April 2015 Newsletter

Manufactured Housing 301: Home Value
Last, but certainly not least, in our informational series on manufactured homes is the subject of value.  This is an area where lots of confusion exists, and often leads to homes being under-valued.  It is true there is an NADA book for manufactured homes, but the value obtained there by looking up the year, make, model and size of any home is just a starting point.  To get an accurate value of the home you have to consider several additional areas such as: 1) what state is the home in? 2) what is the condition of the home? 3)  what components are present in the home and how old are they?4) what accessories are part of the home and how old are they? 5) where is the home located?  Each of these things can add dollars to  the NADA starting value, which is essentially a value only for the basic construction of the home.  As an appraiser who inspects homes in several states, let me assure you that the value of your home could exceed the NADA book value by as much as 50% to 75%! With as much as 25% of that resulting from it being right here in Johanna Woods.  That is huge!  If you are trying to fairly value your home for insurance purposes, it is critical that the value you use is a comprehensive one that truly reflects what your home is worth.  On the other hand, if you are considering selling your home, don’t let someone use the NADA value and make an offer based on just that percentage of the TOTAL value.  Chances are you could sell your home for more, especially if you have kept up with the maintenance, inside and outside.  We constantly talk about maintenance and how important it is to our community as a whole, but when it comes to the value of your individual home, don’t underestimate the role it plays.  It can be significant.  We hope these articles have been helpful to you.  If you have questions about this topic or any others, give us a call.

Spring and Storm Season Arrive Together
As much as we all appreciate the warmer temperatures and the signs of spring that are evident all around us, we must not forget that the greatest potential for dangerous weather is during April, May and June.  Please begin to watch the weather when conditions appear favorable for storms and tornadoes and be prepared to seek shelter.  If your kids arrive at home before you, make sure they know what to do.  Don’t wait until the storm is overhead to seek shelter.  If it is necessary to close and lock the shelter doors, we want you inside before we do!  And, please remember that we cannot allow your pets in the shelters.

Neighbor News
Tonia Smith enjoyed free rent in March as a referral thank you! What an awesome deal!
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This year has been a busy one so far with homes that are selling and lots that are being filled with new homes and residents.  If you have a new neighbor, we hope you will take the time to meet and welcome them to Johanna Woods.

Our American Heritage
“If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them, they must become happy.”
Thomas Jefferson in a letter to Charles Hammond, 1821
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If the federal government should overpass the just bounds of its authority and make a tyrannical use of its powers, the people, whose creature it is, must appeal to the standard they have formed, and take such measures to redress the injury done to the Constitution as the exigency may suggest and prudence justify.  Alexander Hamilton, January 3, 1788

Inspections are Underway!
Each year, every home in Johanna Woods is inspected.  We look for things that need to be repaired so that our homes individually, and the community collectively, will continue to be in good repair. This is so important to all of us.  We are starting a little earlier this year and hope to have everyone’s inspection completed by April 11th.  By keeping up with repairs each year, as needed, we should all have less expensive chores to do this year!

Cook’s Corner
Strawberry Angel Cake
Ingredients:
4 cups sliced strawberries
3/4 cup sugar, divided
2 tablespoons evaporated skim milk
8 ounces 1/3 less-fat cream cheese, softened
1 round angel food cake
3 tablespoons orange juice, divided
8 ounces frozen, reduced calorie whipped topping, thawed
2 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted

Directions:
Combine strawberries and 1/4 cup sugar in a small bowl; cover 1 hour.  Combine 1/2 cup sugar, milk, and cream cheese in a medium bowl, mix on medium until smooth.  Cut cake horizontally into 3 layers with a bread knife.  Place bottom layer, cut side up on cake plate and brush with 1 tablespoon orange juice.  Then spread 1/2 of cream cheese mixture over cake.  Spoon 1/3 of strawberries over cream cheese mixture with slotted spoon.  Repeat layers, ending with cake and orange juice.  Spread whipped topping over top and sides of cake.  Cover and chill for 30 minutes.  Arrange remaining strawberries on top of cake and sprinkle with almonds before serving!

For Johanna Woods Only…
For the month of April, we are going to have a drawing for a $25.00 Lowe’s gift card.  With Spring arriving and home improvement chores on each of our lists, there is no doubt most of us could put this to good use.  We will hold the drawing on the 10th and get the card out to the winner right away.
Your on-time rental payment is your entry for the drawing.    Just have your rent in the office by the time we open on the 6th and it is on-time!  This is just for you, because you live in Johanna Woods!

Community Calendar
April 1st—Rent is due—No Foolin’!
April 3rd—Good Friday and the office will be closed for the day.
April 5th—Resurrection Sunday.  Don’t lose the meaning of the day in Easter eggs and bunny rabbits!
April 6th—Rent is late and subject to a $25.00 late fee.