Give Your Manufacutred Home Curb Appeal in 2018 with These 5 Tips

First impressions are important. So what could be more important than the first impression of your home? This summer we are giving you 5 expert tips to give your home some curb appeal on a budget. Save money and make your home look great. Are you ready? Let’s get started.

1. Start with the Basics
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Okay, this one isn’t very much fun but it’s probably the most important step. Take a weekend to really clean the outside of your home. Power wash your house, mow the low, trim bushes, weed your plants and clean clutter. This gives you a clean space to start your journey.
2. Plant Some Flowers
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A little DIY landscaping won’t cost much and can add some serious curb appeal to your home. This manufactured is livened up with some lovely tropical shrubs and plants. You could even paint the bird bath and plant some flowers in there for some extra character. Pick out flowers that can survive the heat in Florida and make sure they are colorful!
3. Do Quick Updates
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This manufactured home is well-cared for and appealing. The outside of the home is cleaned and repaired. Doing small updates, like repairing any damaged siding, painting, fixing gutters and watering the grass can give a home new life. Try to tackle projects big to small.
4. Paint Shutters & Trim
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This adorable manufactured home features yellow shutters and trim to really give a pop of color to this home. Paint those to suit your own tastes. Choose colors that will complement the flowers you place in the front garden. Another quick tip for this home is to power wash the driveway!
5. Add Character in Fun Ways
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This beautiful home needs no work, but you can add touches of character. Paint the front door a cool color. A nice red would look good on this home and would make everything pop. You can also add some more plants and a few chairs to the front porch. Enjoy the new year, and the new look these simple touches can give your home!

Quick Pros and Cons to Hiring a Real Estate Agent to Sell Your Mobile Home

Manufactured home loans, manufactured home financingSelling your home is stressful, but preparing to sell it can be just as challenging. We’ve discussed some ways you can get your home looking great for sale, how to take dazzling pictures and why you need to respond quickly. Now, we’re going to talk about the pros and cons of selling your home without an agent.

PROS TO SELLING YOUR HOME WITHOUT A REALTOR
  • No Commission Fee: Generally there’s an agent commission fee of  about 6%, so a home listed for $250,000 would have a commission of roughly $15,000.
  • You Know Best: Who knows your home better than you? While a realtor may be selling several homes at a time, you are just selling your and you know it best. You’ll be able to point out amenities, features and tell the buyers candidly about the area and neigborhood, something a realtor can’t do.
  • You Are In Control: When you sell your home, you can choose the price, appointment times and how you negotiate with buyers. Realtors generally take control over these things when they become your agent, so if you don’t feel comfortable with that sometimes it’s best to do it yourself.
CONS TO SELLING YOUR HOME WITHOUT A REALTOR
  • What’s it Worth?: When you sell your mobile home yourself, you’re risking selling it for a lot less than it’s worth. In fact, statistics show that homes without an agent sell for about 15% less than homes sold with a realtor.
  • Less Visibility: There are tons of great places to list your home for free these days, but the best and fastest way is through the Multiple Listing Services. This is one of the biggest online tools available to realtors and they have more experience in promoting homes.
  • Time: Researching the process of selling a home, understanding the current marketing, advertising methods and working with potential buyers is all very time consuming. Hiring a realtor who knows this already will get your mobile home sold much faster.
  • Paperwork: Preparing the legal forms is your responsibility, so if you aren’t sure how to do it, you’re risking legal and financial liability. Plus,k you don’t want to rely on the buyers realtor to fill out this information, they have a responsibility to get their buyer the best deal possible.
  • Weeding Out Buyers: There are lots of buyers who aren’t qualified or are just window shopping. One thing realtors do is to make sure they are bringing prepared buyers to see your home who can afford to purchase it.
There are lots of pros and cons to selling your mobile home with a realtor. If you’re ready to take on the task, visit some of our other articles to see how you can best prepare your home for sale. If you’re selling a mobile home in Florida, give us a call at 941-721-0046 so we can see how our dedicated sales team at Newby Realty can help you sell your mobile home fast.

The Truth You Don’t Know About New Manufactured Homes

Looking for the truth on new manufactured homes? They aren’t what they used to be. You’re thinking of your grandma’s trailer. You know, the one full of  chotskies and lacking a certain modern flare? Get ready to be amazed, because new manufactured homes are bold, beautiful and better than ever before. There are tons of options for 2016 manufactured homes, but today we’re going to look at Skyline Homes.

