I have been lurking on this forum for a while. Two years ago, I looked over some listings for MHP’s in my area, but made my first real estate investment in a duplex that I gut renovated. It worked out well but I am back at the same point as two years ago, looking at MHP listings again. Logically, it makes sense as a good investment, but I lack the certainty that a buyer will appear for a mobile home in the park I buy or that if I turned around a MHP and that there would be a buyer for it.
Basically, I lack the experience you all have.
One of the parks I looked at 2 years ago is still available, a 21 space MHP with 16 occupied and 5 unoccupied spaces. No park owned homes, $290 /month lot rent. Water and sewer are connected to municipal water and sewer. There is one master water meter and nothing is submetered. Built in the 1970’s and I am told that the electric meters have all been replaced within the last 4 years.
The lots are gravel pads and the existing units are single wides. It is a rural park on a main highway and fast food and Walmarts are 5-20 miles away
So using a thumbnail formula of 16 lots X $290/month X 70 = $324,800 as a rough estimate of value, the listing price of $169,000 sounds like a good reason to investigate further. I chatted with the realtor and he presented the seller as willing to do a lease option and that the price was not firm at $169,000. I did not press him further because I wasn’t sure I was serious.
Having refinanced my duplex, my private investor would be pleased to have me reinvest that money for him. So another thought is should I be looking bigger than a 16 lot property with $100,000 (borrowed) as a down payment in a deal where the seller might hold a large second? Should I start small to get over my newbie jitters?
Sorry for the unfocused post, but I would like to see how you all appraise my situation.