The 5 Dirty Little Secrets of Tiny Homes

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1. THE CODE

Okay, so you just bought a tiny house. Awesome, right?! Not so fast, you can’t just plop it down anywhere. In order for your new tiny house to sit on piece of land (even if you own it), it must meet certain codes. Most tiny houses DO NOT meet those codes.

Small manufactured homes do! Coming in at less than 500 square feet, tiny manufactured homes are the perfect solution for your small living desires. These minuscule homes are built to code, so you can buy land or rent it and place it there without a problem.

2. THE COST

Here’s the thing, you’ll definitely save money in a tiny house in the long run. But to get a home with all the bells and whistles, you’re going to need up to $70,000, which is a sizable chunk of change for 150 square feet. Now if you’re a single person on the fly, this might work for you, but families and couples may need to reconsider.

Small manufactured homes start at just $25,000 and you get double the space of the average tiny house! You’ll still have all the modern bells and whistles you love at a comparable price. Plus you’ll have a home you know is safe.

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We don’t know where you’re reading this (hopefully somewhere super fun), but we are coming at you from beautiful sunny Florida. Only here’s the thing: Florida isn’t always sunny. In fact, we have these pretty scary things called hurricanes. Tiny homes are not tied down in any way, which makes them pretty susceptible to the elements.

Many people believe manufactured homes are more susceptible to the elements than site-built homes, but the truth is that modern manufactured homes are just as safe as site-built homes. 

4. THE SPECS

Want a customized tiny home? You could build it yourself with some sweet YouTube tutorials, or you could have a tiny house architect design and build it for you. One is scary, the other is costly. Your best bet for securing a reasonably-priced tiny home is to purchase a used one. In that case, you’re still getting the hefty price tag, and whatever updates you’ll need to do too.

Small manufactured home builders, like Fleetwood allow you to customize your home with many modern options. You can choose from stylish options like wood floors and granite counters, and much more!

5. THE SPACE

With the average tiny home coming in at just 120 square feet, you don’t have much room for, well, anything. When you see pictures of a tiny house it might feel doable, but the truth is 120 square feet is the size of a small guest bedroom or a den. Now imagine cramming your entire home into that space. For many people, somewhere between 500-1,000 square feet is the perfect compromise when wanting to downsize. Most small manufactured home start at about that size and offer you affordability, safety, coding, and space.

 

5 Mobile Home Myths You Still Believe

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We all know the stigmas associated with mobile homes. Here’s the thing, most of these aren’t true anymore. There’s a huge difference between parks of the past and parks of today. Today, we’re going to debunk 5 myths that you’ve heard about mobile homes that just aren’t true.

1. Manufactured Homes are More Prone to Fires
Manufactured homes get a bad rap for being fire-prone. In fact, the media seems to just love writing about them catching on fire. This, combined with the idea that mobile homes are more likely to catch fire makes people believe it must be true. Today, the fire resistance provisions of the HUD code have strict standards for fire retardation and smoke generation materials, large windows in bedrooms, smoke alarms and at least two exterior doors which must be separate from each other and reachable without having to pass through other doors that can be locked. On the other hand, site-built homes do not have such strict requirements. The truth is, fires can happen anywhere and today’s mobile homes are no more at risk for fires than comparable site-built homes.

2. Manufactured Homes Are Poorly Constructed 
Many people seem to believe that manufactured homes aren’t constructed as well as site-built homes. In reality, site-built and manufactured homes are built out of the same materials, just not at the same locations. Although they aren’t built at their final location, manufactured homes are sturdy and follow the same and often stricter HUD building codes than site-built homes. Many of our renovated homes include features such as cherry wood cabinets, granite counters, stainless steel appliances and more. These homes exude both quality and beauty.

3. Manufactured Home Communities Aren’t Nice
The truth is, a few places give manufactured home communities a bad name. There are definitely some manufactured home community operators who care more about profits and let an aging community fall to the wayside. However, you’ll also find a great deal of community managers like Newby Management who places great importance in capital improvements and putting people before profits. For example, in our premier communities like Camelot Lakes, Camelot East and Rolling Greens we are currently working on big capital improvements that will benefit the entire community. We also are always working to update the home inventory. There are many operators and managers who take the time to ensure that communities are kept up-to-date and beautiful for residents to enjoy.

4. Manufactured Homes Don’t Appreciate
Like site-built homes, appreciation depends on a lot of factors. The reality is that some homes appreciate and others do not, no matter what type of home it is. Appreciation factors depend on some of the following:

  • The housing market in which the home is located, will have a significant impact on the future value of the home.
  • The community in which the home is located, has a similarly significant impact on the home’s future value.
  • The initial price paid for the home.
  • The age of the home.
  • The inflation rate.
  • The availability and cost of community sites, which reflects the supply and demand influences on the home’s value.
  • The extent of an organized resale network, where an organized network will usually result in homes selling for a higher price than in markets without such an organized network.
Any home that comes out on the positive end of these factors is likely to appreciate, whether the home is manufactured or built on site. If you’re hoping your manufactured home will appreciate over time, consider the factors listed above when making your purchase.
 
