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Information on manufactured home communities.

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!

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!

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 www.mhvillage.com

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.

Find Your Retirement Home on MHVillage

Cute retirement home on the water in Clearwater, Florida.

Cute retirement home on the water in Clearwater, Florida.

Manufactured home communities are a great option for those considering retirement. Many retirees are looking to downsize – after the kids have moved out, the family home may feel too expansive. Manufactured homes come in a variety of sizes, from cozy park models that make great vacation properties to multi-section homes with open floor plans and plenty of space.

Many states, especially classic retirement destinations like Arizona and Florida, have communities specifically for the 55+ set. These communities often have special amenities, social activities and services designed for their residents enjoying their golden years.

Lounge by the pool at this gorgeous retirement community in Apache Junction, Florida.

Lounge by the pool at this gorgeous retirement community in Apache Junction, Florida.

On MHVillage you can easily search for communities using our Advanced Search tool. This tool lets you drill down to exactly what you are looking for.

Some of the optional search terms are:

  • Only Age-Restricted/Retirement Communities
  • Only Resident Owned Communities
  • Communities with a Pool
  • That have a clubhouse
  • That allow pets
Click "Watch This" to be updated about new home listings as they are added.

Click “Watch This” to be updated about new home listings as they are added.

Once you find communities you like, you can also see the homes they have available. Or, if you are just doing some research and plan to buy later, you can click the Watch Community button on any community and be emailed whenever a new home listings is added to that community.

* Please note that MHVillage tries to have the most updated information – but you should contact the community directly for more information about the properties they have available and rules and regulations.

Evening shuffleboard, anyone?

Evening shuffleboard, anyone?

 

Manufactured Home Buyer’s Checklist

If you’re looking at buying a pre-owned mobile home, you’re aware of the many decisions you’ll need to make. There’s the basics like figuring out what home is the right size for you and your family, what’s the right location, and whether you want a “handyman special,” something that is “move-in ready,” or something in the middle.

On top of those considerations, there are unique mobile home details you may not be aware of. That’s why we’ve compiled this handy checklist of 10 essential, but little known, items you don’t want to miss before you buy.

Home Buyer’s Checklist

  1. Confirm Manufacturer, Model Name, and Date of Manufacture

It’s always a good idea to confirm the Manufacturer, Model Name, and Date of Manufacture before you purchase a home. Many banks and insurance companies require all of the purchase paperwork to match the exact state records concerning the home. You can typically verify this information by locating the manufacturer’s data plate; this sheet of paper is normally glued to the inside of a closet or cabinet door. Also be aware that the Year of Manufacture may differ from the Model Year of the home.

2. Verify Dimensions of Home

The size of the home should be verified with a tape measure, as many documents containing the dimensions of the home include roof overhangs and a 4′ trailer hitch. Your actual square footage may be smaller than anticipated if you go solely by the listing information.  Continue reading