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Old 05-06-2011, 08:28 AM
 
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I'm looking for a mobile home as a low maintenance alternative to a regular house. I don't have any desire to live in a condo or apartment. I've noticed there are quite a few mobile home communities in the area.

If anyone has any experience living in one or knows of someone who does, I'd appreciate any insight/recommendations you can provide. I've done a lot of research, so I know pretty much all the pros and con. I'm just not familiar with the communities in the area.
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Old 05-06-2011, 10:50 AM
 
Location: On the brink of WWIII
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Sylvan-Glen in Howell is really nice. We looked at several there before we decided to stay in our 5th wheel on a rented lot for $250 a month....
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Old 05-06-2011, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Lansing, MI
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My main issues with mobile homes are: lack of insulation, fast depreciation, and in some cases, poor quality.

Of course, depreciation is a moot point as my 10 acres in the Lansing area is worth about 50% less than what it appraised for in 2005 when it we purchased it.
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Old 05-06-2011, 02:58 PM
 
Location: State of Superior
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Tin cans are for the birds. Try an older Motorhome , at lest you can travel when you want to.
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Old 05-11-2011, 03:55 PM
 
Location: (Orginally From Ann Arbor, MI) Now reside in Evans, Georgia
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you said this area...which Area? Michigan is a mighty big "area"
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Old 05-11-2011, 03:57 PM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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"Curious Wanderer" has not been back ....I agree this question is really too general to answer without more information.
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Old 05-11-2011, 06:35 PM
 
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"Curious Wanderer" has not been back ....I agree this question is really too general to answer without more information.

I'm here, not going anywhere

Anyway, to answer your question, I'm primarily interested in the South East Region, going as far west as Lansing and as far North as Flint. I'm particularly interested in Oakland County where I noticed there are some good looking parks and Monroe County but I'm pretty open to anything within the SE Region.
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Old 05-12-2011, 04:22 AM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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I'm here, not going anywhere

Anyway, to answer your question, I'm primarily interested in the South East Region, going as far west as Lansing and as far North as Flint. I'm particularly interested in Oakland County where I noticed there are some good looking parks and Monroe County but I'm pretty open to anything within the SE Region.


I'm in Genesee county but not that familiar with mobile home parks; most of the ones I drive by around here are run down and crime-ridden. If you have kids and are looking for a good school system there is a very nice park in Grand Blanc, listed here. I've worked on a couple of the homes there. It's pretty upscale. I also know someone who lives in a very nice, large park in Mt Morris, a little further north of Flint. Can't think of the name, it's got a 24-7 security guard gate, walking trails and some other amenities.

Are you retired, work from home, or are you planning to move somewhere and look for a job?
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Old 05-12-2011, 09:25 AM
 
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I'm in Genesee county but not that familiar with mobile home parks; most of the ones I drive by around here are run down and crime-ridden. If you have kids and are looking for a good school system there is a very nice park in Grand Blanc, listed here. I've worked on a couple of the homes there. It's pretty upscale. I also know someone who lives in a very nice, large park in Mt Morris, a little further north of Flint. Can't think of the name, it's got a 24-7 security guard gate, walking trails and some other amenities.

Are you retired, work from home, or are you planning to move somewhere and look for a job?
Thanks for the info. I'm actually familiar with Grand Blanc. To answer your question I'm planning I'm currently working and am away from home for weeks at a time which is one reason why I'm looking at Mobile homes instead of conventional houses.
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Old 05-15-2011, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Michissippi
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I say get a condo that has a reasonable association fee. Mobile home lot rent, at least in the northwestern suburbs, seemed ridiculous (last time I looked) at over $400 and often $430/month. Also, mobile homes are depreciating "assets". I think it would make much more sense to find a condo at a fire-sale price, and there are a great many of them in the Detroit area.
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