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Buying or Renting a Mobile Home? Here’s How to Contact the Sellers.

Here at MHVillage, we hear this a lot:

I found a home that I am interested in on MHVillage.com. How can I get more information about the home?

MHVillage.com does not own or directly sell the homes on our site. To get more information, you will want to contact the seller of the home directly. They have provided a phone number and/or an email option on their home listing page that you can use to reach out to them.

Looking to find a home to buy? Searching MHVillage is a great place to start. Each home on MHVillage has it’s listing page. This page has all the information provided by the seller – plus photos of the home. If you have questions, this is where you will want to look for contact information to connect with the seller.Home for Sale

There are two easy ways to contact a seller. Below you will find tips on how to find and use these features:

Email: Email Seller button

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To the right of the photos of the home on the listing, you will see a button that has an envelope icon and says “Email Seller.” Click this and a box will pop up. You will then want to include your contact information and you can add a short note. Information provided here will be sent directly to the seller.

Have a list of questions handy, and don’t forget to include your contact information so the sellers can contact you back right away. Keep in mind that email responses can take a little longer, so if you see a home you want more information on right away – give them a call.

Phone: View Phone # button

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To find the seller’s phone number, you will want to scroll down the page until you see a heading in red that reads “Contact Information.” Click on the button that says “View Phone #” to reveal the number. You can then contact the seller directly via phone to ask more questions.

Again, have your questions ready. What is important to you – do you need to know if the community allows pets? If it is an age qualified community? How about the school system? Be prepared when you make that call.

A few other options: If a seller has provided a link to their website there will be a button above the “View Phone #” button that is marked as “Seller Website.” This may also provide you with additional forms of contact.

Good luck and happy house hunting!

7 Cost Saving Tips to Staging Your Home

Is your mobile home for sale? We’ve compiled 7 easy tips for staging your home that will help you impress home shoppers and save you money. These are simple things you can do to help make your home more marketable.

Seven Easy Tips for Staging Your Home for Sale

1. Impress the Drive-By – If you have your manufactured home for sale, you may have seen these folks slowly driving by in their cars checking out your community. It’s a common weekend activity for those shopping for a new home. When your manufactured home is for sale, make sure you impress those drive-bys in the 30-45 seconds you have their undivided attention! Your lawn should be well maintained and landscaping tidy. Move trash and recycle containers out of view, and make sure sidewalks and stairs are well swept. Stand in the road outside your home and try to look at it with a buyer’s eye, what can you do to make it appear more inviting?

Tip: Make sure people driving by have your phone number. A well placed, clearly written For Sale sign can really help. The MHVillage Seller’s Kit (Free with your listing) includes a big window sign for your home.

2. Clean Up Outdoor Structures – Don’t forget to shine up your outdoor areas. These areas can be easily forgotten, but when buyers come to your home they will be seeing them for the first time. Now is a great time to clean up the shed and make sure tools are neatly put away. Look at the carport, especially up near the roof. This is an area that attracts dirt – and bird’s nests. Have deck or patio? Make sure they are clean and look welcoming. In warmer climates, spruce them up with flower pots, in colder areas, make sure the walks and structures are free from snow and ice. Continue reading

Effective Descriptions To Help You Sell Your Home

MHVillage is the number one place on the internet to list your manufactured or mobile home for sale or rent. Thousands of people have listed, and sold, their homes using our site. We want to help you make your listing as effective as possible, so this month we bring you this helpful article on Writing Effective Home Descriptions.

So youʼre trying to sell your manufactured home. You know the basic facts – number of bedrooms, bathrooms, etc… but how do you know what other information is important to buyers? Does it really matter what you write in the Home Description of your listing? Yes, it does! The Home Description of your MHVillage listing is where you get the chance to really sell your home.

Consider the following two Descriptions:

Nice home, good condition. Large master bedroom. Many upgrades. Garage: 24ʼx30ʼ. Quiet senior community. Low lot rent.

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Walk right into this beautiful Palm Harbor home with an open floor plan! The home is in excellent condition, with fresh interior paint and new vinyl siding last year. The spacious master bedroom has a walk-in closet and private bath. The kitchen boasts upgraded countertops, Continue reading

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.