Thursday, July 14, 2016

Who wants a Tiny Home?

Who wants a Tiny Home?

The novelty of living in a small home is the rage on HGTV’s show “Tiny House Hunters” (  People want simplicity.  People want lower impact on the environment.  People want lower costs.  Small and cute is even fun!  The homes on the show are all very interesting and thinking about whether you could live in such small quarters is an enjoyable way to spend a half hour.  While not everyone is willing to live within a few hundred square feet, a 400 to 800 square foot home is very realistic and comfortable for one or two people. 
(Marina Cove – Uncasville CT)
So who actually sells tiny or very small homes?  Jensen’s for one.  It may be under recognized, but factory built homes are some of the best small or tiny homes on the market…and manufactured housing land lease communities are places you can actually site them affordably.

(Three Gardens – Southington CT)
Jensen’s more traditional communities have the most suitable sites for very small homes and they are never vacant for long.  We sell small homes with all of the living essentials and more.  Besides using manufacturers that can build very functional and high quality small homes, Jensen’s can provide not only a site with utility connections but with lifestyle amenities too.
If you are looking to enjoy life more simply and affordably, we would be happy to help you find a tiny or small house to suit your needs.

Kris Jensen III
Get in on the Good Life!®

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Jensen’s 55+ Communities are Simply Affordable

The typical person I know reaching age 55 is looking for less work and more free time.  They are still working full time and enjoying the twilight of their careers. They are saving money for weddings and retirement as well as spending money on second homes and vacations.  Some have started doting on grandchildren and love every minute of it!

Physically many people 55 and over are very active (as are people much older!) in all kinds of recreational pursuits including competition in sporting events.  Less work doesn’t mean they don’t want to sweat, just sweat doing something they really enjoy.

Having more time to spend with family, volunteer, exercise, learn a new sport and travel are all more important than being tied down to an oversized home and yard work.

A simpler and more affordable home and lifestyle is desired.  Not everybody is ready to shed the family home still available for guests and the holidays.  As time goes on however, you can see the tide changing and more are opting to put families up in hotels and have the holiday dinner at a nice restaurant.

Please share how you see your life changing at the over 55 stage!  Embrace and look forward to the possibilities of more freedom, time and money with a smart and more manageable home.

Best wishes,
Kris Jensen III
Get in on the Good Life!®

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Looking for a Well-Built, Affordable, and Comfortable Home?

Looking for a Well-Built, Affordable, and Comfortable Home?  Buy a Factory built home.
If you have never considered a Manufactured Home then you owe it to yourself to investigate the quality and amenities they offer today.  The factory built homes now are simply better than site built.   Manufactured Homes are constructed to specific Wind, Thermal and Roof Load Zones depending on the region and they can handle the travel from where they are constructed to where they will be sited for their new owners.
The large house sections you see on the highways are generally one of two main types of factory built dwellings which differ in the building codes to which they are constructed.  First, Manufactured Homes are built to the nationally pre-emptive Federal “HUD Code”.  The second type Modular Homes, are built to state specific codes.  Manufactured Homes are built on their own transportation system.  Modular homes have a detachable transportation system.  Once completed both homes are virtually indistinguishable in finish and appearance when built to the same standard.
Consider the following advantages of factory built homes:
  • Constructed in a climate and weather controlled environment.
  • Constructed with specialized labor.
  • Lumber is precisely cut to fit reducing cost and minimizing waste.
  • Walls, roofs and floor systems are built to maximize energy efficiency.
  • Materials are purchased efficiently in large quantities.
  • Extra strength is built into each home to ensure durability during transportation.
  • Mostly any finish and options can be built into your new home.
  • On-site additions complement the completed house you desire including porches, decks and garages.

A well-built home not only stands the test of time but is more comfortable and affordable through its energy efficiency.  Come to one of Jensen’s Open Houses to see and experience the difference.  Besides the superior construction, you will discover homes with style, efficiency and convenience to fit your lifestyle.
Kris Jensen III
Get in on the Good Life!®

Friday, July 17, 2015

Need Help Deciding?

