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Episode Info: In this episode we learn about mobile home parks: why are they a good asset class to invest in, how do you go about analyzing a mobile home park, how do you get rent comps when there are no parks near you, and how to find these deals? We are interviewing Todd Sulzinger, founder of Blue Elm Investments. You can read this interview here: mobile home parks?I had always been intrigued by mobile homes, for one the returns are better than most other real estate assets. They’re very recession resistant. There’s definitely concerns now with what’s going to be happening in the economy in the future. And the mobile home park business is very resistant through any kind of recession movements in the economy. If you own your own mobile home, then you can often rent the pads themselves. In the markets that I look in, you get between one hundred and fifty and three hundred fifty dollars a month. If you don’t own your own home, but you’re renting a mobile home from a park owner like myself, you might be able to rent it for between $450 to $750-800 dollars. If somebody is looking for a place to live, that’s potentially less than an apartment or a single family home, then mobile home parks are one of the best choices they have.How do you go about finding deals in a market that is shrinking like the mobile home park market?My primary source has been through brokers. There are a few brokers out there that specialize in the mobile home park space, as well as other commercial brokers who periodically get listings for parks. I recently closed on a park in Georgia, and I found that one through a broker who specializes in mobile home parks. The mobile home park consultants that I work with have quite a bit of deal flow that crosses their desk. So I see a fair amount through them as well that have the potential to purchase. And recently I’ve also started to see more activity on the partnering front where I’ve seen quite a few other people putting deals together who are looking for people to partner with. They may have a park under contract and they’re looking for people to partner with to put deals together, and sometimes things come across my desk from that angle as well.How do you analyze a mobile home park? It’s a multi-step process. When I’m looking at potential acquisitions and bringing them through my funnel, I’ve a simple spreadsheet that I have created where when something looks like it might work. I plug it into the spreadsheet and take a look at the numbers to get a quick sense of whether it’s even worth pursuing further.  If it looks like it is, I have a more detailed model that I put numbers into. You look at the amount of income that it’s generating. You then look at the last 12 months of income statement. What is the history of vacancies? What have the operating expenses been? Go through the due diligence process of visiting the park and seeing if there are any othe...
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