Posted by George (NoVa) on January 06, 1999 at 18:43:58:
After you spend all that money, you’ll then find out that there are no $500 Lonnie deals in NoVa! Lot rents run between $300 (this park is a drug haven) to as much as $550 per month (this park is trying to replace older homes with newer models). Fairfax county is also trying to eliminate the existing parks (which they deny when asked, but obvious if you have followed the zoning procedings over the last year or so). The land value for the dirt makes it much more valuble to put $500,000 homes on the land. (Zoning for mobiles is 8 per acre, where as you can put 4 sfh per acre. What would you rather have $20,000 in MH’s or $2 mil in SFH as a tax base?)
There are Lonnie deals to be found in NoVa, but remember you are in the high rent district. A Lonnie deal will be $5000 for a home on a lot where it can stay.
If you want deals in the price ranges that Lonnie talks about in his book, head west. The Front Royal, Winchester area has reasonable deals that can be found without much effort, but it’s an hours drive!
If you really want to do Lonnie deals the ride is worth it! Other nearby areas which are worth looking into are West Virginia (Jefferson county)or in the Culpeper area.