Choosing Between a Land Leased or Land Owned Manufactured Home Community

Land Lease Community

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Camelot Lakes, a luxury 55+ manufactured home community in Sarasota, FL.

If you grew up in a small town, you’ll remember that feeling of community, that sense of living where everyone knew your name. What if you could recapture that feeling?

In manufactured home land-leased communities, that feeling is alive and well. There is often a sense of safety and security within these communities, where residents care about the well-being and health of their neighbors.

In land-lease communities, you will own your home, but rent the land on which the home sits. Depending on the community, these fees can range from $300-1,000.

In many communities, your monthly fee will cover lawn care, water treatment, and the use of community amenities. In resort-style communities, your fee may be slightly higher, but will often include access to luxury amenities.

For instance, in Rolling Greens, a 55+ luxury manufactured home community in Ocala, the amenities are state-of-the-art. In this community, the lot rent includes base rent, water/sewer, lawn maintenance and curbside trash service.

Residents also get to enjoy numerous amenities, from a new state-of-the-art clubhouse, to the 18-hole executive golf course. Like other land-lease communities, Rolling Greens hosts monthly events, which helps establish a vibrant and active sense of community.

When looking into land-lease communities, ask the manager about their guidelines to ensure they fit your lifestyle. These guidelines are in place to help maintain a pleasant environment for all residents, and to help ensure the protection of your investment.

You’ll find that the guidelines encourage residents to take pride in their homes and their community. It’s something you’ll see as you drive down the street, and something you can count on.

One great aspect of purchasing a home in a land-lease community is the low up-front costs. You won’t have property taxes assocaited with your home, nor will you have the up-front cost of purchasing land along with a home.

If you’re looking for affordability, great amenities, a well-maintained neighborhood and a sense of community, land-lease manufactured homes are a great option.

Land-Owned Communities 

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Lazy Days, a land-owned community in Fort Myers, Florida.

Land lease communities offer a lot of benefits, but the downside is that you don’t own the land on which your home sits. In land-owned manufactured home communities, residents own both their homes and the land.

When you purchase the land/lot in this type of community you will be purchasing the land with a specific legal description. The land price can range from $35,000 to $75,000. Monthly maintenance fees range from $100 to $300.

Monthly dues are for the use of the facilities, amenities and common area. This option means you will not have to pay a larger monthly lot rent, but your initial costs will be much higher, as you will have to purchase the home and the land.

Land-owned communities are a good option for people who have more money to invest. All lots in a Land Owned Subdivision will be owned by individual owners who form a Homeowners Association. The members of the Association elect a board of directors to manage common elements.

Land-owned communities still feature much of that same small town feel as land-lease communities. They will often host events and have resort-style amenities, just not as often as a land leased community.

Choosing a manufactured home community can be daunting. Whatever you choose, be assured that you’ll make wonderful friends and have a home that you can love for years to come.

Especially with new construction manufactured homes, you can expect all the same details and stylistic features you’d find in a comparable site-built home, with the added benefit of being energy efficient.

If you’d like help selecting a manufactured home community in Florida, our dedicated team of specialists would love to help. Contact us to learn more, or to see what homes we have available for purchase and to rent. Whether you’re looking for something permanent or seasonal, we’re here to help!

 

Why Florida is the Perfect Snowbird Destination

It might be summer, but if you live up north you know one thing. Winter is coming. And while your leaves are changing and snow flurries are falling, Florida is busy being sunny and sensational.

This retiree’s paradise is perfect, whether you’re looking for seasonal digs or permanent ones. We’re going to walk you through some reasons Florida is the place to be this winter.

ONE: “Winter isn’t coming?”

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Because you can’t shovel sunshine, ya’ll!

Techically, there is a winter in Florida, but we’re you’re spending Christmas at the beach it sure doesn’t feel that way. The average annual temperature is a comfortable 81 degrees, while the annual low is just 60. So you can be pretty sure most days will be perfect for the beach, enjoying drinks outside or playing a round of golf. While the summers may be hot (and you might not even be here), the rest of the months more than make up for it!

