BP Podcast 195: Partners, College Town Rentals, & Mobile Home Parks with Rudy Curtler


Trying to build a real estate empire while working a full-time job can be tough, which is why many people decide to use a partner to maximize their results. That’s the story on today’s episode of the BiggerPockets Podcast, where we sit down with Rudy Curtler to talk about how he is building a portfolio of college rentals and mobile home parks utilizing a partner. You’ll learn how (and why) Rudy is building his portfolio hundreds of miles from his home, the incredible benefits of investing in mobile home parks (“6x better than houses” according to Rudy), and how he’s able to put together the financing on deals using remarkable creativity!

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In This Episode We Cover:

  • How Rudy got started with real estate investing
  • How he transitioned from “interested” to “committed
  • His first investment
  • What makes a college rental different?
  • How many single family homes he has
  • What a suite equity partner is
  • Tips for those who wanted to start in the college rental niche
  • His view on working with family
  • The difference between investing in mobile home parks and mobile homes
  • The details on his mobile home park
  • How much he rents his mobile homes for
  • Tips on renting out RV pads
  • Why you may want to consider investing in mobile home parks
  • How he manages his properties
  • Thoughts on getting a mobile home dealer license
  • How to get a mind for creative finance
  • And SO much more!

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Tweetable Topics:

  • “I think there is a big difference between somebody who’s just interested versus someone who’s committed.” (Tweet This!)
  • “Mobile home parks are another way for us to grow and find the exponential growth potential that’s there.” (Tweet This!)
  • “I didn’t want to stop. We want to keep growing, so we found a way to do it.” (Tweet This!)

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  1. Rudy Curtler

    I have received many LinkedIn connection requests since the posting of this podcast and I believe many are from people who watched the show. For those who may not be aware, you can connect with others on LinkedIn even if you are not a 1st or 2nd connection. The tip is that when you go to send the invite, LinkedIn will ask you how you know the person you are trying to connect with. The easiest work around is to indicate that you are a ‘friend’. If you’d like to connect with me via LinkedIn, indicate you are a friend and put ‘bigger pockets’ in the personalized message. That will be an indication to me that you are a real estate related connection…thanks!

  2. Patrick Liska

    very informative show, If you think about it, the Parks are almost like college rentals where you rent ” by the room” instead you are renting by the space. instead of one multi family building you have a multi family piece of land. now you have got me thinking and wanting to do more research. I have a couple of student rentals myself plus some other multi family rentals and this may be another way to diversify my investments that i have not thought of.

    • Rudy Curtler

      Hi Nolan…great question…I look at the rent roll first to see what the seller is indicating for occupancy. I would start with the lot rents and the list price and then work from there. As an example, I recently looked at a 7 acre/45 unit park that was in really rough shape that would require additional capital and time to clean up. Park was listed in the high $700’s. None of this scared me until I drove by the park to see that there were only 18 CURRENT units being rented out. At current lot rents, assuming I could collect 75-80% of those rents monthly consistently, I would guess that park’s value to me as an investor would be closer to $300k…BUT, that also depends on if the utilities are getting billed back or added in to the lot rents too…so, several factors to look at. Does that help?

      • Nolan Smith

        Thanks Rudy, there is a park in my town that has been shut down due to owner not paying the utility bill. All residences were forced to leave so i was trying to come up with a potential monthly income for the park. This is what makes it difficult, I don’t have a gauge on how many units are typically rented when in service. Any suggestions?

        • Rudy Curtler

          Run? Haha…not sure really…that sounds like a major project that will take lots of capital to get homes back onto the property (so, think $5-$15k minimum per home if they are older used homes, plus moving/setup/utility hook up (and maybe improvement) costs (so, approx another $3k-$6k)–again, per home…I personally wouldn’t look at it. From my perspective there are tons of other mobile home parks that can be improved without so much effort and capital…

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