The mobile home industry is riddled with myths. Some are big, some are small, but most of them are not true. We are going to debunk just a few today.
Mobile Homes Aren’t Built to High Standards
Many people think of mobile homes as they were in the 1960’s. Today, the standards are much higher, making many manufactured homes comparable to site built homes. In fact, these homes often have high end upgrades including granite counters, stainless steel appliances and more. They abide by safety standards that, in many cases, surpass those of site built homes. Not to mention they produce less waste and cost less too. These days, manufactured homes are an affordable and quality option for people who want to purchase a home. At Newby Management, we are working to upgrade some of our older homes, along with bringing in brand new homes built in 2015. This gives options to people who are looking to spend a little less, or for people who have a little extra in their budget. Either way, you’re getting a high quality home you’re sure to love.
Mobile Homes Can’t Stand Up to Bad Weather
If a tornado or hurricane rips through a town, you’re sure to hear about the damage caused to manufactured homes. Why? Because it’s an easy story, even though it doesn’t always represent the bigger picture. Mobile home safety standards are monitored by HUD, and after Hurricane Andrew in 1992, the building codes were updated to ensure that mobile homes are safe in a “run of the mill wind storm”. In areas prone to hurricane-force winds, for example Florida, the standards required that manufactured homes be resistant to winds up to 100 miles-per-hour in Wind Zone II and 110 miles-per-hour in Wind Zone III. This means that the standards for manufactured homes is actually higher than building codes for site-built homes. WeatherNotebook.org, a site produced by the Mount Washington Observatory stated: “The truth is that tornadoes are in no physical way attracted to manufactured houses of any kind. That would be like saying that snow is attracted to mountains, or hurricanes are attracted to fish. There just happens to be a lot of trailer parks where there happens to be a lot of tornadoes. Also, there are probably a lot more mobile homes than you think.”
Mobile Homes are More Prone to Fires Than Site-Built Homes
If you watch the nightly news it can surely feel like more mobile homes are burning down than any other type of single-family housing. But the truth is that manufactured homes are no more likely to catch fire than any other type of home, according to an annual report released by the Oklahoma State Fire Marshall’s office. A national fire study conducted by the Foremost Insurance Company showed that site-built homes are more than twice as likely to experience a fire compared to manufactured homes. This study stated that the number of home fires is 17 per 1,000 for site-built homes and only 8 per 1,000 for manufactured homes.
Mobile Homes Aren’t Energy Efficient Like New Site-Built Homes
At Newby Management, we are in the process of selling and placing new 2016 manufactured homes. Builders today pride themselves on building homes of the highest quality that meet national energy efficiency standards. An example of this is our Skyline Homes models. They are a Green Building Energy Star Partner, which means that have met or exceeded the the requirements of industry government standards. They do they by using:
- 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
- Additional upgrades are available to meet more rigorous EPA energy standards of a Qualified Energy Star home, including:
- An increased amount of insulation
- Super high efficient furnace
- Programmable thermostat
This is only one example of a home builder who produces new energy efficient mobile homes. But here’s the deal, energy efficiency is a relatively new thing, and while manufactured homes a being regulated for it, site-built homes still aren’t. So the truth is, new comparable site-built homes are going to be less energy efficient than new comparable manufactured homes.
Mobile Homes are Impossible to Finance
This myth prevents so many possible homeowners from owning the home of their dreams. For new manufactured homes, some buyers are able to finance their homes through the retailers when they purchase. Today, big financing companies like Wells Fargo offer manufactured home financing.
“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.
Also, under the Title I program, FHA approved lenders make loans from their own funds to eligible borrowers to finance the purchase or refinance of a manufactured home and/or lot. You can learn more about financing by visiting HUD’s website to see what qualifications buyers need to meet.
If you’re looking for a brand new manufactured home like the one pictured in this article, visit Newby Realty to see some of the options we have in beautiful communities across Florida.
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.
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.
3. THE SAFETY
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.
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.
Picture your perfect home. What if you could have it? And not just anywhere, in paradise, in the sunshine, in beautiful Florida. A home that’s built to fit your needs, with all the customizations and extras you always hoped for.
That’s what Newby Management is offering with Scotbilt Homes, Inc. You can choose from the base home or add your own upgrades until it’s exactly what you’ve always wanted.
At Sandhill Shores in Fort Pierce, a brand new Scotbilt Home is coming soon. This active 55+ community is the perfect place to kick back in retirement, and if you’re looking to downsize, this is the home for you.
