Secrets You Didn’t Know About Managing Different Types of Mobile Home Communities

There are many types of mobile home and RV communities, from land owned and land leased, to family-friendly and 55+. And it’s important to remember that each community has different goals and needs. Today, we will discuss some of the considerations you should have for each community.

ALL AGE COMMUNITIES

 

  • All-age communities are made up of families, singles and seniors.
  • Amenities should appeal to families: playground, basketball hoop, etc for children.
  • Amenities should also appeal to seniors: shuffleboard, pool, exercise for seniors.
  • Offices may consider later hours so residents can stop in after work or on Saturday.
  • Collections may be tougher because of other demands on income.
  • Community-wide activities may be poorly attended as residents are mobile and seek outside events.

55+ COMMUNITIES

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  • Seniors are looking for quite, active-adult communities with like-minded people.
  • Amenities could include shuffleboard, bocce ball, pool, tennis, pickleball, etc.
  • Offices are usually open during the day as many retired seniors are around.
  • Collections are generally easier at these communities.
  • Community activities are better attended as seniors may not want to travel outside for events.
  • Church services often take place on the premises.
  • Today’s seniors are much more active and are looking for more than just a community, they are searching for a lifestyle.
  • They want more amenities and more events than ever before that cater to their active lifestyles.

RV COMMUNITIES 

  • RV communities appeal to people who prefer short-term stays. It may be for a season, three months, several weeks or just days.

 

  • Management is more like a hospitality industry, much like hotels whose residents are transient.
  • Some guests return annually, some don’t.
  • Amenities need to entertain while guests visit: swimming pool, basketball, tennis, shuffleboard, cook outs.
  • Collections are easy as most are done in advance.
  • Check-in can be after-hours or weekends so staffing properly is important.
  • RVers usually feel like part of a community, so hosting fun events is a great way to get guests to feel connected to your resort and want to come back!

 

The Three C’s that Will Change the Way You Hire

Ruth Hall, a treasured Newby Manaement team member who retired after 21 years of service.

What makes a good team member? At Newby Management, our team is carefully selected based on three primary principles for hiring. When you follow these principles, you’ll find that your team is more engaged, more teachable and more willing to grow with the company.

In hiring, there’s a common phrase “we hire people for what they know, and fire them for who they are.” When we value skills over spirits, we’re making a huge mistake. That’s why the Three C’s + 1 of Hiring are so important- Character, Chemistry, Competency and a Spirit of Charging. Too often, team members are primarily chosen based on competency, but that doesn’t create the best team possible. We’re going to show you how Newby Management hires the right team member for the right position.

CHARACTER: At Newby Management, there’s a culture based around Christ-like service. Our team is helpful, caring, thoughtful and giving. It’s a team that comes together in times of happiness and crisis to stand before the Lord in prayer, to lift each other up and to help out those in need. You’ll find people stepping up to take action without being asked to help other team members. They embody the culture of Newby Management, which helps all team members work well together from the start.

CHEMISTRY: As discussed above, it’s important that a team member fit with the culture of your company. At Newby Management, we do a series of interviews and personality tests to ensure that each new team member has the right chemistry to gel with our current team. This involves looking at their character and spirit and learning about who they are as a person, which is a vital step in the hiring process.

COMPETENCY: This is often the most valued trait when hiring a new team member. At Newby Management, competency is important, but when we find a team member who’s chemistry and character fits, we try to look for a position that will suite them. Sometimes it’s a different position than the one they applied for, sometimes it’s a position that doesn’t exist yet. When people have the skill sets they need to succeed, we look for the +1 of the Three C’s: a Spirit of Charging.

SPIRIT OF CHARGING: Does a team member take initiative to get the job done? These team members take charge and will go above and beyond the call of duty, pioneering new phases and new ventures that help move the company forward. They are always looking for new opportunities and creating them.

At Newby Management, our HR department takes the Three C’s +1 into account and then starts the process of determining the specific gifts and talents of the candidate. Our current team has a depth of service that you won’t find anywhere else in the industry.

Are you interested in learning more about how to hire the right team members for the right positions in your manufactured home or RV community? Check out our website, learn more about our team and contact us to see how we can help!

