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Barbara, Home Buyer in Tampa, FL

If I signed a contract with mobile home park manager can they change things?

Asked by Barbara, Tampa, FL Wed Feb 4, 2009

I signed a contract to buy a mobile home that was listed at $58,000 for $50,000 with the mobile home park manager and the agreement was to take the home off the market and I gave her $500 as a good faith. The next day the seller said they wouldn't take less than $52500 and they refused to take it off the market so we could get almost to closing and if someone came in with cash they would get it over us. This doesn't seem right, is there anything I can do?

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FIRST, You need a lawyer.
Second, WHO SIGNED THE CONTRACT FOR SELLER? If you don't have a signature, by the lawful seller, you don't have a contact, I would think this maybe the case as it sounds like the manager delivered the contract to the seller. DOES this manager have a Real Estate license (FS 475) See
http://www.myflorida.com/dbpr/re/index.html

or mobile home (FS723) See
http://www.myflorida.com/dbpr/lsc/MobileHomes.html
.

If the mobile home manager was authorized to sell, to sign contact, under 723, then you may own a $50,000 mobile - see a Lawyer.
If he signed contract and was not authorized to do so, then you have other possible options against the manager and maybe the park, as well as possible actions by the state. See a lawyer.

If this involved land as well as the trailer, then everything changes - See a Lawyer.

Did I mention you need to see a Lawyer?
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 5, 2009
Barbara,

Our recommendation is to consult with an attorney to clarify your options.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 5, 2009
There seems to be a missing piece of the puzzle... When you signed the contract to purchase the mobile home park was the contract signed by the seller (owner of the moble home)? If the mangaer was helping to sell it and on behalf of the owner the contract would still need to be signed by the actual seller (owner) to have an executed contract. You have a decisision to make... Counter there offer, hold to your original offer or find another home...
Mark
Web Reference: http://homes4uintampa.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 4, 2009
The mobile home park manager unless he is the registered owner of the mobile home cannot sign or agree to the sale of the personal property. If the property is owned by a corporation and the mobile park manager is listed as being able to make sales and decisions then you may be able to enforce the contract. Unfortunately mobile homes are considered personal property i.e. automobile. Unless there is land that is being sold with the mobile home it is not technically real estate. You will have rights under consumer protection laws to get your $500 back.
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