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Five Quick Tips To Attract the Right Buyer

attract-more-buyersSummertime is a great time to sell your home! Here are five quick and easy tips to freshen up your mobile home and increase its desirability.

1. Be Your Own “Drive-By”. When buyers are shopping for homes, frequently they will drive-by the home before they call to set up an appointment. What does your home look like from the street?

Try to view your home as a buyer would. Does it make you want to go inside and see the rest? Start by tidying up the landscaping, wash windows and exterior light fixtures. Use a critical eye to look at the other features of your home – does the deck need staining or power washing? Do the railings, shutters or window trim need paint? Are the gutters and skirting hanging straight? Don’t forget to look at your curtains and blinds – how they look from the outside makes an impression. Sometimes just a few simple things can really help the look of the home.

2. Clean out closets and pantries. Now is a great time to think about charitable donations. Clean out those closets and cupboards so buyers can see how much room the house has. Shoot for getting storage areas down to half full. If necessary, you might need to store some things elsewhere or take this opportunity to pare down your belongings to just what you really need. Think about what you really want to take with you when you move, that will help you decide what to keep, and what to pitch.

3. Paint shelves and cabinet doors. While you are cleaning out those spaces, now is the time to take a second look at places we frequently ignore – the tops of shelves and backs of doors. These areas frequently get scuffed and stained. A fresh coat of paint or some new shelf liner can do wonders in making them more appealing.

4. Replace window treatments. Window treatments are notorious for getting dusty. Curtains may just need washing. Some horizontal mini blinds can be cleaned, but sometimes it is easier to simply replace them. While you have your treatments down, look at your windowsills. This is another dirt-catcher that might need cleaning or a touch of paint. Don’t forget to also look at your screens and the window hardware.

5. Have everything ready to go? Consider an Open House! Open Houses are a great way to get more people to view your home. List your home on www.mhvillage.com and advertise your big event to the thousands of shoppers that are on our site every day. Make sure to print fliers from your listing so you have something to put in their hands. Statistics show that buyers who leave with something in hand are more likely to call than those who don’t.

If you need help listing your home on MHVIllage or advertising your Open House, let our customer service staff know. We are here to help and walk you through it!

 

Pack Your Clubs – Buying a Home in 55+ Golf Community

55 Golf CommunitiesRetirement – a time to relax and enjoy the good things in life. If one of your passions is golf, you might want to check out all the amazing amenities offered by senior manufactured home communities. Here’s just a taste of some of the gorgeous 55+ communities across the county that have beautiful homes with golf carts in the driveway!

Fairways Country Club – Orlando, FL: Located in sunny Orlando Florida, Fairways Country Club has an 18-hole golf course, a pro shop, three swimming pools, two tennis courts, a fishing lake and pond, three clubhouses and a fitness center. Of course Orlando is home to a number of theme parks and vacation destinations, so it is an incredibly popular destination for all ages!

Golf Vista Estates

Golf Vista Estates – Monee, IL: While many of the 55+ golf communities are located in Florida and Arizona, wonderful golf locations exist in the Midwest as well. Located in Chicago’s Southland area, Golf Vista has a 9-hole course, pool hall and community center with a fitness room. With home prices ranging between $12,000 and $44,000, this affordable 55+ community has a lot to offer retirees!

Gorgeous location in Casa Grande, AZ

Palm Creek – Casa Grande, AZ: Palm Creek has a renowned Par-3 course for your golfing pleasure. They also offer more than 165 activities per week – so you are sure to stay busy. They have everything from state-of-the-art pickleball courts to stained glass and painting workshops. Located in Arizona’s “Golden Corridor”, Casa Grande is only 40 minutes south of Phoenix and an hour north of the historic districts in Tucson.

Golf carts in Shalamar Creek

Schalamar Creek – Lakeland FL: Ron Garl designed the 18-hole championship course at Schalamar Creek. They have tournaments year round for fun, trophies and even cash prizes. Schalamar Creek is a great location for golfers and bird watchers alike – this 55+ Golf and Country Club Community is located alongside the 750-acre Saddle Creek Park, a protected bird sanctuary. While playing a round of golf, many interesting birds may be seen. Lakeland Florida has a legendary historic downtown area and is known for antiques, architecture and gardens.

The on-site golf course at ViewPoint

ViewPoint Golf Resort – Mesa, AZ: This beautiful 55+ retirement mobile home community offers you an on-site golf course, shuffleboard and tennis courts, horseshoe pits, a fitness center, billiard facilities, and a community swimming pool! Plus, Mesa is known for its beautiful weather. With better than 300 days of sunshine each year, it is a great place to play year round. Not only is there a golf course on site at ViewPoint Golf Resort, Mesa is home to some of Arizona’s most well known golf courses designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr, Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye.

Water Oak Course and Restaurant

Water Oak Country Club – Lady Lake FL: This gated community not only only boasts an 18-hole golf course, it also has four tennis courts, bocce, horseshoes and an Olympic-sized swimming pool. The 300 acres of fields, trees, lakes and winding paths are a plus. Lake County also is known for camping, kayaking and wonderful fishing. It’s only an hour north of Orlando, so tourist attractions for the family are close by.

