5 Reasons to Live in a 55+ Manufactured Home Community

Optimized-55-communitiesIf you’re thinking of retirement, you may be looking into 55+ communities. It’s a big decision with lots of options, from community style to location. We think 55+ manufactured home communities are a great choice, and we’re going to give you 5 reasons to make the move!

1. Living in a Community of Peers

At Newby Management, we always notice that the people in our communities aren’t just neighbors, they are friends. Living in a community of your peers gives you tons of opportunities to make lifelong friends. Often times people can become secluded in retirement and lose touch with the outside world. 55+ communities put you in a position to be active, to have fun and to try new things.

2. Living an Active Lifestyle

When you start looking into 55+ communities, you’re going to hear the phrase “active lifestyle” quite a bit. Although this may seem like a marketing term, it’s actually something we see in our communities often. Especially in Florida, you’ll see people doing water aerobics, playing shuffleboard, tennis, horse shoes and much more! If you find a 55+ community with great amenities, you are sure to see people using them often.

3. Living Somewhere Safe

There’s no guarantee that your 55+ community will be safe, but on average they are much safer than your average community. Often times the community will have security cameras in common areas along with a courtesy patrol. Plus you’ll have watchful neighbors at most locations who take care of each other. Whether that means watering plants or watching your home while you’re away.

4. Living Where the Action Is

Maybe you love to explore the city or maybe you’re more of a homebody. Either way, 55+ communities offer great options. Most communities are located in or near cities with lots to do. But there’s often lots of great events right within the community for you to enjoy. Have fun with arts and crafts, shuffleboard competitions, dances, pot lucks and more!

5. Living Where You Save Money

If you’re living on a budget in retirement, you might be trying to find ways to save money. Living in a manufactured home community is one way to save money without compromising on the lifestyle you want. It’s all about finding the home and community that are right for you. A manufactured home community is much less expensive than other 55+ communities and you’ll find that it’s a great place to spend your retirement.

Want to start searching for your dream home? Visit www.NewbyRealty.com to see homes available across the beautiful Sunshine State!

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.

Why Seconds Could Lose You the Home Sale

Mobile homes for sale, florida mobile homes for sale, florida manufactured homes for sale, florida homes, property management company florida, florida property management, mobile home property managementWhen you shoot out an email to a business you expect a fast response, right? This is especially true when you’re searching for a good or service. You usually send out multiple emails and then move forward with the company that answered fastest with the best deal. The same is true for home buyers.

Today, home buyers often begin their search on the internet, which means they have almost limitless options available to them. In fact, 78% of new home shoppers visit 3+ sites prior to taking action on a real estate site. This means they have options and they use them!

But did you know that 45% of inquires on a real estate website never receive a response? This is why sellers need to create an action plan that will position their home to sell as quickly as possible, and at the best price.

To start, this means responding quickly to inquires. A staggering 45% of consumers expect an initial response from an online inquiry within 15 minutes. That’s just 15 minutes you have to make a sale before they move on to a different home.

We know that if you’re choosing to sell your home, responding to the constant inquires can be challenging. That’s why many buyers and sellers choose to enlist the help of professionals.  If you are a seller in a Newby Managed community and list with one of our professional agents, you will find your listing will be monitored for effectiveness, giving you the edge.

Also, our professional sales team will assist sellers in marketing their home at price that will help engender fast responses from buyers.  Our sales team will respond quickly to potential buyers, because we recognize the importance of fast responses when selling your manufactured home.

In this day of internet shopping, buyers are not willing to wait long periods of time for response.  A timely response to an interested buyer by a knowledgeable sales professional is critical!  If you are a buyer, our on-site sales team knows the community and will be available to show you homes that fit your needs and help you buy that ’just right home’ quickly.

The point is…Good preparation and fast responses by sellers, buyers and their agents make the selling and buying process a win-win for everyone.

Own a mobile home community? You might be missing out.

property management, manufactured home property management, rv property managementIf you own a manufactured home community, you could be missing out! While it’s a great way to earn income, and provide a valuable service to the community, many do’t realize how hard it is. It requires 24/7 attention.

You might be missing the details that a professional management company wouldn’t.

That’s where Newby Management comes in. We’re a full-service property management company with over 40 years of experience in the industry. Our team expertly manages your manufactured home community while keeping you in the loop, so you always know what’s going on.

Our corporate staff works hard every day to keep your manufactured home community running smoothly. Our experience, combined with our depth of service, make us one of the best options for manufactured home community management in the industry.

Here’s an in-depth look at the manufactured home property management services we offer:

Property Management  
The Newby Management team knows that each manufactured home community faces unique challenges. That’s why each property is approached individually, and their struggles, hopes and dreams become Newby Management’s. Each manufactured home community is handled as if it belonged to the company.

Property Management Services:

  • Resident Relations
  • Collecting Rents
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Rule Enforcement
  • Property Visits
  • Community Clean-up
  • Disaster Relief
  • Maintenance
  • Create & Promote Lifestyle
  • Hold Meetings for Rent Increases
  • Comply with State & Federal Guidelines
  • Host Social Events
  • Physical Plant Management
  • 24-Hour Crisis Management

Accounting:
Accounting is usually marked by numbers and figures. At Newby Management, it’s marked by genuine care. The accountants treat all the money they handle as if it were their own. They personally invest in the outcome of the finances, and through it are able to provide excellent customer service and financial reporting.

When investors or ownership groups make special requests known, the accounting team meets them consistently. The company’s service package is often customized to meet the needs of a variety of challenges that investors and owners face. Unlike other companies, Newby Management clients have the comfort of knowing they will always be able to talk directly to a live person who handles their account on a day-to-day basis.