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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 you’re 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.

AMENITIES

Skyline Homes features floor plans and options to fit a variety of needs and budgets. Homes can include everything from granite counters and tray ceilings to stainless steel appliances and beautiful raised porches. You can choose from flawless vinyl wood flooring, large bathtubnew 2016 manufactured homes, new manufactured homes, mobile homes for sale, mobile homess, exquisite kitchen islands, open floor plans and a variety of modern upgrades to make your home uniquely yours.

ENERGY EFFICIENT 

Save money on your electric bill with energy efficient homes. 2016 Skyline homes are built with state-of-the-art 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!

GOING GREEN

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.

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Every new Skyline Home is backed by Skycare, a full 15-month warranty. This warranty is not partial or limited and includes 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.

Builder Challenges Manufactured Home Stigmas

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It’s no secret America has an affordable housing crisis. With homeownership outside the reach of many Americans, they are often left paying exorbitant rent prices. To fight back against the crisis, and to challenge the stigmas associated with manufactured homes, one builder has launched its biggest marketing campaign to date.

Clayton homes, one of the largest home builders in the country, launched the Have it Made initiative nationwide on Sep. 2. The 60-second commercial aired during the University of Alabama and Florida State University football game, and represents the company’s mission to provide quality homes at affordable prices, says Kevin Clayton, CEO of Clayton Homes.

“With the cost of homes skyrocketing, we want people to know that buying a beautiful new home at an affordable price is still an attainable dream for Americans,” he says.

Partnering with the Boulder, Colorado ad agency, Made, Clayton homes hopes to position itself as a solution to the growing need for affordable housing. The U.S. Census Bureau reports the average cost of a new single family site-built home with land is approaching $380,000 while today’s manufactured home can be purchased for significantly less–about $70,100 not including land.

Have It Made challenges the stigma associated with homes built in factories and delivered in sections to their final locations. Clayton Built homes are constructed indoors to avoid water damage and weather delays while creating long-term value from the use of economies of scale. The homes are built to highly regulated building standards and offer many energy-efficient features, the company says.

Clayton Homes is among the builders who have patterned with Energy Star. Their 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, Clayton Homes 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 Clayton Homes.

New manufactured homes are comparable to site-built homes in not only quality, but also style. One of Clayton’s luxury homes comes in at over 2,200 square feet and features three bedrooms, plus two full baths. The Captain Jack includes features such as granite counters, a kitchen island, a breakfast bar, glass enclosed large showers, a fireplace and more. You won’t believe the styles and upgrades that are available for new manufactured homes.

It’s time to end the stigma and make affordable housing available to Americans again.

Learn more about Clayton and their homes: https://www.claytonhomes.com/

 

 

The Bipartisan Bill That Could Make Manufactured Home Financing Easier

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In today’s hot real estate market and struggling economy, purchasing a home is a daunting task. That’s why more buyers than ever before are turning towards manufactured housing as an affordable solution.

New construction manufactured homes are built to impress, with modern stylish features and energy efficient standards that rival that of comparable site-built homes.

That said, manufactured homes were traditionally difficult to finance. A bipartisan group of senators recently introduced a bill that would protect the ability of manufactured home buyers to buy, sell and refinance homes.

The Preserving Access to Manufactured Hosuing Act, seeks to address the 2014 Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s guidelines to expand the range of loan products considered high-cost mortgages under the Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act.

In layman’s terms, the guidelines would label many small-balance manufactured home loans “high-cost”, which results in increased lender liabilities. That means, lenders are less likely to have loans available for those seeking to purchase manufactured housing.

The bill hopes to put an end to the one-size-fits-all regulations that don’t recognize the unique nature of manufactured housing loans, according to Pat Toomey (R-PA), a sponsor of the bill.

The bill’s sponsors hope it will help families have access to affordable housing, that might otherwise be prevented under current legislation. Luckily, new lenders like Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Wells Fargo are looking to provide manufactured housing loans.

In 2015,  Wells Fargo hired two experienced manufactured housing executives to help expand into the industry, Matt Krasinski and Lew Grace of GE Capiutal Real Estate. Krasinski worked as the associate director for North American lending, responsible for originating loans for manufactured homes and RVs. Grace was the head of manufactured home communities lending and investments.

This comes after Wells Fargo acquired a $9 billion portfolio of commercial real estate loans from GE Capital Real Estate, a portion of which is MHC-focused. The national bank is looking to serve customers in the growing manufactured housing industry.