Coming in at 919 sq ft, this two bedroom, two bathroom home will be delievered as the basic package for under $58,000! Your price includes:
- Home Set-up
- Electric and Plumbing Hook-Up to Code
- Concrete Driveway
- Concrete Steps
- Lot Grading
- Sod Installation
- HVAC to Code
- Plain Vinyl Skirting to Code
These homes are both beautiful and functional, plus they give you the opportunity to upgrade as you see fit later on down the road. There are many wonderful examples of people who have taken base model homes and made them extraordinary.
You can also upgrade ahead of time with some of our affordable packages. The Silver Level Upgrade Package includes all of the base package, plus 11 x 30 carport, 8 x 10 utility shed and basic landscaping all for just $67,977.
Gold Level Upgrade Package comes in at $71,977, which includes all of the base package plus upgraded HVAC unit, vinyl skirting with brick front, 11′ x 35′ larger carport, 10′ x 10′ larger utility shed, upgraded landscaping package and irrigation in the front yard.
Platinum Level Upgrade Package total is $77,977 and includes base package plus upgraded HVAC unit, brick skirting, large 11′ x 40′ carport, large 10′ x 12′ utility shed, premium landscaping package and irrigation over the entire lawn.
Learn more about the packages we have available by calling us at 941-479-2849.
When 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.
If you’re an HGTV fan, then you probably know Chip and Joanna Gaines, the fun-loving couple starring on the hit show, ‘Fixer Upper’. They turn the worst house on the street into a spectacular home for families across Waco, Texas.
Their trademarked farmhouse style has influenced design trends across the board, and manufactured housing is no exception. Today’s buyers want eco-friendly housing and nature-inspired themes. And now, they can have all of that at the affordable prices offered by manufactured housing.
The 2017 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show featured homes that matched customer preferences, such as:
- Bathrooms with glass enclosed shower doors and elements of nature-like pebble designs.
- Modern ‘farm-house’ design with living wood details on countertops, walls and sliding doorways.
With the manufactured housing industry offering more choices than ever before, people are starting to take notice. In fact, two of the largest manufactured home consumers are millenials and the 55+ generations. Both looking for affordable single-family housing. And the new designs appeal to everyone, no matter the age.
Much like the homes on the beloved show ‘Fixer Upper’, these new manufactured homes feature rustic details like shiplap, farmhouse sinks, along with light fixtures made from mason jars and other rustic items.
Open floor plans create bright and spacious rooms that carry the deisgn with wide-plank rustic wood surfaces on counters, floors and more. Other home features included sliding barn doors, free-standing tubs and upgraded fixtures.
Because these homes are still constructed mostly in a factory, you can expect that they will be more eco-friendly and cost-effective than their site-built counterparts.
The homes on display in Louisville helped dispell some long-held myths about not only the quality of manufactured housing, but what it can offer to consumers.
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We all have reasons for doing the things we do. Sometimes it’s from extensive research, sometimes it’s spur of the moment and other times it’s just what you did with no explanation. No matter how you make decisions, we’re going to give you 5 reasons to buy a new manufactured home.
1. It’s Brand New
This one should be obvious, but having a brand new manufactured home has many perks. You won’t have to worry about upgrades or big fixes and everything is new. You’ll be able to enjoy a more active lifestyle because you won’t be spending weekends making repairs to your home.
2. A Warranty
Speaking of repairs, most new manufactured homes come with a warranty. This means that if anything does need repairs it will likely be covered under your warranty. Used manufactured homes, and even site-built homes, don’t have this perk. This is one that goes a long way in making your new home experience a good one.
3. Green Homes
Many new manufactured homes are built with sustainable building processes and materials. In fact, new manufactured homes produce 30-40% less waste than site built homes on average. Not only will you be getting an amazing home, you’ll also be helping the environment.
4. Better Quality
Rest assured when you purchase a new manufactured home, you’re getting guaranteed quality. All aspects of the construction process on mobile homes are controlled. Plus there’s construction standards and safety standards that work together to give you a new manufactured home you can love for years to come.
5. Less Cost
Purchasing a house is a serious decision and one that costs quite a bit of money. New manufactured homes are a great way to get a better bang for your buck. In general, construction costs for new manufactured homes is 10 to 20 percent less than site built homes, which means they will cost less in the end. New manufactured homes offer Americans the opportunity to have a beautiful, quality home at an affordable price.
Thinking of buying a new manufactured home? Check out our inventory where we have brand new manufactured homes for sale and just waiting for you! www.NewbyRealty.com
Nine miles of tree-lined streets take you through a resort-style community that’s like no other. This 55+ paradise is tucked away in Ocala, Florida, one of the state’s top retirement destinations. It’s perfectly positioned in the peaceful country, but just minutes from amazing attractions like Ocala’s historic downtown.
