Open New Doors
From the very first time we opened the door to our kindergarten class a lifetime ago to the door that will lead us into retirement – and every door in between – our lives have been about trying new things. Taking on challenges. Confronting life with determination and confidence.
Open the most important door yet.
The one to your new home.
Top Places to Retire
The Southeast and Southwest corners of the United States have long been known as the top destinations for retirees. Every year, thousands of people make the decision to leave the winter chill behind and head south for warmer climates. However, we often hear that because there are so many renowned areas to choose from, it can be difficult to determine which location is best. As a result, we’ve compiled a list of the top places to retire to help in the search for the perfect retirement destination.Read Article »
The Benefits of Buying
Upon retirement, many retirees choose to downsize their existing home and move to a warmer climate. The question then becomes, should you purchase a home or opt to rent instead? There are several factors to consider when making this decision. The choice to buy or rent for many retirees centers on financial concerns, but could involve other factors as well.Read Article »
The Benefits of Renting
Upon retirement, many retirees choose to downsize their existing home. The question then becomes, should you purchase a new home or opt to rent a home instead? There are several factors to consider when making this decision. Many of the factors center on financial concerns; however, there are emotional factors to consider as well. While there are pros and cons to both buying and renting, the benefits of renting win out for many retirees.Read Article »
Top Questions About Manufactured Homes & Communities
What is a manufactured home, and what are some of the benefits of owning one?
Here’s the scoop. A manufactured home is a quality factory built-home that is delivered to a property and set in place. Each of these homes, fully customizable and averaging more than 1,400 square feet, is constructed in accordance with the national building code governed by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Our homes are sturdy, low maintenance, and offer resort-style amenities along with a variety of planned social activities and group outings. Most communities are also pet-friendly. Can’t leave those behind!
What is the average cost of a manufactured home?
Today’s new manufactured homes sell for an average new price of just over $60,000, while the average used manufactured home sells for about $13,000. Whether new or used, manufactured homes offer a tremendous value in today’s housing market. Depending on the region of the country, construction cost per square foot for a new manufactured home averages about 10 to 35 percent less than a comparable site-built home, excluding the cost of land.
What kinds of features and layouts are available in today’s manufactured homes?
A variety of floor plans are available in today’s manufactured homes to allow each homebuyer to create an ideal environment. Whether you’re looking for the perfect floor plan for entertaining, a cozy space for quiet evenings or all the features you need to create culinary delights, you’ll find the perfect fit in a manufactured home. Surprising features of today’s manufactured homes include vaulted ceilings, deluxe kitchens, walk-in-closets, bathrooms with recessed bathtubs and whirlpools and much more.
What kinds of financing options are available to manufactured home buyers?
A variety of financing options are available to assist in the purchase of your manufactured home. Down payments typically range from 5% to 10% of the selling price of the home, and loan terms are typically 15 to 20 years. The friendly, knowledgeable sales consultants at each community can provide you with additional information.
What is a land lease community?
A land lease community is one where the owner of a home leases the land on which the home is set. Most manufactured home communities in the U.S. are land lease communities.
What amenities are offered to residents of manufactured housing communities?
Amenities vary from community to community and may include swimming pools, whirlpools and spas, golf courses, clubhouses, tennis courts, pickleball courts, game rooms, exercise rooms, basketball and volleyball courts, play and picnic areas, marinas and boat docks.
What fees can I expect to pay as a resident of a manufactured housing community?
Some of the typical fees associated with living in a manufactured housing community include site rent, utilities such as water, sewer, electric and gas, trash collection and cable television service.