TWO: “Let’s Talk Taxes!”

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No pictures of taxes, but here’s a golf course on the beach in Indian Shores, FL.

Alright, no one really wants to talk about taxes, but here is the low-down you might want to know. Florida doesn’t have a state income tax, interitance tax or estate tax. That’s why even many of our seasonal residents choose to have their main real estate here in Florida. Time to save money, and have fun doing it!

THREE: “It’s Beach Keen!”

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Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota, Florida.

Love the ocean? We have some great news for you! No matter where you are in Florida, you’re never more than two hours from the beach. We have the Atlantic Ocean on one side, and the Gulf of Mexico on the other, plus loads of lakes and canals! Check out the east coast for some awesome waves and drive-up beach access. Or visit the west coast for beautiful sunsets and sugar sand in Siseta Key (voted America’s #1 beach in 2017). Whatever water floats your boat, Florida’s sure to have it.

FOUR: “Active Adults Unite!”

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Fun and friends at Camelot East in Sarasota.

Forget retirement where you sit on the porch and drink sweet tea (okay, that actually does sound pretty nice). Today’s retirees are active and ready for adventure, and the sunshine state is ready to deliver. Florida has a wide range of amazing 55+ communities where you’ll find resort-style amenities, affordable housing, great friends, monthly events and more! These aren’t your mom’s retirement communities. Check out our website to learn more about some of our 55+ communities that you can call home this winter!

FIVE: “Activities for all!”

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Golf Course at Rolling Greens, a premier 55+ community in Ocala.

Speaking of active adults, you’ll never get bored in Florida. From amusement parks and water sports, to golf and fishing, this state has it all. We’re home to over 1,300 golf courses too! Why stay inside and shovel snow when you could be outside enjoying life? Take a bike ride on the beach, or try America’s new favorite sport: Pickleball! Great ready to live the life of you dreams, right here in Florida!

Want to find homes for sale or rent this winter in our Newby Management communities? Check here! We can’t wait to welcome you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Want an Energy Efficient Home? Choose a Manufactured Home

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Finding everything on your dream home wishlist might seem like an HGTV miracle, but manufactured homes are here to surprise and delight you. Many 2017 manufactured homes are built with modern, stylish interiors that include upgraded features like granite, stainless steel, laminate wood flooring and over-sized garden tubs.

These chic homes aren’t just easy on the eye, they are energy efficient too! We’re going to take a look at Skyline Homes, a craftsman manufactured home builder that partners with Energy Star to bring you the greenest homes available today.

green homes, energy star homes, energy efficient homes, energy efficient manufactured homes, energy efficient mobile homes, green mobile homesAs an Energy Star partner, Skyline’s 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, Skyline 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 Skyline homes.

green homes, energy star homes, energy efficient homes, energy efficient manufactured homes, energy efficient mobile homes, green mobile homesOver the course of a year, a single family can expect to pay about $2,060 in energy bills, according to Energy Star. Green homes can cut that bill by upwards of $300 a year or more. If saving money isn’t enough, these homes are also more comfortable too. Certified Energy Star homes keep out excessive heat, cold, and noise, and ensure a consistent temperature between and across rooms.

 

Other manufactured home builders, like Clayton Homes, are also Energy Star certified. Like Skyline, they meet or exceed government standards for green homes. Both companies also use green building practices during construction, which means they produce less waste on average than comparable site-built homes.

