Coming from experience working at a MH Dealership… - Posted by Brandi_TX
Posted by Brandi_TX on April 20, 1999 at 19:10:17:
I guess you could consider a MH Dealer the cross between a Realtor and a used car salesman. I say this from experience being a MH salesperson.
When someone had a used home they wanted help selling, the signed an agreement, and just as Dirk said, the got a piece of the action. The only problem was that there was no action. The dealership didn’t mind advertising the home. It gave them a REAL story to tell. (Instead of the standard - “Getting Divorced - MUST SELL NOW” ad.) BUT when people came in from the ad, they were just qualified and switched to a new home. This dealership in particular made ALOT of money taking the buyers that called for the used homes.
ON TOP OF ALL THIS, I recommend not buying used homes (repos)from the dealership UNLESS you know that you are getting a good deal. Once again, at our dealership in particular, we were REQUIRED by the company to have a certain % mark up on these houses. (For example, we had a 1969 12 X 26 come in looking horrible. They sealed the roof, stuck some pretty (pretty ugly?) wallboard over the existing paneling, stuck a bag of popourri in every room and tried to sell it for $8500. I know they ended up taking less, but not by much, and it sat there for A LONG TIME.)
I just realized I am rambling, so I will end this by saying BE CAREFUL when dealing with MH dealerships. I no longer work there because, in a round about way I was told that I was “too honest” for that kinda work. That’s gotta say something about the way things are.