“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.

It’s exciting to see positive opportunities in the manufactured housing industry. At Newby Management, we are excited to offer new 2017 homes in many of our communities. Making lending easier for residents will give more people the opportunity to purchase brand new homes.

Whether you’re purchasing a home that has been loved or one that’s new, Newby Management wants to help. We’re here to assist you on this exciting journey. We encourage you to visit our realty website www.NewbyRealty.com to see what we have available now.

Get personal help from our sales team at sales@NewbyRealty.com, and speak to our expert in the field. We can help you find the perfect home in one of our amazing communities.

The 5 Dirty Little Secrets of Tiny Homes

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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.

 

5 Mobile Home Myths You Still Believe

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We all know the stigmas associated with mobile homes. Here’s the thing, most of these aren’t true anymore. There’s a huge difference between parks of the past and parks of today. Today, we’re going to debunk 5 myths that you’ve heard about mobile homes that just aren’t true.

1. Manufactured Homes are More Prone to Fires
Manufactured homes get a bad rap for being fire-prone. In fact, the media seems to just love writing about them catching on fire. This, combined with the idea that mobile homes are more likely to catch fire makes people believe it must be true. Today, the fire resistance provisions of the HUD code have strict standards for fire retardation and smoke generation materials, large windows in bedrooms, smoke alarms and at least two exterior doors which must be separate from each other and reachable without having to pass through other doors that can be locked. On the other hand, site-built homes do not have such strict requirements. The truth is, fires can happen anywhere and today’s mobile homes are no more at risk for fires than comparable site-built homes.

2. Manufactured Homes Are Poorly Constructed 
Many people seem to believe that manufactured homes aren’t constructed as well as site-built homes. In reality, site-built and manufactured homes are built out of the same materials, just not at the same locations. Although they aren’t built at their final location, manufactured homes are sturdy and follow the same and often stricter HUD building codes than site-built homes. Many of our renovated homes include features such as cherry wood cabinets, granite counters, stainless steel appliances and more. These homes exude both quality and beauty.

3. Manufactured Home Communities Aren’t Nice
The truth is, a few places give manufactured home communities a bad name. There are definitely some manufactured home community operators who care more about profits and let an aging community fall to the wayside. However, you’ll also find a great deal of community managers like Newby Management who places great importance in capital improvements and putting people before profits. For example, in our premier communities like Camelot Lakes, Camelot East and Rolling Greens we are currently working on big capital improvements that will benefit the entire community. We also are always working to update the home inventory. There are many operators and managers who take the time to ensure that communities are kept up-to-date and beautiful for residents to enjoy.

4. Manufactured Homes Don’t Appreciate
Like site-built homes, appreciation depends on a lot of factors. The reality is that some homes appreciate and others do not, no matter what type of home it is. Appreciation factors depend on some of the following:

  • The housing market in which the home is located, will have a significant impact on the future value of the home.
  • The community in which the home is located, has a similarly significant impact on the home’s future value.
  • The initial price paid for the home.
  • The age of the home.
  • The inflation rate.
  • The availability and cost of community sites, which reflects the supply and demand influences on the home’s value.
  • The extent of an organized resale network, where an organized network will usually result in homes selling for a higher price than in markets without such an organized network.
Any home that comes out on the positive end of these factors is likely to appreciate, whether the home is manufactured or built on site. If you’re hoping your manufactured home will appreciate over time, consider the factors listed above when making your purchase.
 
5. Manufactured Homes Are For People With Financial Issues
When mobile homes first came into the market they were used as quick, cheap housing for people in need. Eventually this style of home broke into the mainstream market and became what we know today. When this happened, HUD standards, quality standards and societal standards were placed on manufactured homes. Today, there is hardly any difference between a site-built home and a manufactured home. The quality of manufactured homes, along with the price, make them an amazing affordable housing option. However, they are no longer only a housing option for people with financial troubles. More and more they are becoming smart decisions for people looking to own a home without getting into a ton of debt.

 

Millenials: The Next Generation of Manufactured Home Buyers

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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.

Build the Home of Your Dreams with Scotbilt Homes at Newby Management

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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.

 

 

Why Seconds Could Lose You the Home Sale

Mobile homes for sale, florida mobile homes for sale, florida manufactured homes for sale, florida homes, property management company florida, florida property management, mobile home property managementWhen 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.