How to Invest in Mobile Home Parks with Todd Sulzinger
Updated: Jan 1
Mobile home park syndication presents opportunities for real estate investors. Similar to apartment syndications, the process for investors is the same. However, unlike apartments, the due diligence process and value-add opportunities vary greatly. Todd Sulzinger is the founder of Blue Elm Investments, a real estate syndication firm focusing on adding value to distressed mobile home parks across the country.
Prior to Blue Elm, Todd spent over 25 years as a finance executive for several Silicon Valley technology companies specializing in financial analysis, business modeling, and investor relations.
In this episode, Todd shares why he left corporate finance in Silicon Valley to focus on real estate investing, tips to start out in syndication, criteria for selecting markets, and what to look for when investing in mobile home parks.
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Key Insights for Investing in Mobile Home Park Syndications
From corporate finance to single-family rental investing and looking for opportunities to leave his W2 job
Learning syndication and utilizing his current skill set to create a syndication business to help passive investors
First thing to do when starting in syndication: Networking
During an analysis of asset classes he started looking at mobile home investing
It took talking with a property management group and a partner with experience in mobile home parks that got Todd moving forward in his syndication career
The different analysis it takes to invest in a mobile home park deal vs. traditional real estate deal
The holy grail of a mobile home park deal is when all the utilities are provided by the city, but that’s not always the case.
The key things to look for when finding a good market for investing in mobile homes
Why mobile homes get a bad rap!
In a lot of parts of the country, mobile home parks are just great affordable housing
Understanding class-A mobile home parks (Florida and California)
Resident owned vs. park owned and why Todd prefers park owned mobile home deals
The market criteria to look for when analyzing a mobile home investment
Why the median home price is important when looking for potential mobile home investment
The demographics of an average mobile home renter
It’s the blue-collar, retail, and service workers that fill our parks.
How to navigate the low supply and high demand of affordable and mobile home housing
Some tips from Todd’s Book: Success Habits of Super Achievers
Those that stick to it, are more likely to overcome it.
I gave too much power to my property managers. This taught me that even when you have an outside manager managing your properties, you still have to make the decisions and you shouldn’t rely 100% on the PMs.
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