At Newby Management, we are proud to bring you the latest and most energy-efficient manufactured homes on the market. Many of our communities now feature new 2017 manufactured homes for sale. The home showcased in this blog is located at Rolling Greens, a premier 55+ golf course community located in Ocala, Florida. green homes, energy star homes, energy efficient homes, energy efficient manufactured homes, energy efficient mobile homes, green mobile homes

This home is energy efficient, and beautiful too. Home buyers will love the chef’s kitchen, complete with granite counters, stainless steel appliances and gorgeous laminate flooring. The cathedral ceilings open up the home and let in Florida’s beautiful sunlight. With an open floor plan, you’re ready to entertain friendly neighbors whenever you please. Plus, it features a large screened-in porch where you can enjoy the sunshine state’s fabulous year-round weather. And during those warm summer months, you don’t have to worry about keeping your home nice and cool.

We have new construction manufactured like this and many more available in Newby Management communities across the state. We can also help you choose a home and floor plan that works best for you. Whatever new construction home you choose, you can be rest-assured knowing it will meet the highest energy efficiency building standards to date.  Let us help you go green!

Learn More about the Showcased Home: Rolling Green’s Energy Efficient Home

Sources: https://www.energystar.gov

 

Why Pickleball is Becoming America’s New Favorite Sport

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The sport is played on a badminton-sized court with a modified tennis net. Players use a plastic ball with holes in it and they serve across the net, much like in tennis. The rules are simple and easy to learn, but it can develop into a fast-paced game for more experienced players.

In fact, it’s becoming so popular one business was able to go from an online store to a retail store in just three years. Pickle Pro started off selling pickleball paddles online, and was able to open up a store four years ago in Naples Florida. The owner says the company grows about 150% per year.

For two years, more than 1,300 athletes compete in the U.S. Open, a seven-day national pickleball tournament held at East Naples Commuity Park. That’s a 40% increase in participants from the first tournament held in 2016.

Although the sport is growing in popularity across the nation, Florida is becoming a hub for pickle-ball lovers everywhere. The U.S. Open is helping Naples become the ‘Pickleball Capital of the World’. While in town, local stores sell everything from paddles and balls to special shoes designed with pickleball in mind.

Players say the sport is addicting, and it’s being touted as the number one way for active adults to stay in shape. It’s great cardio, while being easy on joints. This combination is causing 55+ communities to start adding pickleball courts to their list of amenities.

At Newby Management, we are no exception. In fact, many of our communities now have dedicated pickleball courts, along with hosted games and even tournaments. With Florida’s year-round beautiful weather, there’s never a bad time to get outside and see why pickleball is America’s new favorite sport.

See Pickleball in action at one of our premier 55+ communities in Ocala, FL: Rolling Greens Pickleball 

Sources:

Pickleball Grows In Popularity As A Way To Get Moving

https://www.usapa.org/what-is-pickleball/

 

 

http://www.naplesnews.com/story/sports/2017/04/27/us-open-pickleball-popularity-means-big-business-sport-grows/100925432/

How a Wallet-Sized Piece of Paper Helps One Property Management Company

credo cards, team work, resident relations, guest relations, customer serviceWhether your team is large or small it can be hard to get everyone rowing in the same direction. What can you do to give your team direction? Make sure they know what’s expected of them at all times. At Newby Management, we help our team members stay the course with a wallet-sized Credo Card that defines our team’s goals each day. When we all remember these simple statements, we can present a unified front, offer better customer service and keep our team moving together.

In fact, the Ritz-Carlton, a top contender for customer engagement reads their Credo Card aloud each morning in an all-staff meeting dubbed “the line-up”. Their wallet-sized Credo Card is part of the Ritz-Carlton team members daily uniform. This small card helps keep their team members on track so they can offer the best customer service possible, and it shows. Ritz-Carlton consistently wins the the top spot in PeopleMetrics’ Most Engaged Customers study.

Newby Management’s Credo Card reads as follows:

Smile! Always maintain positive eye contact.

Smiling is a great way for our team members to communicate that we are here to serve happily. Much like at other service-based organizations, we want our guests, residents, and vendors to know that we are serving with pleasure and they are our top priority. Plus it takes 43 muscles to frown, but only 17 to smile, so let’s see those pearly whites!

