Author Archives: Ellie Walker

Photos Photos Photos!

We have been talking with our home buyers on MHV and their number one request is: “More pictures please!”

Statistically, we have found that homes with over 30 photos receive 25% more clicks to view than similar homes with fewer photos.

So there really is no such thing as too many good pictures! The important word being “good”. While your bathroom might have really lovely tile, and you may have recently replaced the shower curtain, there are only so many good angles you can capture of this space.

 

However, the exterior of the home, the layout of the living spaces, the community the home is in, these are all areas that have a variety of different angles which would be very beneficial to your buyer.  You would be surprised how quickly you can surpass that 30 photos mark!

Pro tip: Try having your first photo be of the exterior of the home since if the buyer was coming to see it, that would be their first impression in person too.

The goal is to give the customer the experience of walking through the home when they are scrolling through the pictures. Remember, home buyers might be moving from a different state. So it is important that they get to experience the home in this medium as close to in person as possible.

Hopefully these few tips will help you be able to present your home to the perfect buyer – because after all, you only need one buyer to close the deal!

If you have any questions about your listing on our site, give us a call or send us an email.

We are happy to help!

Finding a Community for Retirement

If you are looking to retire, there are a number of key details that would narrow your search…

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Location being one of the biggest — A lot of consumers on our site look to move to warmer climates.

We have quite a number of retirement communities in Florida, California, Arizona, Texas, Nevada and South Carolina advertising on our site, for instance.

To begin looking for your ideal retirement spot, you might want to start with some state-wide searches on MHVillage and then start to get a feel for the cities that interest you and allow you to narrow your search.

If you go to our home page, get started on your state-wide search via our “Search By State” map.

                 

 

Then we will list to the right all of the home and communities in that state. You also can simply click the area on the map if you know you want to be in a certain part of the State.

 

 

Often times our customers looking to retire will choose the community tab from the top since they are looking for a community that is 55+. The “Showcase” communities on MHVillage have more information included — more photos, more extensive community information and contacts detail.

Each community will list pet restrictions, amenities and activities, and as an option they will provide ways to contact them with more questions. They also will list the homes on MHVillage that are available in their community.

Plus, you can stay posted on homes or communities you like by clicking the “Like” option on the listing. If they update information, photos or lower a home price, you will get an email notification. You also can view your “Liked” listings from your free account on MHVillage.

If you have any questions about shopping for your retirement on MHVillage, let us know!         We would be happy to walk you through the process.

Perfecting Your Home Description!

The description in your listing can make all the difference!

This space is where we invite you to give a detailed description of the home.

Something we see quite a bit on MHVillage is home sellers using the description area to either list additional details (sometimes the same features already selected and listed in the home features section) or enter nothing at all.

We have found that this is simply not as effective as taking the time to give the shopper more information about the home, the community it is within and any other details that might make this home stand out from the crowd.

Here are some examples of actual home descriptions on MHVillage:

Option 1:

    The description has no word limit, yet this seller only included 2 sentences about the home.

Option 2:

 This seller took the time to walk the buyer through the home describing each room!

The difference in these two listings is crystal clear. One of the sellers took the extra steps to really show off what this home has to offer, while the other seems like they tried to list the home as quickly as possible, not really giving much information.

 

It is important to remember, a lot of home buyers are looking at tons of listings and a good number of these buyers are looking at homes in another state. So by giving them more information in your ad, you are setting them up to be interested enough to contact you for a tour, or for even more information. Which is the whole point in advertising in the first place!

 

 

Now, there are plenty of different ways you can use this space from a marketing stand point. You can follow the two examples mentioned in this article or you can write it more in the style of a newspaper article where it’s in paragraph format. Either way you want to be able to give the buyer the experience of walking through the home, noting all of the details that matter to a home owner. We found that the ads where you can tell that the seller took the time to describe the home, keeps buyers interested and eventually gets them to contact the seller.

So, no matter what your style of advertising is, it’s important to share with the buyer why they should consider your home over all of the other options out there. Why not take the time to use this space to your benefit?

We try to give you all of the tools you need to go the extra mile in your advertising, but if you find you have some questions about what features you have on MHVillage, give us a call or an email today! We are happy to help.

 

Looking to Sell Your Mobile Home? We Can Help!

Are you looking to sell your home?

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When it comes to selling your home there are so many checklists and details to go through.

Since we are the number one website for home sellers, professionals, buyers and renters in the manufactured and mobile home industry, (We currently have 27,950 homes available for sale or rent, and more than 50,000 visitors shop at our site every day!) we have a ton of resources that can help you along the way.

