Choosing Between a Land Leased or Land Owned Manufactured Home Community

Land Lease Community

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Camelot Lakes, a luxury 55+ manufactured home community in Sarasota, FL.

If you grew up in a small town, you’ll remember that feeling of community, that sense of living where everyone knew your name. What if you could recapture that feeling?

In manufactured home land-leased communities, that feeling is alive and well. There is often a sense of safety and security within these communities, where residents care about the well-being and health of their neighbors.

In land-lease communities, you will own your home, but rent the land on which the home sits. Depending on the community, these fees can range from $300-1,000.

In many communities, your monthly fee will cover lawn care, water treatment, and the use of community amenities. In resort-style communities, your fee may be slightly higher, but will often include access to luxury amenities.

For instance, in Rolling Greens, a 55+ luxury manufactured home community in Ocala, the amenities are state-of-the-art. In this community, the lot rent includes base rent, water/sewer, lawn maintenance and curbside trash service.

Residents also get to enjoy numerous amenities, from a new state-of-the-art clubhouse, to the 18-hole executive golf course. Like other land-lease communities, Rolling Greens hosts monthly events, which helps establish a vibrant and active sense of community.

When looking into land-lease communities, ask the manager about their guidelines to ensure they fit your lifestyle. These guidelines are in place to help maintain a pleasant environment for all residents, and to help ensure the protection of your investment.

You’ll find that the guidelines encourage residents to take pride in their homes and their community. It’s something you’ll see as you drive down the street, and something you can count on.

One great aspect of purchasing a home in a land-lease community is the low up-front costs. You won’t have property taxes assocaited with your home, nor will you have the up-front cost of purchasing land along with a home.

If you’re looking for affordability, great amenities, a well-maintained neighborhood and a sense of community, land-lease manufactured homes are a great option.

Land-Owned Communities 

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Lazy Days, a land-owned community in Fort Myers, Florida.

Land lease communities offer a lot of benefits, but the downside is that you don’t own the land on which your home sits. In land-owned manufactured home communities, residents own both their homes and the land.

When you purchase the land/lot in this type of community you will be purchasing the land with a specific legal description. The land price can range from $35,000 to $75,000. Monthly maintenance fees range from $100 to $300.

Monthly dues are for the use of the facilities, amenities and common area. This option means you will not have to pay a larger monthly lot rent, but your initial costs will be much higher, as you will have to purchase the home and the land.

Land-owned communities are a good option for people who have more money to invest. All lots in a Land Owned Subdivision will be owned by individual owners who form a Homeowners Association. The members of the Association elect a board of directors to manage common elements.

Land-owned communities still feature much of that same small town feel as land-lease communities. They will often host events and have resort-style amenities, just not as often as a land leased community.

Choosing a manufactured home community can be daunting. Whatever you choose, be assured that you’ll make wonderful friends and have a home that you can love for years to come.

Especially with new construction manufactured homes, you can expect all the same details and stylistic features you’d find in a comparable site-built home, with the added benefit of being energy efficient.

If you’d like help selecting a manufactured home community in Florida, our dedicated team of specialists would love to help. Contact us to learn more, or to see what homes we have available for purchase and to rent. Whether you’re looking for something permanent or seasonal, we’re here to help!

 

Why Florida is the Perfect Snowbird Destination

It might be summer, but if you live up north you know one thing. Winter is coming. And while your leaves are changing and snow flurries are falling, Florida is busy being sunny and sensational.

This retiree’s paradise is perfect, whether you’re looking for seasonal digs or permanent ones. We’re going to walk you through some reasons Florida is the place to be this winter.

ONE: “Winter isn’t coming?”

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Because you can’t shovel sunshine, ya’ll!

Techically, there is a winter in Florida, but we’re you’re spending Christmas at the beach it sure doesn’t feel that way. The average annual temperature is a comfortable 81 degrees, while the annual low is just 60. So you can be pretty sure most days will be perfect for the beach, enjoying drinks outside or playing a round of golf. While the summers may be hot (and you might not even be here), the rest of the months more than make up for it!

