There are several classifications of manufactured homes: Mobile Home (built pre 1976), Manufactured Home (built to HUD standards), Modular Home (built to IRC standards), Panelized Home, Camper Trailer, Park Model, Shipping Containers and Tiny Homes.
If a manufactured home is purged, it is considered real property and the title has been purged from the Department of Motor Vehicles Data base. The purging process requires the home be inspected to verify the home is permanently attached per county requirements, it also requires submitting the original title or Manufactures Certificate of Origin (MCO/MSO) to the county or State (Title) along with other pertinent documents. Once a Manufactured home has been purged there is only one parcel/account number, and only a deed is required to transfer ownership of the property. The process for purging a mobile home involves the Assessor’s Office, the Clerk and Recorder’s Office and the Treasurer’s Office.
If a manufactured home is un-purged, it still has a title and will have a separate parcel/account number from the property on which it is placed. If a piece of property with an un-purged manufactured home is sold with the home, the title must be transferred in the Clerk and Recorder’s office, just like a motor vehicle. If the property is sold and the home is to be moved, the owner must go to the Treasurer's Office and obtain a Tax Authentication Certificate and a moving permit.
If the home is a Modular home is a home built in a factory that built to standards set by the International Residential Code (IRC) or International Building Code (IBC) for nonresidential property. They are not titled and are typically placed on a permanent foundation. The homes I-beams are typically removed when the home is set because they have perimeter support similar to site-built homes. Modular Homes are identified by a silver plate typically located under the kitchen sink that states that "this residential structure complies with the factory built residential construction standards of the state of Colorado". These homes are automatically made Real Property when set and will only have one parcel/account number.