Different Types of Manufactured Home Communities in Florida

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Camelot East, a land-lease community in Sarasota.

When you begin your search for a manufactured home you might start coming across confusing terms. There are several different types of communities, each with their own sets of pros and cons. We are going to discuss the three most common types of manufactured home communities in Florida.

  • Land-Lease Community: When moving into a land lease community, it’s important to realize that you don’t own your land. After you purchase a home, you will pay a monthly land lease payment for the use of the land/lot on which the home is placed and the use of all the facilities and amenities in the community. In Florida, this is the most common type of 55+ housing with about 2,400 of these communities. The primary benefit to this type of ownership is you won’t have to invest additional money in purchasing the land. The average land price starts around $35,000 and goes as high as $75,000. Average monthly land lease payments range from $400 to $900. Typically most land lease communities are run by the land owners or by a professional management company.
  • Land-Owned Subdivision Community: When you purchase the land/lot in this type of community you will be purchasing the land with a specific legal description. The land price can range from $35,000 to $75,000. Monthly maintenance fees range from $100 to $300. Monthly dues are for the use of the facilities, amenities and common area. This option means you will not have to pay a larger monthly lot rent, but your initial costs will be much higher, as you will have to purchase the home and the land. Land-owned communities are a good option for people who have more money to invest. All lots in a Land Owned Subdivision will be owned by individual owners who form a Homeowners Association. The members of the Association elect a board of directors to manage common elements.
  • Resident-Owned or Co-op Community: In a resident-owned/Co-op community, the community is owned by a group of residents, normally 40 to 70% of the total home sites in the community. The residents that formed the Co-op become shareholders and pay a maintenance fee similar to, but generally less than the land-lease price mentioned above. Those Co-op shareholders form a corporation to own and operate the community. Each Co-op shareholder has one membership interest in the corporation. The corporation is managed democratically, with one share equaling one vote. Day-to-day operations in the community are overseen by a member-elected Board of Directors who frequently hires professional management. The non-shareholder lots remain as land lease and pay a monthly land lease payment as outlined in the first option above. There are approximately 700 of these communities in Florida.

 

If you like this material and want to learn more about manufactured home communities in Florida, we encourage you to visit our website to check out our free 55+ Moving Guide E-book.

7 Reasons Newby Management’s Active Adult Communities Will Change Your Life

If you’re ready to retire, it can be hard to decide where to go. We have 8 reasons that will make you want to pack your bags and head to sunny Florida today, because we think our active adult communities could change your life.

1. Stay Active, Live Longer

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Ladies’ areobics at Camelot East in Sarasota.

According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, almost all older people can benefit from additional physical activity. Regular exercise prevents chronic disease, improves mood and lowers chances of injury. Getting active can be hard, but it’s easier when you have yoga, swimming, pickleball, shuffleboard and more right in your back yard. In our communities, these activities are free to residents and a ton of fun!

2. Life Long Friends

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Derby Day at Camelot East, Sarasota.

Once you’re in the swing of getting active, you’ll start to meet friendly neighbors who will turn into life-long friends. Our communities pride themselves on being places where neighbors care about and look out for each other. They are safe places with warm, inviting people. And the only thing that makes fun events more fun is good friends.

3. Affordable Housing 

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Beautiful home for sale in Camelot East, Sarasota.

Downsizing homes in retirement can be daunting, but our manufactured homes are sure to wow you. In many Newby Managmeent communities, we are placing brand new manufactured homes at affordable prices. These homes are energy-efficient, craftsman built and stylish. Plus, there are tons of options for renovated and upgraded homes as well. Find a style and price that fits your budget!

4. Resort-Style Amenities 

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Resort-style amenities at Camelot East in Sarasota.

Who doesn’t want to feel like they’re at a resort? Many of our active adult communities feature resort-style amenities like oversized heated swimming pools, hot tubs, shuffleboard and tennis courts, libraries, business centers, clubhouses and more. These kind of amenities make every day feel like a vacation.

5. Sunny Weather

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A Florida sunset over Camelot East in Sarasota.

What good are resort-style amenities without resort weather? Florida is home to beautiful year-round weather, with our average temperature in the 80’s. Most days are sunny and breezy, perfect for your outdoor activities or just enjoying a book on your front porch.

6. Exciting Events

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Follies at Camelot East in Sarasota.

Many of our communities keep their calendars stocked with fun monthly events from dances and potlucks to bingo and group classes. These events are a great way to stay active, meet neighbors and become part of the community. The best part is, you don’t even have to go far from home to find a great time.

7. Maintenance-Free Living

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Lovely landscaping at Camelot East in Sarasota.

Besides caring for your home and yourself, you won’t have to worry about your yard! In many of our communities, lawn maintenance is included in your monthly fee. Which means you get to spend your time outside golfing instead of trimming hedges. Plus you get to enjoy a pool, clubhouse and more, all without added upkeep!

 

Recovering in Manufactured Home Communities Post-Hurricane Irma

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Post-Irma Tree Clean Up in Edgewater, FL.

On September 4, Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for Florida as one of the strongest hurricanes in history pummeled toward the state.

Just four days later, hundreds of thousands of Floridians across the state were under evacuation, making it the state’s largest evacuation on record. Among many of the mandatory evacuations were residents in manufactured homes, which are considered to be highly susceptible to strong winds.

Hurricane Irma was the first time in Newby Management’s history to have every community in the portfolio effected by one hurricane. While some communities had minimal damage, all were effected.

