Very grey area here and there is a quick way to get yourself a bad name. I have assigned a handful of deals. I have typically gone into a deal either knowing who the assigner or partner is or was willing to purchase it as my intention.
I think trying to assign parks a business ,solely, will not work. The reason being, its too small of a world and you will tarnish your name if you can not close a deal for a legitimate reason.
You have to figure out what your goals are. Some of my deals instead of assigning, allowed me to leverage into a partnership.
In regards to DD, you will want to try and get all the basics up front before doing third party ( this applies to if you buy or assign) the reason it might change with an assignment, the end buyer may have different parameters/vendor section or a multitude of other factors. There will be variance by each person.
We have shared losses on DD costs with the assigning party and have run several different scenarios.
My number one piece of advice is to only deal with proven people, people who stick to their word, genuine people. If something doesn’t turn out , you want ethical people that can work together.
MHP deals fall apart all the time for various DD items (i.e. permit, environmental etc) thats why the assigning realm is going to be different here and maybe not as neatly packaged as say a SFH. There are a lot of fewer players in this industry so its important to tread carefully as the end buyer pool is more limited (and again, maintaining your good reputation ) .
Also transparency to the seller. You have to tell them whats going on and that they know their is a risk the deal may not go through and you may not be the end buyer or you may be a partner on the deal or you may m be the one to end up closing on it. Don’t stick a mom and pop in the cold ( say a permit is bad thats different).
It can be a great way to help your options but you really have to consider all of the variables. Its much easier for me know seeing how the last few years played out but i know when going into your first one , that its hard to see all the things that you don’t know.
The list of potential interested people will be dependent upon the market, deal size, turn around if required etc so there might be like 2 people interested in the deal and there is a chance you might not know who they are or may know.