Uncompromising levels of cleanliness are the responsibility of each team member.

Cleanliness is one way to show that we are proud of our community and work environment. Part of keeping our spaces uncompromisingly clean is to ensure that each team member takes responsibility for not only their own messes, but the daily needs of the community. When we all work together, we can keep our environments looking professional to help increase work productivity and offer good first impressions to all who visit.

Create a positive work environment. Practice teamwork.

Teamwork isn’t just good for the company, it’s good for the team members too. In fact, about 75% of employers rate team work and collaboration as “very important”. When we all work together, we can accomplish our goals faster, but also in a more diversified way. We learn different ways of doing things and we come together to realize a common goal. That’s how strong teams are built.

Be an ambassador of your community inside and outside of the work place.

We should all be our community’s best ambassador. Each team member is helping to shape the community’s story one day at a time. This means that we accept and live out the company’s core values not just at work, but in our lives. It means being as enthusiastic about your position at 6 PM as you are at 6 AM. It means sharing that joy with others and letting it become part of who you are.

Any team member who receives a resident complaint “owns” it. A one-hour response time is the goal.

Have you ever placed a customer-service call to a company when you were really upset and somehow everyone you talked to told you that you needed to speak with someone else to get your issue resolved? It’s not only frustrating, but also makes you feel devalued and even more annoyed. You start to wonder if there is anyone at the company who can actually help you. At Newby Management we have a different approach. If we receive the complaint, we help solve it from start to finish. Even if other team members need to get involved, it’s the responsibility of the first team member to own the complaint and follow through.

Escort residents and guests rather than pointing out directions to another area of your community.

Escorting residents and guests to their destination shows them that you not only have time for them, but respect them. Excellent customer service companies like Publix know this to be true. If you’ve ever asked where the bread is in a Publix before, chances are the team member stopped what they were doing and walked you to the isle. They let you know that you were more important than whatever task they were doing. That’s what we strive for at Newby Management.

Be knowledgeable of all Newby Management communities (location, amenities, etc.).

Being knowledgeable about your community amenities shows that you have a commitment to the community. You are telling your guest, resident or vendor that you love the community and know it inside and out. If you aren’t sure about basic community amenities it shows that you don’t care to learn about the place where you work, therefore you probably don’t care about the people either and that’s not a good sign. People feel confident when you have the knowledge, and especially insider knowledge, on the place where they call home or want to call home.

Use proper telephone etiquette. Always answer with a smile.

Often times, phone interactions are people’s first impression of a community or business. We want them to know that their call is important and that their needs are respected. People can tell when you answer with a smile and are ready to help them. At Newby Management, our team members answer by saying “Hello, thank your for calling Newby Management, this is Mary. How may I serve you?”. Right away, the person on the other end of the line knows we are happy to be speaking to them and are ready to serve.

Work clothing should be clean and neat. Community shirts are to be worn when and where appropriate.

When you dress nice you feel nice, and that means you are more likely to be productive. It’s true! A study published by the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, showed that people engage in higher levels of abstract thinking when they dressed up, compared to when they dressed down. So dressing for success is not just good for your looks, it’s good for your brain too. Making sure to wear the proper team uniform also presents an organized and put-together company that people can trust.

Protecting the assets of your community is the responsibility of every team member.

When team members think of the community and the assets inside them as their own, they are much easier to protect. It’s the responsibility of all our team members to ensure that our community’s are protected. When we work together, we’ll see that less incidents happen and that our community’s run smoothly and efficiently with happy team members and happy residents.

How do you feel about Credo Cards? Does your community use them? Are your team members rowing in the same direction? Learn more about how Newby Management builds up and encourages both residents and team members by checking out more blog posts or browsing our website.

Take Advantage of Florida Golfing with These 5 Tips

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The 18-hole executive golf course at Rolling Greens in Ocala, FL.