TWO: “Let’s Talk Taxes!”

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No pictures of taxes, but here’s a golf course on the beach in Indian Shores, FL.

Alright, no one really wants to talk about taxes, but here is the low-down you might want to know. Florida doesn’t have a state income tax, interitance tax or estate tax. That’s why even many of our seasonal residents choose to have their main real estate here in Florida. Time to save money, and have fun doing it!

THREE: “It’s Beach Keen!”

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Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota, Florida.

Love the ocean? We have some great news for you! No matter where you are in Florida, you’re never more than two hours from the beach. We have the Atlantic Ocean on one side, and the Gulf of Mexico on the other, plus loads of lakes and canals! Check out the east coast for some awesome waves and drive-up beach access. Or visit the west coast for beautiful sunsets and sugar sand in Siseta Key (voted America’s #1 beach in 2017). Whatever water floats your boat, Florida’s sure to have it.

FOUR: “Active Adults Unite!”

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Fun and friends at Camelot East in Sarasota.

Forget retirement where you sit on the porch and drink sweet tea (okay, that actually does sound pretty nice). Today’s retirees are active and ready for adventure, and the sunshine state is ready to deliver. Florida has a wide range of amazing 55+ communities where you’ll find resort-style amenities, affordable housing, great friends, monthly events and more! These aren’t your mom’s retirement communities. Check out our website to learn more about some of our 55+ communities that you can call home this winter!

FIVE: “Activities for all!”

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Golf Course at Rolling Greens, a premier 55+ community in Ocala.

Speaking of active adults, you’ll never get bored in Florida. From amusement parks and water sports, to golf and fishing, this state has it all. We’re home to over 1,300 golf courses too! Why stay inside and shovel snow when you could be outside enjoying life? Take a bike ride on the beach, or try America’s new favorite sport: Pickleball! Great ready to live the life of you dreams, right here in Florida!

Want to find homes for sale or rent this winter in our Newby Management communities? Check here! We can’t wait to welcome you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why Pickleball is Becoming America’s New Favorite Sport

Pickleball, seniors pickleball, pickleball in florida, 55+ community, active adult community Watch out, tennis because there’s a new sport in town. A combination  of tennis, badminton and table tennis, pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in America. It’s a great way to get active for young and old alike.

The sport is played on a badminton-sized court with a modified tennis net. Players use a plastic ball with holes in it and they serve across the net, much like in tennis. The rules are simple and easy to learn, but it can develop into a fast-paced game for more experienced players.

In fact, it’s becoming so popular one business was able to go from an online store to a retail store in just three years. Pickle Pro started off selling pickleball paddles online, and was able to open up a store four years ago in Naples Florida. The owner says the company grows about 150% per year.

For two years, more than 1,300 athletes compete in the U.S. Open, a seven-day national pickleball tournament held at East Naples Commuity Park. That’s a 40% increase in participants from the first tournament held in 2016.

Although the sport is growing in popularity across the nation, Florida is becoming a hub for pickle-ball lovers everywhere. The U.S. Open is helping Naples become the ‘Pickleball Capital of the World’. While in town, local stores sell everything from paddles and balls to special shoes designed with pickleball in mind.

Players say the sport is addicting, and it’s being touted as the number one way for active adults to stay in shape. It’s great cardio, while being easy on joints. This combination is causing 55+ communities to start adding pickleball courts to their list of amenities.

At Newby Management, we are no exception. In fact, many of our communities now have dedicated pickleball courts, along with hosted games and even tournaments. With Florida’s year-round beautiful weather, there’s never a bad time to get outside and see why pickleball is America’s new favorite sport.

