I know that shopping for a retirement home can be a daunting task. The old saying “Location, Location, Location” is doubly true during this time. So knowing that, why us?

Ocala, FL is about as central in the state of Florida as you can get. This means that you are only about an hour away from everywhere.
Head East for an hour, you’re at the Atlantic Coast
Head West for an hour, you’re at the Gulf of Mexico
Head South for an hour and a half, you’re at Disney
Head Southwest for an hour and a half, you’re in Tampa
Head North for 30 Minutes, you’re in Gainesville
Head Northwest for two hours, you’re in Jacksonville.

Being centrally located means that all of these locations are within easy day-trip distances to see the majority of our beautiful state.

We are also in a unique location in Ocala, where we are located just “out of the way enough” to not be caught up in the hustle and bustle of the city, but with a 10-15 minute drive you can reach just about anywhere in Ocala. Come on out and see us. Give us a call and speak to Frank today!

Most of our posts here at Sweetwater Oaks revolve around the safety of our homes. Especially with the devastation that Hurricane Michael has wrought on the panhandle, it is imperative that we keep our homes to the standards of the law. In some of the pictures below, you can see some of longitude and transverse braces under the homes as well as the vertical tiedowns that go around the entire perimeter of the building. Sam Tedesco was out working on one of the houses when we were shooting photos, so we went over and said hi to him too. As always we would love to speak to you regarding our homes. 1-800-936-0188!

I know it is hard to believe, but you can get a new home priced in the $80’s right now at Sweetwater Oaks. With the market climbing and housing prices going up; now is the time to jump on getting that house you’ve always wanted at an affordable price. Check out this link below to take you to our listing page where you can see photos of our newest model home.

Click Here! A new home in the $80’s awaits!

We spent the weekend over a grill, drinking a lemonade, enjoying the Labor Day weekend with friends and family. Tuesday starts the week over again, and our doors are opened back up ready to serve you and get you on the path to the retirement you’ve always dreamed of.

One of the biggest questions we get at Sweetwater Oaks is “Are manufactured homes safe?” Generally speaking, these questions throw back to the stereotypical single-wide trailer with paper thin walls, something that you’d expect to fall over in a stiff breeze. As the industry has changed over the last decade, there has been a push to change the mindset on what the difference between a mobile home and a manufactured home is. About ten days ago, Matt Licano posted an article on ManufacturedHomes.com regarding the safety of these homes, comparing them to site-built homes.

Check out Matt Licano’s Article Here! (Click)

Need more proof that these homes are safe? The worst year in recent history for hurricanes in our area was 2004. Take a guess at how many manufactured homes were destroyed in the state of Florida after those hurricanes came through.

Zip. Zero. Not a one; and in the 14 years since those hurricanes came through, the houses have only gotten better.

Globe News Wire’s article about Manufactured Home Safety. (Click)

Still not convinced? Give us a call at Sweetwater Oaks and we would love to discuss the safety of our houses, and we would love to show you around. 1800-936-0188

Looking for a new home can be daunting. There are so many options available as you scroll through online realtors or even scour the phone book for a local seller. We at Sweetwater Oaks believe that you should be able to get all the information available before taking the leap into purchasing your home for retirement. After all, these are your golden years! You should be able to spend them doing the things you love, not stressing over a home!

Our friends over at the Florida Manufactured Housing Association have put together a “Home Buying Guide 101” with some fantastic information that may help with some of the life-changing decisions that you are facing. Here’s a linnk!

Home Buying Guide 101

We would be honored to take this journey with you. Please do not hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-936-0188.

Check out these pictures of our two new model homes going up in the park this week. Lot 16 and Lot 177. Give us a call or stop by for a visit to see these homes in person!

Summertime in Florida, a time when the roads become a little less crowded and the lines at your favorite restaurant become a little bit shorter. The snowbirds are all headed back up North, and we can relax for a few months before the hustle and bustle of the Holidays comes around. However, there are always some precautions to take into consideration as we come to this time of year.

It’s Hurricane Season. For some of us, last year was a wake up call- our first hurricane in Central Florida in nearly a decade. Some experienced power loss or damage from wind and rain. It is always a good idea to stock up on the essentials for the Hurricane Season; bottled water, power generators, flashlights, candles, and some food. Remember the general rule of 1 gallon of potable water per person per day.

If a power generator is out of your budget for this hurricane season, here’s a quick checklist of some things to have around the house for Hurricane Season: A good suggestion is to keep items in a waterproof plastic tote, and buying these items now will prevent you from having to be in the rush during the last few days before the storm comes.

1) Flashlights- Small handheld, as well as larger lights that can illuminate a room
2) Batteries for your flashlights
3) A hand-crank radio/flashlight combo (any self-powered flashlight will do, one that does not require batteries to be changed)
4) Water- 1 gallon per person per day for cleaning/drinking
5) A first aid kit
6) Ready-to-eat foods or MREs
7) A set of two-way radios
8) Sternos or other alternative cooking methods
9) Isopropyl Alcohol or hand sanitizers
10) Water Purification tablets
11) Portable Cell phone chargers/extra batteries.

Some things to do to prepare for Hurricane Season, if a Hurricane is headed your way.

1) Fill your bathtub with water. You can use this to flush your toilets or even get a small amount into a bowl to bathe with.
2) Fill gallon bags with ice from your ice maker and stack them in your freezer/fridge to help keep food frozen in a power outage. The less “empty” space in your freezer, the longer your items will stay cold.
3) Move all of your Hurricane Supplies to a central location in the house. You do not want to be digging for the flashlights after the hurricane has hit.
4) If the authorities say evacuate, EVACUATE!

