copy of Social Security Card
  • Mortgage Loan Origination Agreement

Agreement of the mortgage loan origination and written acknowledgment that Santiago Financial, Inc. is the broker. The borrower(s) complete the bottom section acknowledging this information.

  • Purchase Agreement (signed by buyer & seller – no digital signatures)

Used to finalize the interest of both buyer and seller in the sale of the manufactured home.

  • Copy of Listing Agreement (only if home is listed by a mobile home dealer)

A contract between the broker and the owner of the manufactured home (mobile home dealer) granting the broker the authority to act as the owner’s agent in the sale of the property

  • Verification of Income – 2 most recent year to date paycheck stubs

The broker and lender need to verify the buyer(s) income amount(s) to be able to approve of a loan. This is because we must verify that the buyer(s) can pay the loan back.

  • Last two years W-2s

Used to determine a 2 year average. If there is a decrease in annual income, then the buyer will be required to provide a Letter of Explanation to clarify the reason for the decrease.

  • Verification of Employment – Santiago Financial to obtain

Santiago Financial must verify that the buyer(s) work at their stated jobs to clear income. They must also obtain verifications from all locations that the buyer(s) have been employed for the last 2 years. Borrower Signature Authorization Form is required to obtain any verifications.

  • Two Years Tax Return – Federal only – all Schedules

Used to clear income is a buyer is self-employed or receives a 1099

  • Source of Down Payment – 3 months complete bank statements showing entire down payment in customer`s account

Buyer(s) must prove that the entire balance of the down payment in their account for 90 days prior to the closing of the loan. If the down payment is a gift, the gifter must provide these documents, as well as a gift letter. All large deposits must be sourced.

  • Proof home sold and mortgage paid in full (if applicable)
  • Park Approval/Lease showing manager signature, space rent, and park phone number

Document that shows that the buyers are permitted to live in the mobile home park, verifies space rent amount, and is signed by the park manager.

  • Invoices (New Home)

Copies of the manufacturer’s invoices are used to determine the value of the home and final loan amount.

  • Appraisal

The amount the home is estimated to be worth by an appraiser’s physical inspection of the home. It is calculated using comparable sales for the last six months in the park or community and takes into account physical aspects of the home. This value affects the loan amount our lenders approve the buyer(s) for.

  • Copy of Title – Title Search – MCO

A document Escrow requests from the state to obtain all home information and to verify if their are any current liens against the property

  • Person to Person Seller Interview

Form to be completed with the sellers information in case of title transfer issues. Two different phone numbers are required.

  • Retailer Disclosure Form

Form to be completed by dealer selling a New home.

  • Escrow Instructions
  • Borrower Signature Form

The borrower(s) completes this form giving us authority to obtain employment information. The form includes a release of the buyer(s) signatures and  the buyer and co-buyer’s signatures.

  • Verification of Rent (if applicable)

Cancelled for the requested number of months or a letter from the landlord

  • Signed and Completed 4506 Form

The lender can request an electronic transcript of the buyers tax returns directly from the IRS to verify income. Borrower must complete entire top portion, sign, and date.

  • Auto Draft (Voided Check)
  • Loan Estimate

This document lists basic information about the estimated terms of the mortgage loan. Please note, the terms found on the Loan Estimate are only estimates.

  • Signed Broker Disclosure

A written explanation, to be signed by the buyer(s), explaining to the buyer the role that the broker plays in the transaction. Also states the fee that Santiago Financial is charging for their services.

  • Signed Appraisal Acknowledgment

This form will be sent to the buyer along with a copy of the appraisal report acknowledging the borrower(s) were provided a copy of the appraisal.

  • Tax & Insurance impounds required

An account managed by a third-party, typically a loan servicer, to collect and disburse funds on behalf of the homeowner and lender.

Manufactured Home Advantages


The cost of manufactured homes on average is less than traditional homes. Often times, the mortgage and space rent for a manufactured home is even less than renting an apartment or condominium in California. According to Zillow, the median (traditional) home value in California is $487,700. Manufactured homes cost a fraction of this price for just as much space as a traditional home and much more space than an apartment or condominium.


Many manufacturers allow customization on the layout and design of a new manufactured home. Because manufactured homes are modular (have multiple pieces that are manufactured at a factory and brought to the space), a customer has more freedom to customize than if they were to buy a traditional home that was built on-site.


Manufactured homes in mobile home parks can provide a great sense of community. Afterall, a mobile home park is a community of residents that often share common facilities (pool, club house, etc). This type of neighborhood relationship is unique to private communities and manufactured homes make this type of community much more affordable and attainable.


