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Welcome to the Mobile Home Park Mastery Podcast where you will learn how to identify, evaluate, negotiate, perform due diligence on, finance, turn-around and operate mobile home parks! Your host is Frank Rolfe, the 5th largest mobile home park owner in the United State with his partner Dave Reynolds.

The Lessons Learned From Charlie Munger: Episode 322

Warren Buffett’s long-time business partner in Berkshire Hathaway passed away recently at the age of 99. His contributions to America were more than just about making money. In this Mobile Home Park Mastery podcast, we’re going to discuss the life of Charlie Munger and his significant impact on the mobile home park industry, as well as the lives of those who listened to his philosophies. He will be greatly missed.

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Churning, Burning And Learning: Episode 321

The average tenancy of mobile home residents is around 14 years. But sometimes it’s only a few months. Some of this cannot be controlled but there are other factors that are within a park owner’s power to correct. In this Mobile Home Park Mastery podcast we’re going to explore what factors lead to short tenancy, its impact on your bottom line, and some practical tips to reduce this problem.

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The Impact of The End Of The “Knowledge Worker” Era: Episode 320

There is a seismic shift in America right now that will have wide-ranging ramifications for all industries including the mobile home park sector, and that’s the elimination of the “knowledge worker”. In this Mobile Home Park Mastery podcast we’re going to drill down on what “knowledge workers” are, why they are doomed, and how this change will have a megatrend impact on all industries and investments including mobile home parks.

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The Lost Art Of Imputing Risk: Episode 319

Sam Zell has only been gone for a short while yet it appears that many buyers and sellers have already lost track of the art of imputing risk – the necessary element of factoring risk into buying and selling decisions. In this Mobile Home Park Mastery podcast we’re going to review the Zell formula on approaching the subject of risk and what some of the issues are when you don’t adhere to those principals.

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A Positive Approach To A Pending Recession: Episode 318

Since 1776, America has gone into an economic cycle of boom and bust, with recession a natural part of that process. And over the decades many smart investors have learned to actually embrace those economic disasters as a positive part of the process to creating wealth – and that includes mobile home parks. In this Mobile Home Park Mastery podcast we’re going to explore the good attributes of the pending U.S. recession and see what we can learn from those who dealt with this cycle in the past.

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The Truth About Self-Managing Your Park: Episode 317

Particularly on smaller parks or parks near your home, it’s always tempting to “self-manage”. But is that a good idea? In this Mobile Home Park Mastery podcast, we’re going to explore the truth about self-managing a mobile home park and identify the good and bad aspects – as well as the alternatives.

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The Top Five Ways To Boost Your Home Sales Right Now: Episode 316

One good thing about the mobile home park business is that there is always plenty of demand. But to complete home sales, you have to take control of that demand and convert it into deals done. In this Mobile Home Park Mastery podcast, we will review the top five ways to boost your home sales – right now and at virtually no cost.

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When Did Parks Become More Valuable Than Office Towers And Regional Malls?: Episode 315

-Who would have ever believed that single mobile home parks would one day be worth more than giant office towers in downtown and massive regional malls? How did this ever happen? In this Mobile Home Park Mastery podcast we're going to drill down on the amazing change in the real estate power structure and how the lowly "trailer park" has surpassed the glossy and glamorous icons of commercial real estate.

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When Decks Become Rooms: Episode 314

Mobile homes begat decks and decks begat rooms. These frequent additions can create complications – but is there any issue for park owners? In this Mobile Home Park Mastery podcast we’re going to explore the issue of those “bonus rooms” that often pop up in most mobile home parks.

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Is Gold a Better Investment?: Episode 313

You see endless commercials on cable promoting gold as the ultimate hedge to the looming recession. But is it? And how does it compare to mobile home parks? In this Mobile Home Park Mastery podcast we’re going to evaluate the factual data concerning gold and mobile home park performance in past recessions and learn why mobile home parks are far superior to gold in every category.

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The Critical Item That Freakonomics Left Out: Episode 312

I recently appeared on the Freakonomics podcast on the topic of mobile home parks. But there was one critical item that was edited out of that discussion when it finally hit the air. In this Mobile Home Park Mastery podcast we’re going to explore the one topic they apparently found too taboo and why it’s so important to the narrative today on the relationship between park owners and residents.

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Buffett, Cigar Butts And Trailer Park Investing: Episode 311

Warren Buffett is America’s greatest stock investor, but his philosophy changed over time from “cigar butt” to value investing – and that transition is when his profits soared. In this Mobile Home Park Mastery podcast we’re going to overlay Buffett’s theories on trailer park investing and spot the similarities and differences.

