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Al Kemp, Taking out the Trash Talk about Manufactured Homes

April 5th, 2019 Comments off

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Long before Al Kemp and MHProNews became virtually acquainted, the Canadian was dedicated to tackling the problematic image that programing such as the “Trailer Park Boys” has fostered.

 

The TP Boys, as Kemp refers to them – doubtlessly, tongue in cheek – are just part of the reason that some don’t consider manufactured homes in Canada. That same vexing issue occurs here in the U.S. too.

 

 

Those irreverent TP Boys are a factor, but regrettably, they are not the only one.

At least on their side of the border, Kemp – who is the executive director of the Manufactured Home Park Owners Alliance of British Columbia – takes on that ‘trailer house’ and ‘trailer park’ issue on.

 

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There is much more at this link here.

 

So has Mark Weiss, JD, President and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), whenever MHProNews has requested a comment on issues ranging from Disney’s misuse of the term, to Keith Olbermann’s slam of manufactured housing by his misuse of the ‘trailer’ slur.

 

 

Why hasn’t the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) weighed in on such issues?

MHProNews has asked MHI repeatedly, they won’t engage on such topics.  Maybe the fine folks in Arlington, VA will explain why they don’t defend the good name of the industry and its homeowners?  Or perhaps they think their relatively unwatched videos was enough to get the job done?

The Daily Business News on MHProNews will allow that question to hang for now.

There are third party surveys, besides common sense and anecdotal evidence, that suggests that the ‘trailer park’ and ‘trailer trash’ stigmas are part of what is keeping manufactured housing at historically low levels.

A new report on MHLivingNews addresses that topic, see that in the article linked below.

 

Debunking the Trailer Trash Stigma for Affordable, Modern Manufactured Housing for Residents, Home Shoppers

 

In a perfect world, Tim Williams at 21st Mortgage was correct when he said that there are good reasons to tackle that every time the problem raises its ugly head.  The NAACP, and the Jewish ADL both made it quite unacceptable to demean their ethnic groups with hateful racial slurs.  The same thing must arguably occur for manufactured home owners and professionals.

 

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Anecodtale 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.

 

Failure to address the issue only leads to more of the same.

MHLivingNews and MHProNews can’t correct it alone. But it is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.  We know from feedback from clients and industry professionals that content on Manufactured Home Living News – per retailers and communities – has helped them close sales.

That’s good.  By why aren’t the big boys doing more to promote a proper understanding of the industry?  So frankly, far more is possible.  We’d rather light a candle than curse the darkness.  Why not light a candle in your market(s)? To learn more, see the link here and  here.

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“’Trailer Trash’? Watch Who You’re Insulting When You Throw Around Those Words” – Buffalo News

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

Cui Bono? “Killing Me Softly,” Manufactured Housing’s New Theme Song?

 

 

 

 

 

MHARR, ROC USA, Canadian Association Weigh-In On Disney “Trailers” Controversy

December 28th, 2018 Comments off

 

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There is a school of thought that the only way to effect change in addressing stereotypes, prejudice, and other forms of misinformation is to push for a change with the appropriate organizations and institutions that misuse a term.

 

Tim Williams, President and CEO of 21st Mortgage Corp and former Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Chairman acknowledged that viewpoint in writing to MHProNews in these words.

 

 

It came to the attention of MHProNews recently that nearby Disney in Orlando are using modular units on their Disney Springs property that are inappropriately labeled as “trailers.” To see that full Daily Business News post, see the Related Reports, further below the byline and disclaimers at the end of this post.

MHProNews’ publisher reached out to Disney via two different contact points.  Disney confirmed receipt, but have not yet made a formal reply to the issue, which they said could be expected next week.

Three other industry organizations have directly sounded off on this issue to Disney, copying MHProNews in their message.  What follows will be all three of those respective organization’s messages.

 

 

The View on Disney’s Misuse of the Term ‘Trailer’ from MHARR

The Washington, DC based Manufactured Housing Association for a Regulatory Reform (MHARR) President and CEO, Mark Weiss, JD, sent his own message to Disney.  It was short, and to the point. It reads as follows, between the — lines.  The photo below was added here to identify the writer.

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Tony Kovach at MHProNews, as noted below, is correct, Disney’s use of the term “trailer” in this matter is problematic and offensive to many.  Please consider the corrective steps he suggested.

Thank you.

