SECO18 is About Two Months Away – pre-SECO18 Topics Set

Registration is Open and Pre-SECO18 Workshops Included in Ticket Price

Registration is open and pre-SECO18 workshops are set for the Southeast Community Owners Symposium, Oct. 10-11 in Atlanta, Ga.

This year, the full lineup of Oct. 9 pre-SECO workshops are included in the conference ticket price, and Katie Hauck of Hauck Homes will offer an Oct. 8 Manufactured Housing Managers Training course.

After last year’s conference, SECO organizers conducted a survey of attendees and used that information to build topics that will be presented at the Atlanta Airport Marriott on Best Road.

Register for SECO18 at and make sure to book rooms at the Marriott’s recently updated location while discounted space remains.


Cedar Village in Carrollton, Ga., an all-ages community.

As the lineup of presenters is finalized, SECO18 offers this list of solo presentation and discussion topics:

  • More emphasis on newcomers and those interested in community ownership
  • More emphasis on women in the community business – lessons learned, management, and home sales
  • Meeting the needs of MH buyers – qualification, affordability, home choices
  • Community ownership succession
  • Marketing of new homes – generating traffic, social media, staging, sales center
  • Community management best practices
  • Reflections by industry icons on the future of the industry
  • Who’s doing what with chattel financing
  • Secret sauce for bringing new homes into your community – without going broke
  • Community financing – availability, LTV, DCR, 3-star vs. 5-star

A Redman Home

A Detailed List of Pre-SECO18 Workshops Have Been Announced

Social Media Bootcamp

If your idea of promoting your community involves newspaper ads, kick-down signs and radio, attend this workshop to address the advantages, and challenges, of today’s internet and social media alternatives – your own site, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, MHVillage and others.

Pre-SECO18 Lunch

The leading manufacturers of factory-built homes specifically designed for communities are sponsoring the pre-SECO lunch this year. Hear about the newest options, features, and sales tips from the best of the best.

Demonstration – MH Placement & Setup

What’s involved in ordering the right home for a lot? Placing the home on the lot, blocking and leveling it, and connecting utilities. Attend a placement and setup of a home at a nearby manufactured home community.

Passive Investing in MHP/LLCs

If owning and managing a manufactured home community seems like it would require more time than you have, or be outside your skill set, you might consider being an MH industry passive investor. Hear from community owners who manage dozens of communities owned by groups of investors.

Valuation of Manufactured Home Communities

Valuing an income stream by applying a cap rate to NOI is pretty straightforward. However, what is a realistic revenue & expense estimate, cap rate, or estimate of value for vacant lots? Discussion will focus on park-owned homes — rented, under a lease to own contract, or land to be developed.

Self-Storage – another alternative to park ownership

If the daily work of managing tenant-occupied properties has reached a maximum, perhaps an accent or alternative is investment in self-storage facility. Discussion will cover how self-storage compares to park ownership, management, valuation and resale.

RV Parks

An alternative or complement business to manufactured housing community ownership may RV resorts with rental sites to folks who drive $500,000 motor homes. Some of the nation’s most knowledgeable RV park feasibility consultants and owner/operators will talk about the pros and cons of this interesting, and potentially lucrative, investment alternative.

Insurance, Service & Emotional Support Animals

What are the “gotchas” in MHP/LLC insurance coverage that are easy to may be overlook? What are the options when a resident says your pet policy doesn’t apply to an emotional support pig or pit bull? Can a tornado/storm shelter pay for itself? Discussion will cover what kind of dialogue will make community residents feel better about the potential for dangerous weather?

Rent Manager – Property Management Software

Attend this workshop to hear about the many latest and greatest capabilities, features and options of one of the leading property management software tools. Discussion will cover basic concepts of the software, as well as advanced features surely to impress any accountant, community owner, or investor.