Home Buyer Incentives Make Manufactured Homes More Affordable

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Stylish New Home at Rolling Greens.

Have you heard of Ocala’s best kept secret? Tucked away just minutes from the Ocala National Forest sits Rolling Greens, an idyllic 55+ golf community.

Winding tree-lined roads give way to resort-style amenities, including a state-of-the-art clubhouse, an executive golf course, on-site social director, a fitness center and athletic fields.

Active adults looking for affordable custom-built housing will now have access to exclusive incentives for brand new manufactured homes.

Rolling Greens is excited to announce the following incentives:

  • 1st Year- Buyers Receive $350 off Land Lease Fee
  • 2nd Year- Buyers Receive $300 off Land Lease Fee
  • 3rd Year- Buyers Receive $250 off Land Lease Fee
  • 4th Year- Buyers Receive $200 off Land Lease Fee
  • 5th Year- Buyers Receive $150 off Land Lease Fee
  • 6th Year- Buyers Receive $100 off Land Lease Fee
  • 7th Year- Buyers Receive $50 off Land Lease Fee

These incentives will save buyers thousands of dollars on the land lease fee, which is a fee buyers pay in land lease manufactured home communities. In these types of communities, buyers own their homes, but not the land on which they sit. The lot rent at Rolling Greens is kept at a competitively low price, and covers base rent, water/sewer, lawn maintenance, curbside trash collection, access to amenities and monthly events.

The on-site social director keeps the calendar stocked with events like yoga, swing dancing, cards, corn hole, golf tournaments, holiday parties, potlucks and more! Join our community and find out what’s going on today at Rolling Greens on Facebook.

Combined with the affordability of our new manufactured homes, these incentives make living in Rolling Greens a steal. Starting at $115,000, our homes are not only modern, they are also energy efficient. Like comparable site-built homes, they include stylish upgrades like granite counters, stainless steel appliances and ceramic tile.

Rolling Greens’ homes are EnergyStar certified, which means they meet or exceed energy efficiency standards in the following areas:

  • Top-Grade Insulation
  • Extensive caulking and tight construction to eliminate unwanted drafts
  • High-Performance Windows and Doors
  • Use of UL and Energy Star approved materials including low-escape air ducts

For buyers looking to enjoy the Florida lifestyle, Rolling Greens is a great and affordable place to call home. With a yearly average temperature of 82, residents can enjoy breezy evenings outside with neighbors or a nice round of golf.

Find out more about the incentives available, and Rolling Greens, by calling our dedicated team today. We’ll help you choose the home that’s perfect for your needs. Don’t miss out on this amazing offer.

Contact Us Now:

Learn More About Rolling Greens

Rolling Greens Sales Office
5907 Cherry Rd
Ocala, FL 34472
Phone: 941-479-2849
Email: sales@newbyrealty.com

 

Could 30 Year Mortgages be Available For Manufactured Homes Soon?

Manufactured home loans, manufactured home financingGetting a loan for a manufactured home can be difficult, but new 30-year financing plans could make it easier. Fannie Mae is launching  a financing program in New Hampshire that could be a starting point for government-sponsored enterprises (GSE) to offer similar loan terms nationwide.

The GSE is working with the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority on the program to provide loans to manufactured homes located in resident-owned communities, or ROC’s.

The program takes advantage of a New Hampshire law that requires all manufactured homes, whether located on owned land, in an ROC, or an investor-owned park, to be titled as real property instead of chattel.

Chattel loans classify manufactured homes as personal property, rather than real estate. With the 30-year real estate loans, home owners could get up to a 95% loan-to-value ration with private mortgage insurance.

For homeowners in ROC communities, these loans are great news for curb appeal. Most often, people are more likely to become invested in their homes if they are staying long-term.

In an ROC, residents are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the community. Since homes eligible for financing are located in ROCs, Fannie Mae has more comfort from a risk-management perspective, since the borrower is less likely to walk away is there’s a problem.

 

Although this is a great step forward for manufactured housing financing, ROCs make up just 5% of the communities nationwide. Right now, the Manufactured Housing Insistute is focused on making financing available to anyone seeking to purchase a manufactured home, no matter how they are titled or where the sit.

