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Five Quick Tips To Attract the Right Buyer

attract-more-buyersSummertime is a great time to sell your home! Here are five quick and easy tips to freshen up your mobile home and increase its desirability.

1. Be Your Own “Drive-By”. When buyers are shopping for homes, frequently they will drive-by the home before they call to set up an appointment. What does your home look like from the street?

Try to view your home as a buyer would. Does it make you want to go inside and see the rest? Start by tidying up the landscaping, wash windows and exterior light fixtures. Use a critical eye to look at the other features of your home – does the deck need staining or power washing? Do the railings, shutters or window trim need paint? Are the gutters and skirting hanging straight? Don’t forget to look at your curtains and blinds – how they look from the outside makes an impression. Sometimes just a few simple things can really help the look of the home.

2. Clean out closets and pantries. Now is a great time to think about charitable donations. Clean out those closets and cupboards so buyers can see how much room the house has. Shoot for getting storage areas down to half full. If necessary, you might need to store some things elsewhere or take this opportunity to pare down your belongings to just what you really need. Think about what you really want to take with you when you move, that will help you decide what to keep, and what to pitch.

3. Paint shelves and cabinet doors. While you are cleaning out those spaces, now is the time to take a second look at places we frequently ignore – the tops of shelves and backs of doors. These areas frequently get scuffed and stained. A fresh coat of paint or some new shelf liner can do wonders in making them more appealing.

4. Replace window treatments. Window treatments are notorious for getting dusty. Curtains may just need washing. Some horizontal mini blinds can be cleaned, but sometimes it is easier to simply replace them. While you have your treatments down, look at your windowsills. This is another dirt-catcher that might need cleaning or a touch of paint. Don’t forget to also look at your screens and the window hardware.

5. Have everything ready to go? Consider an Open House! Open Houses are a great way to get more people to view your home. List your home on www.mhvillage.com and advertise your big event to the thousands of shoppers that are on our site every day. Make sure to print fliers from your listing so you have something to put in their hands. Statistics show that buyers who leave with something in hand are more likely to call than those who don’t.

If you need help listing your home on MHVIllage or advertising your Open House, let our customer service staff know. We are here to help and walk you through it!

 

High Tech Home Shopping

Clayton Launches Home Previewer® Augmented Reality Mobile App

National homebuilder introduces new app with enhanced interactive functionality for homebuyers

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (July 10, 2017) — New home shoppers can now use augmented reality to visualize what their potential new home may look like on their land before they break ground thanks to the release of an innovative new app.  Clayton, a Berkshire Hathaway company and one of America’s largest homebuilders, announces the release of Home Previewer®, an iPhone® compatible app that allows shoppers to envision what a home may look like in 3D on their future home site.  The free app is available for download from the App Store®.

Clayton today launched its augmented reality home viewer.

Experience the interactive Multichannel News Release here: https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8011651-clayton-launches-home-previewer-mobile-app/

“We’re pleased to be one of the first builders to introduce augmented reality to the digital home buying journey,” said Kevin Clayton, CEO of Clayton Homes. “Our homes now offer custom designs, innovative features and energy efficient upgrades. We are committed to being a leader in innovation for the home building community and will continue to develop the kind of technology that will support our customers throughout the experience.”

The Home Previewer® app, created by Boulder, Colorado ad agency Made, lets users digitally anchor a home model from a list of model choices to the future home location using augmented reality to make it appear as if it is actually there. Once the virtual home is anchored, the user can walk up to and around the 3D rendered image to view it from different angles on its future site. Users also have the capability to take pictures of the house in its physical setting and share them with friends and family.

Clayton intends to introduce a wide variety of digital tools that will be released in the upcoming year.  These tools aim to aid customers as they visit local home centers and tour homes on location with their mobile devices on hand, while making the home shopping experience fun, personal and informative. Home Previewer™ is the first mobile app of its kind in the manufactured home building industry. This is Clayton’s second mobile app offered to date, following the 2015 release of MyMobi Home Finder®, an application that shows prospective homebuyers the location and pricing of homes for sale so they can select which homes they would like to visit in person.

“We believe everyone should be able to have a beautiful, affordable slice of the world to call their own,” said Clayton.  “We see interactive digital tools like this Home Previewer® app as one way to deliver on extraordinary experiences for our customers every day.  We want our homebuyers to feel confident about the smart choice they’re making.”

Planned Communities

Part I of a two-part contribution to MHVillage by myMHcommunity.com.

A Few Items About Manufactured Home Communities

Community planners analyze data and use a vast array of knowledge and experience to design every detail of a neighborhood. They use intentional design to encourage healthy neighbor interaction while still providing the residents privacy, security and safety.

Village Green in Vero Beach, Fla.

Everything is considered.

Even the curves in the roads are placed intentionally to slow auto traffic.

Planning communities is a centuries old concept. There is evidence of urban planning dating back to the third millennium B.C. Through the years, planners have established several community designs they feel work best. That’s why we see similar community layouts across the nation; designs proven to create a safe neighborhood with good sociability.

