One of the most important steps of buying a mobile home within the Sarasota Florida area is the process of getting approved by the mobile home park for residency.
This step is often overlooked but one that needs to be paid close attention to prior to ever closing on your new mobile home in the greater Sarasota Florida area.
When working with a licensed mobile home broker, such as The Mobile Home Dealer, you as the Buyer, will be required to provide proof that you have been approved to live in the mobile home park that you are looking to purchase in. If you are not approved by the park to live within the community then we, as licensed mobile home brokers, will not be able to sell the home to you.
The reason why we will not be able to sell you the mobile home is that if you are not allowed to live in the park and then proceed with moving in the chances are that you and or your home will be evicted are quite high.
If an eviction occurs then many times the mobile home park will require that you AND the home be removed from the property which, as you can imagine, will cause a huge mess as the Buyer will then need to be responsible for not only packing their things but will also need to hire a transport company to move the mobile home!
When applying for residency within a mobile home park, the park will assess a small fee towards the applicant that will need to be paid in full prior to the application being ran. Many times this application fee within the Sarasota Florida area will be around $25-$50 per applicant. It is important to note that this fee is per person, not per home being applied for. What this means is that if there are two people on the application then there will be two application fees that will need to be paid in order to complete the application process.
The application fee is usually used to cover the cost of the criminal background and credit check that the park requires each applicant to complete. Here, the fee will usually be paid directly to the park as a way to reimburse them for running your background checks. If you feel, for whatever reason, that this fee seems unusually high then, by all means, ask the park for a receipt detailing who they are using for their background checks so that you fully understand what fee is being charged and why.
Since there is a fee required to apply for residency in the park we, at The Mobile Home Dealer, always suggest that it is best to first start with getting an accepted offer in writing prior to going forward with the park approval as oppose to getting approved first then going to get an accepted offer. The reason for this is because if you the Buyer is approved buy can not get a home under contract then they have gone and paid money and gotten their credit ran without ever knowing if they have a home lined up.
Paying a small fee is something to be expected when applying for residency within a mobile home park and one that every Buyer should budget for during the mobile home buying process.
This is Mark Kaiser with The Mobile Home Dealer and we help mobile home Buyers and Sellers get to a better place in life.