Posted by Kristine on May 26, 2000 at 02:45:39:
Lot rents here (central coast CA) are $300-350. I have the same concerns as you do–see my post below “Buyer eligibility and income.” However, I placed a test ad in the local paper with the heading “Will finance.” I included the length of term, interest and monthly payment: $300.00. I’ve had several calls in the last two days and no one seems phased by the lot rent in addition to the mh term payment. For the $650, a family can get an apartment in this area, but not a nice one. And a low downpayment and terms seem to make all the difference. I now have two potential buyers who are aware that I am marking up the homes 100% (from $9K to 18K) and they don’t seem to mind. They don’t have cash, I do, and they will pay what the home costs and will be happy to have someone give them a chance to own. This has been very educational for me. I suggest that you run a test ad and check out the responses.
Keep us posted. I think others will be interested as so many of us don’t live in places where the streets are paved with cheapo Lonnie deals. The formula, however, I hope, works anywhere.
Looking forward to hearing about your progress–Kristine