Accounting Services:

  • Budgets
  • On-Time Payment Processing
  • Rent Collection
  • Professional Financial Reporting
  • Manage/Reconcile Bank Accounts

Human Resources:
Hiring the right team members for the right positions is about more than wordy job descriptions. The human resources department at Newby Management is dedicated to finding the right team members, with the right personalities to fill positions on our team.

HR Services:

  • Management Training
  • Competent On-Site Personnel
  • Hire/Fire Team Members
  • Advertise and Recruit for Open Positions
  • Ensure Compliance with Federal and State Laws
  • Complete Background and Drug Screenings
  • Administer Skills & Personality Tests
  • Provide Workers’ Compensation
  • Benefit Administration
  • Unemployment Claims

Information Technology:
The Newby Management IT team is on the cutting-edge of technological advances in the industry. A thoughtful, intelligent group of early adopters make this department unequivocally trained to handle a vast range of requests, issues and ideas in the property management arena.

IT Services:

  • IT Services:
  • Website Design and Management
  • Software Management
  • PC/Hardware Support
  • WiFi Systems
  • Security Camera Systems
  • Ongoing IT Training
  • Virus Protection and Updates
  • Back-up Systems
  • Wholesale Pricing on Hardware
  • Licensed Tracking
  • Remote Support

Sales & Marketing:
In an ever-evolving digital landscape, the sales and marketing team at Newby Management works to stay current across all mediums. The in-house talent available to clients is unparalleled in the industry, and gives the team a unique ability to create one-of-a-kind products and marketing programs that are tailored to individual communities.

Sales & Marketing Services:

  • Corporate Photographer
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Social Media Training
  • Online Advertising
  • In-house Design Team
  • SEO
  • Inbound Marketing
  • Leads Management
  • Licensed Broker and Dealer in Community
  • Sales Agent in Community
  • Online Listing Service for Sale Homes

Chaplaincy Program:
Our fast-paced society often neglects the emotional and spiritual needs of people. Our chaplaincy program is designed to connect with people on a deeper level, giving them a touch of humanity that is often lacking in the workplace.

Chaplaincy Services:

  • Chaplaincy Services:
  • Visit Sick & Lonely
  • Care Notes, Daily Breads
  • Establish Bible Studies & Church Services
  • Bible Program
  • Funerals
  • Marriages
  • Senior Assistance Resources
  • Deliver Food and Flowers to Residents in Need
  • Team Building

 

Why Does a Property Management Company Have a Aerial Drone Camera?

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Photos. Videos. They are the new mediums, quickly taking the place of words and stories. It’s how people share information, how people see the world. Think of the newest social media platforms like Instagram and SnapChat. They revolve around pictures and videos that tell a story. So, why does a property management company have an Aerial Drone Camera? To tell your story.

Whether you own a manufactured home community, or invest in one, you likely want to promote the community. But today’s seniors aren’t looking for just any manufactured home community. They are looking for something with life, vibrancy and activities. They want to be sold a lifestyle. That’s what we do.
Our corporate photographer has over a decade of experience capturing the beauty in moments and scenery. We hired him to our team in 2014 to showcase our communities in a unique way. Once he started to produce beautiful still imagery, we got the wild idea to create professional videos.
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Enter the Phantom 3 Professional Drone, a  state-of-the-art, light-weight , multi-functional integrated aircraft and camera. With this new technology, our marketing team can produce high-definition aerial videos and photos that take the viewer above and beyond. Normally, these would cost your community thousands of dollars with planning, production, editing and promotion. At Newby Management, we have the in-house capability to handle all of this for you.
We will assess your manufactured home community and determine the perfect promotional video. Our in-house marketing team then comes together to create a voice over and shot list. Jake Bibler, our corporate photographer, then goes out and shoots the footage. So far, we have created promotional material for several communities that feature sweeping shots, creative videography and stunning photography.
Once the video is finished and approved by you, we promote it on various social media platforms. Our in-house web developer also adds the video to your website so viewers can watch it directly from your page. If you wish, we can also promote the video through pay-per-click advertising to reach even more viewers in your demographic.
To see promotional videos we’ve created using the Phantom 3 Professional Drone, please visit the links below:
To learn more about Newby Management and our services, please visit us online at www.NewbyManagmenet.com. 

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?

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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. 

 

5 Spring Spruces Your Manufactured Home Needs Now!

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It’s almost spring, and you might be looking for ways to spruce up your home. Whether you just moved in or you’ve lived there for years, here are some quick ways to give your home the perfect mini makeover.

PRETTY PLANTS, PLEASE!
Bringing some plants into your home can give it a breath of fresh air. Place them in nice vases or pots to add a pop of color. Just check to make sure they are plants that will do well indoors. If you’re looking for less of a commitment, try bringing home a nice bouquet of flowers instead.

SNUG AS A BUG! 
Adding a nice area rug can change the entire feel of a room. Look online for different ways to position area rugs around the furniture in your house. Doing a little rearranging can make a room feel more open, more bright or more spacious.

LIGHT UP YOUR LIFE!
Getting a new lampshade or a new lamp will make your old room feel like new. Try purchasing a different light bulb as well that doesn’t have a yellow tint to it for a brighter feel. If you have the money you can spring for a new light entirely. You can get something that will serve as an accent piece for the entire room.

HANG IT UP!
Put up some shelves to display all your unique treasures. You can create your own shelves for a nice DIY project, or buy them to start decorating faster. Use fun colors to brighten up the room or display pretty books.

ADD SOME COLOR!
You don’t have to paint a whole room to make a huge difference. Choose a wall in your home and pick out a rich or fun color. These are called accent walls and they really help make a space look special and put together.

Look around and see how you can brighten up a room in your house for spring!