Here at Rolling Greens, a 55+ luxury golf community in Florida, we are excited to bring you 5 tips to take advantage of Florida golfing. We are located in sunny Ocala, Florida, where our 18-hole executive golf course is popular with residents and guests alike. Get ready to perfect your Florida golf game.

BEAT THE FLORIDA HEAT

Ya’ll, Florida weather is amazing. Know why? You can play golf any time of the year. But for most of the year, the weather is in the 80’s or 90’s, so here are some quick tips on how to stay cool while you perfect your golf game. (Psst: the average temperature in Ocala is a lovely 83 degrees.)

  • Freeze a water bottle so it defrosts and stays cool throughout your game.
  • Bring an extra towel or a specially designed cooling towel (they retain water but stay dry to the touch).
  • Bring extra gloves (pro-tip), this way when yours get sweaty you have a backup pair.
  • Wear light colored, moisture-wicking clothes to help stay cool.
  • Drink water! Easy peasy, but also easy to forget when you’re trying to knock a hole in one.

RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY

When it’s hot, it’s usually raining too. Florida storms often come with thunder and lightening, which make golfing during them unsafe. When they don’t, here are some quick and easy tips to play in the afternoon drizzle.

  • It’s all about the gear: waterproof clothing, a well-constructed water-proof umbrella, water-proof gloves (you get it, clothes that help you stay dry).
  • Bring along a good towel to dry clubs during play.
  • Check the weather forecast and plan trips for the early morning, these are usually the best times to go in the summer months when an afternoon shower is almost guaranteed.
  • Invest in a see-through plastic cover to protect your bag.
  • Remeber: the rain will change your game. Take it slow and steady!

GOLF PROS KNOW THIS

Hate being stuck behind slow-moving players? Don’t we all! Especially when the sun is hot, you want to get through a course efficiently. Here’s a pro-tip we’ve saved just for you: talk to the rangers or starters. Tell them your handicap or average score range. They should be able to give you tips on which tees to play first, so you can avoid having the group behind you haggle you. Also, so you can get to post-golf drinks that much faster.

 

SEE YA LATER, ALLIGATOR

Let’s cut to the chase. Florida + Water = alligators. Here’s the good news, there have been no documented deaths from an alligator bite to a golfer. Still, that doesn’t make the danger any less real. Here are some quick and dirty tips if an alligator tries to ruin your golf game:

  • Fight back, they look for easy prey. Attack the most delicate part of their body, the snout.
  • Keep your distance from water. A ball is just a ball, so unless it’s right near the edge of the water, let that one go.
  • Try to stay at or above the surface, once an alligator gets you under it’s much harder to fight back.
  • Use common sense! Remember, golf courses are beautiful, but many the waterways on the courses are home to alligators. Make safety a priority.

MOVE OVER MICKEY MOUSE, IT’S TEE TIME

Think Orlando is all about Mickey Mouse? The famous golfer Arnold Palmer would disagree. Ranked the #5 Best Golf City in America by Golf.com, Orlando is home to half of the PGA tour, so you could have a famous golfer on your course. There’s plenty of public courses, and the median green fee is $49. Now you know an amazing secret next time the family takes a vacation to Orlando to visit Mickey Mouse.

Rolling Greens is located about an hour and a half north of Orlando, so it’s an easy drive and a great place to stay if you don’t want to deal with the hustle and bustle of Orlando traffic!

Want to learn more about the golf course at Rolling Greens? How about becoming a resident? We would love to tell you all about this luxury 55+ golf community. Thanks for checking out our Florida golfing tips and happy golfing to you!

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Manufactured Home Advocates Speak Out to Ohio Senate

Manufactured home fire safety, manufactured home news, manufactured homes ohio, manufactured homes fire, fire safety mobile homesAdvocates for manufactured home safety in Ohio are urging the state senate to reject efforts by Govenor Kasich’s administration to gut an independent oversight commission.