Free “For Sale By Owner” Kit

mobile-home-for-saleThis kit includes a “for sale” sign with a spot for your MHV listing number and a packet of useful information for selling your home. The packet will include a detailed breakdown of how our website works and how you can get the best out of your MHVillage listing. It also includes some checklists and useful tips when it comes to selling the home!

 

When you list your home on MHVillage you are sent one via the listing process. If you aren’t ready to list but would like to request a kit ahead of time, you can click here to request one.

Mobile Home Book Value

Not sure what to price your home? We have a product on our site that allows you to enter the basic information about a home and then we have certified appraisers review that information to put together the NADA Book Value. 

Now this valuation option is not the same as a full appraisal, since it can only apply a value to the details entered compared to the current NADA Book. However, it’s a good place to start! It’s simple, easy and you can get the base value for the home in the early stages of the selling process.

We offer the Book Value free with a listing, but we also have this product available for purchase if you are not at the point to list the home yet. Here is a link with more details on this product. 

(We also have a great article from earlier this month, which asks if your home is priced to sell.)

Mobile Home Parts

If you are just getting started, then maybe you have a few repairs you would like to make before listing the home. We have an entire page on our site that can connect you with some companies in your area that can help! Click her for more details about those companies.

Customer Service 

We have a friendly staff that is always happy to help! If you are interested in listing your home for sale or rent on MHVillage and have questions at any point, you can always give us a call or an email and we will be there for you!

email: customerservice@mhvillage.com

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The Power of Your Sales Caption!

Is your Sales Caption as effective as it could be?

sales-captionMHVillage offers a space for a “Sales Caption” for Featured and Premium Home Listings.

This space will allow you to enter a sentence that will show above your listing in a search result. You want to include an offer or something that is eye-catching, inviting and will get the customer to click on your add from the search result.

Often, I come across Featured and Premium Listings on our site where the seller has entered a caption, but it’s not as effective as it could be.

Actual Sales Caption on MHVillage:

So, while “Best Value”, “In A Great Community” or “Beautiful New Home” as a sales caption sounds okay, it’s not really all that inviting or unique. Plus, you would be surprised how many times I have looked at a search result on our site and seen basically the same simple caption on all of the listings in an area.

Also: If you have one of the more expensive homes in the area, a sales caption can help you explain why. I mean, if your home is priced significantly higher than others in the area, there is probably good reason. However, browsers might skip the most expensive home – unless there is a caption line explaining why the home is more whether, it be on land, newly renovated, fully furnished or the like.

So how do you ensure you are getting the most out of your caption?

Here are a few tips:

  1. Research: You want your home to stand out above the rest in your area. So, do a few searches on MHVillage in your area and make sure you aren’t using the same language another seller is using for their home.
  2. Unique Details: Try to find something unique about your ad that you can highlight in the caption. For example:

“Fully furnished, renovated home, with open floor plan”

  1. Current and Updated: One of the benefits of online advertising is you can update your information at any time. So you can change your caption at any time, based on any incentives you might be willing to offer as the seller.

This feature really can make the difference for your traffic on our site. It can be the detail that turns a shopper into a buyer!

And, if you you would like assistance or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact our customer service.

Find A Home To Rent on MHVillage

MHVillage is a great place to search for the perfect rental!

mobile-home-rentalsWhile we offer advertisement options and tools to home owners and professionals, we also work really hard to make sure the home shopper’s experience is as convenient as possible.

Here are a few tools we offer YOU, the home renter:

Sort:

If you come to MHVillage and start your quest by typing in a location via the Quick Search, be sure to notice all of our sorting tools across the top of the results.

Though we give you the results in an order that we believe is most useful, you might want to see homes in order of size, year or feature.

Filter:

Not only can you sort the home listings, you also can filter your results to show only the homes that meet your specific criteria.

Notifications:

We have a feature on our site called the “Ideal Home Search Alert” that allows you to enter details that are important to you. You will receive email notifications about existing homes on the site and any new listings that match your criteria.

Start by selecting the “Mobile Homes” option, which is on the left of our site. Then, choose the “Find Homes for Rent” option.

 

 

The next step is to enter your rental home criteria here:

Once you have entered in the details you are seeking, then you would choose the “Sign Up for Alerts” option at the bottom. The alert emails will include home information and a link to the listing so you can contact the owner directly!

These tools are designed with you in mind, so you can quickly and conveniently see homes that meet what you seek for your next rental.

If you have any questions about how to navigate our website, feel free to give us a call or send us an email. We are here to help!