You won’t believe these Manufactured Homes!

When many of us think about manufactured homes, we think of run down mobile homes that are not that appealing to the eye. Those are the homes of the past. Now in 2019, manufactured homes are built to look and feel like their site built rivals. Manufactured homes are built to HUD code and are built to specific wind zones standards. Let’s take a look at some of the beautiful features of these new homes.

Hawaiian Village Home

Great Curb Appeal

Many older manufactured homes featured aluminum siding and they did not have the warm inviting feeling that many of their site built companions had. Today’s manufactured homes, like the one above, feature vinyl siding that gives the look and feel of a site built home. Many of the homes also have built on porches that you can spend pleasant afternoons enjoying the Florida Sunshine.

Beautiful Kitchens

Many of today’s manufactured homes feature beautiful kitchens. These kitchens can feature islands, farmhouse sinks and almost anything else that you can find in a site built home. The kitchen above features a nice open plan with black appliances, contrasted by cream cabinets with a nice backsplash to blend it all together! If you order a manufactured home today, you can design the kitchen just the way you would like it.

Open Floor Plans

Open floor plans are rising in popularity. The same is true for manufactured homes. For those living in smaller homes, these open floor plans are perfect for entertaining! These homes generally feature the family room and kitchen in one large great room, much like the home in the picture.

Where are homes going?

As we move towards the age of the internet, manufactured homes are also moving that way. Clayton homes introduced its NXT Homes series that features a smart thermostat and video door bell. As home technology changes, the manufactured housing industry evolves with it.

Want to look at more new homes?

Newby Realty has many new homes available through out the state of Florida. You can visit their website to see these many different new homes. www.NewbyRealty.com


5 Reasons Active Adult Communities Can Change Your Life

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Pickleball Cookout at Rolling Greens, Ocala.

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!

SLEEP SOUNDLY

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.

BRAIN BOOST

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.

LIVE LONGER

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!)

Sources:

https://www.aarp.org/health/brain-health/info-11-2008/friends-are-good-for-your-brain.html

https://www.livescience.com/55882-family-not-friends-increase-longevity.html

 

Recovering in Manufactured Home Communities Post-Hurricane Irma

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Post-Irma Tree Clean Up in Edgewater, FL.

On September 4, Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for Florida as one of the strongest hurricanes in history pummeled toward the state.

Just four days later, hundreds of thousands of Floridians across the state were under evacuation, making it the state’s largest evacuation on record. Among many of the mandatory evacuations were residents in manufactured homes, which are considered to be highly susceptible to strong winds.

Hurricane Irma was the first time in Newby Management’s history to have every community in the portfolio effected by one hurricane. While some communities had minimal damage, all were effected.

At the beginning of the hurricane season, each community has a packet available for residents. It features shelter listings, a list of items to take during an evacuation and evacuation routes so that residents have a plan.

The Newby Management corporate team began preparations for Hurricane Irma nearly a week prior to landfall. The team watched updates, double checked supplies, and made sure the team had evacuation plans.

3 days out, the Newby Management Emergeny Action (NEAT) was mobilized to begin prepping communities. NEAT  was formed in 2005, following the devastation caused by Hurricane Charley.

NEAT is a first response team to check on resident safety and property damage after a disaster like weather, fire, flood, terrorism, and violence. Over the past 11 years, the NEAT team has been deployed 15 times to assist our communities across Florida.

Tpyically, counties issue mandatory evacuations for RV and mobile home communities at least two days prior to a hurricane. While some residents choose to stay, all team members are required to evacuate.

At the home office in Ellenton, the entire team comes together to discuss NEAT deployment strategies for recovery after Irma. Because Irma was so large, our team had to be ready to head to almost any part of Florida following the storm.

There were four teams ready to go to the worst hit areas. From the home office, Newby Management had the CEO, president, IT, regional managers, marketing and training teams, along with the chaplain with boots on the ground for recovery.

As Irma made landfall in Florida, our plans changed with the storm. Todd Newby, the president, and the regional managers stayed in contact to keep the team updated. Once regional managers began hearing from the communities, the latest deployment plans were put into action.

Irma made landfall in many of our communities through Saturday night and into Sunday. Some of the NEAT team was ready to respond as quickly as Monday afternoon.

From Tuesday through the following Monday, there were teams from the home office and sister communities in Lakeland, Fort Myers and east coast areas. Most of he communities had resident volunteers who helped each other, as well as assisted in the clean-up of common areas.

It was a blessing to see our team members and residents come together and serve each other following the hurricane. In one community, there was a couple who couldn’t do physical work, so they grilled hamburgers. In another community, there was a resident who rode around giving out coffee and doubts.

Thanks to the efforts of NEAT, the team and residents, within a week of the hurricane you’d never know there was a disaster in most communities. There are still repairs in some, but largely the communities fared well. The amazing response of the team helped keep everyone safe and make recovery easier for all.

Learn more about NEAT and how Newby Management assists our communities in times of disaster.

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