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Container Houses for Under $40,000, Transported by Flatbed, Construction, LifeStyle Videos

July 7th, 2018 Comments off

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The two videos below have well over 2 million views between them.

 

Compare that to all of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Videos combined, and it’s an absolute blowout.

Container housing – at this point – are not as inexpensive on a cost per square foot basis as a manufactured home.

The first video provides a look at how a container is converted into a housing unit.

The second video is a de facto sales pitch. It’s a marketers “romancing” of the “tiny house” type space.

These are just some of the competition for manufactured homes today.

Each of these alternatives could easily be a pivot-point, for those who understand “jiu jitsu.”

But the reality is that if these alternatives gain serious sales, their costs will decline as sales volume rise. That’s the law of supply, demand, and free enterprise.

For industry professionals and investors, these reflections are a reality check. They serve to remind us all that the status quo ought to be rejected, and growth-oriented approaches should be selected.

Yurts – Americans Hunt for an Affordable, Single-Sectional Manufactured Home Alternative

The Rollohome report is a reminder of just how rapidly new production can be brought on-line, and sales can be ramped up.

Rollohome, Creating 60,000 Factory-Built Homes in 2 Years

And the Genz report is a deep dive that reveals from a third party look at just how much the industry ought to be bragging, instead of lagging.

“Why Advocates Need to Rethink Manufactured Home Quality,” Harvard, GSE, Genz, “High Satisfaction”

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Manufactured Home Shipments, State by State Breakdown, May 2018 Official HUD Data

 

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Achieving the American Dream, with Quality, Appealing, Affordable Home Ownership

 

Manufactured Housing Program Review Addressed by HUD Secretary Carson during Oversight Hearing

 

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Opportunity Zones Law in Place, Poised to Benefit Some 50,000,000 Americans

February 5th, 2018 Comments off

 

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Manufactured housing professionals in or near economically challenged areas in rural or urban America may be interested in learning more about a little known provision in the new tax law that is now in effect.

 

Its “Opportunity Zones.”

 

ICYMI: Senator Scott Investing in Opportunity Act Included in Tax Bill,” said Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), in a media release to the Daily Business News.

U.S. Senator Tim Scott’s (R-SC) Investing in Opportunity Act was included in the tax bill as a provision to uplift distressed communities,” the release stated, “Senator Scott joined Fox News yesterday to speak about his bill stating, “We need to focus on bringing healing and restoration to the parts of our country where hope is dissipated.””

 

Scott’s office said, “Here is what others are saying about Senator Scott’s Investing in Opportunity Act:

Quoting various source, the release cited some of the following sources.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP:

I want to thank Senator Tim Scott for “opportunity zones.” Our tax plan encourages this investment. (…) Thank you, Tim. We’re investing in distressed communities to create more jobs for those who have too often been left behind. And Tim worked hard on that. (Remarks by President Trump at the 2018 House and Senate Republican Member Conference, The White House, 02/01/18)

 

NEW YORK TIMES:
The law creates “Opportunity Zones,” which will use tax incentives to draw long-term investment to parts of America that continue to struggle with high poverty and sluggish job and business growth. The provision is the first new substantial federal attempt to aid those communities in more than a decade. (…)The zones were included in the tax law by Senator Tim Scott, a South Carolina Republican who was born into poverty in North Charleston, and based on a bill he co-sponsored in 2017 with several Democrats. (“Tucked Into the Tax Bill, a Plan to Help Distressed America,” New York Times, 01/29/18)

 

THE HILL:
There are more than 52 million citizens that live in underserved cities and towns in the United States. The Investing in Opportunity Act will provide a direct social impact to underserved communities, helping to stabilize communities and establish a clear path for growth,” said Steven Kirsch, COO of DRI Fund, an official CDFI. (Editorial, It’s time we start using ‘The Investing in Opportunity Act’, 1/25/18)”

 

THE IOWA GAZETTE:

There are also important bipartisan efforts included in this new law, such as the Investing in Opportunity Act. By incentivizing private investment in struggling communities, we can help spur economic growth in poverty-stricken areas, bringing hope and opportunity back to many distressed rural communities across the country and here in Iowa. (Column by Senator Joni Ernst, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act means new opportunities, 01/04/18).”

