Mobile homes might not be expensive, but with the right strategy, they can certainly be a lucrative investment. In fact, according to data from Reonomy, they actually have the highest cap rate of any real estate investment type (a whopping 7% to 10%!). They're also in pretty high demand, especially in higher-cost housing markets and in areas where incomes are lagging. As of 2019, about 17.5 million Americans lived in mobile homes across the country, making up more than 6% of the nation's total housing stock.
Sound like a market you may want to get in on? These books can help get you started.
Written by experienced mobile home investor Laura Cochran, The New Investor's Guide walks readers through the step-by-step process of finding, buying, and even managing a mobile home park successfully -- and profitably. Cochran has more than two decades of experience in the business, having managed 300-plus mobile home rentals over the last 22 years. She shares her tips in chapters like "What Makes a Profitable Mobile Home Park: Cap Rates and Cash Flow," "Getting Started: Interviewing Banks," and "Buying Versus Developing." Readers note its enthusiastic tone, detailed explanations, and useful suggestions.
With a whopping 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon, this one can't be passed up. In Mobile Home Wealth, author Zalman Velvel offers both a bird's-eye view of mobile home investing and a more granular one. Readers get step-by-step instructions on choosing the right mobile home, financing the property, renting it out, and more. You'll also get Velvel's formulas for success and a customizable roadmap to use in your own investing. Considering the author's nearly 40 years in the business, that counts for a lot.
Author David Rousher has owned and operated mobile home parks for nearly four decades, and he shares his hard-won knowledge and insights in this valuable tome. It's full of real-life examples, proven methods, and helpful dos and don'ts that only experience can offer. You'll even learn how to find the right tenants and keep your park at capacity. Here's what one reader had to say about the book: "It made mobile home park investing seem much more within my reach than I realized. If you are considering buying mobile home parks, this is the best book on the marketplace right now to help you."
Lonnie Scruggs has written two valuable reads on mobile home investing. The first, Deals on Wheels, is a good look at this investment opportunity as a whole -- including the yields you can expect, how much startup cash you need, and how to negotiate a good deal. His second book, Making Money with Mobile Homes, is all about improving your technique and boosting your profits. It even includes a number of helpful forms and contracts you can use as you go about investing.
While this one isn't about mobile homes entirely, it does include a valuable section on mobile home investing and how to go about it successfully. Lantrip is an experienced attorney, accountant, and real estate investor and has written countless books on investing. This one currently has 4.5 out of 5 stars and largely positive reviews on Amazon.
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