The Ohio Manufactured Homes Commission, which has a $1.2 million annual budget, conducts safety inspections and helps resolve resident complaints for mobile homes, trailers and the more permanent double-wide homes.

Kasich’s budget would merge that nine-member board with the Department of Commerce, which has over 800 employees, arguing it would streamline home inspections.

The Ohio House already said no.

“My concern is that it would be buried deep into a bureaucracy that is typically unresponsive,” says Tim Williams, executive director of the Ohio Manufactured Homes Association.

About 900,000 Ohio residents living in manufactured homes, and Williams says if Kasich’s proposal gets approved, those Ohioans would be left without a legitimate state advocate on safety issues.

Since the commission was established, Williams says they’ve had less than 10 home complaints over three years, in comparison to 500 complaints per year before.

Kasich notes concerns for manufactured home safety, including fire safety. However, these are antiquated myths about manufactured home safety that have been proven wrong through numerous studies.

Manufactured homes built after June 1976 adhere to the federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards (The HUD Code). The HUD Code regulates the design, construction and installation of manufactured homes.

The HUD Code has revolutionized safety in manufactured homes and should not be confused with the older “mobile homes” and trailers which were built without a federal construction fire standard prior to 1976.

A 2013 study by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) indicated the fire safety code for manufactured homes is more stringent than the code for all other homes built on site. NFPA indicated today’s manufactured homes have 38-44 percent fewer fires and lower civilian fire injuries than site-built homes per 100,000 people.

Sources:

http://radio.wosu.org/post/advocates-manufactured-homes-urge-ohio-senate-keep-oversight-commission

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/ohio/articles/2017-05-09/ohio-governor-wants-state-to-regulate-manufactured-homes

http://www.manufacturedhousing.org/firesafetynews/

 

You Could Be Living Near America’s Best Beach

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8 miles of the worlds finest, whitest sand stretch out in front of the sparkling gulf at America’s #1 beach, Siesta Key. Ranked by Dr. Beach and TripAdvisor, this gem of a beach is a tropical paradise.

You’ll hear the sand described as sugar sand, soft and plushy, never getting hot, even on Florida’s steamiest days. That’s because this gorgeous sand is made up of 99% pure crushed quartz.

Beyond the sand, the beach is 200-300 feet wide in some places, which means that even though it’s popular, there’s lots of room to spread out. And that’s just what beachgoers do, whether they are swimming in the torquiose water, playing frisbee or catching rays, it’s always a good time at Siesta Key.

This beautiful beach is on a barrier island on the Gulf of Mexico, located just south of Downtown Sarasota. Most days, the water is calm and shallow, which is perfect for swimming. You won’t have sharp drop-offs so kids and adults alike can swim happily. Plus. The beach has natural dunes too!

Kids will love building sand castles in the sugar fine sand. But it’s not just kids who love creating masterpieces at Siesta Key. Each year, the beach holds the Siesta Key Crystal Classic, an international sand sculpting competition. People come from all over the compete, and to admire the beautiful pieces of work.

Unlike most beaches, Siesta Key features a lot of (free) parking, along with a free trolley service to and from the island’s downtown. The adorable downtown features a plethora of dinging and shopping options, plus frequently hosts festivals, including dining and art shows.

So, what’s better than vacationing at America’s best beach? Living there! At Newby Management, we are proud to have beautiful communities in the Sarasota area. Many of our communities feature new 2017 manufactured homes, along with state-of-the-art amenities and friendly residents. Plus, you can’t beat our year-round beautiful weather and nearby attractions, like Siesta Key.