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“When is a Trailer Worth $300,000?” asks Robert Plunket, Sarasota Magazine, Manufactured Housing Analysis

December 11th, 2017 Comments off

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An Open Letter to Robert “Bob” Plunket, Sarasota Magazine

Dear Robert,
My hunch is you’re a fine writer, which is why your opening, headline, and much of column in your recent article in Sarasota Magazine are troubling.  The executive summary might be the maxim, “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.”

Please don’t take this as rude, but rather as a sincere critique.  An effort to explain how what you did – whatever your intent may have been – is hurtful to others, and thus problematic at best.

 

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Let’s start by quoting your column.

IT’S A RARE TRAILER PARK [SIC] that can make a visitor wish he lived there. Too often they live up to their unhappy image of flimsy housing, densely packed together, with retired people just getting by on their Social Security,” you wrote in the Sarasota Magazine.

Ouch.

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Doesn’t that reinforce, and conjure up images of ‘trailer park trash,’ which is the kind of insult our so-called ‘politically correct’ society is supposed to avoid?

Isn’t that the language that evokes an image we’ve come to expect from politicians or their henchmen, who are trying to whitewash dirty laundry?

“Drag a hundred-dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you’ll find,” James Carville, Clinton Strategist

But you, sir, are describing an “iconic” life in a nice city in sunny Florida.

Here in Florida, where we too hang our hats, about every tenth person lives in a mobile or manufactured home. That’s a big minority group.

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Central Florida, Gulf Coast.

A friend and colleague of ours – Rev. Donald Tye, Jr. – owns a fine, factory-built home that pre-dates the federal HUD Code for manufactured housing. He sings that 40-plus-year-young home’s praises, because it allowed him and his wife to do more in life, and allowed them to do more for their children, because their housing cost less.

 

 

Rev. Tye said the quote below in writing, but he phrased it a bit differently in the video above.

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Anecdotal evidence suggests that the wrong terminology impacts price. But it also impacts people’s emotions, see the poet who rejected the use of the t-word with regard to her home, by clicking the image above.

 

Might Tye have been speaking to you, Robert, and others in media like you?  Shouldn’t we abolish the images and terms ‘trailer’ when we’re talking about a modern manufactured home that new can be $40,000 to nearly $300,000 (or more), as your article noted?

Your name is Robert, you may go by Bob. But if someone called you by any other name – or by a slur –  you’d understandably be offended, wouldn’t you?  Trailer, evokes trailer trash.  That’s a slur.

Let’s dig deeper, quoting your column.

But some parks—or “mobile home communities [SIC] as they prefer to be known—will make you rethink what this economical way of living can offer. Longboat Key has a park with killer Gulf views set in the middle of million-dollar homes and condos. And even better is Cortez Park in the historic district of the quaint old fishing village, where we found what just might be the most expensive trailer in Southwest Florida, priced at $299,000,” wrote Plunket in Sarasota Magazine.

That’s presumably supposed to make the point of your opening paragraph and ‘iconic’ lifestyle.

But the terminology you used, ‘mobile home communities’ – tells an informed professional reader one of these 5 options.

  • Perhaps you didn’t do enough research to learn that there have been no mobile homes build in the U.S. since June 15, 1976.
  • Therefor, while built decades ago, the location you describe is a manufactured home community, no matter what the property’s name might be.
  • That nearly $300,000 home you reference, plus those photos you used, are neither a trailer house, nor a mobile home. It’s a manufactured home. That’s a federal code and legal distinction, not a marketing difference.  See chart and video, below.

