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Monday, May 18, 2015

Mobile Help for Your Home Search

With the significant demand of mobile device search use, Jensen’s now provides you with a more “on the go” mobile version of our website.  We know many are using it already to find Jensen communities and homes for sale.

If you have not yet checked it out, here is a quick tour with actual images from the site:














                                                                                                                                            

You can also obtain directions to each Jensen community as well as to each Home for Sale.

We hope you find it helpful and welcome your comments!

Kris Jensen III
Get in on the Good Life!®
800-458-6832







Monday, April 20, 2015

Add Comfort and Save with an Energy Star Home

An Energy Star Home provides you with a more comfortable home as well as one that will save you money with lower operating costs than one not built to the same standards.  ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency.”  You can learn more at www.EnergyStar.gov.

Each Jensen house manufacturer (with few exceptions) builds their homes to obtain an Energy Star label. Typically, Manufactured Housing builders utilize a “Performance Path [which] is based on a customized package of upgrades” to obtained the desired energy efficiency.

Lowering monthly expenses is on everyone’s minds.  Money we don’t need to pay for electric, gas or oil each month is a dollar we can use to pay down credit card bills, the mortgage, or into our savings.

Buying a new Energy Star Home complete with Energy Star rated appliances reduces your monthly expenses below that of comparable homes and appliances.  In fact, buying an Energy Star Home may even qualify you for a larger home and mortgage due to the expected lower expenses.  And once you have made the modest upfront investment, an energy efficient home pays you back every month with lower utility bills.

Manufactured homes are inherently tighter and less drafty than many site built homes.  They are built in climate controlled environments, the framing lumber is more typically cut on larger and more accurate saws, and floor, wall and roof systems are framed on jigs to ensure good fit.  The additional sealing, gasketing, and insulation typically needed to make a manufacturer’s homes Energy Star are easily completed in the factory setting.

So besides the money you can save with an Energy Star Home, you get the added comfort of a tightly built house.

Find out more about Jensen’s Comfort Design Homes at www.jensencommunities.com and “Get in on the Good Life!”



Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Right Now!


New home buyers very often say, “Wished we moved sooner”.

What are you waiting for?  People start looking for a new home mainly because they are unhappy with their current property.  The home hasn’t changed drastically over the years but the way we live in them and who lives in them does.  A home does not meet our needs forever.  Neighborhoods change and sometimes are no longer familiar to us.

Making a move can seem like it will take more time and effort than what it’s worth.  But that is usually not the case at all.  Moving to a new and more accommodating home can add years to your well-being.

Here are twelve reasons to move Right Now!

  1. Spring is almost here and people are ready to buy your current home.
  2. Interest rates are still outrageously low for buyers looking at your home.
  3. It is an excellent time to buy and get a great price on a new or resale home.
  4. Reducing monthly housing costs would give you more money for other enjoyable purchases.
  5. Right-sizing your home will give you more time to do what you want.
  6. A home in a private community will make leaving and traveling easier.
  7. A new modern master bathroom with double sinks, a walk-in shower and linen storage would be a refreshing change from your outdated bath.
  8. An open floor plan would add fun to entertaining family and friends.
  9. You can still enjoy gardening; just not have all the grass to mow or leaves to rake.
  10. Why clean rooms that you never use?
  11. You’re ready to meet new friends and neighbors.
  12. A change now makes sense and will be good for you.

What got you thinking it is time to move in the first place?  Be honest with yourself (and your significant other) on what you want to do with the rest of your life.  Then find the best home that you can enjoy and more importantly that will fulfill your dreams.

We’re here to help.  Right Now!

Kris Jensen III

Get in on the Good Life!®

800-458-6832

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Permanent Foundations Best for Manufactured Homes

All homes need a firm foundation.  When you start building from the ground up, it is essential that the foundation used will support the house indefinitely.

Since the mid 1980’s Jensen communities has utilized monolithic concrete slabs (or a full perimeter concrete foundation in some of our newest communities) as a “best practice”.  People moving to a retirement community (or just a smaller home) do not need a basement and to save on costs, the concrete slab is the best suited for the task of supporting today’s modern (and solidly built) manufactured home for years to come.


A concrete slab will not allow variations under the home’s concrete piers and practically eliminate re-leveling.  It also creates a better base on which to install the perimeter skirting (especially the bottom track) as well as making it easier to landscape against (and not pile top soil or mulch against the skirting).  The slab allows plumbers, electricians and HVAC professionals to complete their work above ground level.
There are several things you should look for in a correctly built concrete slab used for a manufactured home foundation.  Jensen’s starts with setting the grade for the site to ensure that water will run away from the home.  Then, crushed gravel and stone are laid on undisturbed soil and compacted before the slab is formed.  In some soil conditions and climates, extra footings are dug under the home’s pier system or around the outer edge to make the slab even stronger.  The bulk of the slab is about 6” thick and poured with fiberglass or wire mesh for extra strength. To see a video of the Concrete slab, Click Here.  The slab is made 4” to 6” wider than the actual home to provide a “reveal” and ledge to install either vinyl or brick skirting to dress up the underside of the home.

