5 Reasons Manufactured Homes are Better Than Apartments

Today, manufactured homes are built with quality craftsmanship and materials. They are built by professionals in controlled environments, helping them produce excellent products with less waste.

These newer homes often include modern and luxury upgrades like granite counters, stainless steel appliances and garden tubs. They are built using strict guidelines, so in many cases they are just as safe, or safer, than site-built homes.

It’s easier than ever to get financing for a manufactured home, especially for newer homes. That’s why we think purchasing a manufactured home is even better than renting, especially if you’re in an apartment. Here’s just 5 reasons manufactured homes are better than apartments.

Let’s face it, manufactured homes get a bad rap. Even though modern day manufactured homes are totally different than their predecessors, people still can’t get over those old homes. But when it comes to making investments, we think mobile homes are better than apartments. If you’re renting an apartment, it’s a good time to consider purchasing a mobile home.

 

1. Your Own Space

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When you buy a mobile home, it’s yours. You can paint the walls and customize your home any way you like. Plus, you aren’t in close quarters with your neighbors. You learn all too quickly the schedules and habits of your neighbors in an apartment. Buying a manufactured home gives you a space that’s all your own.
2. More Bang for Your Buck

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In most cases, you’ll get more square footage, more storage and more options per dollar on a manufactured home than on an apartment. Today, manufactured homes often have two bedrooms and two bathrooms, a storage shed, a patio and large living areas. They feature open floor plans that create light and cheery spaces. Often times, you’ll pay more for rent in an apartment than you would for a mobile home mortgage. You’ll have the added advantage of knowing that your money is going to your home, not to your landlord.
3. A Backyard 
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The backyard on a mobile home located in Rolling Greens.
Not having a backyard is one of the most bothersome aspects of renting an apartment. When you purchase a manufactured home, you’re getting a backyard that you can enjoy. Whether you have dogs or just like to grill out on the weekends, a backyard can make a big difference. When you buy a manufactured home in Florida, you’ll find that you can spend a lot of summer nights enjoy your backyard. Plus, many manufactured homes come with screened in porches that feature ceiling fans, so you can be outside even on hot dogs. Invest in a corn hole game and invite neighbors over for a BBQ!
4. A Sense of Community 
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Residents raising the flag in honor of veterans in their community at Tuskawilla Trails.
Living in an apartment complex can make you feel very isolated. Often times you hardly see your neighbors and chances are you’ll never meet them. In many manufactured home communities, there are events, social activities and a true sense of community. Whether you’re a young family or enjoying retirement, a sense of community can keep you grounded. In Newby Management communities, we strive to create a strong sense of community through social activities. It fosters a family that many people don’t find in other communities.
5. Security and Stability 

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Renting an apartment can be a great option in the short term. It gives you flexibility if you aren’t ready to move to a permanent location. But when you’re ready to make a permanent move for your family or in retirement, buying a mobile home is a great option. It gives you so much value for your money, and you can feel more secure as a homeowner.

HUD to explore deregulating manufactured housing

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HUD announced last week a “top-to-bottom” review of all current and pending regulations related to manufactured or “mobile” housing as part of an effort to address affordable housing shortages.

HUD will accept public comments about manufactured housing regulations through the mail or at regulations.gov until February 26, at which point comments will be submitted to the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee—a statutory committee of mobile home producers, retailers, customers, and public officials—for review. Changes to prefab regulation could follow.

“Manufactured housing plays a vital role in meeting the nation’s affordable housing needs, providing nearly 10 percent of the total single-family housing stock,” HUD’s announcement read. “HUD’s regulation of manufactured housing fulfills a critical role to ensure a fair and efficient market that supplies affordable housing for households of modest incomes and protecting consumers.”

Manufactured homes, which are built on a permanent chassis in a manufacturing plant and then transported, are constructed according to a code administered by HUD instead of according to state, local, or regional codes, like other types of housing.

This gives HUD wide authority to regulate or deregulate them. HUD’s review of manufactured housing regulation is part of a broader effort by the Trump administration to do away with regulations it deems “overly burdensome.”

Shortly after taking office, President Trump signed two executive orders related to deregulation. The first, Executive Order 13771, requires agencies to repeal two existing regulations for every new one it enacts. The second, Executive Order 13777, requires each federal agency to designate a “Regulatory Reform Officer” and a “Regulatory Reform Task Force.” Both executive orders were noted in HUD’s announcement.

Since taking over the agency a year ago, HUD secretary Ben Carson has been slow to reverse many of the Obama-era regulations that were meant to address affordable housing needs and urban segregation, which he previously assailed as “failed social engineering.” Carson was slow to fill many of the high-level positions within the agency, and many second-tier positions remain empty.