See Pickleball in action at one of our premier 55+ communities in Ocala, FL: Rolling Greens Pickleball 

Sources:

Pickleball Grows In Popularity As A Way To Get Moving

https://www.usapa.org/what-is-pickleball/

 

 

http://www.naplesnews.com/story/sports/2017/04/27/us-open-pickleball-popularity-means-big-business-sport-grows/100925432/

Giving Back to Manufactured Home Community Residents Through BBQs

CLEA-20140909-181207-2The smell of barbecue chicken wafts through the summer air. It’s a smell that creates memories and brings them back for residents at Newby Management communities. For the residents, it’s about more than a BBQ, it’s a time to connect with friends, to relax and to enjoy their community.

For the Newby Management corporate team, the Summer BBQ’s are about living out one of the company’s core values: Servanthood. It states: “With Jesus as our example, we will strive to graciously serve our customers, investors, and fellow team members to the highest level possible. Each of us agrees to be accountable to a higher authority.”

Each summer, team members from the corporate office travel across the state with a grill in tow to

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serve up grilled chicken, potato salad, beans, dinner roll and a large cake. Themes create a fun and exciting atmosphere, different years have featured fiestas, the 70s and more!

As you can imagine, a lot of logistics go into a BBQ for an entire community! In some larger communities, our team may cook over 400 pieces of chicken.  This means we start at dawn and turn the grill four times!

You definitely won’t go away hungry from one of our shindigs either. We give very specific instructions to local butchers on how to quarter the chicken so each serving is huge. That’s right! We not only serve big pieces of chicken, but we also use local butchers near the community we’re serving.

10517982_514553335312557_2918630772009030190_nWhen a resident comes through our line, they can be assured that we temp tested the chicken before it leaves the grill, so we can be sure it’s cooked thoroughly. Then comes the fun part: deciding whether you want light or dark meat. Delicious! You can get a piece plain or drenched in Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce.

We love summertime because it means an opportunity to serve our residents and give back to our communities with a good old-fashioned southern BBQ. To our team, these are times of great fellowship and fun. They are a time to create new memories and reflect on past memories. They are a time to remind our residents that we are on their side. And of course, we can’t forget the delicious food!

Do you want to learn more about Newby Management? Visit us online at www.NewbyManagement.com.

Take Advantage of Florida Golfing with These 5 Tips

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The 18-hole executive golf course at Rolling Greens in Ocala, FL.

Here at Rolling Greens, a 55+ luxury golf community in Florida, we are excited to bring you 5 tips to take advantage of Florida golfing. We are located in sunny Ocala, Florida, where our 18-hole executive golf course is popular with residents and guests alike. Get ready to perfect your Florida golf game.

BEAT THE FLORIDA HEAT

Ya’ll, Florida weather is amazing. Know why? You can play golf any time of the year. But for most of the year, the weather is in the 80’s or 90’s, so here are some quick tips on how to stay cool while you perfect your golf game. (Psst: the average temperature in Ocala is a lovely 83 degrees.)

  • Freeze a water bottle so it defrosts and stays cool throughout your game.
  • Bring an extra towel or a specially designed cooling towel (they retain water but stay dry to the touch).
  • Bring extra gloves (pro-tip), this way when yours get sweaty you have a backup pair.
  • Wear light colored, moisture-wicking clothes to help stay cool.
  • Drink water! Easy peasy, but also easy to forget when you’re trying to knock a hole in one.

RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY

When it’s hot, it’s usually raining too. Florida storms often come with thunder and lightening, which make golfing during them unsafe. When they don’t, here are some quick and easy tips to play in the afternoon drizzle.

  • It’s all about the gear: waterproof clothing, a well-constructed water-proof umbrella, water-proof gloves (you get it, clothes that help you stay dry).
  • Bring along a good towel to dry clubs during play.
  • Check the weather forecast and plan trips for the early morning, these are usually the best times to go in the summer months when an afternoon shower is almost guaranteed.
  • Invest in a see-through plastic cover to protect your bag.
  • Remeber: the rain will change your game. Take it slow and steady!

