A Message from Newby Management’s Director of Sales

Optimized-Virgil-Mills-Cropped-600-ceb62eIt is hard to believe that I am approaching my first anniversary as Director of Sales for Newby Realty. It has been an exciting and challenging learning experience.

Newby Realty is a partner of Newby Management, which manages nearly 40 manufactured homes in the State of Florida.  Newby Management has stewardship of all-age family communities and 55+ communities.  The majority of these communities are land-lease, however, some of them are resident-owned communities.

The goal of Newby Management for each of its communities is ‘100% Occupancy’.  This means that it is Newby Management’s stated aspiration to manage in such an effective and diligent manner that every vacant lot will have a home, and every home will have an occupant.

Our goal at Newby Realty is to assist Newby Management in reaching its goal of ‘100% Occupancy”.  In order to achieve this goal, we also recognize that it is our responsibility at Newby Management and Newby Realty to continue to encourage our community owners to maintain and upgrade the community’s grounds and facilities on an on-going basis.

One of our communities in Ocala just recently completed a $6 million dollar capital improvement on its pools and community center.  Another $3 million project was completed in Sarasota this year.There have been many other community improvements this year throughout the Newby Management Portfolio.

As a realtor, I have worked in real estate, both commercial and residential, for several years.  There are many similarities in marketing manufactured homes and real estate.  However, there are differences, for instance, manufactured homes have titles like vehicles.

Usually, the buyer purchases the manufactured home in one of our communities and then pays lot rent.  Of course, the exception is in resident-owned communities where a share in the community can be purchased.  This is treated as a real estate transaction.

One of the most exciting things that I have discovered in my first year at Newby Realty is the quality, variety and choice available in new manufactured homes.  It is simply amazing. The homes are built so well and offer multiple choices in colors, floor plans, appliance packages, and pricing.

This past year our Newby Realty team has placed over 25 new homes in our communities.  These new homes have been placed throughout Florida in Newby Managed communities, such as, Fort Pierce, Winter Springs, New Smyrna Beach, Edgewater, Debary, Ellenton, Bradenton, Sarasota, Ocala, and Tallahassee. We are in the process of ordering more homes for arrival in early 2016.

For those who might be looking to spend a little less, many of our communities offer pre-owned homes for sale or rent.   Also, we are finding more and more buyers want to custom a home to fit their exact needs and tastes.  We are happy to accommodate that choice at Newby Realty.

In short, if you are considering a move to Florida, I encourage you to check out our website and Newby Management.com and check out our properties.  We are located in so many prime locations in the beautiful State of Florida.  Welcome to sunshine paradise.

Virgil Mills
Director of Sales
Newby Realty

Manufactured Homeowners Can Take Advantage of the Homestead Exemption

14432100173246Today, buying a manufactured home is better than ever.In fact, owning a modern manufactured home isn’t much different than owning a site-built home, except you’ll pay much less. Plus, some manufactured home owners can take advantage of Florida’s homestead exemption.

The Florida Department of Revenue states that a person who owns a property in Florida, and makes the property their permanent residence by January 1, is eligible for an exemption of up to $50,000.

That means that if you own the land your manufactured home is on, and you own your manufactured home, you could save a lot of money. When you couple that with the low cost of manufactured homes, lower property taxes and homestead exemptions, you can get some great deals.

Homestead exemption states the following:

  • The first $25,000 is exempt from all property taxes, including school district taxes.
  • The added $25,000 applies to assessed value over $50,000 and only to non-school taxes.
  • The value used to calculate your property taxes cannot increase by more than 3% annually once you receive homestead exemption.

New 2015 manufactured homes are built with craftsman materials and professionals. You’ll find modern upgrades and stylish designs that you wouldn’t believe. Plus, these new homes are a fraction of the cost you’ll see for site-built new constructions.

See amazing homes available at www.NewbyRealty.com.

Ocala Retirement Community’s New State-of-the-Art Community Center

When you think of a retirement community, what comes to mind? Do you see lonely shuffleboard courts, sleepy BINGO nights and disengaged residents? Not at Rolling Greens! They dare to blur the line between resort and retirement. From the amenities and events, to the people and places, this is a community you’re sure to love. So, we wanted to present you with eight things you need to know about the new Community Center!
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1. The Energy Efficient Design
This state-of-the-art clubhouse is not only beautiful, it’s also energy efficient. LED lighting inside
12187656_1076822505702610_3013451220399799869_nand high-efficiency lighting outside are environmentally-friendly and cost effective. Florida is known as the sunshine state, and with that comes beautiful rays that heat things up. Low-E windows are more efficient than regular windows and help keep the heat out. The geothermal swimming pool heat pumps and AC system are energy efficient as well, and use the aquifer to heat and cool in an efficient and environmentally friendly manner.