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  • Perhaps you thought you were being witty, Robert? But other than some select comics, which ones would use the N word, or some other kind of slur against racial, religious, or other groups and get away with it before being canned or banned by their sponsors?  Why is it acceptable to put-down and use slurs against manufactured homes and their owners, when it is unacceptable to do so against other ethnic, gender, or other identity groups?
  • That said, if you knew those things, and still improperly used the term ‘trailer’ and ‘mobile home communities,’ then what explains your failure to use the proper nomenclature? Shock value? Doing what someone asked, perhaps? Whatever the motive, isn’t what you did ignoring the standards of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Code of Ethics?

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Robert, Did You Know…

A discrimination case was recently settled by a non-profit, Equal Justice Under Law.  They brought the suit against the city in the article linked below.

 

“Mobile Home Ban” Suit Win, “Equal Justice Under Law,” Manufactured Home Owners, Buyers, Industry

 

How long before the ACLU, Equal Justice, or some other group decides ‘enough is enough,’ and sues media outlets, and/or writers, for defamation against MH residents? For the economic harm that is being caused them, and the industry that serves them?  Because bad image yields decreased demand, and that reduces volume and values.

It’s self-evident to any thinker that an unjustified poor image harms the values of millions of American’s mobile or manufactured homes.  That sounds like a class action suit, waiting to happen.

So, beyond avoiding law suits, or staying within the SPJ ethics standards – you and all writers, editors, journalists, producers – should want to show the proper respect for the residents and their homes. You should give them the same respect that you would want for yourself, or for your home.

 

A True Story… About a Black Nurse

Let me tee up this story about a nurse. By way of background, perhaps no one living involved in manufactured homes has produced more interviews and reports – video and written – on manufactured home owners, experts, and professionals. We must be doing something right, because we have the largest audiences of their kind, and over a thousand unsolicited LinkedIn recommendations and endorsements. We try daily to walk-the-talk, and hold industry as well as others to account. That’s said to explain the following.

Among those many interviews was a retired black nurse.  She was soft spoken, thoughtful, and probably fine at her job which she did for decades.  It was a good interview about what attracted her – as a professional – to manufactured home living.

But it was after the cameras and sound were off, when she stopped, and looked at me intensely.  She said, “I’m not trailer trash.”  She explained she wanted people to know that she wasn’t “trailer trash.”  I could see the raw feelings in her eyes, and hear her holding back the emotions she felt in her voice.  I was already motivated to tell the stories of these owners and their homes, but that has focused me more ever since.

Her state of mind – which captures that of millions of others – are exacerbated by the stenotypes your story’s terminology hammers home. It harms people like her, and many more out of the 22 million who live in a pre-HUD Code mobile home, or a post-HUD Code manufactured home (Again, the code went into effect June 15, 1976).

A poet laureate described her very similar feelings to that nurse’s in her own words, in the story linked below.

Taking on the Trash Talk! Are People Defined by their Housing Choice? Video, Photos

We’ve interviewed retirees, working class, professionals, and millionaires – all of whom have one thing in common. Manufactured home living.  They routinely love it.

Frankly and in fairness to you, Robert, it’s not just journalists that have created the problem.

But it is your job as a gifted writer not to stereotype, not to reinforce those negative images – for any reason. If a client asked you to do it, it’s still not a good enough reason.

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Because that derogatory discrimination has placed millions into this sad and completely avoidable circumstance. If everyone else where getting it wrong, you as hopefully someone that wants to live up to the noble standards of the SPJ code of ethics cited above would strive to get it right.

“Home Sweet Home” – Assistant Mayor Wants to End Housing Choice Stigma

If you did so, Robert, that would be giving voice to the voiceless.

We’ve paid no one for our interviews.  Most want to do so for one simple reason.  They want to tell their story, and dispel the myths and misconceptions.

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From Robert Plunkett’s article in Sarasota Magazine.

