How to Find a Mobile Home for Rent

for rent signLooking to find a mobile home for rent? They can be tricky to find. That’s why MHVillage has several tools on the site to make it easier. In this article we will show you how to quickly find rental homes in your area.

Where you want to live can determine how many manufactured and mobile homes for rent there are on the market. Some warm weather states like Florida, Arizona and California have areas where many homes are available, as they have large populations of vacationers and snowbirds. Other areas may not have as many. We’ll show you how to find homes, and then use the MHVillage tools to narrow down the listings to exactly what you are looking for. If you are in an area with fewer available mobile homes, we’ll show you how to easily set up an alert so you are emailed the minute one comes on the market. Continue reading

Staging Your Mobile Home To Sell Quickly

BY: DAWN HIGHHOUSEDutch Housing Barclay

Thinking about selling your manufactured or mobile home? Here at MHVillage we frequently recommend that you work with a professional to help you through the sales process, but whether you are working with someone or doing it on your own, here are some simple tips for preparing your home to sell:

1.) Gather the Paperwork

It might not sound like an important staging tip, but this is probably one of the most important things you can do. Start with your own files and pull together the information you have on your home – title, insurance, etc. Then talk to your community manager. Some communities have specific rules about home sales, better to know them right at the start. (For example, can you or your agent post a sign that the home is for sale? Can it be a yard sign? Window only?) It’s also a good idea to get a current copy of your community rules. Prospective buyers will need to know the qualifications and rules, right up front. If your community does not allow pets don’t make the mistake of selling it to someone who has three dogs, two cats and pet snake!

2.) Clean the Clutter

All of us have busy lives, and let’s face it, clutter seems to multiply every time we turn our backs. If you are thinking of selling your home though, this is the time to tackle it. I’m not talking about packing to move (although you may end up filling several boxes), I’m talking about walking into each room and looking for ways you can tidy and organize the space. Don’t wait on this! One of the first steps in selling your home online is to take photos, and you want your home looking as ready for the new owners as possible.

Here’s a tip: start small. A kitchen counter where the mail piles up or the off-season coat closet is a great place to begin. Have a trash bag and a box for donated items nearby. Take breaks and don’t feel you have to tackle everything in a day. You’ll get there!

3.) Wax on!

Now that the clutter is up, it’s time to clean. It’s time to make your home shine like your favorite movie star is coming to stay for the weekend! This is also a good time to see if there are any small repairs you can make (like repainting register vent covers or replacing light switch plates) that will improve the look of your home. Don’t forget the hard to reach nooks and crannies – look at ceiling fan blades, light fixture covers, baseboards and door jams.

One more spot to hit – don’t forget the appliances! Make sure to clean them thoroughly, especially the top of the stove.

4.) Don’t forget the exterior Continue reading

Renting a Manufactured Home: The Affordable and Flexible Alternative

When searching for a new home, the most important factors often include price, convenience, and location. Whether the move is inspired by a job change, lifestyle change, or desire to move to a different area of town or of the county, renting a manufactured home provides a cost-effective and convenient option in today’s real estate world.

While presented with what may seem like unlimited options of homes for sale or rent, renting in an established manufactured home community can provide the attractive benefits of:

  • Affordable monthly cost
  • Living in a stand-alone house, often including dedicated parking
  • The flexibility of a yearly lease
  • No large down payment needed
  • Access to resort-style amenities such pools, recreation centers, and organized activities (each community provides different amenities to meet a variety of needs)
  • Being part of a community

Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. (ELS) provides renters with all of the above benefits and more, including locations near major metropolitan areas such as Detroit, Chicago, and Denver in vacation and retirement destinations including Florida, Arizona and California, as well as additional locations throughout the US. Not only does ELS pride itself on the lifestyle it affords its residents, ELS also offers new homes for rent across the country.

An ELS community offers endless benefits, providing its residents with affordable living, exceptional amenities, recreational opportunities, and a welcoming environment. ELS communities offer those in the market for a rental home the opportunity to live in locations that appeal to a variety of demographics and interests.

ELS residents experience a lifestyle that stretches beyond simply a place to live, with the conveniences of professional management, as well as the inclusion of resort-style amenities that may include a golf course, swimming pool, clubhouse, fitness center, tennis court, boat docks/marina, and waterfront sites; and on-site activities that may include an on-site activity director, resident run activities, athletic leagues, educational/craft classes, on-site concerts, and community socials & gatherings.

