5 Reasons Active Adult Communities Can Change Your Life

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Pickleball Cookout at Rolling Greens, Ocala.

Did you know that living in an active adult community can change your life? Studies show that activities and events can have numerous cognitive and health benefits for seniors. Here are 5 reasons you should not only live in an active community, but get involved too!

SLEEP SOUNDLY

Research shows that people who have more fulfilling relationships tend to sleep better than those who don’t. If you’re experiencing insomnia, try getting involved in the community. Getting active and on a regular schedule will help you to reset your internal clock, which will also help you sleep more soundly. Try going to some activities in the community that happen at the same place and time every week. It will give you a schedule, and help keep you accountable.

BRAIN BOOST

Did you know that research has proven people who stay mentally engaged can prevent the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease?  Newby Management community’s like Rolling Greens host numerous events that can get your mind going. Activities like book club, card games or woodshop can teach you new skills, revive your interest in books, and keep your mind sharp. Rolling Greens keeps the calendar full, and even has an on-site social director to plan events. Communities like these will help keep your mind in shape! In one study at Rush, researchers followed about 800 people, all about age 80, for four years. The participants had no signs of dementia at the beginning of the study, but some described themselves as lonely and tested positive on a “loneliness scale.” During the study, 76 people developed Alzheimer’s-like dementia. People with the highest scores on the loneliness scale had more than twice the risk of developing dementia as those with more social connections who had scored lower.

INCREASED IMMUNE SYSTEM

Get out there and active, because studies show that getting out and having people around you makes your immune system function better. As humans, being active and social is an important part of our overall health, so important, in fact, that it literally affects how our body operates. Stay healthy and find some new friends to have fun with.

LIVE LONGER

A strong social circle can actually increase the length of your life! Even more importantly, it’s actually friends, not family, who give you the boost. The Australian Longitudinal Study of Aging studied the effects of friendships on health and aging. Older adults with the strongest network of friends were 22% less likely to die during the study than those with the weakest network of good friendships.

HAPPY & HEALTHY

Socially active seniors usually have a more positive mood, and it can help fight depression. Loneliness is a unique risk factor for symptoms of depression, and loneliness and depression have a synergistic adverse effect on well-being in middle-aged and older adults. Get out, get active and make some friends. Finding a well-rounded community is important. When you’re researching adult communities for retirement, be sure they are active and have lots of events! (And then make sure to go to them, after all, it’s good for you!)

Sources:

https://www.aarp.org/health/brain-health/info-11-2008/friends-are-good-for-your-brain.html

https://www.livescience.com/55882-family-not-friends-increase-longevity.html

 

Manufactured Housing: A Hidden Investment Opportunity

Remember your grandma’s mobile home park? Nothing to do, rickety houses lining disheveled streets. Today’s four and five star manufactured home communities are a far cry from those, and investors are taking notice.

These communities offer green spaces, amenities and high-end homes that offer the convenience of single-family homes without the cost. From fitness centers and clubhouses, to activities and luxury swimming pools, these communities are becoming more and more attractive to investors. In business terms, they offer stable returns, long-term occupants, and a relatively low capital cost to maintain the properties.

The financial risk is relatively low as well. Second only to self-storage, these communities have one of the lowest rates of default. It also has the second-highest net operating income growth, making manufactured home communities very attractive to both mom-and-pop, along with large investors.

Speaking of mom-and-pop, they make finding a manufactured home community for purchase difficult. The stability of the asset encourages long-term ownership, and the assets are often kept in the family. Still, investors in the market can often find a distressed property with 50% occupancy in need of repairs and community spaces. Besides mom and pop owners, large companies own a majority of the parks in the Untied States. Sun Communities, Equity Lifestyle Properties and RHP Properties are the top three owners, with a combined ownership of 200,000 sites.

An increased demand for manufactured housing from baby boomers and young families has encouraged lenders like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to announce an increase in manufactured housing production goals. The average cost of a manufactured home, minus land, is $70,600, compared to nearly $300k for a single-family home, according to the Manufactured Housing Institute.

Due to their affordability, manufactured housing falls outside of the institutional lending limit caps set for Fannie and Freddie. Interest rates have remained low, and borrowers have the option to shop around for the load terms that best suit the mobile home community, and the market. Because of this, borrowers benefit from a competitive product with a low interest rate, and a good return in a low-risk environment.

In the meantime, demand for manufactured homes continues to rise, leaving investors on the market searching for the next good deal.

Secrets to Using Strawberries in Customer Service

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The delicious strawberry desserts.

How can you use strawberries to serve your customers? That’s easy! Top them with shortcake, whipped cream, and our favorite, ice cream.

At Newby Management, Strawberry Socials are 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.

This One Idea Will Change The Way You Interact with Residents

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At Newby Management, this is one of our Three Steps of Service: “Anticipate and meet resident needs. Know your community family well enough to provide service even before they ask.” This means that you should pay extra attention to the sick elderly resident’s home. A paper left on the driveway for them could be a lot more serious than for other residents.