Being Fair

Robert, I get it that you used many favorable descriptions. But until you see your report, linked below, through the lens of the millions of owners who hate the stereotype, or the thousands of industry professionals who hate the improper terminology, you may not realize that the otherwise nice descriptors are diminished by the use of the ‘t-word’ and calling a manufactured home, mobile.

The Cortez Trailer Park [SIC] almost seems too good to be true. Developers have been coveting the prime location for years. Fortunately, the residents recently bought the place as a co-op, thus ensuring that this happy piece of Florida’s past and present will go on providing a unique, affordable lifestyle for years to come,” you wrote, in the article, linked below.

https://www.sarasotamagazine.com/articles/2017/11/29/escape-to-old-florida

If the sign that Keller Williams Realty shows is correct, it’s just Cortez Park, not “trailer” park.

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Keller Williams got the terminology right, manufactured home community.

Realtor, by the way, was one of several cited in the mainstream media that said last year manufactured homes are an important part of the solution for affordable quality living.  But for every article that gets it right, there are perhaps 100 that do what you did.

Bloomberg, HousingWire, Realtor and Fox all suggest Manufactured Homes as Important Solution for Affordable Housing in America

The Impact on Homeowners, Industry and the Nation Caused by Flawed Stereotypes

University studies, federal studies, insurance companies, and other third-party researchers have sung the praises of manufactured homes for years.

Eric Belsky, Executive Director Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University May 2000 Modern Homes Development, per MHI, said: “there are multiple reasons to expect manufactured housing to do better than site built housing in the [current] decade.”

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That charts above and below reveal that Harvard’s expectation didn’t occur.

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Graphic provided by Ross Kinzler when he was then the executive director of the Wisconsin Housing Alliance (WHA).

Why not?  Again, there are many reasons, but let me spotlight two that relate directly to you, Robert, and all others in media who fail to apply the proper standards of the SPJ when writing about manufactured homes.

Both news media and entertainment have been using the ‘trailer’ or ‘mobile home’ terminology more.

Foremost Report: Manufactured Home Customer Survey and Market Facts

Foremost Insurance research suggests that the use of the term ‘trailer’ and ‘mobile home’ to describe manufactured homes is actually increasing.  Other third-party research reveals that those living in manufactured homes overwhelmingly love it.

Manufactured Home Owners – Satisfaction Survey Redux

The federal HUD Code for manufactured housing went into effect on June 15, 1976.

There’s been no mobile homes built in the U.S. in over 4 decades. Millions are incorrectly calling manufactured homes, “mobile homes” or “trailers.”

That’s simply hard to imagine, save those two points.  Poor media coverage, combined with other factors, created a perfect wave that led the industry down at the very time it should have been rising, per Harvard’s research.

Does anyone doubt the influence of news and entertainment on millions of our fellow Americans? Haven’t advertisers paid for that influence for over a century? Is it any surprise that here in the U.S. – or in Canada, where they have a similar problem – a professional described the harm being done to the image of manufactured homes, their owners and thus business due to the ‘entertainment’ of the “Trailer Park Boys” so-called “comedy?”  Would there be such a show that mocks blacks, Hispanics or any other group?

‘Trailer Park Boys’ Death Focuses Manufactured Home Industry, Homeowners Challenge

Frank Rolfe, here in the U.S. – certainly a controversial figure in his own right – has said that the reporters he’s spoken with have an “Eight Mile” – the Eminem movie – impression of manufactured homes.

 

 

We won’t parse Rolfe in-depth on this, but part of the reason that people in our industry don’t want to talk to the media is because it is so routinely biased against manufactured homes and their owners.  Tragic.

With media writers misusing the term “trailer” and “mobile home” being so commonplace – that influences

  • others in media,
  • researchers, who following the media lead, and who often misuse the term mobile home.
  • But because the safety and performance of manufactured homes are so superior, that terminology confusion is creating some problematic studies, because researchers are failing to make the distinction between pre-HUD Code mobile homes, and post-code manufactured homes.

See the summary of one such case, linked below.

