2 separate issues here.
If your going to target a park to try to pull tenants over, you should probably pick a park that in general is not sketchy. If the tenants have long learned practices that are not conducive to the way you operate your park, you could well be filling spaces with tenants that will disrupt your order.
Every home and owner has a story. Some people are trapped in a sketchy park.
In general though- if your looking for a ‘Rose’ (good tenant) you do not look in a baron field of wild flowers. You can find roses in wild flower fields- but they are few and far between. The highest concentration of ‘Roses’ are in Rose gardens. In general- if you want 3 star tenants- look in 3 star parks. There will be some 3 star tenants in one star parks, but you really have to vet well.
As a park owner- if someone wants to move to your park send you manager over right away to visit the home. Look at the outside- hand deliver the application so you can get a feel for how people live. Then you will have a pretty good idea if they will be who your looking to add to your tenant mix.
I pay for the moves if people want to head to my park- so I feel fully justified in solid vetting of the tenants and how they present to the community.
As too the comment about knowing someone with the name ‘Greg’. Lets add a few things to that statement and it might actually ring more true than you know… while I might not be able to know your personality based on your name, there are probably many things I could pretty accurately deduce based on where you live, what you do for a living etc. If you live in my neighborhood I know you hold your yard pretty clean- because if you did not my HOA would have you in court. I also know you either have a pretty good income, or at some point you have had access to a lot of money. I know this because the cost of the homes is significant. In general- If I was living someplace else and I hear my new neighbor was coming from this neighborhood- I have a pretty good feeling the house will be well cared for and my neighbor will be clean and quiet. Are there exceptions- yes. I can think of a few of my neighbors who I would prefer not to live by. In general though- I can make assumptions based on where you come from, what you do for a living etc.
Let me also put this forward. If I was buying a 2 star park and saw a home was trashed but had several brand new SUV’s and Sport cars I might wonder whats up. Something in that mix of assets rings funny. My mind goes to drug dealer. That might or might not be the case. In any event, if that situation did not raise a red flag of some sort- I probably have no business owning a mobile home park. Also- if I just acted on what I saw without investigating- I am equally disqualified. While none of us like the term ‘profiling’ being aware and diligent is just good business. Its good for the park owner- and it is very good for the residents of the parks. That way we are not pulling in a few bad apples and taking our good parks to sketchy ones…
that is my 2 cents- keep the change