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What Do Mobile Home Communities Offer That Apartments Do Not?

YES Communities 07/06/2020

If you’re looking at affordable housing, you’re most likely looking at apartments. But there is another option that provides even greater benefits than renting.

This option is living in a manufactured home. You’ll be able to live in a modern home at a similar, or even more affordable, cost than a comparable apartment. Besides the extra space and privacy a manufactured home gives you, you’ll also benefit from all the great amenities in a manufactured home community.

Now, there are some similarities between apartments and manufactured home living. This includes amenities like a pool, a business center, and even a playground in some cases. Most apartments will also have staff on site that can help with maintenance or any issues. You may even be able to find an apartment that is pet friendly.

When it comes down to it though, a manufactured home can give you all that and more at a lower cost to you. So whether you’re currently living in an apartment and are looking to move, or are shopping for affordable housing alternatives, here are a few reasons why you should choose a manufactured home over an apartment.

Building Equity

Each month you live in an apartment you are having to pay rent towards a property that you don’t own. When you move, you may get back a security deposit, but the rest has gone directly to the property owner. If you purchase a manufactured home, your monthly payments go towards a mortgage so that you own your home. You’ll be building equity and if you ever decide to sell your home in the future you’ll be the one earning the money when the home is sold.


In an apartment you might share a wall, or two, and that means you can usually hear your neighbors at some point throughout the day. If you want to get outside and enjoy your yard, you’ll also be sharing that with a few other people.

In a manufactured home your property is truly your own. You’ll never have to hear your neighbors through the wall again. And, when you’re ready to head outside, you can relax in your yard without worrying about anyone joining you unless you want them to.

Decorate and Personalize

Most apartments have rules on what you can or cannot do when it comes to decorating. When you own a manufactured home, you can make it your own! You can paint the walls as you see fit, upgrade the kitchen, and decorate it any way you’d like. Some neighborhoods may have restrictions on the outside of your home or your yard, but they’re easy to follow and ensure the neighborhood stays looking great.  

Personal Parking

Say goodbye to parking your car in the street or driving through your neighborhood, hoping to find a spot close to where you live. With your own home you’ll be able to park in your own driveway or you’ll have a dedicated spot just for you.

More Rooms, Less Money

When looking at manufactured home living, you have far more options for bedrooms than most apartments. Typically you’ll find apartments in one, two, and maybe three bedroom layouts. Anything larger than that and the word affordable no longer applies.

With a manufactured home you can find a multi-bedroom home at a cost that makes sense to you. In fact, most manufactured homes are three bedrooms making them the norm instead of the exception.

Community Events

Each one of our communities has a full calendar of events and most have amenities for everyone to enjoy. You’ll be able to join in on everything from holiday parties to yard sales and after school programs. So whether you’re a family and want to keep your kids busy or are a single homeowner wanting to get involved in a charity event, you’ll fit right in at a YES! community.


Living a manufactured home provides a surprising number of benefits over apartment living. If you’re ready to make a move and want a home to call your own, put a manufactured home at the top of your list. You’ll be able to afford a home you love all while taking advantage of the great amenities and extra space. Start looking for your home and discover the options available to you!

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