Community Highlight of the Month: Van Buren Estates4/17/2017
Van Buren Estates in Belleville, Michigan, is located south of I-94 at the Rawsonville Road exit. The community can be found on Lohr Road between Martz and Bemis Roads. Close proximity to downtown Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor and Detroit Metro Airport.
In addition to the great location, Van Buren Estate
Flower of the Year 4/17/2017
The month of April has arrived, and with it came warmer temperatures ... finally ... which is perfect for gardening enthusiasts to start planning their 2017 landscape and flower gardens. Before setting plans in stone, be cognizant of the flower of the year: pansies.
The National Garden Bureau re
Spring indoor cleaning 3/24/2017
Spring brings warmer temperatures, more daylight hours and the opportunity to freshen up the inside of your manufactured home. Now is the perfect time to create a to-do list to clean the places that may have been neglected throughout the winter months.
Come up with a plan. Go beyond the usual su
Spring outdoor home maintenance3/24/2017
Spring has sprung in Michigan! With warmer temperatures finally here, now is the time to give your home a spring check up. The below tips will help your home operate more efficiently for you.
Check the air conditioning. Give your HVAC system a well-deserved tune up! This will help lower your en
Benefits of manufactured home living and land-lease communities 2/15/2017
Living in a land-lease community has definite advantages …
A land-lease manufactured home community provides homeowners with affordable housing without the added expense of purchasing land. When a manufactured home is placed in a community, the homeowner owns the home and leases the land where t
Community highlight: Raisin Ridge 1/23/2017
Raisin Ridge offers residents a variety of amenities, including a community swimming pool, family play area, planned community activities and nearby boat launches and fishing charters. Raisin Ridge is the proud recipient of many awards including the National Manufactured Housing Institute’s “Communi
Housing design trends in 2017 1/17/2017
Happy New Year from Franklin Manufactured Homes and Communities!
Along with the New Year, come new design trends. Looking to update, remodel or add a splash of color to your kitchen or living areas? If so, we have the latest housing design trends to watch throughout the year.
Color: 2017 is
Happy holidays! 12/12/2016
From the Franklin family to yours, happy holidays and best wishes for a wonderful new year!
Winterizing your home 12/5/2016
Winter has arrived! Although snow and ice have yet to make their appearance, they are well on their way! Check out these tips on how to effectively winterize your home before the elements make their way to your Franklin neighborhood.
The skirting surrounding your home should be se
Thanksgiving Facts 11/15/2016
For many of us, Thanksgiving means eating a delectable meal, watching a football game, taking an afternoon nap and having a four-day weekend. Do you know the true meaning of Thanksgiving and why it’s significant? Below are a few facts about the beloved Thanksgiving holiday.
• It all began in Sep
Holiday season preparations 11/4/2016
A lot of you are thinking, “I can’t believe it’s already November and the holidays are just around the corner!” Indeed they are! At Franklin, we want to make sure you feel prepared and relaxed as you welcome family and friends to your home for holiday gatherings. Below is a checklist to help you get
Teal is the new orange 10/11/2016
Halloween planning is well underway—costumes have been decided, homes decorated and bags of candy purchased as you await the many trick-or-treaters bound to visit your doorstep. For many children, they can’t wait until Halloween to collect as many treats as possible. They eagerly sort and trade with
Fall-ing in love with Michigan 10/11/2016
The weather has become crisp, yet comfortable. Leaves are showcasing their vivid red, orange and yellow colors. The aroma of apple cider and cinnamon sugar donuts from nearby orchards has permeated the air. After such a hot summer, Michiganders gladly welcome fall, which is arguably the most pleasan
National Good Neighbor Day 9/27/2016
National Good Neighbor Day is observed on September 28, and was created to acknowledge and celebrate the importance of a good neighbor. In a way, your neighbors become family—you watch their children grow up, interact with their friends and host get-togethers. You begin to rely on each other even if
Our country and its citizens will never forget 9/11—where we were, what it felt like, how it impacted our lives and how it forever changed the world. At Franklin, we will be flying the American flag half-mast on Sunday, September 11 in honor of the many lives lost, for the immediate responders who f
Back to school safety 8/4/2016
School is about to be back in session, which means children will soon be at bus stops getting picked-up and dropped-off within your Franklin community. Not to mention, they’ll begin to carry heavy backpacks, play on playground equipment and enroll in fall sporting events, all of which pose risks to
Come see us at the Monroe County Fair, July 31 through August 67/20/2016
Dating back to the early 1830s, the Monroe County Fair was created to promote youth, education, agriculture and commerce throughout Monroe County. This year, Franklin Communities will be part of the festivities.
