Author Archives: Ellie Walker

Shopping for your home made easy!

Buying a house is simply not a simple task.

But when it comes to shopping, we are here to help!

ideal-search-alertsWe have a great feature on our site where you can enter in the details you are looking for when it comes to your next home. We call it our “Ideal Home Search Alert”.

So how does this work?

Start by select the “Mobile Homes” option from the left side of our site, then select the ” Find Homes for Sale” option. When you use this feature on our site you can type in all of the details you are looking for in a home.

 

From here you will be taken to the page where you can fill in all of your desired home details with a check box at the bottom to set your alert. Once you have created the alert, you will start to receive emails about homes that match what you seek!

You can select everything from bedroom and bathroom count, to the geographic location of the home and even the community type (All Ages, or Retirement, for instance).

You also can remove an alert from your account at any time (by logging into your free MHVillage account) in addition to creating multiple alerts for different home options.

 

The alert email will contain a direct link to homes that match your criteria. It will also include the contact information for the home sellers, so you can contact the seller directly.

This is an excellent tool that will not only email you homes currently on our site that match your criteria, it also will email you whenever a new listing is added that fits what you are looking for!

If you have any questions, or would like one of our customer services representative to help you create an Ideal Home Search Alert, let us know. We are happy to help!

 

Is Your Home Priced to Sell?

Here are some factors to consider when pricing your home.

priced-to-sellThough we work in the advertisement world of our industry and do not directly sell homes, our communication with our home sellers, professionals and buyers, gives us a unique perspective when it comes to how sellers price their homes. This article will talk about a few trends we see when it comes to home owners who are listing their own home.

Now, we know nobody knows your home like you do. So it is not surprising that we see a lot of individuals home sellers over-pricing their home on our site.

This totally makes sense, considering you know the all of the upgrades and special features the home has to offer, plus if you are like most home owners, you have invested in your home quite a bit over the years and hope to regain some of those costs with the sale

 

These are all completely logical and rational reasons to list your home on the higher end of the price range. However, there are some risks that come with pricing too high.

Things you risk with a price that’s too high:

  1. A “Hard Pass”– Some buyers look on our site and from the search results will scroll right past homes that are simply outside of their budget. So, if you are pricing your home higher than you know it’s worth you risk them scrolling past and not seeing your advertisement.
  2. Quality Buyer Leads Missed: Similar to number 1. Let’s say a buyer receives your home in one of their search alerts and decides even though it might be priced higher than they are looking, they will see the details. Your buyer might take a look at your advertisement but if the price is not justified with your home listing then you risk them moving on.
  3. Buyer’s Appraisal; Lower than Selling Price- If a home buyer is getting financing for your home, their lender will need appraisal. If that number comes in substantially lower than the selling price you risk the buyer backing out before closing.
  4. Selling Other Homes: By pricing your home too high, the other homes in your area that are priced lower get the advantage. Knowing your market is important, since buyers can also research the selling prices for other homes in that area.

Pricing your home to sell is something that takes research and perspective.

So take some time to learn how to price your home correctly for your market.  If you are working with an industry professional, or real estate agent, they will be able to tell you what homes nearby are selling for, and where your home fits in. They should be able to guide you with their industry knowledge, which is a benefit to hiring a local professional who knows your area market.

If you are selling your home directly, then you might want to invest in a home appraisal or at the very least a Book Value. Not only can these options give you a number to start with, but a report or an appraisal is also something you can offer your buyer.  We currently have an NADA Book Value on our website. You can get just the value for the home for free with your home listing, or if you want the full report (which includes a market analysis report) you can purchase that option too. For home appraisal options, we recommend contacting Datacomp Appraisal. They have a few different appraisal and report options and can give you a quote for their service right over the phone!

The next step is how you advertise the home.

While you know your home, the buyers don’t have any of that experience with the space. They are seeing a price tag on your home and they have to be sold on why it’s worth that number.

If you are advertising on MHVillage, we not only let you list all of the amenities and features of the home, we also have a spot where you can enter a full description. This area of the listing is incredibly important to buyers. Plus it’s your chance to really describe the space and prove that your listing price is accurate. Last but not least, photos photos photos. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so why not support your selling price with them too!

Hopefully this article can give you a little perspective from the buyers side of things as you continue the process of selling your home. If you have any questions about the services MHVillage offers, please give us a call or send us an email. Our customer service staff is happy to help!

 

Looking to Retire? How to Find the Perfect Active Lifestyle Community for You

Searching for a quiet place to retire?

Looking for a friendly neighborhood that offers an active lifestyle for adults?

Have an empty nest and thinking about downsizing?

Manufactured home communities have long been a haven for people looking for these features. Age qualified communities, sometimes referred to as 55+, or the less flattering “Senior Communities” are whole neighborhoods devoted to catering to the retirement aged adult.

There are many details that go into picking your dream retirement home, and of course, one of the first is the location. Many retirees are looking for sunshine and mild breezes, and there are certainly a plethora of 55+ Communities in Florida, Arizona, Texas and other warm weather states. But these types of communities can also be found in the Midwest and Northern regions.

Pools and waterfront at Forest Lake Estates in Zephyrhills, FL

If you see your days lounging on a dock sipping a cool drink under the sun, then you will want to look at the retirement communities that have waterfront lots. Play golf? There are communities near golf courses – and some even have their own greens!

Perhaps you want a home in a quiet neighborhood, nestled near a wooded path for nature walks and quiet evenings watching the sun set. There are communities near parks and in more rural areas.

It’s not just the city and state the home is located within that matters, the Community the home is in can make a world of difference.

Jamaica Bay, a gated 55+ Community, is in Fort Myers, FL

Don’t forget the Community Amenities!

Some communities are perfect for the social butterflies looking for a community that comes with planned social actives in the clubhouse. Others might be looking for pools and saunas, billiard tables, horseshoes, shuffleboard, bocce, tennis or pickle ball courts. Or, perhaps you prefer a gated community with a library and a sitting room. Or a combination of all of these!

Tennis courts at Viewpoint Golf Resort in Mesa, AZ

No matter which lifestyle you are seeking, we are here to help you find you perfect home in your ideal retirement community. Did you know with MHVillage.com, you can search for communities on our site and narrow listings down to those that offer the amenities you envision?

Plus, if you have a fur-baby that will be making the move, you can narrow your search to only include communities which allow pets!

How to Find the Perfect Retirement Community for You:

Choose the “Communities” option on the left side of our website, then select “Find a Community”

From here you can type in some of your preferred features and narrow your search results to show only communities that interest you.

Once you find the communities you like, contact them directly through their ad with questions or to set up a tour.

Our website is designed with you mind, so let MHVillage help you narrow in on your dream retirement!

If you have any questions about how our site works or if you would like some assistance navigating the search options,  you can contact our customer service, were a representative would be happy to help.

Photo Tips and Tricks for Your Home Listing!

We often have sellers ask how they can improve their home listing on our site. More often than not, we start by looking at the photos of the home. We know that when we talk to home buyers on our site, 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.

Yes, you read that correctly! 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 photo 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.

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!