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The photo shown was selected by the Lakeland Ledger, as was the headline, the contents of the Op-Ed are shown in its entirety. Original story, linked here.

www.theledger.com/opinion/20170629/letter-solving-home-affordability-problem

 

It’s Millions of Real People’s Lives That Are Impacted

Robert, in closing, the misuse of the words hurts real people.

In a time when housing affordability is in crisis, a key solution is hiding in plain sight.

But ignorance, prejudicial terminology, and misinformation are all harming the acceptance of manufactured homes.

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There should be nearly one million more Americans working today, earning good pay, building the manufactured homes needed by the millions for those seeking quality affordable living for less.

The nation needs 8 million affordable housing units.  The unsubsidized, private-sector solution is manufactured homes.

You don’t have to advertise them, Robert. But if you just wrote about them accurately, informing the public about the facts, respectfully, the rest would over time take care of itself.

I hope you’ll consider this open letter as a candid effort to correct what’s wrong, using your column in the Sarasota Magazine as an example mostly of what not to do.

I do respect your skills as a writer, and thus this appeal for you to live up to the best of the noble ideals of the SPJ Code of Ethics.

Thank you.  Tony. ## (Analysis, commentary, fact checks, news, trends.)

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Understanding Income Volatility

August 22nd, 2017 Comments off
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40 percent of American households make less than $25,000 annually in 2015, according to numbers from the National Wage Index.

A recent report by Pew Research found that income volatility – fluctuation in income whether monthly, annually, or both – affects those with lower incomes more than others.

Income volatility, for the purpose of the Pew Research study, was defined as those with variances in their year-over-year income of at least 25 percent. That variance could be either in the form of gains or losses.

The study found that income volatility spreads across every demographic group.  It affected 43 percent of families, as of 2011.

A similar report from the JPMorgan Chase Institute found that on average, 55 percent of people experience a 30 percent change in income on a month-to-month basis.

Those with the lowest incomes – often working minimum wage and other low-wage hourly jobs – saw a 30 percent change at minimum, said Forbes.

Seventy-two percent of respondents from households with stable income said they did not experience any shortfalls in 2015, compared with 64 percent of those from households with income gains and 63 percent from those with losses. Similarly, families with stable income in 2015 were more likely than those with volatile income to report that they had savings and that their household probably or certainly could come up with $2,000 for an unexpected need,” per Pew Trusts.

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For many of those making less than $25,000 each year, one of the main reasons for month-to-month and year-over-year income volatility is due to the nature of hourly jobs. Sometimes there is more work than others.  That’s especially so for seasonal jobs, and ones that rely on tourism, among others.

For those with an hourly rather than a salaried job who take a sick day or leave of absence for a family emergency, they can lose a significant amount of income.

When my son was sick, I had to stay at the hospital with him, so I couldn’t go to work; my husband had to stay home with our twin babies, so he couldn’t work. Here’s the problem: neither of us had paid sick leave, so we lost hours on the job, and we lost pay, too. The result was we could not afford to pay our rent on time, nor our light bill. From there, we became homeless,” per such a worker’s testimony to Congress in 2014, per Forbes.

It can be hard for people working low-wage jobs to work their way out of poverty.  If they have relied on government or state assistance programs like SNAP (food stamps), Section 8 housing, and others that seem like a plus are actually like flypaper.  They may harm chances for economic freedom.

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Actively retired Rev. Donald Tye, Jr. has told MHProNews that for years, the black community often pulled together to keep members from buying into those programs.  Over time, the steady promotion of federal handouts eroded those efforts for self-reliance. As a Masthead post explained, whatever you subsidize, you tend to get more of it.

76 percent of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck, per CNN Money.

In 2015, the typical household with an income loss had $1,550 in savings, and the typical household with a gain had $3,000. By comparison, the typical family with stable income had $5,500 saved,” per Pew Trusts.

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On the lower end of income, one expensive emergency – car repair, hospital trip, or similar – could easily wipe out most or all of those savings for low income citizens.

