This year, we were able to resume to our annual BBQ and Awards Ceremony! We were so happy to be able to see and be with our employees, who came from all across the state of Florida. We were able to give out awards, enjoy board games, painting, laser tag, and some great BBQ.
Although the last year has been a tough one, our employees maintained their good attitudes and excellence in the workplace. We wanted to provide a time away for our employees to relax and enjoy fellowshipping with other staff members. We also wanted to publicly thank and recognize them for all the hard work and dedication they exhibited throughout the difficult year of 2020.
A number of awards were given out to our much deserving staff highlighting their Excellence in Stewardship, Super Support, being a Social Media Ambassador, and many more. Quail Hollow, managed by Lisa Graves, came away with The Most Outstanding Land-Lease community, while Clarice Campbell and her community, Tropicana Co-Op in Fort Myers, won The Most Outstanding Resident-Owned Community. The Most Outstanding RV Community was awarded to Bayhead in Tallahassee and their manager Doreen Wallace. For the greatly coveted President’s Award, corporate staff members Adam Pike, Director of Training, and Brenda Richter, Account Controller, were awarded for all of their hard work and long hours that were put into 2020.
To see more pictures from the BBQ and Awards ceremony, check out the album on our Facebook page.
Thank you all for the dedication and hard work shown in 2020. We are so blessed with our Newby Team and are anticipating a great 2021!
No one wants to see the hurricane graphic on the weather channel coming straight towards them, however, you must be prepared for the inevitable, which means preparing for every hurricane scenario before the beginning of hurricane season, June 1st. Hurricanes can cause serious damage and fatalities to those who are unprepared. Hurricanes can cause serious damage and fatalities to those who are unprepared. Accuweather hurricane expert, Dan Kottlowski, explained that of those people who were impacted by Florence and Michael (the two biggest hurricanes of 2018), the ones who did not have plans in place had the most difficulty in dealing with the storm when it was occurring and during the recovery. According to Accuweather, experts are predicting fourteen to twenty tropical storms for 2020, with seven to eleven turning into hurricanes, and four to six of those being of Category 3 or higher.
In order to be prepared, we suggest to buy all supplies necessary before the season starts to avoid the pre-storm shopping rush. Supplies should include bottled water, canned foods, a flashlight, batteries, a first-aid kit, and storm shutters or plywood to board up windows.
So, what do I do if a hurricane has formed and heading straight towards me?
First off, if you live in a storm surge risk area, be prepared to evacuate if a hurricane is heading towards your area. This should be done as soon as possible to avoid potential traveling issues.
Secure your home: No one wants to leave their home and belongings behind, but it is necessary in many situations in order to avoid fatalities. However, you can follow guidelines to protect your house as much as possible to avoid losing your home and belongings.
Windows are the most vulnerable part of the house during a hurricane due to the high winds blowing around loose debris such as trees, roof shingles, and pieces of metal. The best way to prevent debris from coming through a window and damaging your home is to cover all your home’s windows with storm shutters, 5/8-inch exterior grade plywood, or marine plywood. Make sure to keep these supplies handy until the hurricane season is over because an average hurricane season produces 12 named storms, of which six become hurricanes, including three major hurricanes.
A lesser known tip to protect your home from damage during a hurricane is to shut all interior doors of the house. The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety explains on its website, “Closing interior doors helps compartmentalize the pressure inside the home into smaller areas reducing the overall force on the roof structure, which gives the roof a better chance of staying intact.”
Stay tuned in: It is also crucial to stay tuned in to your local National Weather Service office and local government/emergency management offices for updates, insights, and news. Hurricanes can change direction very quickly so it is important to monitor the weather frequently when a hurricane is in the area. In fact, Hurricane Michael (the strongest storm to hit the continental U.S. since Hurricane Andrew in 1992) went from nothing to a category 4 hurricane in a matter of four days. Figure out the plan of action for each possible scenario so you are prepared no matter what happens. Follow instructions issued by local officials. Leave immediately to a designated storm shelter if ordered!
If you are not ordered to evacuate:
1)Take refuge in a small interior room, closet, or hallway on the lowest level during the hurricane. Put as many walls between you and the outside as you can.