This is just a sample of some of the wonderful opportunities manufactured home communities offer for retirement. Social activities, pools, great locations with beautiful weather, and fabulous courses to practice your swing!

 

Finding Mobile Home Insurance – in 30 Seconds (or less!)

No one likes to think about home insurance… until you need it. But your home is likely the most expensive asset you own, and it makes sense to protect it. Plus, your home is more than just the outside structure. Your home includes your appliances, your clothes, furniture, tools, and even your personal jewelry.

MHQuoteIf you are purchasing a manufactured home, your lender may require that you have insurance. If you are searching for, or already own, a vacation home, having insurance that protects your vacant property while you are away is smart.

30 second mhquoteYet, finding insurance designed specifically for manufactured and mobile homes can be hard. MHVillage knows more about mobile and manufactured homes than anyone. We are proud to have partnered with companies that can help you find the best in policies to protect you and your home. It’s even easy – we have form that will give you a 30 second estimate!

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Frequently Asked Questions About Manufactured and Modular Homes

Have questions about manufactured and modular housing? We can help. Here are some commonly asked questions answered by the Michigan Manufactured Housing Association. The Michigan Manufactured Housing Association is a nonprofit trade association representing the manufactured and modular home industry in Michigan, and MHVillage.com has been a member for many years. However, these questions can be valuable information for any home buyer.

From www.michhome.org:

Manufactured and modular homes continue to be a compelling opportunity for numerous people and families. If you have decided a manufactured or modular home may be the right choice for you, but you still have questions and want to know more about the purchase and move-in process, take a look at these most frequently asked questions.

Why do manufactured and modular homes cost less than site-built homes?

Manufactured and modular homebuilders purchase construction materials, including interior features and appliances, in large quantities, and many retailers offer discounts for such orders. Costly delays because of weather conditions, damaged materials, vandalism and theft are minimal because these homes are built in a secure, factory setting. Additionally, because of the streamlined process these factories have perfected, manufactured and modular homes can be completed quickly. All of these benefits pass savings on to the homebuyer.

What is the inspection process for manufactured and modular housing?

Construction is continually inspected to ensure a manufactured home meets the standards of the federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) code and modular homes meet the standards of the State of Michigan Residential Building Code, which is the same code for site-built homes. Each home is engineered and inspected to meet wind safety standards and energy efficiency requirements.

Can I customize a manufactured or modular home to make it my own?

Manufactured and modular homes have many beautiful options available to the consumer to define style and allow for great diversity in home design. Select from spacious floor plans, vaulted ceilings, walk-in closets, fireplaces, name-brand appliances, customized packages, whirlpool tubs and upgrades. In addition, available exterior designs are compatible with almost any neighborhood.

I want to purchase a manufactured or modular home and place it on private property. How should I begin the process?

Placing a manufactured or modular home on private property is not as complex as you might think. Many home retailers will help you find property. If you already own land, contact your municipality to make sure you can legally place a manufactured or modular home on the property. Your retailer will arrange for transporting and setting the home on the site.

When can I move into my new home?

Your home can be available for placement in as little as a few weeks to a few months. Moving in-stock homes from a retailer to a land-lease community generally takes less time than special ordering a home from the factory or choosing a modular plan that involves constructing a basement. Mortgage/loan approval and site work may extend the timetable several weeks. The typical time period from purchase to move in is three to five months.

Looking for more information? If you are a Michigan resident thinking about manufactured home living, the MMHA is a great place to start! They have a ton of great information on their site. You can also search for home for sale or rent on MHVillage.com, and research local manufactured home communities.

 

Quick Tips for Finding the Perfect Mobile Home to Rent

Finding mobile homes for rent can be difficult.  That’s why MHVillage has several tools on the site to make it easier. In this article we will show you how to quickly search and find rental homes in your area. Here’s one thing you should be aware of – the location 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 homes, we’ll show you how to easily set up an alert so you are emailed the minute one comes on the market.
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Thinking of Buying? Nine Things to Know First!

Considering buying a manufactured or mobile home? Before you take the plunge, there are a few things you should know and some research you should do. Here is a list of some important things to consider before you start to shop.

1. Know where you want to live.

Do you want to purchase a brand new home and have it moved to a site? Or are you looking to purchase a preowned home? There are a wide variety of options for manufactured home living. Some homes are on land you own, others are in communities where the land is leased and you pay a monthly fee. If you wish to own your own land, your first step is to check on your local area zoning laws – these vary by area. You will also need to look into water, electric, gas and sewer connections with local utility companies. If you move into a manufactured housing community, these will be taken care of for you. In addition, communities frequently offer many other amenities like pools, clubhouses and snow plowing, (Each community is different, so check with the managers to see the benefits of each one.

2. Plan ahead for how much home you’ll need.

Consider how many people will be living in the home, their ages, their requirements and how the rooms will be used. Do you have small children? Need a home office? Have a lot of overnight guests? Before you start home shopping, take some time to think about your current – and future needs. Manufactured homes come in a wide variety of designs. Square footage can be from 900 to 2,500 square feet – make sure you have the room you need.

Tip: Manufactured Floor Plans.com is a great site to learn about home floor plans and new homes.

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