At the beginning of the hurricane season, each community has a packet available for residents. It features shelter listings, a list of items to take during an evacuation and evacuation routes so that residents have a plan.

The Newby Management corporate team began preparations for Hurricane Irma nearly a week prior to landfall. The team watched updates, double checked supplies, and made sure the team had evacuation plans.

3 days out, the Newby Management Emergeny Action (NEAT) was mobilized to begin prepping communities. NEAT  was formed in 2005, following the devastation caused by Hurricane Charley.

NEAT is a first response team to check on resident safety and property damage after a disaster like weather, fire, flood, terrorism, and violence. Over the past 11 years, the NEAT team has been deployed 15 times to assist our communities across Florida.

Tpyically, counties issue mandatory evacuations for RV and mobile home communities at least two days prior to a hurricane. While some residents choose to stay, all team members are required to evacuate.

At the home office in Ellenton, the entire team comes together to discuss NEAT deployment strategies for recovery after Irma. Because Irma was so large, our team had to be ready to head to almost any part of Florida following the storm.

There were four teams ready to go to the worst hit areas. From the home office, Newby Management had the CEO, president, IT, regional managers, marketing and training teams, along with the chaplain with boots on the ground for recovery.

As Irma made landfall in Florida, our plans changed with the storm. Todd Newby, the president, and the regional managers stayed in contact to keep the team updated. Once regional managers began hearing from the communities, the latest deployment plans were put into action.

Irma made landfall in many of our communities through Saturday night and into Sunday. Some of the NEAT team was ready to respond as quickly as Monday afternoon.

From Tuesday through the following Monday, there were teams from the home office and sister communities in Lakeland, Fort Myers and east coast areas. Most of he communities had resident volunteers who helped each other, as well as assisted in the clean-up of common areas.

It was a blessing to see our team members and residents come together and serve each other following the hurricane. In one community, there was a couple who couldn’t do physical work, so they grilled hamburgers. In another community, there was a resident who rode around giving out coffee and doubts.

Thanks to the efforts of NEAT, the team and residents, within a week of the hurricane you’d never know there was a disaster in most communities. There are still repairs in some, but largely the communities fared well. The amazing response of the team helped keep everyone safe and make recovery easier for all.

Learn more about NEAT and how Newby Management assists our communities in times of disaster.

How to Sell Your Mobile Home Fast

For most the goal when selling a home is to do it quickly and for the highest possible asking price.  While you cannot control the market, you can control some variables that will help you get the best results.
LOOK AT YOUR CURB APPEAL
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The outside of your home is the first impression potential buyers see when considering your home.  A few simple things that can easily boost curb appeal can go a long way in catching a buyer’s eye.   Be sure your welcome mat is welcoming (aka clean, not dingy or faded).   Weed your flower garden, and add fresh mulch or rocks. Consider planting some colorful flowers that will catch a buyer’s eye, or putting some potted plants near your entry way.
Some other things to consider for the outside of your home.  What is the condition of your home’s exterior?  If you have gutters, are they cleaned out?  Do you need to update your paint job or perhaps even just the trim?  Consider power washing the home’s exterior, sidewalks, drive way and decking.  Check the rails leading into your home to make sure they are secure.  A wobbly railing, while it is an easy fix, can be a deterrent or worse harm a potential buyer.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS COUNT
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Have a bright, uncluttered entrance way.   Many LED lightbulbs on the market today are not only energy efficient, but also pleasantly bright.  Buyers want the entry area to feel spacious and clean.  Remove unnecessary items such as shoes, jackets, and umbrellas.   Keep the floor swept/vacuumed.  If your home has a tiled floor, be sure to evaluate the grout.  Does it need to be cleaned?   Or repaired?  What is the condition of your carpet?  Countertops?  Appliances?   Repairs can impact your bottom line, but there are some you should consider, because they will make your home more appealing to potential buyers.
Normally, one should want their home to be a reflection of themselves, however when trying to sell your home, you want buyers to be able to imagine the home as their own.   What does this mean for you?  Remove your personal memorabilia.  Pack away your family photos, take the magnets off the front of your refrigerator.  Repaint your interior if you do not already have neutral wall colors.
Consider renting a storage shed to help declutter and neutralize your home.   Excessive furniture can make a home feel cramped.  Clean out your closets, even if it means packing away the majority of your clothing.  The same technique applies to linen and coat closets, your pantry and any other storage areas including often overlooked areas like your kitchen countertops.   When selling a home, less is more.
OTHER THINGS TO CONSIDER
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We often do not notice the smell of our own home, because we are used to its fragrance.  Visitors however, notice the smell right away.  Consider having a neutral smelling air freshener to help neutralize the smell of your home.  Another alternative, if you have time before a showing is to drop some slice and bake cookies in your oven.  These will give a pleasant aroma that is not overwhelming for most visitors.  They also would look nice on a decorative plate on your countertop after they are baked.
If you have a cat, be sure the litter box is scooped daily.  Likewise, bathe your pooch often while you are trying to sell your home.   Look closely around your home; you may need to take a lint roller to your furniture to remove pet hair.  You might need to dust more often.
Another consideration for pet owners when selling a home is to make sure they are not out and about during a showing.  Not only is this is for the safety of your pets, but also for the comfort of your potential buyer.  If at all possible, the ideal situation would be to not have any pets home during a showing.
CLOSING THE DEAL
Selling a home can take time, but a little effort can go a long way to getting your home sold.   As you wait for that potential buyer to make an offer, relax and enjoy the work you have put into your home to get it ready for the market.  The right buyer will come along, soon enough.