2. Outdoor Amenities
12183011_1076823285702532_7666840381113180039_oEnjoy Florida’s beautiful weather at Rolling Green’s Aquatic Center. The heated therapy pool is perfect for water aerobics, volleyball and general activity. If you’re looking for more rigorous exercise, head to the lap pool, with three regulation lanes. Relax on our luxury pool furniture in this outdoor oasis as you spend time with friends or catch some rays. Live an active lifestyle with plenty of outdoor amenities like tennis, pickle ball, bocce, shuffleboard, and an 18 hole executive golf course. These amenities are surrounded by the community’s lush vegetation, so you’ll feel worlds away right in your own community.

3. A Place to Relax
Take a breath and relax in the lush paradise of Rolling Greens. We offer plenty of great places for you to unwind. Sip warm complimentary coffee or tea as you enjoy the coffee lounge and comfy seating in the social area. Kick up your feet and find a good book in the cozy library. Close your eyes and start anew in our steaming saunas. Soak up the delightful Florida sun poolside or let the spa soak your cares away. Whatever you choose, relaxation is waiting for you.

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4. Fitness Center
Get ready to break a sweat in our new fitness center. The state-of-the-art Cybex International equipment is low-impact and perfect for all ages and skill levels. Watch TV on the large LED screens or listen to your favorite playlist while you work out and afterwards hit the men’s and women’s saunas to unwind. You’ll love this spacious and spectacular fitness center, located right in your own community.

5. Cutting-Edge Technology
12045286_1076822825702578_1420203602494523739_oThe Social Coordinator Kiosk combines cutting-edge technology with the fun culture of Rolling Greens to create a unique information center. The Kiosk will feature homes for sale, events in the community and much more!

6. Exciting Events
Each month, our full-time social director keeps our calendar buzzing with fun and exciting events. Meet new friends and have a blast when you attend holiday parties, bingo, game nights, movie nights and much more. There’s always something going on for you to enjoy.

7. Something for Everyone
The Community Center features a Fitness center, Locker Rooms, Saunas, Library, Coffee Lounge, Billiards room, Kitchenette, Social Kiosk, Card Room, and a Multi-purpose Room. Whether you want to play, party, or peruse there’s something for you! It’s open each day from 8 AM- 10 PM, so you’ll have plenty of time to do the things you love. Plus there’s free WiFi, so you can kick back and make yourself at home.
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8. Free Coffee
What’s better than an afternoon pick-me-up? A FREE afternoon pick-me-up. Stop by the Community Center’s coffee lounge for some free coffee. There’s so much to do, you might as well stay awhile.

Not All Fort Pierce Mobile Home Communities are in Disrepair

Sandhill Shores14432100173246Is affordable housing for seniors a thing of the past? It’s a question that has been posed recently that isn’t without merit. The answer is a resounding no, if you know where to look.

Among the hundreds of mobile home communities along the U.S. 1 corridor sits a community that continues to defy the odds. Sandhill Shores is a 55+ manufactured home community that is giving seniors the chance to retire with dignity in an economy where it’s becoming increasingly difficult.

On empty lots, the community is installing three 2016 Skyline Homes. This not only gives residents affordable, new housing options, but also increases the value of the community as a whole. These award-winning homes are energy efficient and include modern upgrades like real wood cabinets and large walk-in showers.

This gated community is an oasis on the Treasure Coast. There’s a true sense of pride from the owners and managers to residents and guests. It’s this pride that has given the community the ability to stay ahead of the curve.

In 2004, Hurricane Charley left the community shocked. Beth Williams, a resident of 28 years, said it took weeks to repair the damage left by the catastrophic category 4 storm. And while many communities never recovered, Sandhill Shores faced the challenge head on.

Today, it’s a thriving and vibrant community that offers affordable housing to seniors. In 2013, the community took a leap and began hosting RV campers year-round. It’s these types of innovative decisions that make this community great.

While nearby communities are being turned into condos and apartments, Sandhill Shores is excited to see growth. Going into their second year with RV campers, they are almost completely booked for the upcoming season.

“This has been Our 2nd Season with RV’s, and it’s been an awesome experience,” said Maggie Stalhut, a long-time resident of Sandhill Shores. “The only thing that’s changed is that our family has grown, and is having more fun. They say that they’ve never felt this welcome, at any other RV Resort. They help us cook, clean, and share in everything, just as family does.”