Have you wondered what it’s like to live in a Franklin community or what types of ho
Summer picnicking 7/7/2016
What is summer without a picnic? Many Franklin communities are located near beautiful parks that boast a perfect setting for summer picnics. See below for picnic essentials, recipes and food safety tips to ensure the perfect picnic.
Picnic essentials: cups and plates, serving utensils, napkins,
Happy birthday, America! 6/29/2016
Nothing says happy birthday America quite like fireworks lighting up the sky. But for some people, like soldiers recently returned from overseas, fireworks can cause harm especially if they suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. Fireworks can also pose many dangers to the community, so here are
See Firsthand what Awaits you at Raisin Ridge6/23/2016
Raisin Ridge is located on South Custer Road, next to the Monroe County Fairgrounds and Monroe Community College. The community offers residents a variety of amenities, including a community swimming pool, family play area and planned community activities. Raisin Ridge is the proud recipient of man
Franklin community amenities6/6/2016
At Franklin, we pride ourselves on the wonderful amenities we offer our residents and the outstanding quality of life we’re able to provide. From community swimming pools to play areas and basketball courts, our communities have everything you’re looking for.
• Resident Care Manager, servicing re
Memorial Day celebrations 5/23/2016
Memorial Day is synonymous with backyard BBQs with family and friends, but let’s not forget that this national observance is dedicated to those that willingly gave their lives for our freedom. To celebrate, here’s a few craft, food and décor ideas for your get-together.
Oftentimes the simplest de
Reasons to rent, reasons to buy 5/10/2016
At Franklin, we’re all about home options. Whether you’re looking to rent or buy, our communities have exactly what you and your family need. Be sure to contact us so we can help you make a decision on whether home ownership or renting is best for you.
Regardless of what you’re looking for, Fran
Spring cleaning—best ways to clean house and keep it that way 4/26/2016
It’s that time of year! Although it might not necessarily feel like spring, it’s here, which means the pollen will be knocking at your door any moment! Here are five steps to spring-clean your home.
#1: Clean the carpet
All winter season long, your carpet has accumulated dirt, salt, dust and deb
April marks National Gardening Month 4/13/2016
Happy spring! The sunlight is warmer and days are lasting longer… this is the perfect time to start planning your garden and getting outdoors!
There are many benefits to growing and cultivating a garden, including fostering a great sense of community. Whether you choose to grow a flower or fruit
This unusually warm winter might not have brought a lot of snow, but it probably brought a lot of grime to your windows and dust most likely settled in the nooks and crannies of your home. Properly cleaned windows and a dusted interior can lighten your home and mood. Here are some tips on how to get
March madness! 3/16/2016
March isn’t just for basketball! March signals the return of spring—officially March 20—and green grass! Now is the most important time to perform maintenance on your lawn! Although the Michigan winter was mild, snow and ice have covered your lawn long enough to cause damage, such as compacting the
Valentine's Day traditions 2/12/2016
At Franklin communities, we try to show our love and appreciation to our many residents every day of the year, not just on February 14!
Valentine’s Day is a predominant holiday in the United States, but love is celebrated in many cultures around the world. Typically, Valentine’s Day is associate
Benefits to manufactured home living 2/8/2016
Are you considering renting or buying a manufactured home? If so, you’re in luck! Franklin Communities are award-winning. With over 50 years of experience in home sales and community management. This family-owned business offers eight communities in Michigan–seven in Southeast Michigan and one near
The winter months have arrived in Michigan! We’re now experiencing snow, ice and freezing temperatures. At Franklin, we have you covered in the snow and ice department! Count on us to make sure snow has been removed from the streets and treated with salt when needed. In order to keep you and your f
2016 design trends1/20/2016
Franklin Homes and Communities are always up on the latest trends, but if you’re looking to redecorate as part of a 2016 New Year’s resolution look no further! Whether you want to add artwork in your living room or a splash of color in your kitchen, check out these trends before starting your projec
New Year traditions 12/14/2015
Franklin Communities are proud to be called home by a diverse group of people and nationalities. Many of these people bring their variations of New Year celebrations with them to their neighborhoods. So whether you break plates from the year before, like they do in Denmark, or eat 12 grapes at each
Snowflakes are kisses from heaven12/4/2015
Whether it is making snow angels, engaging in a friendly snowball fight or getting some exercise by carefully shoveling the white stuff, snow is a part of living in Michigan. To help make watching the flurries fly a little more fun, here are some interesting facts about snow:
• An average snowfla
Franklin Homes is hiring!11/17/2015
We are seeking experienced maintenance and service personnel with at least 3-5 years experience in: common grounds work and maintenance; basic snow removal and plow operation; home repairs; working knowledge of plumbing, electrical and HVAC systems. This team player will be asked to perform periodic
At Franklin Homes and Communities, we have many reasons to be thankful—from the wonderful management teams who keep everything running smoothly at our communities to our fantastic residents who make our jobs worthwhile.