2)Stay away from windows and glass doors to avoid being potentially hit with debris or broken glass.
3)If the eye of the hurricane is passing over your area, there will be a short period of calm, but at the other side of the eye, the wind speed rapidly increases to hurricane force winds coming from the opposite direction.
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!)
Remember your grandma’s mobile home park? Nothing to do, rickety houses lining disheveled streets. Today’s four and five star manufactured home communities are a far cry from those, and investors are taking notice.
These communities offer green spaces, amenities and high-end homes that offer the convenience of single-family homes without the cost. From fitness centers and clubhouses, to activities and luxury swimming pools, these communities are becoming more and more attractive to investors. In business terms, they offer stable returns, long-term occupants, and a relatively low capital cost to maintain the properties.
The financial risk is relatively low as well. Second only to self-storage, these communities have one of the lowest rates of default. It also has the second-highest net operating income growth, making manufactured home communities very attractive to both mom-and-pop, along with large investors.
Speaking of mom-and-pop, they make finding a manufactured home community for purchase difficult. The stability of the asset encourages long-term ownership, and the assets are often kept in the family. Still, investors in the market can often find a distressed property with 50% occupancy in need of repairs and community spaces. Besides mom and pop owners, large companies own a majority of the parks in the Untied States. Sun Communities, Equity Lifestyle Properties and RHP Properties are the top three owners, with a combined ownership of 200,000 sites.
An increased demand for manufactured housing from baby boomers and young families has encouraged lenders like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to announce an increase in manufactured housing production goals. The average cost of a manufactured home, minus land, is $70,600, compared to nearly $300k for a single-family home, according to the Manufactured Housing Institute.
Due to their affordability, manufactured housing falls outside of the institutional lending limit caps set for Fannie and Freddie. Interest rates have remained low, and borrowers have the option to shop around for the load terms that best suit the mobile home community, and the market. Because of this, borrowers benefit from a competitive product with a low interest rate, and a good return in a low-risk environment.
In the meantime, demand for manufactured homes continues to rise, leaving investors on the market searching for the next good deal.
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.
Each morning, one of our community managers tours his community in a golf cart to see if any resident’s haven’t picked up their newspaper. Why does he do this? It’s a simple act that goes a long way in anticipating resident’s needs.
At Newby Management, this is one of our Three Steps of Service: “Anticipate and meet resident needs. Know your community family well enough to provide service even before they ask.” This means that you should pay extra attention to the sick elderly resident’s home. A paper left on the driveway for them could be a lot more serious than for other residents.
Getting to know your community is an essential part of being able to anticipate needs. For sick or elderly residents, a newspaper on the driveway could signal a need for help. For other residents, it could simply mean that they are out of town or on an early morning walk.
Anticipating needs comes in all shapes and sizes, from offering ice cream bars to residents at the pool to helping an elderly resident with home repairs. For instance, if residents love hanging out at the pool, but the furniture is old and rickety it might be time to consider purchasing new pool furniture. Also, we use the taller comfort pool furniture when possible. Waiting to make changes until residents have started complaining or have stopped coming to the pool entirely is too late.
Small acts of service can mean the difference between good customer service and great customer service. Finding new ways to serve residents should be exciting, and it’s the job of all team members to keep it that way.
Every team member should make it a priority to anticipate resident needs. Empower your team members to act on opportunities to go above and beyond for residents. This could mean stopping to help a resident locate a nearby service or walking with a resident to show them where the library is located.
If you host a weekly staff meeting, encourage your team members to share what they have done to meet resident’s needs. This will not only offer you an opportunity to praise them, but it will also give other team members good ideas. Be sure to encourage team members when they are engaging in excellent customer service.
At Newby Management, our team is constantly striving to serve our residents in new ways. We train our team members to take initiative, to anticipate resident needs and to create great communities. In fact, at a recent meeting we came up with tons of ways our community managers are already putting these theories into play.
How do your manufactured home communities anticipate resident needs?
A manufactured home community can seem like a business investment. It can be easy to forget that each community is a living, breathing entity that has its own individual character and personality. There isn’t a magical formula for managing manufactured home communities, and that’s why you need a hands-on property management company.
