Last week Newby Management got together at Gamble plantation in Ellenton, FL so that we could recognize our team members who go above and beyond. Team members traveled from as far as Tallahassee to fellowship with one another. Our picnic began with games like corn hole, can slam, bean bag baseball, jumbo checkers and others.
After everyone had arrived, the organized activities began and team members got to choose from doing a paint along or laser tag. The paint along was a beautiful Americana painting enjoyed by all. Those who chose Laser Tag did battle on a field with many different bunkers on it. They played different games and scenarios.
After the organized activities, everyone had worked up quite an appetite. We had a great meal catered by C&K BBQ in Parrish Florida. There was a selection of green beans, potatoes, ribs, pulled pork, and smoked chicken. The meal was delicious and the time team members spent together was wonderful.
To wrap up our time together, our team members were presented with awards including Most Homes Sold, Excellence in Stewardship, Super Support, Humanitarian, Social Media Ambassador, Manager Plus, Outstanding Community, and the coveted President’s Award. Our Outstanding Communities were Hawaiian Village, Fiesta Grove and Tropicana Co-Op. We are proud to announce that Janet Johnson, our Director of HR, won the President’s Award this year. Team members make our communities great places to live. They are the reason we have been able to stay in business for over 40 years. Everyone had a great day of fellowship and celebration with team members across the state. We ended the day praying together and everyone traveled back to their communities.
A truck with three pallets pulls up. The pallets are filled with nearly 4,000 food items. Newby Management team members begin to file in and out of the building unloading boxes ranging from peanut butter to cans of soup. They place each food item in its assigned spot, in what is normally the conference room but today it looks more like an assembly line. The food is then broken out of it’s packaging to pack into food bags. After all the food is unloaded, one by one each team member of the corporate staff walks around the table assembling bags of food. The whole process takes the team members a little under an hour. After all the packing has taken place there are 143 bags that are packed and ready to go out to residents.
These food bags will now go out into more than 20 communities throughout the state from Tallahassee to Fort Myers. Each bag will be personally delivered by a corporate team member to the communities. Inside each bag there is food that will go to a resident in need.
The Monday after a Thanksgiving weekend, Newby Management takes the time to pack food for those who have a hard time during the holiday season. In packing these bags Newby Management lives out its statement of purpose. “Sharing the Love of Christ, While Providing Unique Management Services for the Manufactured Housing Industry.”
Community managers often set the tone for the mood of their communities. This phenomenon can be observed in other business environments as well, where the front line management often sets the tone. These subtle atmospheric influences can be noted in other social scenarios such as churches and schools. Pretty much anywhere that people come together as groups we can see this underlying trend.
Something unique to note about community relations, in particular, is that if the manager of a community is perceived as warm and friendly there are likely to be happy and satisfied residents. There are some theories behind this, and they all involve the give and take of relationships. In a community setting, the manager will often find themselves in delicate role balancing relationships, rules, and conflict.
Relationships are important. Even in the animal world, there are many kinds of animals that appear to be engaged in friendship and deep connections to one another. This bonding is often essential to survival. The animals with the strongest social networks tend to live the longest. It is also notable that for people that connection is also a factor in health and longevity.
As humans we bond over food, through laughter, singing, dancing, telling stories and empathizing with one another. So why then is it so hard to make new friends as an adult? We deeply need connection, yet as we age at times we find ourselves sometimes isolated. As you get older, making friends is more challenging than the days of running up to some random kid on the playground and becoming an instant BFF. Here are some of the reasons it is staunchly more difficult as an adult.
•Meeting fewer people
•Fear of the unknown
What do you look for in a new friend? Think about how much of what you think makes a good friend is representative of yourself? Many of us make friends with people that have similar interests and connections. Joining a club, volunteering, engaging in activities are great ways to meet new people. Perhaps you already are part of a community but are not finding it easy to meet others. Here are some helpful things to consider.
•Look for common interests
Most of us have some fear of rejection. Yes, even the bravest of extroverts. Let’s look at the list closer. When we find things in common, it is easier to strike up a conversation. Be welcoming and be consistent. Show up at the same events, shop at the same time of day. Let yourself become a familiar face. Create a routine, where you immerse yourself in your environment. It takes more than just being present though, radiate joy. Give the first smile or quick wave. Think of some leading questions that give an opportunity for thoughtful answers. Avoid being negative or gossiping, as those can leave a bad taste in the mouth of a potential friend.
If you are a community manager reading this, take an introspective look at the kind of environment you are creating within your community. Do you instinctively smile and warmly greet guests, even when you are inundated with work issues and other conflicts. Do you encourage your residents to gather by hosting events? Events can be simple as coffee and walking clubs. Do you encourage residents to solve problems with one another, rather than listening as they spew negativity and gossip about others? Many times, the community manager can help resolve conflict and create new friendships by focusing on handling the conflict right at the source. Often a small misunderstanding not handled effectively can lead to great woes. Remind yourself that as the community manager you are setting the tone for your community, and that has immense relational repercussions or can be deeply rewarding when done well.