GOLF PROS KNOW THIS

Hate being stuck behind slow-moving players? Don’t we all! Especially when the sun is hot, you want to get through a course efficiently. Here’s a pro-tip we’ve saved just for you: talk to the rangers or starters. Tell them your handicap or average score range. They should be able to give you tips on which tees to play first, so you can avoid having the group behind you haggle you. Also, so you can get to post-golf drinks that much faster.

 

SEE YA LATER, ALLIGATOR

Let’s cut to the chase. Florida + Water = alligators. Here’s the good news, there have been no documented deaths from an alligator bite to a golfer. Still, that doesn’t make the danger any less real. Here are some quick and dirty tips if an alligator tries to ruin your golf game:

  • Fight back, they look for easy prey. Attack the most delicate part of their body, the snout.
  • Keep your distance from water. A ball is just a ball, so unless it’s right near the edge of the water, let that one go.
  • Try to stay at or above the surface, once an alligator gets you under it’s much harder to fight back.
  • Use common sense! Remember, golf courses are beautiful, but many the waterways on the courses are home to alligators. Make safety a priority.

MOVE OVER MICKEY MOUSE, IT’S TEE TIME

Think Orlando is all about Mickey Mouse? The famous golfer Arnold Palmer would disagree. Ranked the #5 Best Golf City in America by Golf.com, Orlando is home to half of the PGA tour, so you could have a famous golfer on your course. There’s plenty of public courses, and the median green fee is $49. Now you know an amazing secret next time the family takes a vacation to Orlando to visit Mickey Mouse.

Rolling Greens is located about an hour and a half north of Orlando, so it’s an easy drive and a great place to stay if you don’t want to deal with the hustle and bustle of Orlando traffic!

Want to learn more about the golf course at Rolling Greens? How about becoming a resident? We would love to tell you all about this luxury 55+ golf community. Thanks for checking out our Florida golfing tips and happy golfing to you!

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Are You Protecting Your Mobile Home Community’s Assets?

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Camelot East, a 55+ Newby Management Community in Sarasota, Florida.

What’s the best way to protect your community’s assets? Empower your team memebrs!

It’s a mantra you’ll hear countless times at Newby Management. It holds true in a variety of circumstances and often proves to be invaluable in the workplace, especially when it comes to protecting your assets in a manufactured home community or RV resort.

Number 10 in our 10 Basics for all team members states “Protecting the assets of your community is the responsibility of every team member.” Whether it’s the community/resort manager or someone on the maintenance crew, everyone should feel empowered to protect the assets.

Empowering your team members to take responsibility for the community’s assets means first making them feel part of a team. People who feel valued by their employers often take more responsibility and pride in their positions than people who don’t. Invested employees notice cracks in the walls or issues when the checkbook is being balanced.

In essence, these team members feel like the community/resort finances are their own and treat the assets as they would their home. As a management company, it’s why we value every member of our team, treating them all with the respect and dignity they deserve.

You’ll often see that our business philosophy boils down to respect, compassion and care. Successfully managing a community/resort isn’t about the bottom line, it’s about the people. When you find ways to meet the needs of your team members and residents, you’ll see that the bottom line comes up to meet you, rather than you always having to chase it down. As a famous author once said “Profits are a lagging indicator of how well the customer is taken care of”.

There’s so much that goes into protecting your community/resort assets, both the tangible and intangible ones. In the end, your team members play an important and integral role in how well assets are protected. At Newby Management, our accounts payable team member often says that she treats the company’s money like her own. She monitors each dollar that goes out, checks for consistencies and always follows through when something doesn’t seem right.

That kind of dedication and attention to detail comes from team members who feel valued and important. They see themselves as key players on the team and take initiative when problems arise. They are self-starters and ambassadors of their positions. Through them, problems are addressed and solved in a timely manner.

