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2020 Brought More from the Northeast and Midwest to the Sunshine State

Florida has always attracted retirees and snowbirds from all across the U.S., but in 2020 we saw a specific increase in interest from those living in the Northeast and Midwest and wanting to move down to the Sunshine State.
Many want to escape some of the more populous areas and retire early in Florida manufactured homes. Several seek the lifestyle and amenities afforded by the various mobile home communities, of which they may not have up north. Others are looking for more affordable housing options that offer better space and included services such as lawn care. And, as always, we find that most desire more sunshine and warmer temperatures, of which Central Florida has in abundance.
The global COVID-19 pandemic caused a backlog in demand as states shut down and fewer new homes were being built and sold. In 2020, compared to previous years, we heard from more ...
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Santa on golf cart sled pulled by 9 flying pink flamingos with antlers, one with a glowing red nose, at the Lakes at Leesburg annual golf cart parade

Lakes at Leesburg Annual Golf Cart Christmas Parade Spreads Holiday Cheer

The Lakes at Leesburg mobile home community recently held their annual golf cart Christmas parade, and it was a huge success! Residents showed their creativity and shared the spirit of the season by decorating their golf carts with everything from bows, garlands, lights, wrapping paper, toys and presents, to wreaths, stockings, snowflakes, Christmas trees, and more. Several residents also had VIP guests on their floats: their pups!
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For added incentive, parade participants can enter the annual contest for the "Best Decorated Golf Cart". This year's first place winner was "The Candy Man". The cart featured a beautiful display case in the front filled with treats, a lighted sign and huge chocolate candies on the roof, and a criss-cross of candy canes in the back. The top two winners received gift cards.
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Are Mobile Homes Energy Efficient?

(Originally published on MHVillage.com)
Homeowners are more concerned than ever about energy efficiency in their homes. Demand for energy-efficient homes is high as Americans strive to reduce their energy bills and their carbon footprints. If you’re considering buying a manufactured home, you might be wondering how to find an energy-efficient model.
Fortunately, the news is good: manufactured homes have become steadily more energy efficient as innovation has improved building techniques and materials. Here, we’ll discuss the latest in energy-efficiency developments for manufactured homes. We’ll also talk about the most important things that owners of manufactured homes can do to improve their homes’ energy efficiency.
To begin, let’s look at a brief history of energy efficiency in manufactured homes.
Humble Beginnings
Manufactured homes have not always been known for energy efficiency. When mobile homes first became popular in the ’70s, they were often constructed using inexpensive ...
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Mobile home design tips

4 Easy Mobile Home Design Tips For The Holidays

Looking to transform your mobile home into a festive winter wonderland? You've come to the right place! We're sharing some of our best mobile home design tips to get your home ready for the holidays.
Tip #1: Pick A Theme Or Color Scheme
The first among our mobile home design tips would be for you to pick a theme or a color scheme. We highly recommend that you stick with it throughout your home for a consistent look. Here are some festive color combination ideas: green, red and gold; or yellow, red and silver. Pro tip: If you live around the Kissimmee area, a short drive to Disney Springs will give you some major inspo! Tip #2: Match Your Decor By Using Spray Paints This is probably one of our best mobile home design tips! If you struggle findinding decor pieces that match your color scheme, you can simply ...
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Mobile home park in Florida

How To Find The Best Mobile Home Park In Florida For You

Planning on moving to the Sunshine State to enjoy warm weather all year round? Here's our go-to guide to find the best mobile home park in Florida. What Type Of Mobile Home Park In Florida Is Ideal For You? Senior Park
A “senior park” is generally restricted to people who are over 55 year of age and there are mobile home parks in Florida that will cater to those who just want to sit back, relax and enjoy the fruits of their labor. You will find like minded people in these communities where you can enjoy retirement in style! Senior parks usually feature amenities such as pools, billiards, clubhouses, hot tubs, and more to truly portray a resort lifestyle. Just imagine yourself lounging by the pool with the sun beaming down on your face while sipping on a refreshing cocktail. It truly doesn't get better than that! Browse our available listings ...
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How To Prepare Your Home So You Can Move To Florida