5. Manufactured Homes Are For People With Financial Issues
When mobile homes first came into the market they were used as quick, cheap housing for people in need. Eventually this style of home broke into the mainstream market and became what we know today. When this happened, HUD standards, quality standards and societal standards were placed on manufactured homes. Today, there is hardly any difference between a site-built home and a manufactured home. The quality of manufactured homes, along with the price, make them an amazing affordable housing option. However, they are no longer only a housing option for people with financial troubles. More and more they are becoming smart decisions for people looking to own a home without getting into a ton of debt.

 

Millenials: The Next Generation of Manufactured Home Buyers

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You’ve heard of the Millennials. The good, the bad and the ugly. But what you probably haven’t heard is that Millennials are choosing to live in manufactured homes rather than site-built homes. Why is this trend happening?

1. Millennials Came-of-Age At the Height of Economic Depression

When Millennials were entering the workforce they were doing it at the height of the depression. Many struggled to find jobs in their industry, forcing them to accept any job that came their way. Although the economy seems to be pulling through, many Millennials are looking to be more conservative with their money, eschewing living beyond their means.

2. Millennials Are Looking to Live in Smaller Homes

This generation of individuals get a bad rap for wanting everything “now”. One credit we can give this up-and-coming people is that they are treading much more lightly on the earth than previous generations. They are looking for homes that are smaller and more reasonably priced. They are not as concerned with large homes, often looking to purchase  homes less than 900 square feet.

3. Millennials Are going Green 

Manufactured homes today are producing less waste and are more energy-efficient than site-built homes. For many people in the younger generation, this is a huge draw. As manufactured homes start to lose their stigma, Millennials are beginning to realize that these might be the perfect dwellings for their needs. Plus the energy-efficient homes often save on monthly costs as well.

4. Millennials Don’t Get Wrapped Up in Labels

This generation is probably among the least concerned with labels. This makes them an ideal buyer for manufactured homes. Unfortunately, this type of home has gotten quite a bad reputation, and it’s one that many can’t seem to shake. Luckily, millennials are a group who isn’t interested in labels, therefore, they see manufactured homes for what they are: affordable, green, great places to live.

5. Millennials Aren’t Interested in the American Dream

Owning a home is part of the American dream, but that home has to be a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 2 car garage with a pool and a place for the dog to run. For the Millennial, the American dream is a wide-open road with plenty of options and variances. They means they see the potential in living in a manufactured home. They see the dream in those walls, they see a future. They see a place they can call their own without strapping their savings. And that is something to get excited about.

Build the Home of Your Dreams with Scotbilt Homes at Newby Management

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A lovely Scotbilt Homes kitchen.

Picture your perfect home. What if you could have it? And not just anywhere, in paradise, in the sunshine, in beautiful Florida. A home that’s built to fit your needs, with all the customizations and extras you always hoped for.

That’s what Newby Management is offering with Scotbilt Homes, Inc. You can choose from the base home or add your own upgrades until it’s exactly what you’ve always wanted.

At Sandhill Shores in Fort Pierce, a brand new Scotbilt Home is coming soon. This active 55+ community is the perfect place to kick back in retirement, and if you’re looking to downsize, this is the home for you.

Coming in at 919 sq ft, this two bedroom, two bathroom home will be delievered as the basic package for under $58,000! Your price includes:

  • Home Set-up
  • Electric and Plumbing Hook-Up to Code
  • Concrete Driveway
  • Concrete Steps
  • Lot Grading
  • Sod Installation
  • HVAC to Code
  • Plain Vinyl Skirting to Code

These homes are both beautiful and functional, plus they give you the opportunity to upgrade as you see fit later on down the road. There are many wonderful examples of people who have taken base model homes and made them extraordinary.

You can also upgrade ahead of time with some of our affordable packages. The Silver Level Upgrade Package includes all of the base package, plus 11 x 30 carport, 8 x 10 utility shed and basic landscaping all for just $67,977.

Gold Level Upgrade Package comes in at $71,977, which includes all of the base package plus upgraded HVAC unit, vinyl skirting with brick front, 11′ x 35′ larger carport, 10′ x 10′ larger utility shed, upgraded landscaping package and irrigation in the front yard.

Platinum Level Upgrade Package total is $77,977 and includes base package plus upgraded HVAC unit, brick skirting, large 11′ x 40′ carport, large 10′ x 12′ utility shed, premium landscaping package and irrigation over the entire lawn.

Learn more about the packages we have available by calling us at 941-479-2849.