Colette Duffy is the Accounting Manager at Brenton Communities!

Q. What do you love most about your job? A. “Learning! I am new to Brenton Communities. For many years I was the long timer that knew it all. I had gotten too comfortable in my daily routine. New people, new software, new line of business. It’s good to be challenged and really dig into the details of the business and look for ways to improve or contribute to the business.”

Q. What’s exciting at Brenton Communities? A. “The management team has high standards and really wants each community to look nice and be a quality place to live.”

Q. What advice do you have for your clients? A. “Love where you live. At the end of each day you go to the place you call home. It’s important that your Home gives you comfort.”

Q. Tell us more about yourself. A. “I have been married to my husband Mike for 34 years. We have 2 daughters, 1 grandson, 1 dog, and 4 outdoor but needy cats. We like to do anything outside when the weather permits.”

Thank you, Colette! We’re so glad to have you on our team!

Meet Curt Hicks, Grounds Maintenance, from Brenton Communities!

Q. What do you love most about your job? A. “Working outside! Over my many years working for Brenton Communities, I have gotten to know a great variety of people, it keeps my job interesting.”

Q. What’s exciting at Brenton Communities? A. “Growth! We have just added a new park to the portfolio, West Park in West Des Moines.”

Q. What advice do you have for your clients? A. “Gardening is good for the soul. Everyone should plant a few seeds”

Q. Tell us more about yourself. A. “I recently was married for the first time. I enjoy gardening, growing roses, going to concerts and helping out at my church”

Thank you, Curt! We’re so glad to have you on our team!

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Comparing mobile/manufactured homes, site-built homes on real estate, condominiums and apartments, can be confusing!  We’re here to help by putting all the information in one place for easy comparisons.

Mobile/ Manufactured home Real estate Condominium Apartment
Value +

A new factory-built home costs

about $45-60 per square foot.

A new traditional home built on-site costs about $90-$100 per square foot (excluding land)

New condos cost $90-$100 per square foot (excluding land)


Property Taxes +

Annual taxes on a new 2200 square

foot manufactured homes in

Iowa are $440

Annual taxes  in 2017 on $130,000

house in central Iowa   $2751

Annual taxes  in 2017 on $100,000 condo in central Iowa



Included in rent.

Construction-Grade Building Materials +

Most people are surprised to learn that

today’s manufactured homes are built with the same building materials as site-built homes.







Privacy +

You’re not living wall-to-wall in your own manufactured home.



You’ve got at least one shared wall with your neighbor.

You’ve got at least one shared wall with your neighbor.

Storm Safety +

All Brenton Communities have emergency storm shelters or designated safe places.


You probably have a basement – although some do flood.


Does your condo or complex have a safe place to go in a storm?


Does your apartment have a safe place to go in a storm?

Garage +

Most home sites in  are large enough for an optional garage.


Unless it’s an old home, you’ve probably got a place for your car.


Let’s assume condos have garages.

Be ready to scrape your car after a snow storm.

Planned community +

All residents agree to abide by common

guidelines for living.


Unless you’ve got a homeowner’s association, you’re on your own.


Unless you’ve got a homeowner’s association, you’re on your own.


All residents agree to abide by rules of the complex.

Screened neighbors +

All residents in Brenton Communities

undergo a criminal background, sex offender and credit check before moving in.

Do you really know who your neighbor is?

Do you really know who your neighbor is?


Let’s assume experienced apartment managers screen their tenants.

Build Up Equity +

You own your home.


You own your home.


You own your space.

You’ll never get back one penny you pay in rent.

It’s clear to see that a mobile/manufactured home from Brenton Communities wins in every category over other types of housing.

Come and see for yourself why so many people choose the manufactured housing lifestyle – attractive, affordable homes in beautiful, safe and quiet neighborhoods.

Call us today at one of our many locations, to schedule a time to see the home you’ve always wanted, with all the features you thought you couldn’t afford. Financing is available for those who qualify!

Dear Old Home,

I’ll make this quick and save us both a lot of pain.  I don’t love you anymore.  It’s not about you… it’s about me.  I’m getting older and I need less commitment to my home and lawn, and let’s be honest, you are high maintenance!

There’s a new dwelling in my life that I’m in love with.  It’s a manufactured home in one of the Brenton Communities.

I know we’ve been together a long time and we’ve been through so many ups and downs, but your endless maintenance, your basement that floods, the large yard I have to care for, and the stairs that seem to get steeper every year… we’re just not compatible anymore.

I’m going to buy a new manufactured home.  It’s low-maintenance, one story, and has a cute, small yard.  Brenton Communities are clean, quiet and safe communities, and the people who live in the Brenton Communities are friendly and look out for one another.  The Brenton Communities family has been in business for over 22 years, so I know it’s a reputable company.  They’ve helped me find my perfect match.

I know you’ll find a new family and move on from our relationship.  Someone with the energy, and money, to put into your leaking roof, creaky floors, and endless lawn care.  I wish you all the best.


Soon-To-Be-Happy Manufactured Home Owner

The answer may surprise you.

First, we sort out “credit hopeless” from “credit impaired” applicants.  The credit hopeless seem to borrow money with little or no understanding, or worse yet, with little or no intention of paying it back.

Credit impaired applicants are generally honest folks who’ve hit a bump in the road – illness, divorce, job loss, real estate foreclosure, etc.

For the credit impaired, there is hope of obtaining financing through licensed mortgage loan originators and we have some we can recommend!  We have had the training and experience to evaluate your credit report, job situation, income, and down payment to determine if a manufactured home loan will work for you.

Manufactured home loans can be:

 Uncomplicated Upon community approval, submitted loan applications can be approved within 24-48 hours, and can close as quickly as 2 weeks once needed documents are provided.
Wealth-Building Most loans require 10% down payment. Short term loans (10-15 years) build up equity faster in your home.
Fair Very minimal closing costs or processing fees are included in the loan so you do not pay out of pocket closing costs. No prepayment penalties. Fully amortizing, fixed rate loans with no balloon payments.
Easy Your monthly payments include taxes and insurance (“escrow”). We take care of paying your annual property tax bill and homeowner’s insurance for you.
Convenient Check payments can be mailed, automatic payments can be set up, or pay online, which ever you prefer.
Flexible The loan is closed on the date/time chosen by the buyer, takes place in the community office, with the community manager present to answer any questions that might arise.
Affordable Interest rates for used manufactured homes are competitive with local and national lenders. New home APR is around 8%, depending on credit.


Manufactured home loans are available to customers purchasing, both new and used homes, in any Brenton Community:  Park View, West Park, Eagle Ridge, New Horizons, Mel Ray, Boone Estates, and Sunrise.  Choose your community and home today, then see if you qualify!  Contact a community manager today for more information.  You’ll be one step closer to owning the home of your dreams!