Are you on the fence about deciding when the right time is to move to Florida? There’s a lot to think about when preparing for a move, and that’s why we’re here to help. Here’s what we recommended to guide you through the process. Properly preparing your home for a move to Florida saves you time and money in the long-run. Yet, it can be hard to think of all the loose ends that need to be tied down before you leave. That’s where this guide comes in to help. Some of our favorite client moments are when we hear stories of that retirement move to Florida and how it was the best decision they ever made! Organize Your Most Important Items Room-By-Room  Step one in any plan to move to Florida is organization and packing. The best way to start is walking through your home and making a list ...
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Mobile homes for sale in Kissimmee Florida

Mobile Homes For Sale In Kissimmee Florida: 6 Popular Listings

If you're searching for “mobile homes for sale in Kissimmee Florida,” you've come to the right place. Here are a few of our most popular listings!  Kissimmee is such an ideal location for family homes for so many reasons. It's known for its off-the-beaten-path adventures, endless sunshine, and proximity to world-famous theme parks such as Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort, and SeaWorld Orlando. If you're ready to find the best mobile homes for sale in Kissimmee Florida, keep on reading because we have some of the best options for you below! 406 Forest Lane, Kissimmee, FL 34746 This cozy 2 bedroom 2 bath home has been completely updated and remodeled. The home has huge bedrooms and an extra large living room to read, play games, or just sit back and watch TV. The beautiful and spacious backyard overlooks the water that is full of wildlife. 
Located in Sherwood Forest, ...
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Retirement communities in Florida

Retirement Communities in Florida: Our Top 5 Picks

If you're looking for retirement communities in Florida, we've got you covered. Here are our top 5 retirement communities where you can enjoy sunshine all year round! Hacienda Del Rio - Edgewater, FL This is one of the best retirement communities in Florida, located right on the Intracoastal Waterway in Edgewater, FL. Hacienda Del Rio provides a rewarding, active and fun-filled retirement lifestyle. The gated community features two clubhouses, two fishing piers, two swimming pools, and a boat launch. If you enjoy playing sports, you'll love their pickleball, billiards, gym, horseshoe, ping pong, and tennis facilities. But if you prefer to sit back, relax, and enjoy the peacefulness of your serene surroundings, you can easily find yourself in the backyard admiring the beautiful views of freshwater lakes around the community. If this sounds like your cup of tea, check out our available listings in Hacienda Del Rio. Call us ...
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A Quick, Useful Guide to Mobile Home Plumbing

(Originally published on MHVillage.com)
Buying a mobile home is, in many ways, different than your regular real estate purchase. One of the vital aspects to inspect is mobile home plumbing, as understanding this part of the home can help you save a lot of money. Furthermore, you will learn how to recognize the difference between the right mobile home and a bad investment.
The Basics of Mobile Home Plumbing
To be able to dive into little details of mobile home plumbing, it is crucial to understand the basics:
  • piping materials
  • location of the pipes
  • venting procedure
  • the most common plumbing issues in mobile homes

Having a water pressure meter is a good way to control your plumbing. Piping materials
Regular plumbing pipes are usually made of copper, but those for mobile homes are made of hard plastic. It is crucial to know that the quality approval for material ...
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mobile home resort lifestyle

Manufactured Homes Florida: Your Resort-Style Life Awaits

What you picture in your head when searching for ‘manufactured homes Florida’ is likely far from the reality of what these homes offer current residents. Manufactured homes have taken on an entirely new meaning nowadays and have become a hot commodity in the housing market. Here’s why. The Lifestyle  While manufactured homes are built and crafted in a factory, they are then transferred to our mobile home communities to provide a stable, cost-effective housing solution. Think of a mobile home community as an apartment complex meets resort. When you buy or rent a manufactured home, you’re also granted access to all of the community amenities.  Amenities range from golf courses, pools, jacuzzis, tennis courts, billiard rooms, bocce ball, on-site restaurants, and more. Imagine a village filled with like-minded people who enjoy similar activities, support each other in the community and all want to enjoy their own different lifestyles. Trust us ...
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