Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Why a Manufactured Home? Because they are affordable and well-constructed

Today’s factory built homes are simply better than site built.   Manufactured Homes are not only constructed to specific Federal Wind, Thermal and Roof Loads depending on the region; they must endure the travel from a manufacturing plant to a home site.
What are the differences in those large house sections you see on the highways?  For simplicity there are two main types 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 standards.

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 which minimizes 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.
A well-built home not only lasts but is more comfortable.  Come to one of Jensen’s Fall Open Houses to see and feel the difference.  Besides the superior construction, you will find affordable homes with style and efficiency to fit your lifestyle.

Kris Jensen III

Get in on the Good Life!®

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Looking for Adventure this Fall? Test Drive your New Home Town

Autumn is a great time for empty nesters or retirees to travel.  Families with children are off the road with the kids back in school.  The weather is generally cooler but still beautiful to be outdoors.  Travel prices are lower especially if you can take advantage of last minute deals!  Whether you get away for a long weekend or take an extended trip, there is plenty to like about fall travel.

Trips to places you may want to retire can provide insight on what it is like to live there.  Besides exploring the more touristy places, you will want to check out where you would shop, attend church, play golf or tennis, get a haircut, find a doctor, or just familiarize yourself with the town.

Think like you are living in your temporary home town whether you are there for a few days, weeks or months.  Obviously the longer you can test drive an area the better you can learn about it.  If you are considering a lifestyle community, ask about participating in one or more programs, classes or activities to meet other homeowners.  Be sure to ask any questions you many have regarding their home, community and the general area.

Making a move to a new location should be an exciting adventure but is an important investment.  You want to limit the surprises that can come with a new home in a new climate and state.

If you are making plans to visit a Jensen community from out of town and need suggestions on where to stay, eat or play, we would be glad to help in any way we can.  Feel free to contact any of our Sales Representatives for their local advice and insights.  If we don’t know something, we know someone that does!

Enjoy your travels this fall.

Kris Jensen III

Get in on the Good Life!®

Tuesday, October 8, 2013


For most of our lives we are in accumulation mode.  We acquire clothes, furniture, a home, tools and toys.  We collect things that remind us of our experiences and the people and places we have known.  Hopefully we have amassed some financial assets to help us live comfortably after we retire.
Unfortunately, too many possessions complicate our life rather than enriching it.   The key is to have enough of what you need for yourself and your family.  If you haven’t tried to give away any of your stuff it can be harder than you think!  All of our stuff seems important and valuable until others show us what it is really worth.

Everyone gets to a down (or right) sizing stage in their lives when the house becomes too big, the yard takes too much of our time and rooms are hardly used because the children are gone. It is then we really need to assess what is important.  We need to decide what we will take to a new and perhaps smaller home.  It is important to understand that possessions do not define who we are.   What really matters are the personal items that we actually use and enjoy!

With fewer ticks left on the clock, we want to spend meaningful time on more pleasurable pursuits, not just taking care of our stuff, home or yard.  Reducing clutter and keeping the most meaningful and relevant possessions creates a more fulfilling life with less emphasis on material goods.
A cozy, carefree, and convenient one-floor manufactured home in a Simply Affordable Jensen community may be just the answer.  Come visit one of our 31 communities to see how you can get more out of life. You deserve it!

Kris Jensen III

Get in on the Good Life!®


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Fall is in the Air

Season change can be smelled in the air.  Fall is upon us and soon we will see the leaves change color and feel a more crisp temperature.  I love this time of year because seasonal change brings new opportunities for fun at my Jensen Community!

Every year we look forward to kicking off fall with our annual Masquerade Party at the Clubhouse.  Entrance to this longstanding, traditional event requires that the participant bring one food dish and wear a small Venetian mask covering the face.  What a hoot it has become—quite the social event as everyone enjoys guessing who’s who and sampling all the good home cooking.  Additionally, it is always fun to see guests and Grandchildren attend the event.  There always seems to be something for everyone!
Deeper into the fall our neighborhood will embark on a food drive for our Lodge.  We really pride ourselves with being able to collect a tremendous amount of non-perishable food items for those less fortunate—especially around the Nation’s Thanksgiving Holiday time.  The local Lodge has become dependent on us for the success of this event as evidenced by many “thank you’s” and certificates of recognition for outstanding efforts in the greater civic community.  This is just another reason why my Jensen Community is a place I am proud to call home.
So as the leaves start to fall and Mother Nature cools things down a bit, I am reminded of how fortunate I am to be living with people of similar age and similar interest.  Folks who take pride in their homes, their community and their family/friends.  I am so glad I made the decision to invest in a Jensen home—it continues to be one of the best decisions I’ve made.


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