The way Americans are thinking about retirement is creating ripples of dramatic changes leading to a paradigm shift affecting policy, politics, behavior and the social fibers of our nation. As Baby Boomers reach the age of retirement many new challenges and opportunities are emerging.
Boomers are a diverse population, yet as a generality, Boomers do share some common ground with each other: Strong work ethic, self-assured, competitive, resourceful, disciplined, team-oriented. Boomers tend to have incredible focus on meeting their goals. It is no wonder that investors, retailers and even property managers are taking notice of the unique opportunities presented during this fundamental shift about the way American’s think of retirement.
10,000+ Baby Boomers are retiring daily, with that number increasing yearly. Life expectancy is longer than ever before. Boomers are arriving at retirement with expectations. Many of these coming of age folks want to enjoy their retirement years and anticipate spending the wealth they’ve accumulated, and taking a more leisurely pace in life. Alarmingly, in contrast, others have not saved enough, or have had their investments shaken by unstable economic conditions leaving some Boomers to anticipate working well into their golden years.
Retirement brings both relief and obstacles to the lives of Boomers. Boomers have been at the helm of their families, during their working years balancing career and family. Not surprisingly, many of this generation are arriving at retirement while still playing a vital role in the lives of their children and grandchildren, but many are also now needed as caretakers for aging parents. Some Boomers are choosing to purchase neighboring homes for their aging parents or move them closer, but with the peace of mind of a care facility to assist with the more physical aspects of caring for a loved one.
Another way that Boomers are addressing the challenges of retirement is by downsizing and purchasing affordable housing. Moving to Florida is a bucket list dream for many. Some Boomers opt to become snowbirds and enjoy the best of both worlds. The cost to live in Florida is comparable or lower than many other places in the nation. Florida has a lower tax rate and does not have a state tax which makes it quite enticing.
In the manufactured housing industry owners and investors know that they can offer some prime advantages to new retirees beyond just the economics. There has been considerable reinvestment in communities. It is clear that retirees want to enjoy their free time. Clubhouses, shuffleboard courts, billiards, and heated pools have become the standard. Retirees want to remain active. Tennis courts, pickleball, lap lanes in pools, and fitness centers have become very desirable amenities. Some larger communities even have golf courses, saunas, restaurants and more.
Community managers know that retirement is a social time. Planned activities are often a deciding factor for Boomers when choosing which community to settle into and call home. Many have moved south for the warm, sunny weather and the Florida lifestyle, leaving behind family and friends. This can be an overwhelming transition for some, but community living has advantages when it comes to staying active and making friends. As newcomers join activities, residents tend to be welcoming and their common interests create strong ties. They often report these new relationships feel like extended family and lifelong friendships have been created.
No doubt that even in retirement the Baby Boomers continue to be a generation that has changed our nation. Baby Boomers continue to redefine retirement. Aging is no longer about growing old gracefully, it is about living more, new beginnings, and chasing passions. And who is more qualified to challenge the status quo than the Baby Boomer generation?
For most the goal when selling a home is to do it quickly and for the highest possible asking price. While you cannot control the market, you can control some variables that will help you get the best results.
LOOK AT YOUR CURB APPEAL
The outside of your home is the first impression potential buyers see when considering your home. A few simple things that can easily boost curb appeal can go a long way in catching a buyer’s eye. Be sure your welcome mat is welcoming (aka clean, not dingy or faded). Weed your flower garden, and add fresh mulch or rocks. Consider planting some colorful flowers that will catch a buyer’s eye, or putting some potted plants near your entry way.
Some other things to consider for the outside of your home. What is the condition of your home’s exterior? If you have gutters, are they cleaned out? Do you need to update your paint job or perhaps even just the trim? Consider power washing the home’s exterior, sidewalks, drive way and decking. Check the rails leading into your home to make sure they are secure. A wobbly railing, while it is an easy fix, can be a deterrent or worse harm a potential buyer.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS COUNT
Have a bright, uncluttered entrance way. Many LED lightbulbs on the market today are not only energy efficient, but also pleasantly bright. Buyers want the entry area to feel spacious and clean. Remove unnecessary items such as shoes, jackets, and umbrellas. Keep the floor swept/vacuumed. If your home has a tiled floor, be sure to evaluate the grout. Does it need to be cleaned? Or repaired? What is the condition of your carpet? Countertops? Appliances? Repairs can impact your bottom line, but there are some you should consider, because they will make your home more appealing to potential buyers.
Normally, one should want their home to be a reflection of themselves, however when trying to sell your home, you want buyers to be able to imagine the home as their own. What does this mean for you? Remove your personal memorabilia. Pack away your family photos, take the magnets off the front of your refrigerator. Repaint your interior if you do not already have neutral wall colors.