Many manufactured homes found for sale in parks have renovated living spaces and kitchens. These improvements are comparable to that of the comforts of a traditional home.


A manufactured home can be placed just about anywhere (given the proper legal and safety constraints), whether in a park or on owned land, giving the customer full freedom to choose where they want to live. There are mobile home parks throughout California and a customer can find the location that is perfect for their budget and lifestyle.


Manufactured homes make homeownership affordable and accessible. For residents who have previously only been able to rent apartments and condominiums, this means that the monthly amount spent on housing will now go toward owning your own home. Homeownership has never been more in reach!


A manufactured home is much larger than an apartment or condominium with the same monthly payment on average. A single wide manufactured home is generally around 1,000 square feet, while a double wide can be as large as 2,300 square feet for the same or a fraction of the monthly payment on an apartment or condominium.

Overall Processing Timeline

Apply using the Santiago Financial, Inc. Credit Application online, by email or by fax, or by phone.

Once approved, Santiago Financial will send the agent and buyer an approval package with the list of conditions including the forms Borrower Signature Authorization (BSA), Mortgage Loan Origination Agreement (MLOA), Park Approval, Appraisal Acknowledgement, Purchase Order, Request for Tax Transcripts (4506-T), and 1003 Credit Application. Once received, the forms are to be filled out by the buyer and co-buyer and returned to the Processor.

Next, escrow will be opened and the buyer will make an initial deposit that is considered a portion of the total down payment.

Once we receive the completed documents, the Processor will clear the buyer and co-buyer’s incomes using the requested conditions. An appraisal (COD) is also required prior to order loan documents and will take approximately 1-2 weeks to complete and have our lenders review.

Additionally, Santiago Financial, Inc. has manufactured home insurance in-house for competitive rates. However, the buyer is not required to obtain insurance through Santiago Financial, Inc. but is required by law to obtain a one year policy on the home purchased. If the buyer chooses to proceed with the insurance Santiago Financial, Inc. offers, they have the option to finance the first year’s premium (depending on lender approval). Triad and CU will not finance closing costs normally.

Once all the conditions have been met, the Processor will order loan documents, which will take approximately four days for the lenders to create and send to escrow. The buyer will be notified to contact escrow to schedule an appointment to sign. Escrow overnights the loan documents back to the lender. If required, the Processor will advise the buyer to call for their post-doc interview with the Lender. The loan normally funds approximately four business days after document signing. Upon receipt of funds, escrow is able to close and the buyer is given possession of their new home.

Types of Manufactured Home Loans


A purchase loan is for applicants looking to buy a new home. The loan can be for just the home, or for the home and the land (land-home). To get started, apply now for pre-approval!

Gifted Down

You can have the down payment for your home given to you as a gift by a family member or friend, as long as there is no condition of the gift being paid back. Documents required for gifted down payment: source of down payment (3 months of bank statements from all bank accounts the funds are coming from), statement from gifter, and copy of transfer (cancelled check, escrow deposits, teller receipt, etc.)


You can have a relative or friend buy the home you want for you if they have better credit than you or have a better chance of getting approved. This means that the loan and title will be in their name, but you can decide on a payment transfer plan with the purchaser where you gift the monthly payment money to them and they pass it on to the lender. The buyer must be a homeowner prior to the application for the loan and the minimum down payment is 20% of the sales price. Additionally, a 1003 form must be filled out with the information of the occupants.


A refinance loan is for customers who already own a manufactured home and want to change their rate or term, consolidate debt, or take cash from their equity for home projects.

Rate Term

A rate term refinance means that the lender will give you a different interest rate, term, or both, depending on what is requested. It can be provided for up to 85% of the original sales price or appraised value, whichever is less. Just the same as purchases, rates cannot be guaranteed by the broker (Santiago Financial), and is up to the discretion of the lender.

Debt Consolidation

Debt consolidation refinances is using the equity of your home to create one payment of debts rather than multiple. For example, if you have three credit cards with $500 on each, a debt consolidation would group them together to be a $1,500 debt, with one payment proportionate to the debt. Customers will be asked which debts they wish to consolidate early in the application process. To be approved for a debt consolidation refinance, the customer must have a 700+ FICO score. The limit is $25,000.

Cash Out

Cash out refinance means taking equity from your home for cash for the purpose of home improvements, as well as other uses as permitted by the lender. To be approved for a cash out refinance, the customer must have a 700+ FICO score. The limit is $25,000.