Click the below links to learn more about rental opportunities in great communities today:

Casa del Sol Resort East – Glendale, AZ (14 miles from Phoenix)

Island Vista Estates – N. Fort Myers, FL (outside Ft. Myers)

Willow Lake Estates – Elgin, IL (45 miles from Chicago)

To learn more about ELS please visit www.mhvillage.com

Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. (NYSE: ELS) owns or has an interest in over 340 quality properties in 30 states and British Columbia consisting of over 123,000 sites.Equity LifeStyle Properties is a self-administered, self-managed, real estate investment trust (REIT) traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “ELS,” with headquarters in Chicago. The Company’s goal is to create value for residents and investors by providing consistently high levels of services and amenities in attractive surroundings.

Find Your Retirement Home on MHVillage

Cute retirement home on the water in Clearwater, Florida.

Cute retirement home on the water in Clearwater, Florida.

Manufactured home communities are a great option for those considering retirement. Many retirees are looking to downsize – after the kids have moved out, the family home may feel too expansive. Manufactured homes come in a variety of sizes, from cozy park models that make great vacation properties to multi-section homes with open floor plans and plenty of space.

Many states, especially classic retirement destinations like Arizona and Florida, have communities specifically for the 55+ set. These communities often have special amenities, social activities and services designed for their residents enjoying their golden years.

Lounge by the pool at this gorgeous retirement community in Apache Junction, Florida.

Lounge by the pool at this gorgeous retirement community in Apache Junction, Florida.

On MHVillage you can easily search for communities using our Advanced Search tool. This tool lets you drill down to exactly what you are looking for.

Some of the optional search terms are:

  • Only Age-Restricted/Retirement Communities
  • Only Resident Owned Communities
  • Communities with a Pool
  • That have a clubhouse
  • That allow pets
Click "Watch This" to be updated about new home listings as they are added.

Click “Watch This” to be updated about new home listings as they are added.

Once you find communities you like, you can also see the homes they have available. Or, if you are just doing some research and plan to buy later, you can click the Watch Community button on any community and be emailed whenever a new home listings is added to that community.

* Please note that MHVillage tries to have the most updated information – but you should contact the community directly for more information about the properties they have available and rules and regulations.

Evening shuffleboard, anyone?

Evening shuffleboard, anyone?

 

Home Sellers – Protect Your Vacant Home!

If you are no longer living in the manufactured home you have for sale, there are some important details to keep in mind. Read on to learn the best approach for vacant home sales.

Q: Does your homeowners insurance protect you when your mobile home is vacant?

A: Probably not!

Most homeowners believe that if they move out of their residence, their homeowner’s insurance will continue to provide coverage for the home. That is rarely the case. The coverage may continue for 30 days, but that is usually the limit, and quite often the coverage provided during that 30 days is substantially reduced. The same is true if you move out and rent the home to someone else.

A homeowner’s insurance policy is designed to cover the dwelling in which you live. If the dwelling becomes anything else, you need to change the policy. If you don’t have the correct policy, you can be denied coverage if you have a claim. Simply put: it isn’t worth the risk of lacking coverage, when the solution is so easy to fix.  Continue reading

Outdoor Smarts for Sellers and New Home Owners

Everyone likes to make a great first impression. Both sellers and new home owners can agree that this is especially true when it comes to their mobile home. A new home owner will want to impress their friends and family with their purchase. Similarly, a person selling their home will want perspective buyers to be instantly impressed by what they see.

Let’s face it, the first thing anyone notices about a home is its exterior and yard. You want to make sure that these features are at their best when showing off the home.  Whether you are trying to sell your home or are the new home owner, there are a few steps you can take to keep it marketable or maintain the fresh glow of your new purchase.

Let’s take a look at how to make your home look great from the outside in!

 
 
  • Trimming bushes and overgrown tree branches can help to make your outdoor space appear more organized and visually appealing.
  • If there are debris or leaves that have fallen into your yard, a good raking can spiff the place up in no time.
  • Keep extra tools, toys, and non-outdoor items off the lawn and deck area.
  • A potted plant or shrub at your entry way can add an extra pop of color to the space. Live or fake plants provide a fresh look and livelihood to your front door.
  • Keep your windows and glass doors clean and smudge free. Wiping them down every once in a while will give your home extra sparkle.
  • Add a Welcome mat to your doorstep and you will be ready to welcome in your potential buyers or family guests!

Keeping up on these simple projects will help you to make a great impression on your buyers or new neighbors.  Now you are ready to search for a home to try your newly learned skills on. Or, you can prep your home for pictures that you can use to sell your home on MHVillage.com.