If you are feeling appreciative, there are many ways to express your gra
Decorating for the Holidays 11/4/2015
If your holiday decorations didn’t quite make it through the year in one piece or you feel it’s time to change up your seasonal scenario, but you aren’t willing to spend all your Christmas cash on bells and baubles, here are some decoration tips to try.
Frame it. Still have a collection of your
Fall Clean Up10/27/2015
Take advantage of these mild fall days to get your home prepared for the winter months. A simple walk around inspection of your home can help you avoid expensive fixes to preventable problems and save money on heating costs. Contact your community office for recommendations of professionals to help
The holiday season is synonymous with great gatherings and even better food! At many Franklin Communities, our residents gather in the community clubhouse to enjoy holiday traditions and year-round events like baby showers, family reunions and anniversaries.
A successful festivity doesn’t have to
Games people play 9/14/2015
During these chillier months, disconnect from your Wi-Fi and reconnect with your family by playing vintage and new games that will have you cracking a smile, but won’t break the bank. For Trivial Pursuit fans, some history on games people play:
Don’t be “board.” Created in 1904, the first Americ
Returning to school is cool!8/19/2015
Many Franklin Homes and Communities neighborhoods are conveniently located near top universities and colleges in Michigan—including the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and some exceptional community colleges—making going back to school to start, complete or enhance a degree easier
“Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something.”- Author Unknown.8/7/2015
At Franklin Homes and Communities, we are pleased to support local charities and organizations with our time and resources. We are also very proud of community members who donate their time as well. Our residents are keeping good company—according to a recent survey, more than 2.2 million Michigan r
Making the Move7/22/2015
Buying your own home. It’s something you and your family have been considering for a while and now, you are ready to make the move.
There is a lot of researching, thinking and planning that goes from renting to owning a home. Purchasing a manufactured home is a viable option for many people due t
Save your skin7/9/2015
During the warm summer months, there is no better place to be than in a Franklin Community pool. But playing in the pool, if not properly protected, can contribute to painful sunburns and potential skin cancer later on.
Keep in mind that water reflects and intensifies the sun’s rays, so even if it
Divine Decks 6/18/2015
Adding a deck on to your home is an excellent investment, not only for your property but for your family and community, as decks offer additional entertaining space and curb appeal.
There are two ways to build a deck—one is to hire a professional contractor and the other is to do it yourself. Pr
Don't skirt the issue. 6/5/2015
Franklin Homes handles many landscaping and community issues, but maintaining the outside of a manufactured home is a resident’s responsibility. One typical exterior issue is the skirt around the base of a home. Necessary for insulation and appearance purposes, the skirt eventually may need replacin
Franklin Companies is adding more staff! Offering a sign on bonus through June 30, 2015.
Openings in the maintenance/service department; sales and leasing consultants; and an administrative assistance in sales and finance department.
Contact 734-699-7700 for details. Resumes can be faxed to
Grow your own salad- container gardening5/18/2015
Nothing tastes better than a fresh-picked, sun-ripened tomato. If space is at a premium, yet you crave the taste of fresh vegetables, try container gardening. Grow your own ingredients for delicious summer salads with a bit of patience, water and quality planting soil and plants. To create a natural
Sprucing up your curb appeal5/8/2015
Mother Nature is busy sprucing up her yards—shouldn’t you be doing the same? While Franklin Communities has professionals to maintain common areas, take advantage of the mild temperatures and spring air to tidy up your parcel of paradise.