Learn more about the program, and how the MHI plans to bring loans to all potential manufactured home buyers in the future at National Mortgage News. 

 

 

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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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.

Manufactured Homes Fare Irma Better Than Expected

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Post-Irma Tree Clean Up in Edgewater, FL.

Manufactured homes are considered among America’s most vulnerable housing, so it’s no surprise that owners were concerned for their assets during the storm.

There are 850,000 manufactured homes in Florida, more than any other state, and most fared well during the storm, sustaining only minor damages.

While many are surprised by this fact, manufactured home professionals are not. Following Hurricane Andrew in 1992, manufactured housing codes were updated to make homes safer during natural disasters.

For example, manufactured home regulations added over-roof anchors  post-Andrew. This update is expected to have saved many homes during the most recent hurricane to strike Florida. Previously, most homes were only secured by connecting the frame to a rod buried in the ground.

Today, HUD codes for manufactured homes in hurricane zones are equivalent to the current standards for regional and national site-built codes. Manufactured homes are constructed to withstand wind speeds of 150 miles per hour in Wind Zone 2 and 163 miles per hour in Wind Zone 3, based on standards from the 2010 International Building Code.

This means modern manufactured homes are constructed to hold up in a Category 5 hurricane. Additionally, federal regulations for manufactured homes require design and quality assurance professionals during construction. Each home must also have a label certifying it has been designed, constructed, tested and inspected to comply with federal standards, which site-built homes do not require.

With the improvements in both manufactured home safety, and how they are built, it’s no surprise that they fared better than expected during Hurricane Irma. Although the media frenzy expected all homes to be destroyed, manufactured homes fared similar to site-built homes.

Working to end the stigma towards manufactured homes is an important part of the industry. As we change people’s long-held beliefs on manufactured home quality, safety and design, we can start to revolutonalize the way people buy homes.

How to Prepare for a Hurricane in Your Manufactured Home

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If you live in a manufactured home, preparation is key. Here is a checklist of items you should check on your home today:

  • Ensure your manufactured home has secure anchors and tie-downs as required by Florida law.
  • Make sure your address is clearly marked on your home.
  • Purchase plywood, shutters, plastic sheeting and nails to secure your home.
  • Review your insurance and document your home, along with your valuables.
  • Gather all outdoor furniture and decorations and move them to a safe indoor location. Tie it down or bring it in!
  • Check the skirting and roof on your home and make sure any loose pieces are secure. 
  • Trim dead or broken branches from trees.
  • Get your disaster kit ready with items like flashlights, batteries, radios and more. Check out USA Today’s Hurricane Kit recommendations.
  • Get out cash and fill up your tanks now.
  • Refill any prescriptions. 
  • Have an evaucation plan- if your area is evacuated please leave!

At Newby Management, our team has NEAT (Newby Emergency Action Team), which mobilizes after a natural disaster. NEAT was formed 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.

Our team is keeping a close eye on Hurricane Irma and working with our communities and team members to keep everyone safe. Please take this time to prepare, and stay tuned to the local news to watch progress as the storm nears.

Builder Challenges Manufactured Home Stigmas

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It’s no secret America has an affordable housing crisis. With homeownership outside the reach of many Americans, they are often left paying exorbitant rent prices. To fight back against the crisis, and to challenge the stigmas associated with manufactured homes, one builder has launched its biggest marketing campaign to date.

Clayton homes, one of the largest home builders in the country, launched the Have it Made initiative nationwide on Sep. 2. The 60-second commercial aired during the University of Alabama and Florida State University football game, and represents the company’s mission to provide quality homes at affordable prices, says Kevin Clayton, CEO of Clayton Homes.

“With the cost of homes skyrocketing, we want people to know that buying a beautiful new home at an affordable price is still an attainable dream for Americans,” he says.

Partnering with the Boulder, Colorado ad agency, Made, Clayton homes hopes to position itself as a solution to the growing need for affordable housing. The U.S. Census Bureau reports the average cost of a new single family site-built home with land is approaching $380,000 while today’s manufactured home can be purchased for significantly less–about $70,100 not including land.

