Eminent Domain – Political Issues

The basic political problem for your resident group is that you have to convince the City Fathers that they should take a huge political risk for your benefit, with lots of unknown factors and only vague future benefit to the City Fathers.

Eminent Domain – The Overview

There has been a lot of discussion recently among MH park residents about the use of eminent domain to force the park owner to sell the park to the resident group.

Refinancing of Resident Owned Parks (Part 2 – Fannie Mae)

Fannie Mae is probably the largest lender for manufactured home parks in American
today. You might think this is good, since Fannie Mae was created by Congress to facilitate the affordable housing loan market, and, you probably think, foolishly, that as a resident group seeking to refinance your resident owned park, Fannie Mae would be a great source.

Refinancing of Resident Owned Parks (Part 1)

Recently I visited with the resident refinancing committee for a park on the central California coast.  The committee is planning for the refinance of the first mortgage debt they used to purchase the park about seven years ago, as a Mutual Benefit Corporation (MBC).  They have about three years before they need to pay off … Read more

Tax Exempt Bonds for Mobilehome Park Purchases

I am occasionally asked, “Why can’t my resident group get tax-exempt bond financing to purchase our park?” Resident groups leaders are referring to the fact that commercial funding for resident groups trying to buy their park is hard to come by.  But so-called Non-Profit Corporations (NPC) can get local government sponsored tax-exempt bond money to … Read more

Park Valuation and numbers – “Finance 101”

I often get asked by resident groups how much their park is worth, i.e., what are they going to have to pay to buy it. I don’t think there is ‘one’ value for a piece of real estate, such as a mobile home park. Rather there are several values: Value #1 – Owner Value, which … Read more

The Southern California Basket Case

There is a small (50 or so homesites) low-income park in suburban San Diego, California.  The resident group purchased the park about 10 years ago using a commercial real estate loan, a second mortgage loan from the local municipal government and some resident equity.  The resident group operated the park, more or less successfully, for … Read more

Park Stories – The Ground Rules

Occasionally someone calls me ‘out of the blue.’  They may have a question about resident mobile home park ownership, or they may be in a park with a problem.   Although I am always willing to talk with them, sometimes I can help and sometimes I can’t.   But often the situation is interesting and … Read more

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