Last year, the community amenities were renovated, keeping the property looking modern and pristine. Everything from the clubhouse and game room to the pool and fitness center were given new life.

In the current economy, the 55 plus community often has a difficult time finding homes that afford them the lifestyle they deserve. Sandhill Shores stands out from the crowd and residents love living there.

“Our community is full of caring people,” said Barbara, a resident of Sandhill Shores. “There are a lot of activities to attend, some of us work and can’t always participate but you are never made to feel out of place when you to get to be part of the group.”

Newby Management Renovates Tallahassee Manufactured Home Community

The average home in Tallahassee sells for nearly $22,000 more than homes in other parts of Florida. For families living on a tight budget, it can be difficult to find affordable housing. In many cases, manufactured homes fill these housing gaps, but the communities are often undesirable.

Bayhead Mobile Home Community in Tallahassee is working to end this stigma. Under new management, the community is undergoing renovations to create a beautiful, safe and quiet community that families can call home.

In March 2015, Newby Management acquired Bayhead into its portfolio of manufactured home and RV communities. Newby Management has 40 years of experience in the industry, and a depth of service that allows them to handle various issues that can arise while managing communities.

Over the past few months, Newby Management has worked to improve the community. As you drive up to Bayhead, a new sign greets resident and guests, followed by the recently trimmed trees, which include beautiful oak and pines native to northern Florida.

Many items in despair are getting new life. The 39,000 gallon pool, one of the largest in the area, is renovated and new pool furniture graces the deck. The streets have also been repaired.

Residents can now enjoy the freshly painted clubhouse, complete with a new computer lab. Anyone with big toys will love the benefit of the recently enlarged and improved RV storage area.

Empty lots are going to see new homes, including five Homes of Merit and five Jacobsen Homes. These homes feature modern updates like cook-top ranges and large side-by-side refrigerators.

Future plans for the community include upgrading the clubhouse and mail house, adding a playground and picnic areas and much more. In addition to changes to the physical property, the on-site managers have implemented new community programs.

Residents can now gather together for taco nights, book clubs and other events. There’s also a home improvement program, where residents can receive a low interest loan for home improvement and repairs.

Bayhead is proud of these improvements, which are adding value to the community and homes. Tallahassee families looking for affordable housing will be delighted to stop by this community.

Learn more about it and see homes for sale, including new 2015 models on www.BayheadMHP.com.

Wells Fargo to Offer Manufactured Home Lending

14332594373164One of the bigger challenges of purchasing a manufactured home is getting lending. Now, potential home buyers can rest a little easier. Wells Fargo, a national bank, is now going to offer manufactured home lending.

Recently 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 2015 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 lead management Deborah Gosser at sales@NewbyRealty.com and speak to our expert in the field. She can help you find the perfect home in one of our amazing communities.

Camelot Lakes 55+ Community in Sarasota Unveils State-of-the-Art Clubhouse

CAML-20150312-200831Sarasota, Florida- If you’re interested in premier 55+ communities in Sarasota, Florida look no further than Camelot Lakes. This gated, active community is the perfect place to call home either year round or seasonally. If you haven’t been to Camelot Lakes recently, then you haven’t been to Camelot Lakes. On March 12 the community unveiled a state-of-the-art clubhouse remodel you won’t want to miss.

When you walk inside the clubhouse at Camelot Lakes, stop for a moment to admire the beauty. Less than a year ago, this hub of community activity was a much different space. Remodeling the clubhouse meant more than simply planning a building, it meant planning an experience.

CAML-20150312-202817The enlarged lobby is the main entrance for residents and guests. With high ceilings and large glass windows overlooking the sparkling pond, it’s a welcoming and inviting space. Every inch of the clubhouse was redesigned with the residents in mind. As a community that prides itself on customer service, the office staff is positioned near the lobby entrance so friendly faces can greet each new person who walks through the doors.

All new paint, flooring and artwork gave this old building a breath of new life. But those improvements are only the beginning. The lobby features a kiosk that serves as a digital information center. Visitors and residents can view homes for sale or rent in the community, events, reviews of local vendors and more. This technology places Camelot Lakes on the cutting edge of the 21st century.

CAML-20150312-201236The lobby opens up into a spacious and bright meeting room with glass windows that overlook the beautiful pool. It’s a place where residents can relax and enjoy the company of friends. With a 70 inch TV, lazy boy chairs and plenty of seating, it’s a space that’s as fun as it is appealing.

