February rolls around, strawberries are coming into season. We here at Newby
Management are getting ready for our beloved Strawberry Socials. We are
preparing to undertake 30 different Strawberry Socials all across the state
of Florida and will travel hundreds of miles to serve our residents. This
might leave some of you wondering why Newby Management does Strawberry Socials.
Here at Newby Management, Strawberry Socials are a tradition that stretches back many years, starting in our founder’s childhood. Martin Newby grew up farming in Iowa. At the end of the season, his parents would invite the neighbors over, who brought homemade ice cream, and they would share their home grown strawberries. Just like that, the first Newby Strawberry Social commenced on a front lawn in Iowa.
Once Martin started Newby Management, he was always looking for great ways to provide exceptional customer service to the residents. Thinking back to his years in Iowa, he sought to recreate the Strawberry Socials of his youth. Now, all these years later, we still continue to serve strawberries to our residents. We here at Newby Management have a Strawberry Social season. Every year we look forward to engaging with our residents and serving delicious strawberry shortcakes that have been perfected over the years.
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?
Did you know that living in an active adult community can change your life? Studies show that activities and events can have numerous cognitive and health benefits for seniors. Here are 5 reasons you should not only live in an active community, but get involved too!
Research shows that people who have more fulfilling relationships tend to sleep better than those who don’t. If you’re experiencing insomnia, try getting involved in the community. Getting active and on a regular schedule will help you to reset your internal clock, which will also help you sleep more soundly. Try going to some activities in the community that happen at the same place and time every week. It will give you a schedule, and help keep you accountable.
Did you know that research has proven people who stay mentally engaged can prevent the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease? Newby Management community’s like Rolling Greens host numerous events that can get your mind going. Activities like book club, card games or woodshop can teach you new skills, revive your interest in books, and keep your mind sharp. Rolling Greens keeps the calendar full, and even has an on-site social director to plan events. Communities like these will help keep your mind in shape! In one study at Rush, researchers followed about 800 people, all about age 80, for four years. The participants had no signs of dementia at the beginning of the study, but some described themselves as lonely and tested positive on a “loneliness scale.” During the study, 76 people developed Alzheimer’s-like dementia. People with the highest scores on the loneliness scale had more than twice the risk of developing dementia as those with more social connections who had scored lower.
INCREASED IMMUNE SYSTEM
Get out there and active, because studies show that getting out and having people around you makes your immune system function better. As humans, being active and social is an important part of our overall health, so important, in fact, that it literally affects how our body operates. Stay healthy and find some new friends to have fun with.
A strong social circle can actually increase the length of your life! Even more importantly, it’s actually friends, not family, who give you the boost. The Australian Longitudinal Study of Aging studied the effects of friendships on health and aging. Older adults with the strongest network of friends were 22% less likely to die during the study than those with the weakest network of good friendships.
HAPPY & HEALTHY
Socially active seniors usually have a more positive mood, and it can help fight depression. Loneliness is a unique risk factor for symptoms of depression, and loneliness and depression have a synergistic adverse effect on well-being in middle-aged and older adults. Get out, get active and make some friends. Finding a well-rounded community is important. When you’re researching adult communities for retirement, be sure they are active and have lots of events! (And then make sure to go to them, after all, it’s good for you!)
How can you use strawberries to serve your customers? That’s easy! Top them with shortcake, whipped cream, and our favorite, ice cream.
At Newby Management, Strawberry Socials are a tradition that has continued for almost 30 years, hailing all the way back to our founder’s childhood. Martin Newby grew up on a farm in Iowa. Along with the normal crops, they also grew potatoes, cabbage, sweet corn and 3 1/2 acres of strawberries.
At the end of the season, his mom and dad had the idea to invite the neighbors to bring homemade ice cream and they would supply the delicious strawberries. The birth of the first Strawberry Social was enjoyed by some 200 people on the front lawn of the farm.
As an adult in business, Martin was always looking for ways to provide extraordinary customer service to his customers. As he researched, providing a quality experience for consumers was a good place to start. Thinking back to his teen years on the farm, he remembered the Strawberry Socials with fondness. He felt these could be recreated for all residents.
Today, these Strawberry Socials are a point of fun and excitement in our communities. Residents gather together to laugh, fellowship and share life together. These aren’t any strawberry desserts either. It all starts with a generous helping of vanilla ice cream, topped with a decadent piece of shortcake, followed with a large scoop of strawberries and finished with a dollop of whipped cream.
Newby Management team members head across the state during the months of February and March to help serve up these delicious deserts to residents. It’s a sweet way to give back to our residents through service.
If you ever talk to someone who loves where they live you’ll often hear the same thing. They love the community! For many people living miles from family, the friends surrounding them become their loved ones.
Fostering this feeling in your manufactured home communities and RV Resorts is so important. These communities aren’t just houses in close proximity, for many they represent home, family and a sense of belonging. But communities like this don’t just happen, they are built over years and become neighborhoods sharing experiences, laughter and love.
At Newby Management, we believe this sense of community is one of the most important aspects of managing manufactured home communities and RV Resorts. As such, we wanted to give you five ways to help your residents get involved in your community.
1. HOST MONTHLY EVENTS
Each month, plan several events that will bring the residents of your community together. Whether it’s something small, like coffee and donuts, or something bigger like a potluck, your residents will enjoy getting to meet each other. Each event will begin to feel more and more like a family reunion.
2. USE SOCIAL MEDIA
Today, communities are built in person and online. If you’re hosting monthly events in your manufactured home community, let people know about it! Get your residents talking on social media, whether you’re asking them to share pictures or use a certain hashtag. Eventually you’ll have a community of people who love promoting you! Plus, if your community caters to snowbirds they can stay involved during the summer months, too.
3. CREATE SOCIAL CLUBS
When people move into your community, screen them for their interests. Create a form that lets people select the type of things they like to do. For example, photography, knitting, running, woodworking, etc. Then you can give your new resident information on others in the community who like the same thing, what time social clubs meet and how to best get involved. Some people are too shy to find people who like the same things they do, so this gives them a head start!
4. CREATE BUZZ
If you’re hosting an event in your community, make sure to create some buzz. Pass out flyers, hang banners and get people talking. When people come into your office remind them about the event and tell them to bring a friend. Use social media to help your cause. If you’re excited about the events going on other people are going to get excited too! Once word gets around you’re more likely to have a full house.
5. ENGAGE THE LONERS
Sometimes people will come to events but will sit by themselves. Engage these people, talk to them about their interests, see if they filled out an interest sheet. If not, have them do one. Introduce them to people at the event with similar interests. Try to help them engage with the community around them. Sometimes shy people just need a little budge to become the social butterfly!
At Newby Management, we believe strongly in the power of community. We strive to promote a sense of fun, friendship and fellowship for all our residents. That’s part of why we host strawberry socials in the spring and chicken BBQs in the summer. We love to see our residents get together and have good times! How do you promote resident involvement in your manufactured home community?
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:
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
Florida is days away from one of the largest hurricanes on record making landfall in the sunshine state. Hurricane Irma is recorded as a Category 5 Hurricane, one of the strongest in history, and although its path is unknown, Florida is still a target. Right now, the state is urging residents to hope for the best and prepare for the worst.
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.
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 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!