Learn more about our Sarasota-based communities:

Camelot East, Sarasota

Camelot Lakes, Sarasota

Palm Terrace, Sarasota

Royal Palms, Sarasota

Waterside Club, Bradenton

Hawaiian Village, Bradenton 

North River Estates, Bradenton

Country Lakes Villages, Palmetto

Fiesta Grove RV Resort, Palmetto

Buttonwood Inlet RV Resort, Cortez

Winterset RV Resort, Cortez

Fannie-Freddie Look to Provide Manufactured Home Financing

Mobile homes, mobile home financing, mobile home loans, low income financing, manufactured home financing, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac As more buyers turn to manufactured housing, more lenders are looking into offering financing for the homes. Fannie-Mae and Freddie-Mac released draft plans that show they may soon provide financing to buyers of manufactured homes.

The proposal was outline as part of plans to help affordable housing challenges in America. Mortgage firms see these programs as a way to help low-income buyers become home owners.

While many see this a progress in the affordable housing crisis, some are concerned about the risks involved with mobile home lending. The concerns include the homes sitting on leased land and their tendency to depreciate quickly.

Those fears, while valid, are no longer true for many manufactured home owners. This is especially true of those purchasing new manufactured homes. These homes are comparable in quality and pricing to similar site-built homes and offer similar value as well.

The U.S.-controlled companies need to get sign-off for the pilot programs from their regulator, the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Learn more about this proposal and the affordable housing challenges. 

The 5 Dirty Little Secrets of Tiny Homes

Small houses, tiny homes, tiny home movement, tiny home problems, tiny homes for sale, tiny homes for sale FL, tiny homes for sale, mobile homes for sale, small mobile homes for sale, tiny mobile homes for sale, problems with tiny homes Let’s talk tiny houses. This trend is sweeping the nation, and while we’re all for saving money and going minimalist, tiny houses have a dirty little secret. Cute, compact and money-saving, these tiny trendsetters have more than a few issues that you should know before cleaning out your savings accounts.

1. THE CODE

Okay, so you just bought a tiny house. Awesome, right?! Not so fast, you can’t just plop it down anywhere. In order for your new tiny house to sit on piece of land (even if you own it), it must meet certain codes. Most tiny houses DO NOT meet those codes.

Small manufactured homes do! Coming in at less than 500 square feet, tiny manufactured homes are the perfect solution for your small living desires. These minuscule homes are built to code, so you can buy land or rent it and place it there without a problem.

2. THE COST

Here’s the thing, you’ll definitely save money in a tiny house in the long run. But to get a home with all the bells and whistles, you’re going to need up to $70,000, which is a sizable chunk of change for 150 square feet. Now if you’re a single person on the fly, this might work for you, but families and couples may need to reconsider.

Small manufactured homes start at just $25,000 and you get double the space of the average tiny house! You’ll still have all the modern bells and whistles you love at a comparable price. Plus you’ll have a home you know is safe.

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We don’t know where you’re reading this (hopefully somewhere super fun), but we are coming at you from beautiful sunny Florida. Only here’s the thing: Florida isn’t always sunny. In fact, we have these pretty scary things called hurricanes. Tiny homes are not tied down in any way, which makes them pretty susceptible to the elements.

Many people believe manufactured homes are more susceptible to the elements than site-built homes, but the truth is that modern manufactured homes are just as safe as site-built homes. 

4. THE SPECS

Want a customized tiny home? You could build it yourself with some sweet YouTube tutorials, or you could have a tiny house architect design and build it for you. One is scary, the other is costly. Your best bet for securing a reasonably-priced tiny home is to purchase a used one. In that case, you’re still getting the hefty price tag, and whatever updates you’ll need to do too.

Small manufactured home builders, like Fleetwood allow you to customize your home with many modern options. You can choose from stylish options like wood floors and granite counters, and much more!

5. THE SPACE

With the average tiny home coming in at just 120 square feet, you don’t have much room for, well, anything. When you see pictures of a tiny house it might feel doable, but the truth is 120 square feet is the size of a small guest bedroom or a den. Now imagine cramming your entire home into that space. For many people, somewhere between 500-1,000 square feet is the perfect compromise when wanting to downsize. Most small manufactured home start at about that size and offer you affordability, safety, coding, and space.