Posted by Chuck (AZ) on July 10, 2001 at 11:04:32:
Just in case your not aware of it, I own 2 parks here in Arizona and I currently “PM” one of them. In fact I’ve PM’d several parks in recent years, that’s how I got part of my RE education. I mention this so you’ll understand my perspectives a bit better.
- You’d be hard pressed to find a PM that won’t want to approve a tenant. You’ve no doubt read or heard someone say that the PM is the key to working the park. It’s true. Your going to have to get past him/her before you’ll do any real business there.
I can’t stress this enough… BE PROFESSIONAL!!
The PM’s main concern is that the lot rent is on time, and that the tenant doesn’t cause him/her a problem.
One trick that I’ve picked up over the years is to guarantee the lot rent. You can do this at no cost to yourself by paying a couple of months in advance, out of the down payment you get on a home. Then add that back into the note and extend the payments accordingly. Let the buyer know that your doing this, and put a clause in your contract that specifically states… “if the lot rent becomes more than 30 days deliquent, the contract is in default and thus is due and payable on demand”.
Also add wording that entitles you to “take posession of the the home without recourse from the buyer, in the event of default”.
Explain to the buyer (in front of the PM) that this doesn’t mean they can slide 2 months on the rent if things get tight… it means that they have to keep this current (meaning 2 months in advance) or they loose the home.
Make sure the PM knows (privately) that this is how you work, and that you’ll cover the lot rent if you don’t have another buyer in the home by the next due date. Roll the expense into the re-sale and go again.
Trust me, this works!!
You might also consider giving the PM $100 for any good leads that pan out (a finder’s fee). Realtor’s get a cut, and alot of PM’s feel they should too, if they’re helping you do deals. This can back-fire on you, so proceed with caution.
The PM knows what’s going on in that park, you just need him/her to share that info with you.
- I’d hold off on the bandit signs, and instead I’d send a postcard to the homes that are currently for sale. It’s less intrusive, and doesn’t risk pi$$ing the PM off.
Street adress, and lot number (to answer your next question).