Have It Made challenges the stigma associated with homes built in factories and delivered in sections to their final locations. Clayton Built homes are constructed indoors to avoid water damage and weather delays while creating long-term value from the use of economies of scale. The homes are built to highly regulated building standards and offer many energy-efficient features, the company says.

Clayton Homes is among the builders who have patterned with Energy Star. Their homes  must meet guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In fact, their homes are 20 to 30 percent more efficient than most standard homes. To achieve this, Clayton Homes uses:

  • Top-Grade Insulation
  • Extensive caulking and tight construction to eliminate unwanted drafts
  • High-Performance Windows and Doors
  • Use of UL and Energy Star approved materials including low-escape air ducts

According to the National Association of Home Builder’s latest survey of home buyer preferences, Energy Star appliances and windows, along with an overall Energy Star rating, were among the top-5 most wanted features. Other wanted features include a programmable thermostat, which is available as an upgrade in Clayton Homes.

New manufactured homes are comparable to site-built homes in not only quality, but also style. One of Clayton’s luxury homes comes in at over 2,200 square feet and features three bedrooms, plus two full baths. The Captain Jack includes features such as granite counters, a kitchen island, a breakfast bar, glass enclosed large showers, a fireplace and more. You won’t believe the styles and upgrades that are available for new manufactured homes.

It’s time to end the stigma and make affordable housing available to Americans again.

Learn more about Clayton and their homes: https://www.claytonhomes.com/

 

 

The Bipartisan Bill That Could Make Manufactured Home Financing Easier

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New manufactured home for sale, Ocala, FL.

In today’s hot real estate market and struggling economy, purchasing a home is a daunting task. That’s why more buyers than ever before are turning towards manufactured housing as an affordable solution.

New construction manufactured homes are built to impress, with modern stylish features and energy efficient standards that rival that of comparable site-built homes.

That said, manufactured homes were traditionally difficult to finance. A bipartisan group of senators recently introduced a bill that would protect the ability of manufactured home buyers to buy, sell and refinance homes.

The Preserving Access to Manufactured Hosuing Act, seeks to address the 2014 Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s guidelines to expand the range of loan products considered high-cost mortgages under the Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act.

In layman’s terms, the guidelines would label many small-balance manufactured home loans “high-cost”, which results in increased lender liabilities. That means, lenders are less likely to have loans available for those seeking to purchase manufactured housing.

The bill hopes to put an end to the one-size-fits-all regulations that don’t recognize the unique nature of manufactured housing loans, according to Pat Toomey (R-PA), a sponsor of the bill.

The bill’s sponsors hope it will help families have access to affordable housing, that might otherwise be prevented under current legislation. Luckily, new lenders like Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Wells Fargo are looking to provide manufactured housing loans.

In 2015,  Wells Fargo hired two experienced manufactured housing executives to help expand into the industry, Matt Krasinski and Lew Grace of GE Capiutal Real Estate. Krasinski worked as the associate director for North American lending, responsible for originating loans for manufactured homes and RVs. Grace was the head of manufactured home communities lending and investments.

This comes after Wells Fargo acquired a $9 billion portfolio of commercial real estate loans from GE Capital Real Estate, a portion of which is MHC-focused. The national bank is looking to serve customers in the growing manufactured housing industry.

“Expanding our balance sheet lending in this sector, combined with Wells Fargo’s existing product capabilities, provides a full-spectrum of solutions for customers in the manufactured home communities industry,” says Mark Myers, head of Commercial Real Estate at the bank.

It’s exciting to see positive opportunities in the manufactured housing industry. At Newby Management, we are excited to offer new 2017 homes in many of our communities. Making lending easier for residents will give more people the opportunity to purchase brand new homes.

Whether you’re purchasing a home that has been loved or one that’s new, Newby Management wants to help. We’re here to assist you on this exciting journey. We encourage you to visit our realty website www.NewbyRealty.com to see what we have available now.

Get personal help from our sales team at sales@NewbyRealty.com, and speak to our expert in the field. We can help you find the perfect home in one of our amazing communities.