Home tie-downs are anchored directly into the slab and then steel straps are run to the I-Beam frame of the home securing it according to the manufacturer’s installation manual.  Using a full concrete slab also allows the home’s electrical service to be directly mounted on an exterior wall saving costs and extra equipment resulting in a much neater look to the yard.  Setting a proper grade and landscaping up to the slab prevents water from getting under the home.


We take pride in what is under our homes because we know it is important to you and your home’s longevity.  Ask your sales representative to show you the quality of a Jensen foundation.
Kris Jensen III
Get in on the Good Life!®
800-458-6832

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

How to Overcome the Stuff in Your Current Home

January is the month that we make or break our New Year resolutions.  If you have lived in your home for more than a few years like many of our customers, overcoming the objects we have accumulated can be a daunting task.

The tactics professional organizer Barbara Reich uses to begin and complete a purging are highlighted in an AARP article by Jancee Dunn which can be found at http://www.aarp.org/home-family/your-home/info-2014/declutter-tips-for-home.html.

Whether you are just looking to make your house more attractive, get rid of “stuff” or preparing your home for sale, this is a great article to get you started.
Reich’s “Rules of Organizing”:

·         Stick to Routines
·         Do the Most Distasteful Task First
·         Store Like with Like
·         Make a Decision and Act on it
·         Get it Off the Floor
All are essentials for living a more organized life and staying decluttered.

With organizing to clean out and/or stage a house for the market it is usually necessary to reduce the volume of stuff we own including clothes, books, collectables, furniture, cookware and other personal belongings.  Reich’s advice on “How To Get Rid Of Absolutely Everything (in five easy steps)” are equally helpful:
  • Gift it
  • Sell it
  • Donate it
  • Liquidate it
  • Trash it
To get started read the details in this article.  Facing the inevitable tasks of rightsizing our lives is a must when it is time to sell and better our lifestyle.  The help of a professional organizer and/or house stager can be well worth the time and investment to get your home sold in the shortest time at the best possible price!

Kris Jensen III
Get in on the Good Life!®
800-458-6832

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New Jensen Website launched in November!


Over the years we have been complimented on the information and ease of using our website.  We spend a lot of time with the experts at the Worx Group in Prospect CT.   We rely on their expertise to maintain a site that will benefit our customers looking for an affordable place they can call home in a Jensen community.
In November, Jensencommunities.com 2.0 will be launched. We are very excited with the upcoming changes!  In creating the new site, we adhered to the following beliefs:

  • Jensen’s Website should provide the information customers want to have and not just what we want to say.
  • Ease of use is a top priority including simple navigation around and into the site.
  • Customers should decide where they want to start and how far they want to drill down.
  • A website should conveniently provide several ways to find information as well as the ability to easily contact Jensen people.
  • Opportunities to share information with family and friends.
  • Photos need to bring communities and homes to life.

On the new Jensen’s website you will therefore find:

  • Quick and easy community or sales information.
  • Help if you are unsure where to begin.
  • On-going Open House dates and times.
  • Directions to Open Houses, Homes for Sale and Community Offices.
  • The highlights that make each Jensen Community a great place to live.
  • Numbers to call and Information Request Forms whenever you want more information.
  • More photos of Homes for Sale, Jensen lifestyle in well-manicured communities and surrounding areas.
  • Phone numbers for communities and home information, as well as our Corporate Office.

Thank you for following our Blog and we look forward to hearing from you on our new Jensen Website.

Kris Jensen III

Get in on the Good Life!®
800-458-6832

Friday, August 22, 2014

Good Bye Summer…Hello Fall!


The end of summer is here and I look back on the great time had with my fellow residents.  There were so many events that we never had “nothing to do”!   There were events that made us all feel like kids again such as ice cream socials, pool parties & parades.  It’s events like these that make me realize how much fun we have and reminds me why I chose to move to a Jensen community.
Heading into the fall I look forward to all the colorful foliage and great weather.  We start to plan for the holidays and all the get togethers.  I am looking forward to spending time with my family, but also all the end of summer picnic, Oktoberfest, Foliage Trip, and Thanksgiving at the Clubhouse with our friends that are planned for the upcoming months. 

We are thankful for another great summer and here is to a beautiful fall!

Until Next Time,
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