This is clearly represented in the “Worst Case Housing Needs2017 Report to Congress” by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The report found that there are 8.3 million people who are either spending more than half their income on rent, are living in substandard conditions, or both.

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Why a Minimum Wage Hike Won’t Fix the Problem

Daily Business News readers already know that raising the minimum wage may cause an initial increase in income, but historically fails to provide the relief backers believe it will bring.  The solution? Per experts, applying the law of supply and demand.

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While the president’s economic proposals are controversial to some, they’re based upon pragmatic concepts of protecting and advancing U.S. businesses, and workers through an application of the law of supply and demand; as well as risk and reward. To learn more about documented results, scroll to the spotlight market feature, in the Daily Business News report, linked here.

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Image credit, Pew Research Trust.

How Manufactured Housing Could Make an Impact

These nagging woes could find some measure of a free-market solution through manufactured housing.

With the affordable price-point of manufactured housing – especially in comparison to rents, which are through the roof and completely out of reach for many – people may have an easier time making it month-to-month.

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From the Government Accountability Office’s report on manufactured housing. Click the graphic above to download.

As HUD Secretary Carson and Tye have repeatedly pointed out, affordable home ownership boosts household wealth. That in turn improves sustainability in the face of income volatility.

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A new expose sparked by a federal official’s comments is found with quotes and comments from industry professionals, Dr. Carson and Rev. Tye.

But HUD’s Pam Danner and her colleagues have not been applying the “enhanced preemption” that could lead to more low-income and other Americans gaining access to manufactured homes in more urban areas.  For a new report, see the video with Danner and related industry commentary and analysis, at this link here.

With households already struggling to make ends meet, income volatility places yet another burden on families’ attempts to create a financial buffer,” per Pew Trusts. ##  (News, analysis.)

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Manufactured Home Resident Scholarships Due

February 14th, 2017 Comments off
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First State Manufactured Housing Association (FSMHA) tells MHProNews that applications for its four scholarship awards of up to $1,000 are due by 4:30 pm, Monday, March 6th.

To qualify, candidates must be legal residents of Delaware and residents of a manufactured home for at least one year prior to the application.

While many other scholarships only target high school seniors, the FSMHA scholarship is open to nontraditional students as well.

Past winners include parents, grandparents, young adults continuing their education and those returning after a hiatus. Award recipients are also eligible to reapply annually.

Candidates are evaluated on scholastic record, financial need, essay and personal/professional recommendations.

Scholarships can be used for any type of accredited two-or four-year degree program, or for any accredited training, licensing or certification program. Full-time enrollment, or full- or part-time enrollment of at least seven credits in an accredited program is also acceptable, and the free application for federal student aid must be completed.

Since 1999, the First State Manufactured Housing Association has provided $39,000.00 for 37 scholarships recipients.

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Our “A Breakfast With…” interview with FSMHA Executive Director Jen Allen is linked here. ##

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12,000 Modular Homes Could Be Coming to This City

February 1st, 2017 1 comment
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The Lakeshore site that will host a factory and 12k modular homes. Credit: Chicago Sun Times.

Thanks to a combination of a deal between steel giant U.S. Steel and prominent developer Dan McCafferty going bad, and a new joint venture between Barcelona Housing Systems and WELink, Chicago could be in a position to not only get a manufacturing plant along the city’s iconic Lakeshore Drive, but also 12,000 modular homes.

According to the Chicago Sun Times, the joint venture has emerged as the winning bidder for the massive site.

They did their due diligence, and they’ve got all of their ducks in a row,said Ald. Susan Sadlowski Garza.

They’re gonna be building a manufacturing [plant] on the property where they’re going to be building modular homes. They’ve done it in Barcelona and Argentina. It’s a new, innovative product that’s never been here before.

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As Daily Business News readers are aware, the Barcelona Housing System/WELink joint venture recently partnered with Chinese firm CNBM and announced plans for modular home factories in the U.K.

