The Lifestylist® Brands Awarded Best Model Home Merchandising

R and R Ashford 12 R&R Ashford May 14 20We are so proud to announce that at the recent MHI Congress and Expo The Lifestylst Brands was awarded the Best Model Home award for a retail center. This home was built by SE Homes of Texas, and was owned by R & R Mobile Homes in DeRidder, LA.

This is a great honor and we love having the opportunity to help these great clients sell homes.

TMHA Announces launch of Owner Finance Resource

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There is a reason Texas is so strong in factory built home  sales – they have a great organization that makes sure that the facts get out to their members and consumers. We got this press release today:

TMHA is pleased to announce our newest member resource with today’s launching of our Owner-Finance Resource webpage.

We have long known a portion of our membership has engaged in some form of individual lending.  Typically this is referred to as “owner-financing.”  Admittedly lending operations were never simple, but the complexity and education needed in the new regulatory environment has had an exponential impact on the demands of any would be lender, especially smaller owner-finance lenders.

The cry for help, education, resources, and direction is a common request we hear these days.  The high turnout at TMHA’s Dodd-Frank Implementation Workshop further demonstrated the demand in our industry for more help and more education.

Today we are launching a new, completely dedicated resource page focused on owner-finance lending.  In conjunction with the webpage launch we are publishing three new articles below in what we expect to be the first three installments of an on-going series of articles dedicated to this area.

 

For more information about the Texas Manufactured Housing Association you can visit their website or email them at: info@texasmha.com

Community vs Value: Can You Have it All?

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It’s been an interesting week as far as media regarding factory built homes – The NY Times published a very controversial article yesterday: “The Cold Hard Lessons of Mobile Home U“. In it people who make a very good living in this industry make very disparaging remarks about “trailer parks” and the people that live in them. Fortunately industry veteran Bruce Savage set the record straight on the American Housing Advocates page.

True, there are these types of communities out there that have no community amenities and provide a bare bones quality of life, but what they neglected to talk about is the communities that are all about lifestyle and community.

It is possible to to to have lifestyle and value all in the same place? Absolutely! Fortunately there are many land lease communities across the country that offer a great quality of life to their residents at a very fair price. The new American Housing Advocates group is committed to getting the word out about what a great value Factory built housing can be, and we are looking forward to learning more from this group in the future.

A Multi-Million Dollar Mobile Home

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If you think mobile homes sit on blocks and that a mobile home park is undesirable, you haven’t seen this beautiful home. The exterior is deceiving – what looks ordinary from the street is extraordinary when you walk and side and see all of the spectacular views and renovations that have been made to the home.

For more thoughts on the value of factory built housing and why it’s so important to choose the right person to market your home visit our Lifestylist site. For more photos and information on purchasing the home visit celebrity Realtor Madison Hildebrand’s site – The Malibu Life. The photo above is compliments of Mr. Hildebrand.

Fall Networking Opportunities for Factory Built Housing Experts

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What a busy Summer! Not only are factory built homes selling as fast as the manufacturers can build them. mainstream media is finally saying positive things about our industry instead of talking about “trailer parks” and “mobile homes”.  Even as Moore Oklahoma braced for some of the worst tornadoes in history, factory built housing held it’s own and in some areas withstood the winds even better than the site built homes in the area did.

This Fall there are going to be lots of places to share all of this good news as well as learning about better ways to show and sell factory built homes. Lifestylist® Suzanne Felber is thrilled to have been asked to speak at the 22nd International Networking Roundtable for Land Lease Communities in Bloomingdale, Illinois September 18 – 20th and also at the Southeast Community Owners Symposium in Forsyth, GA October 8 – 10th.

Not only will these be great networking opportunities, but they will also be the places to tour new homes that are specifically designed for land lease communities, and to learn about important trends in our industry from the experts in their fields.

Click on the links above for more information, or feel free to contact us at: answers@lifestylist.com for more information.  Se you there!

Living The Great Life

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I’m always amazed at the quality of life Yes! Communities offer to their residents. I was in Oklahoma City redesigning a clubhouse for them at their Timberland community, and even though it was a hot day there were a group of kids playing basketball on the sports court, people were enjoying the pool, and lots of kids playing in their front yards and enjoying the playground.  Residents were dropping in to the clubhouse asking when they could reserve the space for their personal use – the list was filling up quickly!

There are so many discussions going on about kids being parked in front of their computers and not being active -that definitely wasn’t the case at Timberland. There was lots for them to do, and they were taking advantage of those opportunities.

Land lease communities offer a wonderful quality of life. Being able to live in a community with features such as pools, sports courts, beaches, mountain views and other lifestyle options means that there is always something to do!

Doing The Most Good: Donating to Salvation Army

Salvation Army Hurricane 6Salvation Army Hurricane 7Salvation Army Hurricane 1Salvation Army Hurricane 3It’s heartbreaking to watch the news today and see the devastation in Moore, Oklahoma. My sister and her family live in Edmond, OK and I have clients that have land lease communities very close to where the tornado touched down.

People always think that “trailer parks” or “mobile home parks” are the worst places to be during a disaster like this, but that just isn’t true. I was glad to hear that the Yes! Communities in this area only sustained hail and wind damage and no one was hurt. Their on-site managers made sure that everyone got to where they needed to be and are now busy helping them get emergency supplies and repairs. That’s one of the advantages of living in a well run land lease community – there’s always someone there to help.

If you would like to help the people of Moore that were affected by the storm, I encourage you to donate to the Salvation Army. They truly do the most good with every dollar that is donated.