In most cases, planners get the same results when they design similar communities. But there’s one thing that has been stumping expert community planners for decades – How to get their gated site-built communities and suburbs to develop the camaraderie and sense of community that seem to occur so naturally within manufactured home communities.

The History of Manufactured Home Communities

While there are successful manufactured home communities that have thrived without the help of professional planning, the largest and most desirable communities are typically planned down to the smallest detail.

One of the first permanent manufactured home communities in the U.S., Trailer Estates, was designed with the help of a professional community planner. The community was developed in 1955 in Bradenton, Fla. and included 1,451 lots on 160 acres.

The owner of Trailer Estates, a lawyer turned land developer, understood that factory-built homes would become a popular permanent housing choice for millions of families nationwide. He wanted to create the ideal permanent neighborhood that worked well for a variety of families, so he reached out to a professional community planner.

The community they created had all the necessities you could want: a post office, commissary, recreational areas, laundry facilities and even its own marina and beach. They had square dancing on Tuesdays, crafts on Thursdays and ballroom dancing on Saturdays.

Many modern manufactured home communities still offer community activities and great amenities, though ballroom dancing probably isn’t one of them.

The community was so well-planned that it was recognized as a model community and the same design and amenities offered are replicated in several communities across the nation to this day.

ELS writer Crystal Adkins has authored more than 500 articles about manufactured housing and has been featured on BobVila.com and USA Today.

California Tiny Homes

The Tiny Home movement has popped up in Palm Springs.

The first 10 “Micro Homes” are available for sale in Palm Springs, Calif., at the Palm Canyon Mobile Club, 1880 S. Palm Canyon Drive, with option between 600 and 800 square feet starting at $126,000.

The median home price for a single-family home in Palm Springs is more than $500,000.

A tiny home at Palm Canyon in Palm Springs, Calif.

About 100 new homes are scheduled to fill the vintage mobile home park in this popular resort community, creating the first neighborhood of its kind in Southern California.

“Palm Springs has a vast collection of architectural and modern homes,” said Paul Kaplan, who heads the agency marketing the homes and community. ” We wanted to do something modern that would fit with the existing homes of the 1960s and 1970s that are in the park.”

These pre-fab style homes are made in a factory with the interiors complete, then delivered to the home site. Once situated, outdoor decks and porches are added. Walkways, driveways, carports, fenced yards and landscaping complete the package.

Designed to avoid being too tiny, the homes are all single level structures, with no ladders or sleeping lofts commonly found in “micro home” designs. The one-bedroom home includes up to 550 square feet of outdoor deck space, that leads to 600-square feet inside with glass walls for plenty of natural light, nine-foot ceilings, sliding glass doors, full-size kitchen appliances and one bath. The 2-bedroom has about 250 square feet of deck space.

Kaplan said he anticipates the community being popular with winter visitors, retirees looking to downsize and some first home buyers. During recent Saturday showings, the community has had about 100 people come through each day.

Placed on a traditional “double wide” mobile home pad, the lot provides room for gardening, grilling, a dog run or other lifestyle amenities rarely found at area condo developments. Kaplan said the deliberately kept the homes slim as a strategy to maximize outdoor space.

The homeowner rents the lot space for $650 per month, about $100 more than the average condo association fee in the area.

Community amenities include paved drives, driveways, walkways and landscaping, clubhouse, pool, grill areas, dog park, gym and common areas.

An added bonus of tiny home living: if you want some new scenery, you can put the wheels back on your home, and tow it to a new locale.

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.

 

Featured Community: Equity Lifestyle Properties

This month MHVillage is highlighting Equity Lifestyle Properties. Equity Lifestyle Properties has gorgeous manufactured home communities all around the United States. Read more about them here:

Make the Choice to Live in an Equity Lifestyle Property Today!

Coquina Crossing in Elkton, FL

Coquina Crossing in Elkton, FL

Making the choice to purchase a new home is not an easy one.  However, Equity Lifestyle properties provides quality manufactured housing at affordable prices in over 370 communities across the country.  Whether you are looking for a place to relocate your family, an active retirement community or a vacation home, we have a location that is right for you.

Our communities are located in some of the most sought after destinations in the country including Palm Springs, San Diego, Palm Beach, Sarasota, Seattle, San Jose, Denver and many more. Whether you are looking to live in a large metropolitan area, near the beach or in the mountains, there is a community that is right for you.

Each community provides a welcoming environment, friendly staff, resort-style amenities and planned activities.  Amenities vary by location but include swimming pools, hot tubs, sport’s courts, billiard’s rooms, libraries, clubhouses, golf courses, restaurants, marinas and fitness centers.  Activities include potlucks, holiday parties, yard sales, bingo, and sport’s tournaments.

Buying a manufactured home is easier then ever. Equity Lifestyle Properties offers multiple floor plans, a variety of bedroom options and both new and pre-owned homes. Financing may be available for those who qualify.

Looking to escape the cold? Check out our Florida and Arizona communities.

Don’t Delay, Book your tour today! Call 844-377-1241 or visit www.equitylifestyle.com for more information.

Date Palm Country Club in Cathedral City, CA

Date Palm Country Club in Cathedral City, CA

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