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Information on buying mobile homes.

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!

 

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!

 

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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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!