Rolling Greens is more than just a place to retire; it’s a place to be inspired. Our newly completed state-of-the-art Community Center is the hub of Rolling Greens. Featuring 12,000 square feet of activities, this hotspot features a coffee lounge, library, card room, billiards room and more!
Love to swim? Our Aquatic Center includes a heated therapy pool that’s perfect for water aerobics, volleyball and general activity. If you’re looking for more rigorous exercise, head to the lap pool, with three regulation lanes. Relax on our luxury pool furniture in this outdoor oasis as you spend time with friends or catch some rays.
Completed in 2016, our Athletic Fields are the perfect way to stay active, no matter what you love to do. Play shuffleboard on our six lane courts, shoot some hoops, and enjoy tennis or pickleball on our lighted courts. Our attractive fields also include a bocce ball court and horseshoe courts for your playing pleasure. With year-round beautiful weather there’s never a bad time to enjoy the great outdoors at Rolling Greens.
Get ready to break a sweat in our new fitness center. The cutting-edge Cybex International equipment is low-impact and perfect for all ages and skill levels. Watch TV on the large LED screens or listen to your favorite playlist while you work out. Afterwards hit the men’s and women’s saunas to unwind. You’ll love this spacious and spectacular fitness center, located right in your own community.
Don’t miss our scenic 57-acre golf course. With weekly events such as tournaments, couple’s golf and mixed group golf, the fun keeps on rolling. If you get a hole-in-one, you’ll be featured on our board in the North Clubhouse and in the monthly newsletter!
Each month, Rolling Green’s social director plans fun and engaging events, such as spaghetti dinners, dances, pickleball, water aerobics, painting classes, line dancing classes, poker games, golf tournaments, tennis, woodshop, and so much more. Look around our Facebook page to see what’s happening today.
If you’re ready to become part of this exciting and vibrant community, we have some exciting news. Rolling Greens is proud to announce the arrival of brand new 2016 Skyline Homes. These homes are constructed with quality craftsmanship and material that’s sure to amaze.
BUILT TO LAST
Skyline Homes is proud to present new 2016 manufactured homes that meet rigorous building, environmental and safety standards. These homes are not only beautiful, but are built to last. From the roof to the siding, you can be sure your home is top notch. To back the quality of their homes, Skyline offers warranties with their roofs (25 year prorated warranty), the durable vinyl lap siding (limited lifetime warranty), and even a 15 month full home warranty, which you can learn about below.
Skyline Homes features floor plans and options to fit a variety of needs and budgets. At Rolling Greens, our homes include the following amazing amenities: *Please check individual homes for specific amenities.
• Spacious Enclosed Deck to Enjoy Florida’s Fantastic Weather
• Bright and Airy Open Floor Plan
• Chef’s Kitchen with Stainless Steel Appliances including a side-by-side fridge and a cooktop oven.
• Eat-in Island Bar with Pendant Lighting
• Craftsman Features like Crown Molding and Dark Laminate Plank Flooring
• Solatube in Kitchen and Master Bath, a state-of-the-art Light that Brings Daylight Indoors
• Double-Wide Covered Carport
• Outdoor Storage Room with Overhead Door for Golf Cart Parking
• Double Door Entry to Master Bedroom
• Huge Walk-In Closets
• Generous Walk-in Shower, Double Vanity and Linen Closet in Master Bathroom
• Convenient Indoor Laundry Room
• Located Across from the fantastic new activities center, pools, and golf course
• Age-in-Place Features
Save money on your electric bill with energy efficient homes. 2016 Skyline homes are built with high-tech floor, ceiling and wall insulation that help keep the home cooler in summer and warmer in winter. Skyline is an Energy Star partner, which means they’ve used Top-Grade Insulation, Extensive caulking and tight construction to eliminate unwanted drafts, High-Performance Windows and Doors, Use Energy Star approved materials including low-escape air ducts, so you can be sure your home meets energy efficient standards!
Love the environment? Manufactured homes produce 30-40% less waste than comparable site-built homes. Skyline Homes has a commitment to going green and they build under strict environmental policies to help protect the earth and create beautiful homes in the process. You can learn more about their green building policies by visiting their website.
FULL 15 MONTH WARRANTY
Every new Skyline Home is backed by Skycare, a full 15-month warranty. This warranty is not partial or limited and includes coverage for manufacturing defects reported to Skyline within 15 months after original retail delivery by an authorized dealer will be corrected without charge and within reasonable time.
See Available New Manufactured Homes at ROLLING GREENS!