Ask yourself, would a team member in your manufactured home community or RV resort feel the power and responsibility to take action if they noticed an issue with an asset in the community? Would they have the drive and the concern to make the issue known? Would they feel they could handle the issue on their own?

Remember, when you’re managing a mobile home community or RV resort, you should always put people first. The results will always pay off in the end. This is a concept we can say we’ve seen hold true again and again in our business, and it likely will in yours too.

Ocala Manufactured Home Community Unveils New State-of-the-Art 2016 Homes

X new 2016 manufactured homesX new manufactured homesX new mobile homesX ocala mobile homesX new ocala mobile homes for saleNine miles of tree-lined streets take you through a resort-style community that’s like no other. This 55+ paradise is tucked away in Ocala, Florida, one of the state’s top retirement destinations. It’s perfectly positioned in the peaceful country, but just minutes from amazing attractions like Ocala’s historic downtown.
Rolling Greens is more than just a place to retire; it’s a place to be inspired. Our newly completed state-of-the-art Community Center is the hub of Rolling Greens. Featuring 12,000 square feet of activities, this hotspot features a coffee lounge, library, card room, billiards room and more!
Love to swim? Our Aquatic Center includes a heated therapy pool that’s 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.
Completed in 2016, our Athletic Fields are the perfect way to stay active, no matter what you love to do. Play shuffleboard on our six lane courts, shoot some hoops, and enjoy tennis or pickleball on our lighted courts. Our attractive fields also include a bocce ball court and horseshoe courts for your playing pleasure. With year-round beautiful weather there’s never a bad time to enjoy the great outdoors at Rolling Greens.X new 2016 manufactured homesX new manufactured homesX new mobile homesX ocala mobile homesX new ocala mobile homes for sale
Get ready to break a sweat in our new fitness center. The cutting-edge 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. 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.
Don’t miss our scenic 57-acre golf course. With weekly events such as tournaments, couple’s golf and mixed group golf, the fun keeps on rolling. If you get a hole-in-one, you’ll be featured on our board in the North Clubhouse and in the monthly newsletter!
Each month, Rolling Green’s social director plans fun and engaging events, such as spaghetti dinners, dances, pickleball, water aerobics, painting classes, line dancing classes, poker games, golf tournaments, tennis, woodshop, and so much more. Look around our Facebook page to see what’s happening today.
If you’re ready to become part of this exciting and vibrant community, we have some exciting news. Rolling Greens is proud to announce the arrival of brand new 2016 Skyline Homes. These homes are constructed with quality craftsmanship and material that’s sure to amaze.
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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 your 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. At Rolling Greens, our homes include the following amazing amenities: *Please check individual homes for specific amenities.
• Spacious Enclosed Deck to Enjoy Florida’s Fantastic Weather
• Bright and Airy Open Floor Plan
• Chef’s Kitchen with Stainless Steel Appliances including a side-by-side fridge and a cooktop oven.
• Eat-in Island Bar with Pendant Lighting
• Craftsman Features like Crown Molding and Dark Laminate Plank Flooring
• Solatube in Kitchen and Master Bath, a state-of-the-art Light that Brings Daylight Indoors
• Double-Wide Covered Carport
• Outdoor Storage Room with Overhead Door for Golf Cart Parking
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• Huge Walk-In Closets
• Generous Walk-in Shower, Double Vanity and Linen Closet in Master Bathroom
• Convenient Indoor Laundry Room
• Located Across from the fantastic new activities center, pools, and golf course
• Age-in-Place Features
ENERGY EFFICIENT
Save money on your electric bill with energy efficient homes. 2016 Skyline homes are built with high-tech 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
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FULL 15 MONTH WARRANTY
Every new Skyline Home is backed by Skycare, a full 15-month warranty. This warranty is not partial or limited and includes coverage for 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.

See Available New Manufactured Homes at ROLLING GREENS!