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Residents Enjoy Spooky Fun at the Lakes at Leesburg Annual Halloween Party
Residents Enjoy Spooky Fun at the Lakes at Leesburg Annual Halloween Party
Residents Enjoy Spooky Fun at the Lakes at Leesburg Annual Halloween Party
A Day in the Life of a Four Star Homes Agent
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A Guide to Mobile Home HVAC Systems
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What’s the Difference Between a Mobile Home and a Manufactured Home?

When looking for a mobile home or manufactured home for sale, it can be somewhat confusing. The terms are often used interchangeably, but there are important differences.
What are mobile homes and manufactured homes?
Both mobile homes and manufactured homes were both built off-site in a warehouse. These prefabricated homes were then transported to the location where they’re set and permanently affixed to the ground. They are often placed in mobile home communities next to other mobile homes.
These mobile and manufactured home communities are a far cry from the outdated term "trailer parks", as they are more commonly well-kept with beautiful grounds and offer loads of resort-style amenities.
Manufactured and mobile homes are often much more affordable than traditional houses, referred to as site-built homes. Site-built homes are built on-site, hence the name, and construction can be expensive and experience delays due to weather.
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Low-Maintenance Landscaping Tips for Mobile Homes

Bob Silverman, LawnStarter
Never forget the three Ls when buying a new mobile home: location, landscaping, and low maintenance.
Living in Florida, we have the location handled. Landscaping your mobile home with low-maintenance plants and hardscaping means you’ll spend less time working on your yard and more time enjoying it.
Mobile and manufactured home communities provide simple living for singles, couples, families, and those looking to retire in Florida. The amenities are endless: swimming pools, clubhouses, golf courses, and just about everything else nearby to keep you busy.
And since many mobile home communities include grass-cutting services in your monthly lot rent, you can spend more time giving your home some character with low-maintenance landscaping.
We’ve rounded up several tips for landscaping and hardscaping to give your manufactured home some personal and colorful touches.
Flower Beds
Plant a few flowers and shrubs around ...
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How Four Star Homes Gets Manufactured Homes Sold Fast

There's a reason why Four Star Homes is Central Florida's largest and most experienced manufactured home broker.
Not only have we been in the business since 1982, but we also have more than 150 agents based out of offices across Central Florida. Many of these agents live in the mobile home communities they serve, making them experts on the lifestyles afforded by living in a manufactured home.
Last year alone, we successfully sold more than 1,650 homes. In fact, Four Star Homes is responsible for 1 out of 10 manufactured home resales in Florida!
Homes listed with Four Star average less than 100 days on the market. How do we do this?
Professional Marketing
Professionally-marketed homes sell quicker than when you try to sell on your own, otherwise known as "For Sale by Owner" or FSBO.
When you sell your mobile home more quickly, ...
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New Ownership Brings Community Enhancements to The Falls at Ormond

Named one of the 10 Best Places To Retire by Retirement Living Magazine, The Falls at Ormond has been a much sought-after community for many years. Now under new ownership, there are several enhancements planned for 2021 to make The Falls at Ormond an even better place to live.
New owner MHM Communities is dedicated to enhancing their manufactured home communities by improving neighborhood infrastructure, building modern amenities, and expanding social activities.
"Our mission is to provide the facilities, environment, and lifestyle to enhance our residents' quality of life."
The 55+ manufactured home community is expecting to see the following improvements in 2021. (Note: Some improvements pending city approvals.)
  • Renovated clubhouse
  • Outdoor kitchen
  • New entrance
  • Improvements to community landscaping
  • Improvements to common area lighting
  • Added mail station
  • Pickleball courts
  • 2 dog parks
  • 3 outdoor gazebos and walking trails
  • Upgraded property roads
  • Upgraded stormwater drainage system
Artist renderings courtesy MHM Communities These improvements only ...
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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 you ready for the holidays.
Tip #1: Pick A Theme Or Color Scheme
Pick a theme or color scheme stick with it throughout your home for a beautiful, consistent look.
Theme ideas: Snowflakes, snowmen, Santa, Christmas trees
Color combinations: green, red, and gold; blue, white, and silver; green and brown
Pro tip: If you live around the Kissimmee area, a short drive to Disney Springs will give you some major inspiration! Tip #2: DIY Using Gift Wrap Gift wrap isn't just for presents!
Get out your leftover wrapping paper from last Christmas or pick up a few new rolls of holiday gift wrap to create delicate angels and stars that can hang on your tree, or ...
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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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