How Joanna Gaines Has Impacted Manufactured Housing

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A 2017 farmhouse inspired manufactured home kitchen by Clayton homes.

If you’re an HGTV fan, then you probably know Chip and Joanna Gaines, the fun-loving couple starring on the hit show, ‘Fixer Upper’. They turn the worst house on the street into a spectacular home for families across Waco, Texas.

Their trademarked farmhouse style has influenced design trends across the board, and manufactured housing is no exception. Today’s buyers want eco-friendly housing and nature-inspired themes. And now, they can have all of that at the affordable prices offered by manufactured housing.

The 2017 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show featured homes that matched customer preferences, such as:

  • Bathrooms with glass enclosed shower doors and elements of nature-like pebble designs.
  • Modern ‘farm-house’ design with living wood details on countertops, walls and sliding doorways.

With the manufactured housing industry offering more choices than ever before, people are starting to take notice. In fact, two of the largest manufactured home consumers are millenials and the 55+ generations. Both looking for affordable single-family housing. And the new designs appeal to everyone, no matter the age.

Much like the homes on the beloved show ‘Fixer Upper’, these new manufactured homes feature rustic details like shiplap, farmhouse sinks, along with light fixtures made from mason jars and other rustic items.

Open floor plans create bright and spacious rooms that carry the deisgn with wide-plank rustic wood surfaces on counters, floors and more. Other home features included sliding barn doors, free-standing tubs and upgraded fixtures.

Because these homes are still constructed mostly in a factory, you can expect that they will be more eco-friendly and cost-effective than their site-built counterparts.

The homes on display in Louisville helped dispell some long-held myths about not only the quality of manufactured housing, but what it can offer to consumers.

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Secrets to Using Strawberries in Customer Service

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The delicious strawberry desserts.

February marks the start of many things, but one of the most important is our annual socials at Newby Management. Our residents and team members know them as Strawberry Socials. It’s a time of food and fellowship that allows us to give back to our residents.

It’s a tradition that has continued for almost 30 years, hailing all the way back to our founder’s childhood. Martin Newby grew up on a farm in Iowa. Along with the normal crops, they also grew potatoes, cabbage, sweet corn and 3 1/2 acres of strawberries.

At the end of the season, his mom and dad had the idea to invite the neighbors to bring homemade ice cream and they would supply the delicious strawberries. The birth of the first Strawberry Social was enjoyed by some 200 people on the front lawn of the farm.

As an adult in business, Martin was always looking for ways to provide extraordinary customer service to his customers. As he researched, providing a quality experience for consumers was a good place to start. Thinking back to his teen years on the farm, he remembered the Strawberry Socials with fondness. He felt these could be recreated for all residents.

Today, these Strawberry Socials are a point of fun and excitement in our communities. Residents gather together to laugh, fellowship and share life together. These aren’t any strawberry desserts either. It all starts with a generous helping of vanilla ice cream, topped with a decadent piece of shortcake, followed with a large scoop of strawberries and finished with a dollop of whipped cream.

Newby Management team members head across the state during the months of February and March to help serve up these delicious deserts to residents. It’s a sweet way to give back to our residents through service.

Do You Have to be 55 to Live in a 55+ Community?

55+ communities, florida retirement community, florida 55+ communityThinking of moving into a retirement community? Then you might be wondering how the 55+ rule actually works. We’re giving you a run down on how the law applies to you.

If you’re looking at retirement communities they are probably consider 55 and over communities. For some people, this is a great option for retirement. For others, it can be an issue if they have people younger than 55 living with them.

In Florida 55+ communities there is a federal law that governs all our age-restricted communities. According to this law, at least 80 percent of the occupied units must have at least one resident who is 55 years of age or older.

Anyone else living in the home can be no younger than the minimum age established for the community. Most commonly, that age is 45. This means that no one in the community can be younger than 45.

Now, this does not meant that you can’t have people younger than the minimum age visit. If your grandchildren come down, most communities will allow guests of any age for up to 15 days 2 times per year.

In general, you’ll find that 55+ communities are active, exciting and full of new friends. There are lots of options across the nation, so you’ll have to research to see what’s best for you. We can get you started with great homes for sale in our communities across the state of Florida. Visit www.NewbyRealty.com to see what’s available.

Use This One Simple Trick for Better Customer Service at Your Property Management Company

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Todd Newby, Newby Management President, serving residents at a BBQ.

What’s better than walking into a room full of people who are happy to see you? At Newby Management, that feeling has permeated our corporate lifestyle. The first of our three steps of service says “Always use a warm and sincere greeting. Use a person’s name if and when possible.”

Warm welcomes can take on different forms, whether it’s welcoming a new member to our team or a potential resident into our communities. When welcoming a new team member, we work to ensure they feel part of our work family. Employees want to feel valued and appreciated. This includes factors like proper training, introduction to key team members and follow-through on future questions. From this a tight-knit team is built.
These team members then go on to become the face of the community in which they work. They are often a potential resident or guest’s first impression. Within the communities, warm welcomes are especially important. Part of our culture is to use warm and sincere greetings, using names when possible. These small acts go a long way in making people feel important and valued.
At the community level, Newby Management encourages community managers to focus on residents when they come into the office. This means stopping work for the moment and focusing on the resident. The resident will feel their concerns are important and heard. They can see and feel when greetings are not warm and sincere. Often times, their mood will be reflected in our own. If you begin with a light and cherry attitude, they are likely to do the same.
These same principles apply when a team member leaves the company as well. If the parting is done under amicable circumstances, we always strive to offer fond farewells to our team members. Whether it’s words of encouragement, taking them to lunch or having a goodbye party, simple acts go a long way.
When residents or guests leave our office, we make sure to offer them a fond farewell! They will remember that you took the time to give them a little extra customer service.
You can probably see a pattern by now. The impression you give someone is lasting, and their feelings about you will live on long past their specific memories. For instance, in 2011 our team went to the Florida Aquarium for our annual Christmas party. As is customary, we personally thanked the kitchen crew and staff. Even though that was several years ago they still remember our company because of that small act.
Using warm welcomes and fond farewells is a part of our corporate culture that bridges the gap between people. It’s one that reminds us the value of all people in all circumstances.  It helps us stop in our busy lives to thank and care for the people around us in a personal way, and that makes all the difference in the world.