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Jorge Ramirez. Credit: Chicago Federation of Labor.

Jorge Ramirez, President of the Chicago Federation of Labor, said that he was excited about the prospect of major development and being able to get hundreds of skilled builders back to work.

I’ve just got to make sure that there’s a meeting of the minds as to how these things are gonna get done. That they’re not cutting corners or [compromising] safety standards,” said Ramirez.

They’re lifting people up into the middle-class and respecting labor. All of the run-of-the-mill standard types of concerns.”

Garza says that they also thoroughly vetted all 13 bidders for the project before narrowing the list to three finalists, scrutinized even more to make certain they had the financing, know-how and experience to do a project of this size.

Even though 12,000 homes and a factory is a large order, Garza is confident about the joint venture and their ability to deliver.

They took their time to learn about the neighborhood and find out what people want here,” said Garza.

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Ald. Susan Sadlowski Garza. Credit: NLG Chicago.

With their know-how, their capital and the people they have working with them, I have the utmost confidence they’re gonna do this. I’ve seen some of the work that they’ve done in Barcelona and it’s really incredible. They can build a three-flat in like 30 days. It’s all up to code. We’re not gonna have to wait 20 years to see movement.

The modular home portion of the project is slated to happen in four phases of 3,000 homes each, and the new plan calls for retail and recreational space.

And Garza is excited about the efficiency.

They don’t have to dig a foundation. They screw pylons into the ground. They can withstand a 7.8 earthquake. It’s just a new technology. The factory is going to be huge to build this much of a development,” said Garza.

And once we start building homes, three-flats and four-flats, then come the stores and the other amenities. They incorporate a lot of green space and green technology. Access to the lakefront for all. Stuff that’s been really important to this neighborhood for a very long time.” ##

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Mixed signals on housing debated by experts as 2015 approaches

December 9th, 2014 Comments off

home-ownership-still-part-of-american-dream-credit=trulia-posted-daily-buisness-news-mhpronews-com-Homes.com  tells MHProNews   that 65% of their site’s visitors are searching for rentals. So it’s no surprise that even with low lending rates, many home buyers are cautious.

Jed Kolko, chief economist of real estate website Trulia Inc. said: Entry-level buyers might not yet surge back into the market. While wages and credit standards are turning in their favor, those buyers face a bigger obstacle in saving for a down payment on a home. Those down payments have gotten larger as home prices have increased in recent years, and saving up for them has gotten more challenging as rents have increased.”

The Commerce Department says the median home price is now at $305,000. Because of the rising cost of existing home and newly built homes John Johnson, David Weekley Homes’ chief executive said: “There are a bunch of people who are waiting until they feel more confident about the future.” 

Realty Biz News  told MHProNews  that historically low interest rates, near 4 percent, and an improving labor market have helped to increase new-home sales. But sales were up only 1 percent in the first 10 months of this year compared with the same period in 2013.

Furthermore, October’s annual sales pace is only about half the average annual level of sales from 1996 through 2006.

With the economic highs and lows, instability of the housing market is reflected as experts predict one way or the other. Buyers play the waiting game too. There is a continued hope among optimists the market will level off. Realtor.com chief economist Jonathan Smoke said,

“that new-home sales will increase by 25% in 2015 from their current rate of roughly 440,000 for 2014. While heady, that 25% projection actually falls short of the 28% gain foreseen by the National Association of Home Builders and the stratospheric 41% gain predicted by the National Association of Realtors.”

Trulia on Wednesday released the results of a survey it conducted last month of 2,008 U.S. respondents. In regard to their outlook for 2015, the largest percentage of respondents–36%—said:next year will be better than 2014 for selling a home.”

The hint by many experts have in common is a better economy will be needed for an improved housing market.