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Why Park Owners Don’t Care About Home Manufacturing Data: Episode 310

Mobile home manufacturing has cycled between about 60,000 and 400,000 units a year and one group that could care less are mobile home park owners. Why is there such a disconnect between how many mobile homes are built each year in the nation’s factories and how much money mobile home park owners make? In this Mobile Home Park Mastery podcast we’re going to explore why manufacturing and park ownership have no meaningful relationship.

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Permission Vs. Forgiveness: Episode 309

When doing due diligence on a mobile home park there are some things that you can’t leave to chance and others that you can tactically let slide. So when do you need permission and when do you ask forgiveness? That’s the topic of this Mobile Home Park Mastery podcast. As you’ll find out, there’s a definite strategy to it all.

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The Mechanics Of A Successful Rent Raise: Episode 308

Raising lot rents to market levels is a continual challenge as most mobile home parks currently sit at a fraction of where rents should be. Park owners spend hours ruminating over the how much to raise rents, not because they are constrained by market forces, but simply wanting to make sure that they are fair in how to do their calculations. In this Mobile Home Park Mastery podcast we’re going to review what the mechanics are of a successful rent increase.

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Take The Cash: Episode 307

Mobile home parks are mostly a cashless business today, with virtually all residents paying by checks, money-orders or automated clearinghouse (ACH). However, before you put away your change drawer, there are still some instances in which accepting cash is vital. In this Mobile Home Park Mastery podcast we’re going to discuss why having a firm policy of “no cash accepted” can cost you significant money without a more flexible framework.

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Paving The Way To Ruin: Episode 306

There are few vendors as tough to handle as paving contractors. They have some basic methods to take advantage of park owners that you won’t learn until after it’s too late. In this Mobile Home Park Mastery podcast, we will explore the typical scams pavers have developed over the years and how to protect yourself from these unscrupulous methods.

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All About Home Age Restrictions: Episode 305

Some cities have started restricting the age of homes that you can bring in to fill vacant lots. But can they legally do that? And what do you do if they decide to give it a try? In this Mobile Home Park Mastery podcast we’re going to explore how to correctly address this issue.

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The Forces And Impact Behind Accelerating Park Redevelopment: Episode 304

Mobile home parks are, at their most basic, parking lots. And a growing number of these parking lots are being torn down to make way for new development. In this Mobile Home Park Mastery podcast we’re going to explore what’s behind this growing trend and what the ramifications are for the mobile home parks left behind.

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The Growing Trend of Organic Home Moves: Episode 303

Contrary to what woke media outlets may claim, mobile homes are very much mobile, and they are changing locales at a much faster rate these days. When a mobile home moves from one park to another it’s called an “organic” move – and it’s a great thing when you are the property they are moving to. So why are the number of “organic” moves increasing and how can you do more to attract these customers?

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Fact Or Fiction?: Episode 302

There are a huge number of myths about mobile home parks, as well as some items that appear fantasy but actually work in reality. In this Mobile Home Park Mastery podcast we’re going to explore some of these theories and determine which are fact-based and which are nonsense. Many of these items can be of great importance in buying and operating mobile home parks, so it’s important to know which ones you can trust.

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Our 300th Anniversary Special: Episode 301

That’s right, we have released Mobile Home Park Mastery’s 300th episode. That’s over 50 hours of recorded information on all aspects of the mobile home park industry and available right here. But how have things changed in this sector over the past six years – as we’ve been doing this podcast since 2017? In this Mobile Home Park Mastery podcast anniversary special we’re going to look back on the origins of the podcast and explore the top ten most significant changes to the industry since we first went on the air.

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A Mantra To Keep You Out Of Trouble: Episode 300

There’s a recession coming to America soon – that’s the opinion of virtually every economist. So how can you prepare for the coming financial apocalypse? There’s a simple mantra that will keep you out of trouble in every recession/depression, and we’ll review that concept, why it’s perpetually true, and how to get your investments aligned with that quickly in this Mobile Home Park Mastery podcast.

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The Great Subsidy Debate: Episode 299

The political issues that mobile home park owners face today boil down to a simple question: are mobile home park owners required to do the work of state and federal government? Apartment owners have received subsidies for residents who cannot afford to pay market rents for decades, yet mobile home parks receive no such assistance. In this Mobile Home Park Mastery podcast we’re going to drill down on this issue and explore the question of subsidies and who should pay them.

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The Changing State of Employment: Episode 298

Between AI and an over-educated employment base, there is a significant shift in the future of careers that is definitely in favor of mobile home park owners. What are those trends and how will it impact our customers’ ability to pay ever-higher lot rents? That’s the focus of this Mobile Home Park Mastery podcast.

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