Mobile Home From Hell (Part II) - Posted by Greg
Posted by Greg on March 17, 1999 at 12:14:23:
Hi everyone. I’ve been a silent observer on this site for about half a year now, and I think it’s been a valuable clearinghouse of information. Finally I had to break the silence to see if anyone else has a similar problem to the one I have, or better yet a solution.
We did our first Lonnie deal back on December 1, 1998. Bought a 1977 unit for 5K that needed little fixing, and appeared to be worth more. We were asking for 10K over 3 years with $500 down. This meant payments of around $320/month. However, lot rent for this spot is $467/month. Of course we new that going in, but that’s just about the going rate for our area.
Well here it is, after 4 months rental payments, minor repairs, and countless hours of showing the place and talking to people over the phone, we’re no closer to selling it now then 3 1/2 months ago. We’re now pitching a four year loan to get the monthly payment down to about 255/month. We’re even considering rental.
We’ve advertised in all the local papers (even one not-so-local), we’ve posted a few fliers (very few) and gotten a good amount of telephone response (10 or so per week). But after the intial phone call one of the following scenarios occurs: 1) people aren’t interested because the lot payment is too high, 2) people say they want to see it and we arrange an appointment to which they never show, 3) they do show up and love the place, so I tell them they have to get approved by the park manager, after which we never hear from them again, or 4) they do not get approved by the park.
Another bad feeling I have is about the park manager. He used to be friends with the old owners of our mobile home, and I have the feeling that he looks at us as people who came in and took his friends for a ride (even though the price we agreed to they named). I know this guy is not on our side because we told him that we’d give him a finders fee if he let people know we were interested in buying homes, but he said he wasn’t interested. Furthermore, the park is now running an ad (it appears directly beneath ours in the paper) saying there are homes for sale by owner. I called pretending I was interested, and our home was not on that list.
I’m really frustrated because my wife and I feel that we really tried to work Lonnie’s plan, but it seems to be getting us nowhere. I’m not giving up, just losing hope.