Imlay City, MI asked in Real Estate Law for Michigan

Q: Can anyone tell me what is the best way to proceed with buying this manufactured home?

I would like to be sure I don't give the manufactured home park any kind of loop hole. The seller owes them nothing. And has no lease. He verbally offered it to the park and they declined to buy it.I've been told he should offer it to the park. For the sale price in writing. I'm concerned they'll claim it never happened. If offered in writing. Giving them first choice. Stating if declined the new owner could choose to keep the home in the park or move it to a different location. If sufficient, how can it be done in a way they can't deny receiving it from the seller?

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Kenneth V Zichi
Kenneth V Zichi
  • Fowlerville, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: The BEST way is to not buy the home in the first place. Manufactured homes, particularly those in parks where you don't own the land it is placed upon, are notoriously bad investments. They lose value and create liabilities unlike any other thing you might own other than a motor vehicle.

If you INSIST on buying it, there is little you can do to stop the park from 'playing games' with you or the previous owner. Take the existing lease to a local lawyer to review and you can determine what must be done to protect yourself, but bear in mind that if the park has money for a lawsuit, there is little you can do to stop them from playing with you. See the 'best' way above.

I believe you (or someone in a similar situation!) already asked a question about moving a home from a park, and again, the best advice is above -- don't buy this.

-- This answer is offered for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or create an attorney/client relationship.

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