Nearby, the library is home to a comfy couch, large TV and plenty of books for residents to enjoy. The billiards room is ready for a rousing game with two dart boards, freshly carpeted billiards tables, a TV, new décor and new billiards light.

The crafts room was renovated with more space and a TV for instructional videos. The second craft room was expanded to fit 2 kilns and new counters and fixtures were installed. Better insulation and an exhaust fan turned this room into the perfect place to let your creative juices flow.
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Behind the lobby you’ll be drawn in by the smell of freshly brewed coffee. Residents looking for a caffeine fix can stop by the renovated kitchen, which will feature free coffee during business hours. The burnt orange cabinets of the past have been replaced and the kitchen is home to all new appliances.

The open family room style gathering area is your destination for post-coffee relaxation. The large space is home to card tables that are abuzz each week with games. A dance floor and stage set the atmosphere for fun events and great memories. This is how neighbors at Camelot Lakes become friends.

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The nearby business center is the perfect place for residents to catch up on emails, print documents or just surf the internet. For residents who would rather not be tied down, there is free WiFi throughout the clubhouse, so you can cozy up with your coffee and tablet anywhere in the building.

A new conference room near the sales office will help guests learn all about Camelot Lakes. A TV inside the room will give guests front row seats to everything the community has to offer. This active 55+ community is home to two pools, lighted shuffleboard, pickleball, basketball and  tennis courts, horseshoe courts, bocce ball courts, corn hole, and plenty of activities.
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As you walk outside the clubhouse you’ll find the large pool and hot tub and the newly renovated fitness center. It was enlarged by nearly 2/3 and opened up for a great view of the pool and lake. All new equipment and televisions make this the ideal location for sticking to your new year’s resolutions. The men’s and women’s bathrooms at the fitness center are brand new and will feature relaxing wood saunas for residents to relieve some stress.

Besides all the exciting new features of the clubhouse and fitness center, it has been brought up to code per the Americans with Disabilities Act, and now includes ramps and ADA accessible bathrooms. Plus, the entire building has an updated fire and security monitoring systems to help make residents and guests feel safe.

TCAML-20150312-204423his expansion is one you have to see for yourself. Whether you’re a long time resident of Camelot Lakes or looking for a place to call home, this community offers luxurious living at its finest. Stop by this active, 55+ community to see how you can enjoy the lifestyle you’ve always wanted.

Connect with Camelot Lakes on Facebook to see what’s going on today: https://www.facebook.com/camelotlakesfl 

Newby Management Celebrates 40 Years in the Manufactured Housing Industry

1937388_136176975405_7069737_nNewby Management began serving the manufactured housing industry in 1975. Founded by Martin Newby, the company was established with a commitment to excellence and family values. Trustworthiness, honesty, integrity, and the importance of relationships were standards of the daily operation. These, combined with a hands-on approach provided a solid platform on which the company would grow.
 
Nearly 30 years later, this family-run organization still sees each day as a new opportunity to impact the manufactured housing industry. In 1985, the statement of purpose was created: “Sharing the Love of Christ While Providing Unique Management Services in the Manufactured Housing Industry.”
 
This statement serves as the yard stick by which the Newby team operates. Other values have become linchpins in the company’s daily operations, such as a teachable spirit, servant’s hearts and families first.
 
The people-centric values created unique programs that separated Newby Management from its competitors. A program titled Insight TRACK ® was created to survey the satisfaction of our resident customers. This tool was ultimately integrated into the National Manufactured Housing Association as their method of evaluating how other operators were serving their residents.
 
A dedication to service and excellence permeates the organization. It’s common for employees to go above and beyond in service and expectations. The Newby Management Emergency Action Team (NEAT) is a primary example of the high-quality service the team employs.
 
In August 2004, Hurricane Charley ripped through Southwest Florida and damaged a Newby Management community.  From that experience, NEAT was created to respond to disasters that may occur in Newby communities. These disasters include hurricanes, fires, tornadoes, flooding and terrorism. This is merely one fine example of how the team saw a need and rose to meet it in their communities.
 
Still, the most unique aspect of Newby Management is the day-to-day commitment of the team. Each day the company begins with prayer.  This simple act grounds and unifies a team of individuals coming from a diverse set of backgrounds and struggles. By walking through life together, the team can often be found helping one another both inside and outside the workplace. The one for all mentality creates in the team a bond that cannot be broken by the rigors of work.
 