Closing points for manufactured housing professionals. Like a prior report that suggests that buyers want a new home vs. a pre-owned home, Trulia had similar findings. And the graphic suggests even current renters want their piece of the American dream, someday. These are factors MH Professionals could build on, at least for those firms and associations that act rather an play wait and see. ##

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CBS News’ Ilyce Glink gives Manufactured Housing vs. old houses the gift of Comparison

October 13th, 2014 Comments off

cbsnews-$27000-jacksonville-fl-major-fixer-upper-$25900phoenix-az-nice-double-sectional350x122Award-winning, nationally syndicated columnist, Ilyce R. Glink, writing for CBS News, provided home buyers in general – and manufactured housing shoppers and professionals in specific – with a gift. Glink tells MHProNews  that finding affordable living options is difficult, but doable. Glink advised buyers not to “run away when you see a $25,000 price tag on a house. But proceed with caution.”

Glink’s survey shows 10 houses available for sale in as many cities/markets, all within a given $30.000 budget. 2 of those are manufactured homes (MH), and compared to the conventional houses which are in rough condition, in reportedly dangerous neighborhoods or a combination of problematic factors, the MHs look good.

Glink notes that the home shown in the photo at the right has to have factored in the leased lot price – it’s in a nice manufactured home community – and states the home is appealing; especially by comparison.  The blue house on the left is $27,000 and needs major repairs in Jacksonville, FL, while the “double wide” – more properly called today a multi-sectional – is ready to live in for $25,900 in Phoenix, AZ.

As MH industry veterans know, $30,000 would buy a new entry level (‘shade and shelter’) manufactured home of about 900 square feet in MHCs in many parts of the country, and would still meet all of the new federal construction and safety standards required. Since Glink’s report for CBS was focused on pre-owned homes, one ought to give their journalist good marks for a fair and balanced report. ##

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Modulars used in new affordable housing project

November 29th, 2011 Comments off

city of myrtle beach South Carolina logoSunTimes reports that Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (SC) will soon be providing 3 new modular homes in an affordable housing project made using federal funds for neighborhood stabilization. Each house is about 1,100 square feet and each has a front porch that adds about 150 square feet.  The homes feature some “extra touches” such as 9-foot ceilings and crown molding that “make them nicer,” said Myrtle Beach Housing Coordinator Edna Wright. “We’re all so excited about this,” Wright said. A fourth building on the property – which used to be a classroom attached to Friendship House – is being considered for rehabilitation into a house, although Wright said she and others would prefer to see it removed and replaced by a brand-new modular similar the other three new homes now in process. The $433,000 project has been run by the city using money from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. The houses are appraised at $85,000. Buyers will have to meet low-income standards, so there will be programs to help them qualify, such as down-payment assistance, through the Housing Authority. The homes should be completed next week so the City Council can tour them on Dec. 13. An public open house will take place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 18.  Some potential applicants have already expressed interest in purchasing one of the homes.

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UMH Properties, Inc. Announces New Acquisition

November 3rd, 2011 Comments off

UMH_Properties_Logo posted on MHMarketingSalesManagmentMHProNews.com learned that UMH has recently announced it has closed on the acquisition of Clinton Mobile Home Resort, a 116-site manufactured home community situated on 24 acres, located in the City of Tiffin, County of Seneca, in the State of Ohio, for a purchase price of $3,450,000.  UMH is a publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). With this purchase, UMH now owns thirty-nine manufactured home communities consisting of approximately 8,860 land lease home sites, located in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Tennessee. UMH owns over 500 acres of land for the development of new sites.

UMH has a wholly owned subsidiary, UMH Sales and Finance, which sells manufactured homes into its communities, which is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Banking, NMLS 200331. Samuel A. Landy, President, stated, “We are pleased to announce the acquisition of this 98% occupied community.  The operation of Clinton Mobile Home Resort will fit in nicely with our existing Ohio communities.  This well-located, age 55 and older community is a welcome addition to our growing portfolio.” In our Daily Business News market report for Wednesday, the Freehold, N.J. based firm lead gainers for the day, closing up sharply at 10.02, +0.82 (+8.91%).

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