Where to Find Used Mobile Homes?

Why should you listen to me about locating and buying a used mobile home?

I am an expert in the area of mobile homes, I have done my research and I believe that I have created a great resource for anyone who is interested in finding a used mobile home.  This article is primarily about where to find mobile homes, if you need information about structural issues click here.

Buying a cheap mobile home seems like a great idea, sometimes you can even get older homes for free. Just bear in mind, however, that even though you may get the house for free or very little cost you will still have some serious expenses to pay. The breakdown, transportation, reinstallation costs, permits and impact fees just to start with.

 I am not trying to be negative or attempting to put you off buying the home of your dreams, but there are some things to bear in mind. What looks like a really good deal might not be so when everything is finally taken into consideration.

When dealing with the purchase of mobile homes you have to understand that they are not real estate. There is no closing unless you are using loan facilities.. Mobile homes are transferred using a title, there is one title for each section of the home.

Whoever has the title owns the home, it’s a very similar process to buying and selling Motor Vehicles.

But with that being said let’s take a look at some of the places and actually some of the circumstances in which you can buy a cheap used mobile home.

Here are a Few Tips and Traps To Watch Out For When Finding Mobile Homes. 

Where is the Mobile Home Currently Located?

  • Private land
  • Mobile home park
  • Sales lot 

Homes on private land usually come in one of two situations regarding the title.

Home Only

The homeowner purchased a manufactured home and installed it on land that they own. The home can be bought and removed..

Retired title

Sometimes the mobile home will be attached to the land in order to secure financing. This is especially true when the lender feels safer with more collateral. The title is retired, the mobile home and the land are then considered “Real Estate” for tax purposes.

The title can be brought out of retirement with a little work but not if there is still a lien on the property.

Mobile Home Park.

Free and clear

Some residents of mobile home parks have purchased their home has been paid off, and given that the loan has been paid off they are free to sell the house and have it removed.

Under a rental agreement

Occasionally a resident will receive a cash bonus agreement for moving a new mobile home into a park. For instance a $5000 move in bonus in exchange for keeping your home there for ten years. If this is the case, the park may stop you removing the home even if you have paid for it.

Buyer beware, contact the office first.

Abandoned homes

Circumstances may arise when a tenant can no longer afford to pay their rent. This can be due to unemployment, illness, death, divorce. Whatever the reason the park just wants the rent to be paid. They will try to evict the tenant or make their life uncomfortable.

It’s sad, but people will just abandon their mobile home even before the sheriff arrives to evict.

Often they leave unpaid rent and expenses. 

Mobile home dealers lot.

The home has probably been traded in for a newer model. It could also be a bank repossession. The home should be on wheels and axles with a hitch attached ready to go. These homes can sometimes be financed.

The dealer can usually help with the installation and paperwork.       

Walmart Carpark

If you think that I am joking then be very careful, it’s amazing what people can move with an F350!

Is the Title Free From Liens?

Due diligence means doing everything in your power to ensure the the home and title details match. Make sure that the home owner does not have an outstanding bank loan, mortgage or title loan. 

If they do not have the title on hand ask them when you can see it and return later. If the title is encumbered, find out how they intend to clear the lien.

You cannot legally buy the home until the lien is cleared. You will need the cooperation of the lien holder.

Places to find Used Mobile Homes For Sale

If you live in a rural area, it may be difficult to find used mobile homes because they are not commonly sold in this area. You may have to drive to a larger city or metro area in order to find used mobile homes for sale. 

If you live in a metropolitan area, there are likely to be more used mobile homes for sale because people who live in metropolitan areas frequently move and do not need or want a new home as often. 

Private Individuals.

There are a few different ways that you can go about finding used mobile homes for sale from private individuals. Another way is to drive around and look for “For Sale” signs on properties. You can also ask friends, family, or acquaintances if they know of anyone who is selling a used mobile home. In addition, you can search online for used mobile home listings.

Mobile Home Parks.

There are a number of ways to find used mobile homes for sale in mobile home parks. One way is to contact the park management directly and ask if they have any homes for sale.  Finally, there are a number of websites that specialize in listing used mobile homes for sale such as MobileHomeSale.com, MobileHomeSearch.com, and MobileLIFE.com. 

 Dealer Sales Lots

There are a few different ways to find used mobile homes for sale. One option is to look for dealers who sell used mobile homes. Another option is to look for sales lots that sell used mobile homes. You can also check online classifieds websites and online auction websites. Finally, you can contact mobile home dealerships in your area to see if they have any used mobile homes for sale. 

Mobile home brokers listings

If you’re in the market for a used mobile home, there are a few different ways to go about finding one. One option is to check out mobile home brokers, who typically have a listing of used homes for sale. These brokers are very knowledgeable and specialize in used homes. Make sure to do your research and be prepared to negotiate on price.

On Ebay

If you’re in the market for a used mobile home, eBay is a great place to start your search. You can find a wide variety of used mobile homes for sale on eBay. With a little patience and persistence, you’re sure to find the perfect used mobile home for your needs. There are a few scammers to watch out for on the platform.

Don’t forget the commission charges and check out the sellers credentials

Searching Facebook Marketplace.

If you’re in the market for a used mobile home, Facebook Marketplace is a great place to start your search. You can narrow down your search by location, price, and other factors to find the perfect home for you. Be sure to check out all of the photos and information about the home before making any decisions, and don’t be afraid to reach out to the seller with any questions. 

So there you have it!

There are a number of ways to find used mobile homes for sale, from dealers and private individuals to mobile home parks and online listings. Do your research and compare prices before making any decisions.

Be sure to inspect the home thoroughly before making a purchase, pay a professional inspector if you are concerned about anything. Home inspectors know what to look for. Finally, do not hesitate to reach out to a real estate agent or mobile home broker for additional assistance. 

Call 863 808 2200 and ask for Marilyn.



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