It’s the same mentality the team uses when tackling projects. Each team member, in their unique capacity fulfills a very important role in the company. However, the most important role they fill is the one that’s ever-changing. It’s the role that requires people to step out of their finite job description and into an infinite number of possibilities and scenarios. At Newby Management, you’ll rarely hear someone utter the phrase “that’s not my job.”
 
The company’s statement of purpose means different things to different people, but one thing remains constant. Each person has a servant’s heart that is at the core of who they are. It’s this mindset that makes customer service at Newby Management so unique.
 
Whether it’s a resident, an investor or a vendor, each team member takes personal responsibility for the customer service someone receives at the company. If you call the office you’ll likely be greeted with “Thanks for calling Newby Management, how may I serve you?” It’s a simple phrase, but one that sets the tone for the entire conversation.
 
An inimitable team such as this is not born, but rather it is carefully built.  Each team member is carefully selected for their position based on a number of criteria including both character and competency.
 
With the right people working in the right places, Newby Management has the depth to offer a vast array of services to clients, which sets them apart from competitors in the industry.
 
Property Management  
The Newby Management team knows that each property faces unique challenges. That’s why each property is approached individually, and their struggles, hopes and dreams become Newby Management’s. Each property is handled as if it belonged to the company.
Property Management Services:
  • Resident Relations
  • Collecting Rents
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Rule Enforcement
  • Property Visits
  • Community Clean-up
  • Disaster Relief
  • Maintenance
  • Create & Promote Lifestyle
  • Hold Meetings for Rent Increases
  • Comply with State & Federal Guidelines
  • Host Social Events
  • Physical Plant Management
  • 24-Hour Crisis Management

 

Accounting:
Accounting is usually marked by numbers and figures. At Newby Management, it’s marked by genuine care. The accountants treat all the money they handle as if it were their own. They personally invest in the outcome of the finances, and through it are able to provide excellent customer service and financial reporting.
When investors or ownership groups make special requests known, the accounting team meets them consistently. The company’s service package is often customized to meet the needs of a variety of challenges that investors and owners face. Unlike other companies, Newby Management clients have the comfort of knowing they will always be able to talk directly to a live person who handles their account on a day-to-day basis.
Accounting Services:
  • Budgets
  • On-Time Payment Processing
  • Rent Collection
  • Professional Financial Reporting
  • Manage/Reconcile Bank Accounts

 

Human Resources:
Hiring the right team members for the right positions is about more than wordy job descriptions. The human resources department at Newby Management is dedicated to finding the right team members, with the right personalities to fill positions on our team.
Human Resources Services:
  • Management Training
  • Competent On-Site Personnel
  • Hire/Fire Team Members
  • Advertise and Recruit for Open Positions
  • Ensure Compliance with Federal and State Laws
  • Complete Background and Drug Screenings
  • Administer Skills & Personality Tests
  • Provide Workers’ Compensation
  • Benefit Administration
  • Unemployment Claims

 

Information Technology:
The Newby Management IT team is on the cutting-edge of technological advances in the industry. A thoughtful, intelligent group of early adopters make this department unequivocally trained to handle a vast range of requests, issues and ideas in the property management arena.
IT Services:
  • Website Design and Management
  • Software Management
  • PC/Hardware Support
  • WiFi Systems
  • Security Camera Systems
  • Ongoing IT Training
  • Virus Protection and Updates
  • Back-up Systems
  • Wholesale Pricing on Hardware
  • Licensed Tracking
  • Remote Support

 

Sales & Marketing:
In an ever-evolving digital landscape, the sales and marketing team at Newby Management works to stay current across all mediums. The in-house talent available to clients is unparalleled in the industry, and gives the team a unique ability to create one-of-a-kind products and marketing programs that are tailored to individual communities.
Sales & Marketing Services:
  • Corporate Photographer
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Social Media Training
  • Online Advertising
  • In-house Design Team
  • SEO
  • Inbound Marketing
  • Leads Management
  • Licensed Broker and Dealer in Community
  • Sales Agent in Community
  • Online Listing Service for Sale Homes

 

Chaplaincy Program:
Our fast-paced society often neglects the emotional and spiritual needs of people. Our chaplaincy program is designed to connect with people on a deeper level, giving them a touch of humanity that is often lacking in the workplace.
Chaplaincy Services:
  • Visit Sick & Lonely
  • Care Notes, Daily Breads
  • Establish Bible Studies & Church Services
  • Bible Program
  • Funerals
  • Marriages
  • Senior Assistance Resources
  • Deliver Food and Flowers to Residents in Need
  • Team Building