It all started with a man and his truck…

With only a truck and a name, Kim Arnold first began service work in 1977. Arnold’s company, Preferred Homes, quickly grew and soon Kim started hauling and setting-up homes.

Arnold’s next project became selling pre-owned and repossessed homes in the area. That led to eventually selling Custom Manufactured and Modular Homes all across West Michigan.  One man’s hard work and dedication over the years is why Preferred Homes Grand Rapids is fortunate. Kim Arnold and his crew members take pride in high standards and ethical business practices.

Preferred Homes strives for excellence when matching you to your dream home. The customer relationship drives Preferred Homes to rely on complete customer satisfaction with every step of the process.  You can trust Preferred to deliver Quality Affordable Housing with complete service from start to finish.  “Let one call do it all!”

Kim Arnold Started Preferred Homes Grand Rapids with a truck and a plan.

Our Team

Preferred Homes Grand Rapids is a close-knit family business. Meet the members of our family!

Mary Thompson, Co-Owner

Mary had been running the office for over 25 years, so it was a natural transition for her when she purchased the company from her brother-in-law, Kim Arnold.  Mary knows the ins and outs of the manufactured/modular home industry and she puts that knowledge to work every day.  Mary is passionate about providing top notch customer service and is looking forward to the next chapter in her career with Preferred Homes.

Scott Myhre, Co-Owner

Honesty, Integrity, Experience… those are three words that describe Scott in a nutshell.   Scott has been involved with manufactured homes, building trades, and real estate since 1995.  Scott was impressed with the work ethic and reputation Preferred Homes has established over the 40 plus years they have been in business and is excited to carry on that tradition.  Partnering with Mary Thompson when purchasing Preferred Homes, they continue the mission of providing quality, affordable housing to homeowners all over Michigan.  Preferred Homes has a long tradition of following the Golden Rule. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”   Scott and Mary live by that principle and it shows in all of their interactions.

Wendy Delange , Sales

Wendy is the newest member of our team and joined us in 2018.  Wendy has over 40 years of experience in the construction and real estate industry.  As a caring, compassionate and fun sales person, Wendy puts the needs of her customers first.  She brings an abundance of knowledge to our growing company and we are excited to have her on our team.

Tim Barber, Sales

Tim brings over 20 years of sales, finance, and site prep experience to Preferred Homes since joining in 2013.  Tim’s overwhelming knowledge and experience in the construction of manufactured and modular homes is a great asset to our sales team.

Matt Carpenter, Sales

Matt joined us in 2015.  Manufactured or modular, he has the knowledge to help make your home buying process as simple as it can get!

Deb Thayer, Sales

Deb started her career in 1988 in the manufactured home industry.  She worked with sales, construction, & financing for homes going into both communities and private property.  She moved to Florida, continuing in the manufactured home industry.  A recent move back to Michigan provided Preferred Homes a wonderful opportunity to have Deb join the sales team and continue her long track record of serving our awesome customers!

Chris Gould, Driver/Service/Contractor… What doesn’t he do?

He can do it all!  With a background in site construction and carpentry, and experience hauling and setting manufactured homes, Chris is an asset to making sure that every experience will be a “Preferred” experience.

Sheri Campbell, Accounting/Transporting & Set-up

Preferred Homes welcomed Sheri to the family in 2005, and we are so happy to have her. With many years of industry experience already under her belt, Sheri’s detail-oriented nature ensures that our moves and set-ups run as smoothly as possible.

Chuck Raison, Service Technician

Going on 13 years at Preferred, Chuck has over 15 years experience serving manufactured homes. His friendliness, HUGE knowledge base, and ingenuity make him the perfect man for our service jobs.

Dawn Willmarth, Parts and Service Manager

Dawn joined our team in early 2020, with many years experience in service, sales, and production scheduling.  She is knowledgeable and familiar with the manufacturing industry and is a valuable asset to our growing company.

Bruce Born, General Contractor

Bruce has been around the manufactured home and construction industry for over 100 years!  At least is seems that way with his wealth of knowledge and experience!  As Preferred’s General Contractor he makes sure the site construction is done right.  It was a true blessing when Bruce came to work at Preferred!

"As we have been searching for a home for many months, it has been difficult fighting discouragement. I have been telling my family that the right house and the right people would happen in Gods time. We are truly blessed. Our prayers were answered! Thank you for everything, Wendy. We are very, very, very happy!"
Dan, Michael, and Chris
My wife and I purchased a home from Preferred to place on land. The experience was fantastic and the home is beautiful. Everyone from the Sales person to the other office girls, Mary & Sherri, through the Set-up, Service, Drywall crews and the owner went above and beyond in every area! I would HIGHLY recommend Preferred to everyone I know and if we ever planned to move again we would order from Preferred and do it over again.
Matt and the staff at Preferred Mobile Homes do an excellent job getting back to me when I contact them about our mutual clients. Their service is always top notch and professional. I would recommend Preferred Mobile Homes to everyone I know. Great job team!
We are currently in the process of having our new home finished with Preferred Homes. It has been delivered and the outside has been put together and finished. We are still in the process of having the inside done. So far we are really happy with Preferred and all the crews that they have had do work for us. We would recommend purchasing from them. The sales staff was very helpful in dealing with the factory and us. We did a custom floor plan and they were very accommodating with the living arrangement we were looking for.
Totally amazing staff!!!! Homes were staged JUST LIKE HOME!!! Never seen anything other mobile home store like it!!!! Amazing place. Would definitely recommend. Thank you for your knowledgeable help!!!!!
We absolutely love our home. We had a thunderstorm a couple of weeks ago and our dog is big time afraid and shakes, well we couldn't even hear the thunder in our house!!!!! I could not believe it. Built very solid.
I have personally know the founder, Kim Arnold, since the late 70's. You are not going to find a more honest person to deal with or to buy a home from. My family has been in the manufactured home business since 1961. We have always referred people to Preferred if and when they need something we can't help them with. They have hauled dozens of homes for us over the last 40 years. Always with a handshake and a smile. If your looking for a new manufactured home, go see the fine people at Preferred. Tell them Bill sent you.
We currently are going thru the process with them and it has been awesome. Really good customer service...right before we closed on the house I ended up going into labor and had a baby. They sent flowers and a teddy bear to the house we are currently living in. Extremely thoughtful!!!! Has gone above and beyond would extremely recommend them. Even some bumps in the road we have hit they always make it right...awesome people!
We just toured homes and signed papers for purchase of one yesterday! Tim was so helpful, and didn’t try to push us to purchase. He was very knowledgeable about the homes we viewed, and I’m looking forward to working with the rest of their staff in completing our journey in purchasing our new home!
The staff at Preferred were all so amazing! Thanks for getting us into our dream home!
A Satisfied Customer
Your office staff was very helpful. The set-up crew was very careful and conscientious to detail. Thank you for helping us get a beautiful home! It was a pleasure working with you all!
The office personnel was very helpful and friendly. Thank you for the courteous service.
Your office staff was so supportive and accommodating. Pass on the same caring service to someone else like you did to us!
Thank you all for your help! The delivery crew did a great job and were so nice. We will be back in the future if we do this again!