At Newby Management, we have been serving manufactured home and RV communities for 40 years. This has given us the experience we need to foster communities where people love to live. We know what works and what doesn’t, and we’re always trying to better ourselves as a company.
We have set certain standards for ourselves, like being close to our communities. This allows us the benefit of face-to-face interaction on a regular basis. It means being able to respond quickly in the event of crisis. It means being present and knowledgeable on all aspects of the community. A property management company who wasn’t readily available would not be able to accomplish this.
As manufactured home community property managers, being onsite means you can be aware of problems and address them proactively. You won’t have to wait for something to be in disrepair before you hear about it. If the pool looks dirty or the bushes need to be trimmed you’ll be able to take the steps necessary to correct the problem.
This hands-on approach is carried out daily by regional managers who oversee specific communities and make regular onsite visits. They become familiar with each of their communities, the residents and the specific issues and concerns that each community might face. It’s this level of customized care that sets Newby Management apart from other companies.
Hands-off management companies will often try to apply a one-size-fits-all solution to each community. While these solutions may act as a band-aid for the community in the short term, they will not address the long-term needs of the community as a whole.
Having an involved management company sometimes means that every team member helps resolve issues that may arise within a community. At the community level, our team members have personal relationships with our corporate staff that makes it easy for them to handle everyday problems with ease. Plus, the community managers can speak directly to the person who can handle their specific issue.
As a Christian company, we also pay special attention to the needs of both our team members and residents. This often means going above and beyond to offer specialized service and care. Whether it’s prayers, our chaplaincy program or something more, we strive to provide personal care to our communities.
Managing manufactured home communities requires knowledge of a constantly changing product, the most important aspect of which is people. It’s requires sensitivity, availability and a strong business sense. These are all strengthened and added to when a hands-on management company is present.
How do you handle the demands of your manufactured home community?
When buyers walk into a home, they want to be dazzled. And the kitchen still remains at the top of most buyer’s wish lists. USA Today’s list of ‘11 Home Features Buyers Will Pay Extra For‘ mentioned 5 things in the kitchen alone: new appliances, granite counters, kitchen island, stainless steel appliances, and an eat-in kitchen. Guess what? Most new manufactured homes have it all, and for a price you won’t get in a comparable site-built home.
In a new manufactured home, everything is new, not just the appliances. With many manufactured home dealers, you’ll be able to pick a floor plan and customization that fit you. Plus you can choose the appliances you’d like, everything from energy efficient glass top stoves to state-of-the-art refrigerators. It’s a great feeling knowing you have brand new everything, usually with a warranty too! See more photos of this new manufactured home for sale in Ocala, Fl.
Granite counters really make a kitchen come together in a stunning way. They are great surfaces to work on, easy to clean and offer a lovely look. Whether you choose dark or light counters, most new manufactured homes feature all the bells and whistles, including granite counters. If you’re looking to keep your home costs low, you can always opt for the standard counters and change them out later, but if you buy an upgraded home it will come move-in ready with no DIY projects needed. See more photos of this new manufactured home for sale in Bradenton, FL.
Kitchen islands are a lovely addition to new homes. They are a great place to gather when entertaining, and with a few bar stools they’re the perfect place to have breakfast. Kitchen islands are large, so you can put out food when you have friends over, or use it as a prep space when cooking. This is a chef’s dream! The kitchen above features a beautiful island, compete with white cabinets and stainless steel appliances, offset by dark flooring and tons of natural light. And yes, that is a manufactured home. See more photos of this new manufactured home for sale in Ocala, Florida.
As you can see from our beautiful kitchen pictures so far, stainless steel is basically standard in new manufactured homes. So why does everyone love stainless steel? It’s timeless, stylish and it will last a long time.Stainless steel is easy to clean, and it resists germs better than wood or plastic surfaces because it’s non-porous. Plus, stainless steel can do with any decor, whether you want to go dark or light. Just check out the stainless steel with some of our beautiful new manufactured home kitchens above. If you love to match, it will be easy to find stainless steel appliances, hardware, you name it. Go ahead and make the kitchen of your dreams come true! See more of this home for sale in Bradenton.
