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Old 11-29-2012, 07:32 AM   #16
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Unless you have your mind really set on mobile right now in Fl there are great deals on houses. Where I am There are 3/2 homes in good locals going in the $40,000 range some repo's lower than that. Also consider a house holds it's value where a mobile does not (it's hard not to say trailer)

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Old 11-29-2012, 07:38 AM   #17
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Your a couple worth knowing, love the way you live & give big thanks!
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:40 AM   #18
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I'm with Funfool on this one.
I wouldn't by a mobile home that needed anything more than carpeting and paint. You'd just be throwing your money away.

Beyond that, there are really too many variables. What is the best deal, best value, or best choice really depends on where you end up.

Before our last two moves, (Texas to Oklahoma, and Oklahoma to Missouri) DH and I took a road trip vacation. We stopped in several towns, stayed at cheap motels, talked to realtors, talked to people in diners, etc. before we decided on an area.
You can do a lot of research online, but it's not like being there.
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I know the Clearwater Florida area and there are a ton of mobile home parks in surrounding areas. Little north like new port Richey you can have a mobile right next to a block home. Personally I would stay away from mobiles unless you are retired and its a vacation home. Even then I would really weigh out my options. I say that because the housin market here is a buyers market. Average 2 bedrooms mid 20's need minor work and outdated 3 bedroom places move in ready 40K and up. I have been thru 20 years of hurricanes and seen what it does to houses let alone mobile home parks. Your concerns with sinkholes and Chinese drywall are valid but easily handled. Newer homes in a certain time frame could have bad drywall. Stay away from those builders. Quick google search will state which companies used it. Sinkholes are relatively a joke anymore. Spring hill has ones that eat houses. 80% of everyone else has a massive tree in their yard and a step crack on their house and got a massive payout and still live there with a unfixed home with no mortgage. Check county records. Hire a reputable home inspector and enjoy the beach.
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:26 PM   #20
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This may not endear me to all these DIY fanatics here, but here goes...

What's wrong with renting a place in your situation?

Think about it: You aren't locked into a place for a gazillion years, like you would be in a mortgage (unless you're buying outright). And you're moving to a new place, which you might not like (skeeters are big down there). You're on a fixed income, what if the water heater or furnace goes out? In a rental, you call the landlord and a new water heater appears. I'm not sure how into DIY repairs you are, but you don't have to be when you rent. I know from experience: Water pipes never burst in the middle of a nice Saturday. Its always when its rainy and cold. When you rent, a man with a truck shows up and you have water an hour later.

Don't get me wrong, I'd buy if I could and DIY like a madman. But it sounds like you'd be better off renting, and having someone else deal with the BS.
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I offer no particular advice but let me share my inlaws experience buying into a Florida mobile home park.

They paid somehwere in the neighbohood of $30,000 for a double wide in a Fort Pierce trailier park, lived there for about five years until my father-in-law became ill and passed. That left my mother-in-law a widow with $20,000 in debt with a double wide that she was desparate to get out from under so she could move back to NY to be back with her family. We paid her $20,000 down and bought her house so she could pay back her loan and she lived with us for a while. I think she finally managed to unload that home for around $8,000. The park proprietors that sold them the place offered her $5,000. Their's was an adult only park as well which further limited the market when it came to selling.

Apparently, when buying into a mobile home park in Florida, it's buyer beware.

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You are so very right as I told myself the same. My craving for seclusion is my driving force which in fact my just me shooting myself in the foot. Big big thanks!!!
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Good golly the same as the car biz. Hope mom's life has been full. Thank you I did think about the limitations also, that's why I asked.

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