Carson, who grew up in poverty and became a renowned neurosurgeon, took over the agency despite having no experience with housing issues. Earlier this year, Carson’s attempt to “delay” the Obama-era Small Area Fair Market Rent (SAFMR) rule—a measure designed to give Section 8 housing voucher recipients more freedom in housing choices—was ruled by a district court to be in violation of the Administrative Procedures Act. The rule is now being implemented, according to HUD.

Shortly after the ruling, Carson announced the delay of another Obama-era segregation measure—the Affirmatively Further Fair Housing rule—but given the similarities to the SAFMR case, observers expect it to be challenged in court by civil rights activists as well.

Read More about the HUD Manufactured Housing Deregulation

5 Ideas to Serve Residents in Your Manufactured Home Community

Serving your residents is important. At Newby Management, it’s one of the most important things we do. If you’re at a loss for how to serve residents in your manufactured home community, here at 5 ways our team members go above and beyond in our communities.

1. Holiday Cheer
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The holidays are fast approaching, and as they do we are gearing up for spreading some holiday cheer to our residents. Each year, we pack food bags full of non-perishable items for the needy families in our communities. It’s a simple act, but it helps alleviate some of the stress that comes with the holidays. We also deliver poinsettias to families who could use a little cheer. These are great ideas to begin implementing in your own communities.

2. Involve Residents
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When things are happening in your community, it can be tempting to limit your resident’s knowledge on the topic. At Newby Management, we encourage resident involvement in community issues and happenings. Not only does it help residents feel at ease when changes are being made, it also helps them feel involved. In one of our communities, Camelot Lakes, the team members held a pre-construction party to help prepare residents for what was to come. It was a great way to answer questions and give residents a good feeling about the future.

3. Consider Your Surroundings
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What do we mean by this? Think of the state in which your communities are built. Does it snow? Does it rain a lot? What unique challenges does your state face? In Florida, our manufactured home communities are susceptible to hurricanes. That’s why Newby Management established the Newby Management Emergency Action Team (NEAT) in 2005 to respond to disasters that may occur in our communities. These disasters include hurricanes, fire, tornadoes, flooding and terrorism. The goal for NEAT at the community level is to equip community management to be prepared to deal with disasters when they happen within their communities in a professional and organized manner, that will help protect people and property. In this way, we are serving the residents and meeting their needs.

4. Establish a Servant Heart
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At Newby Management, we try to encourage all our team members to establish a servant’s heart. This is the most consistent way to serve residents. Having a servant’s heart means serving others without expectations. For example, we don’t serve our residents with the expectation that they never have complaints, refer us new residents or bring baked goods to the office. We do it out of humility, love and respect for those we are called to serve. When you consider serving a blessing, it becomes something you want to do, instead of something you have to do.

5. Do Random Acts of Kindness

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We serve our residents in some many ways every day. Many of them are tangible and business-related. These are expected and required of a management company. What’s unexpected is going above and beyond in service and care. Random acts of kindness are so special because most times they’ll never be traced back to you. When they are, you can remind people to pay it forward. Do you know of a lonely resident’s birthday? Drop a card in their mailbox. See a resident with a really nicely manicured lawn? Stop by a let them know! Have a resident who is always offering to help out? Send them a thank you note. These simple acts are great ways to serve residents, but are also great ways to find yourself doing a lot more smiling.

Give Your Manufacutred Home Curb Appeal in 2018 with These 5 Tips

First impressions are important. So what could be more important than the first impression of your home? This summer we are giving you 5 expert tips to give your home some curb appeal on a budget. Save money and make your home look great. Are you ready? Let’s get started.

1. Start with the Basics
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Okay, this one isn’t very much fun but it’s probably the most important step. Take a weekend to really clean the outside of your home. Power wash your house, mow the low, trim bushes, weed your plants and clean clutter. This gives you a clean space to start your journey.
2. Plant Some Flowers
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A little DIY landscaping won’t cost much and can add some serious curb appeal to your home. This manufactured is livened up with some lovely tropical shrubs and plants. You could even paint the bird bath and plant some flowers in there for some extra character. Pick out flowers that can survive the heat in Florida and make sure they are colorful!
3. Do Quick Updates
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This manufactured home is well-cared for and appealing. The outside of the home is cleaned and repaired. Doing small updates, like repairing any damaged siding, painting, fixing gutters and watering the grass can give a home new life. Try to tackle projects big to small.
4. Paint Shutters & Trim
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This adorable manufactured home features yellow shutters and trim to really give a pop of color to this home. Paint those to suit your own tastes. Choose colors that will complement the flowers you place in the front garden. Another quick tip for this home is to power wash the driveway!
5. Add Character in Fun Ways
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This beautiful home needs no work, but you can add touches of character. Paint the front door a cool color. A nice red would look good on this home and would make everything pop. You can also add some more plants and a few chairs to the front porch. Enjoy the new year, and the new look these simple touches can give your home!