Consider renting a storage shed to help declutter and neutralize your home. Excessive furniture can make a home feel cramped. Clean out your closets, even if it means packing away the majority of your clothing. The same technique applies to linen and coat closets, your pantry and any other storage areas including often overlooked areas like your kitchen countertops. When selling a home, less is more.
OTHER THINGS TO CONSIDER
We often do not notice the smell of our own home, because we are used to its fragrance. Visitors however, notice the smell right away. Consider having a neutral smelling air freshener to help neutralize the smell of your home. Another alternative, if you have time before a showing is to drop some slice and bake cookies in your oven. These will give a pleasant aroma that is not overwhelming for most visitors. They also would look nice on a decorative plate on your countertop after they are baked.
If you have a cat, be sure the litter box is scooped daily. Likewise, bathe your pooch often while you are trying to sell your home. Look closely around your home; you may need to take a lint roller to your furniture to remove pet hair. You might need to dust more often.
Another consideration for pet owners when selling a home is to make sure they are not out and about during a showing. Not only is this is for the safety of your pets, but also for the comfort of your potential buyer. If at all possible, the ideal situation would be to not have any pets home during a showing.
CLOSING THE DEAL
Selling a home can take time, but a little effort can go a long way to getting your home sold. As you wait for that potential buyer to make an offer, relax and enjoy the work you have put into your home to get it ready for the market. The right buyer will come along, soon enough.
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?”
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!”
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!”
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!”
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!”
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.
Freshening up your home’s style doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Stay away from those big box stores and get creative! We’re going to give you ideas for redecorating your manufactured home using what you already have. Do a few projects and send us pictures when you’re done. We can’t wait to get started.
Flip your furniture around, move things from room to room and get creative. Use furniture in different ways, try to open up the room and see what kind of feel you create. It’s fun to play with furniture, it’s a great workout and it can give your house a whole new look. Plus you’ll get to clean under places that normally get missed.
Putting a fresh coat of paint on old furniture can give it new life. Use a funky paint color for a cool accent piece of use something more neutral to create something elegant and timeless. You can even paint lamps, picture framers and more with an easy coat or two of spray paint. Go wild!
3. FAMILY HEIRLOOMS
Have old family items hiding in boxes? Set them up as unique statement pieces in your home. Take grandma’s vintage serving tray and use it on the coffee table. Or use an old family milk carafe as a vase. Everything old is new again!
Use pretty books as a way to give table lamps height, decorate tables, fill shelves and more! You’ll have great talking pieces and they’ll look nice too. Dust those nice hardcovers off and put them to good use. You’ll be surprised how many functional and fun uses you can find for those page-turners.
Now that you’ve re-purposed your books, you might have some extra space on that shelf. Use it to your advantage and put something nifty there. Display your favorite family picture or put a mason jar full of fresh flowers in that empty spot. Use your imagination and get creative!
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.
If you’re thinking of retirement, you may be looking into 55+ communities. It’s a big decision with lots of options, from community style to location. We think 55+ manufactured home communities are a great choice, and we’re going to give you 5 reasons to make the move!
1. Living in a Community of Peers
At Newby Management, we always notice that the people in our communities aren’t just neighbors, they are friends. Living in a community of your peers gives you tons of opportunities to make lifelong friends. Often times people can become secluded in retirement and lose touch with the outside world. 55+ communities put you in a position to be active, to have fun and to try new things.
2. Living an Active Lifestyle
When you start looking into 55+ communities, you’re going to hear the phrase “active lifestyle” quite a bit. Although this may seem like a marketing term, it’s actually something we see in our communities often. Especially in Florida, you’ll see people doing water aerobics, playing shuffleboard, tennis, horse shoes and much more! If you find a 55+ community with great amenities, you are sure to see people using them often.
3. Living Somewhere Safe
There’s no guarantee that your 55+ community will be safe, but on average they are much safer than your average community. Often times the community will have security cameras in common areas along with a courtesy patrol. Plus you’ll have watchful neighbors at most locations who take care of each other. Whether that means watering plants or watching your home while you’re away.
4. Living Where the Action Is Maybe you love to explore the city or maybe you’re more of a homebody. Either way, 55+ communities offer great options. Most communities are located in or near cities with lots to do. But there’s often lots of great events right within the community for you to enjoy. Have fun with arts and crafts, shuffleboard competitions, dances, pot lucks and more!
5. Living Where You Save Money
If you’re living on a budget in retirement, you might be trying to find ways to save money. Living in a manufactured home community is one way to save money without compromising on the lifestyle you want. It’s all about finding the home and community that are right for you. A manufactured home community is much less expensive than other 55+ communities and you’ll find that it’s a great place to spend your retirement.
Want to start searching for your dream home? Visit www.NewbyRealty.com to see homes available across the beautiful Sunshine State!
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.