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Buying a Manufactured Home in San Jose, advice please

Posted by caduceus (My Page) on
Sat, Jan 27, 07 at 1:21

Hi there everyone

I am single(newb to manufactured homes) and going to move to San Jose to work, and I hoped to live as close as possible to the company so I could bike to work every day, which led me to discover two reasonably priced manufactured homes right next to the company on Craigslist :

This doesnt mean I am going to buy from them immediately since that wouldn't be wise, but I was hoping to consult everyone here on whether it is worth it to invest in a manufactured home in San Jose.

I thought that it might be a good idea to buy the home and then rent out one or two of the bedrooms to other company employees living in the area. However, I am not sure if manufacturing house rooms are popular for rental, and also how many tenants would want to live under the same roof as their landlord.

Please share your thoughts , thanks!

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RE: Buying a Manufactured Home in San Jose, advice please

I have no advice for you, but had to look at the homes..Both look really nice...I think you have the right idea, living so close to work is certainly a plus..You might find a renter that is new to the area, as you, and only wants to rent, say, 6 month, until they find a place to buy..Good luck with your new job and of course your new home....

RE: Buying a Manufactured Home in San Jose, advice please

Realistically, I think you'd find it very hard to get good tenants to live in mfg'ed rental housing. You also would need a good umbrella liability policy, which might be difficult to obtain for such a property. It's important to investigate what the mobile home park actually looks like, in person. Also, is the park itself owned or leased? If it's close to Cisco, the land itself is worth a fortune, and somebody might well want to buy it and stick a nice big hotel or condo development on it, which would leave mobile homeowners out in the cold.

You might want to talk to a local realty company that handles both residential sales and rentals. They might be able to advise you on how renters view the desirability of such a property. There's no point in buying it if you have to have renters to make the mortgage equation work for you, but it proves difficult to get and/or keep good renters.

Do remember that if you buy mfg'ed housing, there is NO profit value in it. It won't earn you any return on your down payment. You should consider it like paying rent, except that you can paint the walls any color you like.

Good luck and I hope you can find something.

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