Aerate action. Take some time to aerate your lawn and yo
Did you know that house plants do double duty? Not only are they attractive, but when grown correctly potted plants can literally bring a breath of fresh air into your great indoors.
Because plants breathe in carbon dioxide (CO2) and exhale oxygen, their photosynthesis presence in homes filters
Great space to age in place4/2/2015
Buoyed by nurturing neighborhoods, attractive settings and well-constructed homes, a Franklin Community is a great place for older people to age in place. But a home that fit your lifestyle 10 years ago may need some simple enhancements to allow continued carefree living as you mature. Here are some
Spring Maintenance Tips3/24/2015
With the snow melted and the temperatures above freezing, now is the time to take stock of your home and look for signs of winter wear and tear. Knowing what to look for now can save on headaches later.
Look up. Wild winter weather can wreck havoc on a roof. Before getting on a ladder, take a lo
Green Spring Cleaning 3/18/2015
The weather says it’s spring (officially March 20th, but who’s counting?) and that can only mean one thing—getting rid of the grime of a harsh winter with a good spring cleaning. Here are some ways to “clean green” by making your own cleaning products that are better for the environment and your poc
Accessibility is Key 12/8/2014
Accessibility is a major feature in this clean and spacious Franklin Home in our Raisin Ridge Community in Monroe. Featuring more than 1,450 square feet, this spacious home offers easy access thanks to the code specific ramp connected to this turn-key rental home, available for $1,000 a month.
Why choose a Franklin manufactured home community?9/26/2014
A land-lease manufactured home community provides homeowners with affordable housing without the added expense of purchasing land.
In a manufactured home community, the homeowner owns or rents the home and leases the land where the home is located. The monthly lease payment contributes to services
2014 Summer Safety Tips!6/26/2014
Keep your family safe this summer by following these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
• Fireworks can result in severe burns, scars and disfigurement that can last a lifetime.
• Fireworks that are often thought to be safe, such as sparklers, can reach temp
Spring Cleaning Tips2/18/2014
Spring cleaning is an annual chore we all struggle to get through and virtually nobody enjoys the thought of it. While it won't make spring cleaning more enjoyable having a list of things to do along with some suggestions on how to do them, might help you get through your chores. Here's some spring
Pure Michigan, Wonderful to experience (even in winter!)1/22/2014
The forecast is in…a chance of snow. It’s a chance to conquer new hills and explore new trails. A chance to bundle up, get outside and laugh with the ones we love. Welcome to the winter wonderland of Pure Michigan.
Michigan is home to 6,500 miles of snowmobile trails, 3,000 miles of cross count
Wonderful home available for purchase or rent in Monroe!12/16/2013
Oakridge Estates, 141 Juniper Trail, Monroe, Michigan
3 bedrooms and 2 baths
Purchase for $23,900 or a monthly lease payment of $825
This cute 3 bedroom home is perfect to cozy up in this winter. It is located on a great lot that backs up to a large field and creek. Upon entering the home, yo
How Many Credit Cards Should You Carry?11/12/2013
Ever wonder if there are a right number of credit cards you should have? Or better yet, at what point does carrying too many credit cards affect your credit?
Several experts weigh in on this issue.
President of Consumer Education at SmartCredit.com and recognized
Painting 101: Oil or Latex?11/1/2013
Should you use oil or latex paint for your painting project? Here are some of the pros and cons of each product.
Advantages of oil:
• It goes on smoother
• Covers more thoroughly in one coat
• Shrinks less
• Takes longer to dry so you have more working time
Learn the best ways to rake leaves9/24/2013
As fall approaches, many of us will witness that spectacular display of colorful leaves floating down from the trees. While it’s an annual ritual that creates some memorable moments, it’s not always pleasant to clean up the mess it leaves behind on our yards, driveways and walkways.
While it’s OK
Asphalt Shingle Roofing Maintenance9/24/2013
Maintenance of your asphalt shingle roofing is as important as maintaining your yard or other areas of your home, if you want to keep your home looking its best and maintain its value. Unfortunately, a roof is something that, because it is out of sight, is often out of mind. The durability and prote
About Franklin Homes & Franklin Communities9/23/2013
At Franklin Homes, we’re in the business of making home ownership a reality. Since 1986, we have helped over 4,000 people find the house of their dreams. With more than 50 years of experience helping our customers every step of the way, we’re more than a home retailer—we’re partners in making your d