Home Buying Guide
Manufactured Home Communities, Private Properties, Age-Restricted Communities & More – Determining Your Home’s Location
As you decide between manufactured home communities and other locations where you can choose to locate your new home, it’s important to consider how they compare in terms of geographical area, local neighborhood amenities, and community amenities, as well as how they can accommodate your lifestyle. From there, using the right resources can help you make the most informed decision possible by giving you the information you need.
If you decide to purchase real estate instead of residing in a land-lease community, you will have plenty of options. You can buy a lot of land on private property or in a subdivision or you can buy land into a community with common ownership, such as a condominium or cooperative. When purchasing your own real estate, it’s best to visit a retailer or real estate agent that can guide you in the right direction, as they are familiar with the local real estate markets and can help you find the property you need.
Alternatively, if you are looking to buy or lease a home in a manufactured home community, you’ll then have to decide on the type of community you wish to live in. There are two main types of manufactured home communities:
- All-age communities – These communities are designed to accommodate families of all ages. There are no age restrictions, so families with children are welcome. These communities offer different amenities and features, so be sure to research what’s important to you in a planned community and neighborhood.
- 55+ communities –These communities typically require at least one resident in the home to be 55 years of age or older. A 55+ community – also called an age-restricted community, retirement community, or active adult community – is a place designed to accommodate the lifestyle goals of older individuals who desire affordable, low-maintenance housing inside of a development with lots of age-appropriate facilities and activities.
Finding a location to build your home is easier when you can talk to knowledgeable people in the industry. The Manufactured Housing Industry of Arizona (MHIA) – the voice of the factory built housing industry in Arizona – website can connect you with home retailers, manufactured home communities, lenders, installers, and other service providers in our network who can assist you during the purchasing process.