Getting to know your community is an essential part of being able to anticipate needs. For sick or elderly residents, a newspaper on the driveway could signal a need for help. For other residents, it could simply mean that they are out of town or on an early morning walk.

Anticipating needs comes in all shapes and sizes, from offering ice cream bars to residents at the pool to helping an elderly resident with home repairs. For instance, if residents love hanging out at the pool, but the furniture is old and rickety it might be time to consider purchasing new pool furniture. Also, we use the taller comfort pool furniture when possible. Waiting to make changes until residents have started complaining or have stopped coming to the pool entirely is too late.

Small acts of service can mean the difference between good customer service and great customer service. Finding new ways to serve residents should be exciting, and it’s the job of all team members to keep it that way.

Every team member should make it a priority to anticipate resident needs. Empower your team members to act on opportunities to go above and beyond for residents. This could mean stopping to help a resident locate a nearby service or walking with a resident to show them where the library is located.

If you host a weekly staff meeting, encourage your team members to share what they have done to meet resident’s needs. This will not only offer you an opportunity to praise them, but it will also give other team members good ideas. Be sure to encourage team members when they are engaging in excellent customer service.

At Newby Management, our team is constantly striving to serve our residents in new ways. We train our team members to take initiative, to anticipate resident needs and to create great communities. In fact, at a recent meeting we came up with tons of ways our community managers are already putting these theories into play.

How do your manufactured home communities anticipate resident needs?

Why Manufactured Home Communities Need Involved Management

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Tim Newby, CEO of Newby Management, serves residents cake at Camelot Lakes during their annual Summer BBQ.

A manufactured home community can seem like a business investment. It can be easy to forget that each community is a living, breathing entity that has its own individual character and personality. There isn’t a magical formula for managing manufactured home communities, and that’s why you need a hands-on property management company.

At Newby Management, we have been serving manufactured home and RV communities for 40 years. This has given us the experience we need to foster communities where people love to live. We know what works and what doesn’t, and we’re always trying to better ourselves as a company.

We have set certain standards for ourselves, like being close to our communities. This allows us the benefit of face-to-face interaction on a regular basis. It means being able to respond quickly in the event of crisis. It means being present and knowledgeable on all aspects of the community. A property management company who wasn’t readily available would not be able to accomplish this.

As manufactured home community property managers, being onsite means you can be aware of problems and address them proactively. You won’t have to wait for something to be in disrepair before you hear about it. If the pool looks dirty or the bushes need to be trimmed you’ll be  able to take the steps necessary to correct the problem.

This hands-on approach is carried out daily by regional managers who oversee specific communities and make regular onsite visits. They become familiar with each of their communities, the residents and the specific issues and concerns that each community might face. It’s this level of customized care that sets Newby Management apart from other companies.

Hands-off management companies will often try to apply a one-size-fits-all solution to each community. While these solutions may act as a band-aid for the community in the short term, they will not address the long-term needs of the community as a whole.

Having an involved management company sometimes means that every team member helps resolve issues that may arise within a community. At the community level, our team members have personal relationships with our corporate staff that makes it easy for them to handle everyday problems with ease. Plus, the community managers can speak directly to the person who can handle their specific issue.

As a Christian company, we also pay special attention to the needs of both our team members and residents. This often means going above and beyond to offer specialized service and care. Whether it’s prayers, our chaplaincy program or something more, we strive to provide personal care to our communities.

Managing manufactured home communities requires knowledge of a constantly changing product, the most important aspect of which is people. It’s requires sensitivity, availability and a strong business sense. These are all strengthened and added to when a hands-on management company is present.

How do you handle the demands of your manufactured home community?

You won’t believe these mobile home kitchens

When buyers walk into a home, they want to be dazzled. And the kitchen still remains at the top of most buyer’s wish lists. USA Today’s list of ‘11 Home Features Buyers Will Pay Extra For‘ mentioned 5 things in the kitchen alone: new appliances, granite counters, kitchen island, stainless steel appliances, and an eat-in kitchen. Guess what? Most new manufactured homes have it all, and for a price you won’t get in a comparable site-built home.

NEW APPLIANCES 

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In a new manufactured home, everything is new, not just the appliances. With many manufactured home dealers, you’ll be able to pick a floor plan and customization that fit you. Plus you can choose the appliances you’d like, everything from energy efficient glass top stoves to state-of-the-art refrigerators.  It’s a great feeling knowing you have brand new everything, usually with a warranty too! See more photos of this new manufactured home for sale in Ocala, Fl.

GRANITE COUNTERS 

Granite counters really make a kitchen come together in a stunning way. They are great surfaces to work on, easy to clean and offer a lovely look. Whether you choose dark or light counters, most new manufactured homes feature all the bells and whistles, including granite counters. If you’re looking to keep your home costs low, you can always opt for the standard counters and change them out later, but if you buy an upgraded home it will come move-in ready with no DIY projects needed. See more photos of this new manufactured home for sale in Bradenton, FL.