Need Help Deciding?

Moving can be emotionally and physically exhausting.  What then motivates someone to make a move?
The decision is personal and sometimes not too obvious.  Everyone has their own story and reasons.  It usually has a lot to do with not being content in one’s current home or location.  If you are not satisfied why stay in this home?
If you have started “looking” but believe you are still years away and just doing your homework, consider these few helpful questions to determine how serious you are for a new home.
  • What has you thinking it might be time to make a move in the first place?
  • What items can you do without when you make the move to your new home?
  • What frustrates you with your current home?
  • If you had $35,000 to fix up your current home, how would you spend it?
  • What could a perfect weekend morning look like in your new home?
  • What are some of the ‘must-haves’ on your new home list?
  • If you choose to stay in your current home, what are you missing out on?
Once we better understand why we are looking around in the first place we can start to formulate a new vision for our future home.  At Jensen’s we are glad to help by talking and working with you.  Come visit one of our communities and we are here to help.
Kris Jensen III
Get in on the Good Life!®

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Working with a Builder/Dealer for Your New Manufactured Home

Manufactured Homes are built off site in a factory so how does one purchase a home?  Who sells them and what is typically included?
This depends on the area you live in and whether you plan to site the home on your own land or in a manufactured housing community.
In some areas of the US where homes are sited on individually owned sites there are generally MH Dealers with sales lots.  Manufactured Home Dealers generally have several homes on display so you can see the type, size and quality of homes of interest to you.  Homes can be purchased “right off the lot” or as a custom order home which are built at the factory with all your requested specifications.  Typically MH Dealers offer homes from several different manufacturers.  It is important when purchasing from a MH Dealer to understand what is or is not included in their price.  Usually, the initial price will include the house, taxes, delivery (within so many miles) and set up, but not any site work or other features such as porches, garages, decks or patios to complete the home unless agreed to in writing.  If the price seems too good for a completed home, it may not be, so be absolutely clear on what is included in the quoted price.
In most states with Jensen communities there are not many MH Dealers because most homes are sold by the owners of MH Communities.  Newer communities may have a model center where you can view several home plans offered.  More typically, homes are on the site where they are shown as models until they are sold in place.  With several available home sites, buyers can custom order a home with the plan they like best and select all the options and upgrades they desire.  It is important for you that the community has established a quality standard to which each home will be constructed, set up and maintained.  If all homes meet a minimum standard, it will better protect your quality of life in the community as well as your investment.
Purchasing a home from a community owner usually means a complete or turnkey package whether the home was a model or custom order.  Learn what the community offers so that you understand up front what is or is not included.  Always get it in writing.  While there is always work moving into a new home, the construction and finishing should be done for you by your Builder/Dealer.
MH Builder/Dealers like at Jensen communities® aim to make the purchase of a new home seamless for their customers.  Even though your home is being built by the chosen manufactured home factory, the ordering, contract and after sale service requests are all completed with the MH Dealer (the home’s warranty is directly through the Manufacturer).  Keep in mind that while the home is being built by the Manufacturer, the onsite Dealer (or its contractors) constructs the foundation for the home, grades the site, installs underground utilities and orders materials for any optional additions (i.e. porches, garages, decks or patios) that they may add once the home has been set.  A finished home most often includes a paved driveway, walks and landscaping.
If you are unfamiliar with a Home Manufacturer and want to know more about them check out The Grissim Rating Guide to Manufactured Homes by author John Grissim (
Professional and qualified MH Builder/Dealers are ready to help you find your dream home.
The Sales Representatives and Community Managers at Jensen’s are eager to help you Get in On the Good Life!® in a Jensen community®.
Kris Jensen III
Get in on the Good Life!®

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!®

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

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 and “Get in on the Good Life!”