EAT-IN KITCHENIt’s great to have a nice place to share a meal, as well as a formal dining area. Because many new manufactured homes have islands with seating options, and a dining area, you’ll be able to share casual meals at home, and entertain too! Or, you can have a dedicated area for breakfast and coffee, as well as somewhere to have dinner with your family. The great thing about new manufactured homes is that you can customize many of the floor plans, so you can even have a true eat-in kitchen and a formal dining room. Open floor plans are popular and stylish, so while it might not be a dedicated room, it will be the perfect spot to share a meal and some good memories. See more photos of this new manufactured home for sale in Ocala, FL.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6
At Newby Management’s corporate office, the work day begins with prayer. At 8:30 everyone gathers together to bring prayer requests for themselves, loved ones, team members and the company. It’s a time for team members to lift each other up in prayer.
In doing this, the company has created a culture where team members feel confident in sharing their struggles. Rather than feeling alone in their problems, everyone knows they have a work family surrounding them, supporting them and caring for them.
Prayers aren’t just lifted up in the morning though. If team members in the corporate office or the field are experiencing something major, the team will stop what they are doing and meet together to pray. It isn’t uncommon to find the team gathered in the hall praying for someone.
This culture is about more than prayer. It’s about an entire company taking the time to put people first, it’s about feeling safe in the workplace, it’s about knowing that God is bigger than our problems. Whether it’s family trouble, illness or problems at work, our team members feel comfortable bringing them to the table.
When it’s something that a team member might not feel comfortable sharing at the time, they ask for unspoken prayers. These unspoken prayers are something we’ve all dealt with from time to time. They are the things we aren’t ready share or don’t know how to. When those come up we lift them up to God too. We know he hears even the prayers we aren’t ready to speak yet.
It’s not common to hear of a company that starts each day with prayer. At Newby Management it’s acts like this that make it such a great place to work. From prayer and Bible studies at staff meetings to the corporate chaplain and Bible program, it all contributes to a workplace that loves God and people.
If you’re looking for a new construction home, you could save up to 47% just by using this one simple tip. Don’t be scared of manufactured homes. A recent study by the Urban Institute’s manufactured housing sector, compared the costs between manufactured homes, new site-built homes and existing site-built homes. The study found that manufactured housing is 35 to 47 percent cheaper per square foot than new or existing site-built homes.
Despite this, the number of manufactured homes shipped each year has gone from averaging 242,000 per year between 1977 and 1993, to just 92,500 units in 2017, even though homes today are much higher quality. This phenomenon is thought to occur for a number of reasons, including restrictive zoning, unavailable finance, and lower appreciation.
The stigma on manufactured homes prevents many Americans from attaining affordable housing. We are going to debunk some of the stigmas above, including financing, zoning and appreciation.
More and more financing is becoming available through programs like Fannie Mae and banks like Wells Fargo. Fannie Mae is launching a 30-year financing program in New Hampshire that could be a starting point for government-sponsored enterprises (GSE) to offer similar loan terms nationwide.
In 2017, Wells Fargo hired two experienced manufactured housing executives to help expand into the industry, Matt Krasinski and Lew Grace of GE Capiutal Real Estate. Changes like these are coming to the industry all the time, offering more ways for people to finance and purchase manufactured homes.
Furthermore, HUD is exploring the possibility of deregulating manufactured housing. HUD announced that manufactured housing plays a vital role in meeting that nation’s affordable housing needs, providing nearly 10 percent of the total single-family housing stock.
Manufactured homes, which are built on a permanent chassis in a manufacturing plant and then transported, are constructed according to a code administered by HUD instead of according to state, local, or regional codes, like other types of housing.
This gives HUD wide authority to regulate or deregulate them. HUD’s review of manufactured housing regulation is part of a broader effort by the Trump administration to do away with regulations it deems “overly burdensome.”
In addition, today’s manufactured homes are built to much higher standards than before, which means their appreciation happens much more slowly. New construction manufactured homes meet rigorous building, environmental and safety standards. Many come with everything from granite counters and tray ceilings to stainless steel appliances and beautiful raised porches. You can choose from flawless vinyl wood flooring, large bathtubs, exquisite kitchen islands, open floor plans and a variety of modern upgrades. Plus, most new homes are energy efficient and come with a full warranty.
We hope this has opened your eyes to the exciting opportunity available with new construction manufactured homes!