Mobile Home Park Investments: A Great Business with All Three Characteristics
Another surprising business that demonstrates these characteristics is a mobile home park.
Mobile home parks are essentially giant parking lots with large spaces. Instead of parking cars in each space, people park mobile homes. The residents in the park pay a monthly fee to keep their mobile home in one of the spaces. This monthly rental fee contributes to the cash flow distributed to those who own the park.
What separates mobile home park investments from all other real estate investments is that the residents own and maintain their mobile home, so there is home ownership involved. This is why residents in a mobile home park rarely move (unlike other types of rental real estate). Once a space is filled, the income from that space is essentially permanent.
If a resident should decide to move, the most favorable option for them is to sell their home to avoid the cost of moving it. This results in a new resident for the park. In other words, even if a resident leaves, they often bring a new resident to take their place. This is one of the most powerful characteristics of mobile home parks, and one that most businesses cannot claim.
How do mobile home parks demonstrate the three key characteristics of a great business? Let’s take a look.
DEMAND: The demand for affordable housing has never been higher, and that trend will continue as traditional home prices rise and interest rates push buyers out of the market. The demand is so high that mobile home manufacturing often can’t keep up.
COMPETITION: From an affordability perspective, there is no real competition except from other existing mobile home parks. However, the number of existing parks is shrinking as older parks are being redeveloped into something else, and new ones are not being built. Cities rarely give approval for new parks to be built because high-density apartments create more tax revenue and therefore offer higher and better use in the eyes of the city. Because new parks are not being built and the inventory of parks continues to shrink, there are simply not enough spaces to accommodate the explosive demand for new mobile homes.
RECESSION-PROOF: People always need a place to live, even during a recession. The most affordable housing solution is a mobile home park. In addition to the likelihood that existing residents will stay for a long time, new demand for affordable housing increases even more during difficult times. In a market where there is already a supply shortage, a recession will only create more demand.
A Great Business – and a Great Investment
The model for a great business starts with high demand and limited competition. The ability to perform through a recession is the final ingredient needed to create the perfect business. While mobile home park investments may not be as glamorous as Starbucks or Verizon, they have a powerful combination of sustainable high demand, shrinking supply, and recession-resistance. The more expensive traditional housing gets, the better the conditions are for mobile home parks and their investors.
Mobile home parks create stable cash flow during all market cycles, and that’s what really matters to investors. Mobile home park investments are one of the best recession-resistant strategies available today, and the winners are those who have the foresight to invest in them.
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