Forget the water temperture. Jump right in. - Posted by Dr. Craig Whisler CA
Posted by Dr. Craig Whisler CA on April 10, 2002 at 23:31:42:
Heidi, the PMs figure of $500 to move a singlewide is accurate for your area. I hire a couple of $6/hr day workers to prep. mobiles for moving. This means removing poarches, awnings, skirting, obstructing bushes etc and disconnection of the water, sewer and gas lines and unplugging the electric plug. Cost about $120 for one day’s work with my tools and supervision. The mover charges about $200 or I trade him something for his services.
For the freebie you DON’T have to move it at all. Just put an ad in the local Spanish language weekly throwaway paper. Say 1964 10X50 mobile home only $995. Must be moved. You should get MANY local calls. It may go to a local farm, ranch or south accross “La Frontera” into Mexico. You get it free and sell it for $995 with no moving costs. You MUST act quickly and ask the PM not to charge you space rent for the 1-2 weeks you will own it. NEVER finance ANY part of these pull outs. In most cases you can even do this if there is NO title. Give the PM (privately and in cash)$200 AFTER you have resold it. Work on the other guy’s nickle. NO money needed to do this except $35 for your ad. This referal fee is why they REALLY don’t charge you any space rent if you get it out fast. The PMs will fend of the park owners for a couple of weeks (re: you not paying space rent)to enable you to earn money to pay them a referal fee. Guess whoes side they are on when you pay them a referal fee? I tell the buyers they must leave a $100 lot cleaning deposit with the PM to be returned afterwards IF the lot is real clean. I then take the buyer down to talk to the PM and repeat everything about the lot cleaning deposit so there will be no misunderstanding. The PMs often get stuck with the lot cleanup. They will love you and your idea about the cleanup deposit.
Tell PM you would you will take all the freebies you can get and ask PM if he or she knows any other park managers. If so ask for a phone referal to them and rush right over to talk to the new PM. I offer a onetime $200 cash bonus for such a referal but I only pay it AFTER the new PM has given me my first freebie and I have sold it and have the monye in my hot little hand. You will discover how friendly PMs can be. You will also be 1st in line when Lonnie deals become availble. Nuf said? I have several posts about doing this if you have the patience to wade through all of the extraneous stuff to find them.
Heidi, your strategy should be to follow Lonnies methods. They work fine in expensive areas like California. Don’t buy mobiles over $2k-4k at first. YES, Heide, I know you believe it can’t be done at that price. That is because you are looking at the prices for non motivated retail sellers. Noone ever told you to do it that way. You look for the mobiles that are just a cut above the freebies. The ones that the seller is desperate and ALMOST at the point of walking away and just giving it to the park free. Yes there ARE deals like this in YOUR backyard. Your high priced mobile home experienced is common to nearly ALL new LONNIE dealers. LONNIES system was no doubt perfected after years and years of experience. It WORKS. Fortunately you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. If you don’t already have it, GET DOW NOW.
I know I have answered either e-mail or posts to you before but I can never remember what I tell anyone becasue I often get 40-50 e-mails per day inaddition to the posts I answer, so if I am just repeating myself please forgive me.