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amother




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Post Wed, Apr 07 2021, 4:41 pm
Looking to buy a house upstate, but not too many houses on the market right now. Those on the market in decent condition are either over $200,000, or are around $100,000 but are usually shabby with a very small lot and no privacy.

There are mobile homes for sale on nice size lots (> acre) that are more affordable.
They look great inside, but I understand that they may not be as durable as a real house.
For a summer home -- would you do it? Why or why not?

We are not looking to be part of a colony; just to have some quiet space to spend time as a family and enjoy some nature.
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amother




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Post Wed, Apr 07 2021, 4:53 pm
Depends on how many people you’ll have with you. I’ve been on vacation in them, they have home conveniences but are not spacious. If you’ll be spending most of your time outdoors and have a vehicle besides that, go for it!
I would totally do it with my 2 kids.
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amother




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Post Wed, Apr 07 2021, 8:56 pm
Thanks for your perspective!
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thunderstorm




 
 
 
 

Post Wed, Apr 07 2021, 8:58 pm
When you say mobile home do you mean one that drives around or do you mean a trailer home ?
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tigerwife




 
 
 
 

Post Wed, Apr 07 2021, 8:58 pm
It depends on the mobile home. I personally wouldn’t be happy manually draining the sewage long term.
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amother




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Post Wed, Apr 07 2021, 8:59 pm
Mobile homes are not spacious and I would not handle being in a crowded house. I also don't think it pays to buy a home upstate that you won't be able to get year round use out of. $200K is a very good price for nowadays. Prices are only going up.
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amother




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Post Fri, Apr 09 2021, 2:05 pm
thunderstorm wrote:
When you say mobile home do you mean one that drives around or do you mean a trailer home ?


It is a manufactured home (I guess more similar to a trailer). Not for driving around like an RV.
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amother




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Post Fri, Apr 09 2021, 2:07 pm
tigerwife wrote:
It depends on the mobile home. I personally wouldn’t be happy manually draining the sewage long term.


I hear you. But there is a pump for that. And I think you only have to do it once a year or every other year. It is not an ongoing maintenance thing, as far as I understand, but I could be wrong.
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challahchallah




 
 
 
 

Post Fri, Apr 09 2021, 5:12 pm
I would be cautious about resale value. I’d want my summer home to be both something I could enjoy now, but also a sound financial investment.
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amother




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Post Fri, Apr 09 2021, 5:14 pm
amother [ OP ] wrote:
It is a manufactured home (I guess more similar to a trailer). Not for driving around like an RV.

You mentioned it’s only in 1 acre of property. It should be extremely cheap then. Like $50k or less for a lot that small and a trailer in the Catskills.
My in laws live there and one of my single BILs purchased a trailer home on 8 acres a few years ago and he paid $70K for the entire thing.
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amother




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Post Mon, Apr 12 2021, 1:56 am
This mobile home comes with a 3 acre lot.

And yes, prices have changed in the last couple of years, and especially since covid.

The demand is greater than the supply.
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amother




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Post Mon, Apr 12 2021, 5:30 am
Have you looked into tannersville and Hunter? Or maybe Fleischmans NY? I’m suggesting these areas upstate because you might be able to find a home there, enjoy the benefits of being upstate and also be close enough to minyanim and a kosher grocery.
How many bedrooms does the mobile home have and how much does it cost? I’ve been to some that are narrow and small and others that almost feel like a regular house. Can you describe the layout?
For this summer it might be better to rent if you don’t find something and continue looking for next year when hopefully prices might drop a little.
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Crookshanks




 
 
 
 

Post Mon, Apr 12 2021, 9:53 am
Mobile homes are not so bad these days. People move into them as long term, permanent homes. As long as they are built well, and they have enough space for your family, go for it! The land is a definite plus.
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