While you are stocking up on your supplies for Hurricane Season, take a look at this article from the Florida Manufactured Housing Association regarding the homes we have for sale; it should give you some peace of mind as we enter this season.

Hurricane-Ready Homes

As always folks, come see us at Sweetwater Oaks- 1-800-936-0188

If you have ever been curious about how our homes are made, take a look at this video posted by the Florida Manufactured Housing Association on Youtube. If you have more questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us via the “contact” button above. Enjoy!

 

Think you know a thing or two about “mobile homes?” Think again! Manufactured homes (“mobile homes” is a actually a misnomer) are the most misunderstood form of housing in the United States. As a result, many people overlook the value, quality, safety — and ease of financing — that make manufactured homes the perfect option for many homeowners.

1. Manufactured Homes Are Not Mobile Homes

The truth is, no builder of manufactured homes has built a “mobile home” in more than 40 years. Back in 1976, Congress passed a law that subjected manufactured homes to a rigid national construction code. As a result, today’s manufactured homes have hardly anything in common with the “mobile homes” in the decades before then. The HUD Code has been upgrades often over the years to ensure improved resistance to storms. And since 1994, manufactured homes have been built according to the same strict standards for fire and wind resistance that apply to site-built homes.

2. Manufactured Homes May Increase in Value

While many people have the misconception that manufactured homes are depreciating assets, like most automobiles, the truth is that manufactured homes may appreciate just as site-built homes do. They’re subject to the same law of supply and demand, location, and local market conditions. As with any other form of property, location matters most. (Which is why Sweetwater Oaks is such an attractive place to live!)

3. Manufactured Homes Perform As Well (or Better) in Wind and Storms

When the 1994 HUD Code mandated storm resistance standards, it ensured that manufactured homes were to withstand storm events with the same performance as site-built homes. When you see images of destruction after hurricanes and storms, most of what you see are from true “mobile homes” not manufactured homes.

4. Manufactured Homes are Built to Safety Standards that Often Surpass Site-Built Homes

Did you know that the HUD Code imposes stricter fire and and safety standards on manufactured housing than the IRC Code sets for traditional, site-built housing? Most people don’t!  A study by Foremost Insurance Company demonstrated that manufactured homes were in fact less likely to catch fire than site built homes!

5. Manufactured Homes Can Be Financed More Easily Than Most Realize

Many lenders specialize in providing mortgages just for manufactured housing, including a new purchase, construction or home and land package. Manufactured homes on private property may be financed as chattel or personal property loans, which may be more expensive than mortgage loans but easier to obtain.

Manufactured homes on land owned by the buyer and installed on a foundation are considered real estate and qualify for mortgages with FHA, VA, and USDA just like site-built homes.

Have more questions about value of owning a modular home? Contact Sweetwater Oaks today!

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As the weather settles down and cools off, you’ll want to mark your calendar for some of the unique activities you’ll only find in Ocala this October. There’s a lot going on, but here’s a sampling of a few of the events that are truly unique to our area. And they’re all just a few minute’s drive from the Sweetwater Oaks Mobile Home Community:

Ocala Pumpkin Run Car Show & Festival (October 27 to 29)

This three-day event is much more than a car and truck show. It’s a festival for friends and family in the lovely setting of Castro Farms. There are amazing classic cars, of course, but also competitions including motocross and BMX exhibitions, world-champion disc dogs, ‘chainsaw chix,’ drone racing and even a wine tasting from central Florida’s very own Island Grove Winery. There’s also free kids activities, live music, food and more. Check out their website for details. 


First Friday Art Walk in Downtown Ocala (September – May)

Historic downtown Ocala comes alive with art, music and food every First Friday from September to May. The monthly event includes 15 city blocks of the attractive downtown area, with artists of all kinds sharing their work. Come and enjoy dinner and music on the square and stroll through displays and booths featuring the best local talent. Get more info here. 


Go Spelunking in Ocala’s Wild Caves (October 7)


Florida’s unique geology includes a network of caves, many of which are the source of our wonderful freshwater springs. Opportunities for dry caving are relatively limited by comparison. But right here in Ocala, at the Brick City Adventure Park, there is a cave system open to guided exploration. The next caving experience is October 7 at 9 a.m. All caving gear is provided, and ages 8 to adult are welcome. Participants should wear long pants, sturdy footwear and gloves. Cost is $25 per person. Click for details.


Bluegrass Music at Silver River State Park (October 15)

Come get your fill of old-timey bluegrass music at Silver River State Park. The event includes local musicians as well as out of towners. You’re even welcome to bring your own instrument and join in the fun! Pickin’ in the Park is a great way to enjoy the natural beauty of Silver Springs with a foot-tapping soundtrack to go with it. Click for details.


Hike the Landbridge on the Cross Florida Greenway (October 17)

An abandoned attempt to create a coast-to-coast canal across the state of Florida is now one of the area’s unique recreation areas, including mountain biking, horseback riding and hiking. Enjoy a scenic section of this trail that crosses I-75 as a ‘land bridge’ in a guided interpretive nature walk on October 17. The walk takes up to 3 hours and the group will meet at the Brick City Adventure Park to travel together to the trailhead. The cost is $2 per person and transportation is available. Here’s more info.