KITCHEN ISLAND 

Kitchen islands are a lovely addition to new homes. They are a great place to gather when entertaining, and with a few bar stools they’re the perfect place to have breakfast. Kitchen islands are large, so you can put out food when you have friends over, or use it as a prep space when cooking. This is a chef’s dream! The kitchen above features a beautiful island, compete with white cabinets and stainless steel appliances, offset by dark flooring and tons of natural light. And yes, that is a manufactured home. See more photos of this new manufactured home for sale in Ocala, Florida.

STAINLESS STEEL

As you can see from our beautiful kitchen pictures so far, stainless steel is basically standard in new manufactured homes. So why does everyone love stainless steel? It’s timeless, stylish and it will last a long time.Stainless steel is easy to clean, and it resists germs better than wood or plastic surfaces because it’s non-porous. Plus, stainless steel can do with any decor, whether you want to go dark or light. Just check out the stainless steel with some of our beautiful new manufactured home kitchens above. If you love to match, it will be easy to find stainless steel appliances, hardware, you name it. Go ahead and make the kitchen of your dreams come true! See more of this home for sale in Bradenton. 

EAT-IN KITCHENnew manufactured homes, new mobile homes, new 2016 mobile homes for sale, mobile homes for sale, mobile home kitchens, new mobile home kitchens It’s great to have a nice place to share a meal, as well as a formal dining area. Because many new manufactured homes have islands with seating options, and a dining area, you’ll be able to share casual meals at home, and entertain too! Or, you can have a dedicated area for breakfast and coffee, as well as somewhere to have dinner with your family. The great thing about new manufactured homes is that you can customize many of the floor plans, so you can even have a true eat-in kitchen and a formal dining room. Open floor plans are popular and stylish, so while it might not be a dedicated room, it will be the perfect spot to share a meal and some good memories. See more photos of this new manufactured home for sale in Ocala, FL.

Why a Christian Company Prays Every Morning

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“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6

At Newby Management’s corporate office, the work day begins with prayer. At 8:30 everyone gathers together to bring prayer requests for themselves, loved ones, team members and the company. It’s a time for team members to lift each other up in prayer.

In doing this, the company has created a culture where team members feel confident in sharing their struggles. Rather than feeling alone in their problems, everyone knows they have a work family surrounding them, supporting them and caring for them.

Prayers aren’t just lifted up in the morning though. If team members in the corporate office or the field are experiencing something major, the team will stop what they are doing and meet together to pray. It isn’t uncommon to find the team gathered in the hall praying for someone.

This culture is about more than prayer. It’s about an entire company taking the time to put people first, it’s about feeling safe in the workplace, it’s about knowing that God is bigger than our problems. Whether it’s family trouble, illness or problems at work, our team members feel comfortable bringing them to the table.

When it’s something that a team member might not feel comfortable sharing at the time, they ask for unspoken prayers. These unspoken prayers are something we’ve all dealt with from time to time. They are the things we aren’t ready share or don’t know how to. When those come up we lift them up to God too. We know he hears even the prayers we aren’t ready to speak yet.

It’s not common to hear of a company that starts each day with prayer. At Newby Management it’s acts like this that make it such a great place to work. From prayer and Bible studies at staff meetings to the corporate chaplain and Bible program, it all contributes to a workplace that loves God and people.

How to Save Up to 47% on a New Construction Home

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Despite this, the number of manufactured homes shipped each year has gone from averaging 242,000 per year between 1977 and 1993, to just 92,500 units in 2017, even though homes today are much higher quality. This phenomenon is thought to occur for a number of reasons, including restrictive zoning, unavailable finance, and lower appreciation.

The stigma on manufactured homes prevents many Americans from attaining affordable housing. We are going to debunk some of the stigmas above, including financing, zoning and appreciation.

FINANCING  

More and more financing is becoming available through programs like Fannie Mae and banks like Wells Fargo. Fannie Mae is launching  a 30-year financing program in New Hampshire that could be a starting point for government-sponsored enterprises (GSE) to offer similar loan terms nationwide.

 

In 2017, Wells Fargo hired two experienced manufactured housing executives to help expand into the industry, Matt Krasinski and Lew Grace of GE Capiutal Real Estate. Changes like these are coming to the industry all the time, offering more ways for people to finance and purchase manufactured homes.

ZONING

Furthermore, HUD is exploring the possibility of deregulating manufactured housing. HUD announced that manufactured housing plays a vital role in meeting that nation’s affordable housing needs, providing nearly 10 percent of the total single-family housing stock.

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.”

APPRECIATION

In addition, today’s manufactured homes are built to much higher standards than before, which means their appreciation happens much more slowly. New construction manufactured homes meet rigorous building, environmental and safety standards. Many come with everything from granite counters and tray ceilings to stainless steel appliances and beautiful raised porches. You can choose from flawless vinyl wood flooring, large bathtubs, exquisite kitchen islands, open floor plans and a variety of modern upgrades. Plus, most new homes are energy efficient and come with a full warranty.

We hope this has opened your eyes to the exciting opportunity available with new construction manufactured homes!

 

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.

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