Equity Lifestyle Properties Inc is a Maryland corporation formed in December 4, 1992. The Company is a fully integrated owner and operator of lifestyle-oriented properties. The Company leases individual developed areas with access to utilities for placement of factory built homes, cottages, cabins or recreational vehicles. The Company owned or had an ownership interest in a portfolio of approximately 377 properties located throughout the United States and Canada, consisting of 139,126 residential Sites. The Company has two reportable segments which are: Property Operations and Home Sales and Rental Operations segments. The Property Operations segment owns and operates land lease Properties and the Home Sales and Rental Operations segment purchases, sells and leases homes at the Properties. The operations of the Company are conducted mainly through the Operating Partnership. In addition, Realty Systems, Inc. (RSI) is a wholly owned taxable REIT subsidiary of the Company that is engaged in the business of purchasing and selling or leasing site set homes that are located in properties owned and managed by the Company. RSI also provides brokerage services to residents at such Properties for those residents who move from a Property but do not relocate their homes. RSI might provide brokerage services, in competition with other local brokers, by seeking buyers for the site set homes. Subsidiaries of RSI also lease from the Operating Partnership certain real property within or adjacent to certain Properties consisting of golf courses, pro shops, stores and restaurants. Several of the Company's Properties have available land for expanding the number of sites available to be utilized by its customers. Development of these sites is evaluated based on the following: local market conditions; ability to subdivide; accessibility through the Property or externally; infrastructure needs including utility needs and access as well as additional common area amenities; zoning and entitlement; costs; topography; and ability to market new sites. The Company is subject to various laws, ordinances and regulations.
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