Weather Radios - A Wise Investment for Mobile Home Owners

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Real Estate Agent with CENTURY 21 Bill Nye Realty, Inc.

A couple of months ago I wrote that I had decided to give weather radios to buyers of mobile homes. Here in Florida, and in other parts of the country, tornados and severe weather can occur very quickly. I felt that mobile home buyers might find these instruments to be useful. You never know if people will like a gift, but this week I got some feedback concerning this idea of mine.

Some buyers who recently purchased a home from me in Zephyrhills were the first recipients of a radio gift. Last week they informed me that it went off a couple of times during one night when severe weather had been predicted. Luckily, Zephyrhills avoided getting hit, but I saw on the news that nearby at the Pasco County Sheriff's department there had been severe damage. On the news I could see several vans that were tossed around like toys. If this weather had gone through a mobile home park in the middle of the night when everyone was asleep there could have been injuries, or worse.

With hurricanes, we have notice way ahead of time that one is coming. However, tornados and sudden strong storms are less predictable and can take place during the night when we are sound asleep. Not a good time to have your home behave like Dorothy's in the Wizard of Oz. A weather radio can be set for a local area's broadcast and will silently sit on your counter, until the national weather service issues a storm watch or warning. It will then sound an alarm to let you know that there is dangerous weather in the area. Important information for you to know. Most of these radios also let you hit a button at any time to get up-to-the-minute weather information. Not a bad thing for golfers, sportspersons, travellers, etc to know.

I got my customers' radio at Publix when they had their hurricane supplies station set up in the fall. However, I know that Radio Shack sells them and probably other stores as well. The prices seem to run between $25 and $60. This might be a good investment for homeowners to consider. Real estate agents may also wish to consider giving these to their buyers in the future.

For more information or questions about this topic please call me at: 813-783-4444 or e-mail me at: jelwell1@tampabay.rr.com

I also invite you to visit my my website where I think you will find a lot of useful information. To get there just click on the following link: www.jelwell.century21bnr.com

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John Elwell - REALTOR

CENTURY 21

Bill Nye Realty, Inc.

813-783-4444

Licensed in Florida

 

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Vicky Poe
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A weather radio is a good investment no matter where you live.
Dec 22, 2007 11:49 AM #1
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John,

I was surfing through the entry level houses for my elderly client. What surprised me that in this crazy market you can buy a 3/1 CBS home for less than a manufactured (mobile) home. Cna you believe it? And It is not that I am comparing apples to oranges. These are pretty close in terms of location.

Wouldn't it make sense for some of them to upgrade, and .... save on the radio (LOL).

Isn't this a wonderful market?

Dec 22, 2007 12:13 PM #2
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Jon - We also have one mobile home subdivision where the homes were running from 149K to 189K! Most were nice large Palm Harbors, but they are still MOBILE HOMES! Just down the road in another subdivision were block homes of approximately the same size, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car garages for175K to 189K. I fail to understand why someone would pay so much for a mobile. I can only imagine the insurance rates. We also have several great mobile subdivisions where you can get a nice home with the lots for from 75k to 85K. They were set in the mid-80's but most are updated and well-maintained in 55+ communities. For vacation homes they work nicely. Most of my buyers see the wisdom of either getting a good price in a great mobile community or paying more and getting a single-family home. But go figure. I have seen buyers pay over $100,000 for mobile homes on rental lots!! We can only advise. Whether our advice is noted is up to the buyers.
Dec 22, 2007 01:24 PM #3
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I am with you.

And as for buying a mobile on a leased land, the people I was showing this mobile in Flagler came from Tavares, where they have a mobile on rented land. They just got a letter telling them that the land is sold.

 

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