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Tips on finding the perfect manufactured or mobile home.

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:


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.


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


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!

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!


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, 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.

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 has been a member for many years. However, these questions can be valuable information for any home buyer.


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, and research local manufactured home communities.


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

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

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.