Mark Weiss

President & CEO

Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR)

1331 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Suite 512

Washington, D.C. 20004

Phone: 202/783-4087

Fax: 202/783-4075

Email: MHARRDG@AOL.COM

https://manufacturedhousingassociationregulatoryreform.org

 

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Hello [Disney],

The link below was drawn to my attention and it demands a response.

By way of introduction, I am the Executive Director of the Manufactured Home Park Owners Alliance of British Columbia (Canada).

Our nearly 400 members provide homes for over 60,000 British Columbia households – seniors, singles, professionals, and young couples embarking on home ownership.

Similar to the USA HUD requirements, all manufactured homes built in Canada are constructed to a federal standard (Z240) that means they are 2×4 or 2×6 construction with strong frames and roofs, full insulation, sheetrock walls – and can accommodate king size beds and jacuzzis!

The terms “trailer” and “trailer parks” are inaccurate and offensive to manufactured home community owners and home owners.  Manufactured homes are seldom moved once they are placed on a site in the community.  Manufactured home residents are a unique breed in that – unlike in a condo or rental apartment building – they generally know all or many of their neighbours, watch out for each other, care for each others’ homes when a neighbour is on vacation, and hold community events such as bingo nights, potluck dinners, etc.

Every community owner and park owner will be quick to tell you that trailers haul beer and cattle; manufactured homes provide an affordable and desirable home ownership alternative.

Many Canadians enjoy travelog to Disneyland and Disneyworld.  Many Canadians live in manufactured homes.  In the interests of maintaining Disney’s positive reputation, please request your organization to remove the “T-word” from all manufactured homes.

I would welcome confirmation from you and would be pleased to report to our members in our magazine that Disney has removed this offensive word from their buildings.

. . . . Al Kemp

info@mhpo.com

250-213-2617

 

 

From New Hampshire, ROC USA Leader Reacts

ROC USA has weighed in on this topic too.  As in the above, the Daily Business News on MHProNews is adding Paul Bradley’s photo, which was not in the original message to Disney. Here’s between the lines is the message today from Paul Bradley, President of ROC USA to Disney.

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What Tony highlights here is a real issue – the stigma associated with factory-built housing, especially HUD-code Manufactured Housing – is inaccurate as well as hurtful to many of your customers.

Case in point:  We highlighted a homeowner in a video last Spring who after touring the viewer around her home, she said (something to this effect):  “We were excited so we sent out invitations for an Open House.  A friend called and said, ‘Why are you having an open house, you only bought a trailer.’”

Take a look, it’s a house and it’s home to her and her family – see video on top left of our homepage at www.rocusa.org.  It just happens to be a Manufactured Home.

We and the 79 co-op leaders at our Leadership Institute were so moved by the video that we decided to put up hard earned cash to tackle stigma through a video competition.  It’s running right now.  We invite Disney to enter!  Please share with your staff.  https://www.noblenotmobile.com/

Thank you very much for your attention to this matter.

Paul Bradley, President,

ROC USA

6 Loudon Road, Suite 501

Concord, NH 03301

 

 

The Word to Disney from MHProNews Publisher

Here between the — lines below is how L.A. ‘Tony’ Kovach, award-winning manufactured home industry veteran and publisher of MHProNews/MHLivingNews addressed Disney.

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Let me bring to your attention the issue described in the article posted at the link below.

http://www.mhpronews.com/blogs/daily-business-news/disney-utilizes-inaccurate-prejudicial-terminology-trailer-offensive-to-factory-builders-homeowners/

The article should be self explanatory, but briefly. The term “trailer” here is inaccurate, and in the view of thousands of industry professionals, offensive in this context. While it may be ‘common,’ it is still wrong – as the Rev. Donald Tye, Jr. – a veteran of the civil rights movement – aptly explains in the article linked above.

The term used in this manner is likewise a sore point for millions of mobile and manufactured home owners.

I’m cc’ing a few select industry colleagues in this message, to make them aware of this issue, and to hereby advise them that it is being formally brought to Disney’s attention for correction.  While we don’t speak for those other organizations, my hunch is that they will look at this vexing matter described in the post linked above in a similar way.  A few other business leaders in our industry are also bcc’d.

Please confirm your receipt of this message. Kindly advise me of what remedial steps you plan, and let us know if your comments – which we prefer by email for clarity of thought, accuracy, and ease of transcription – are on or off the record. I’d invite you to “reply all.”

We hope that this instance is merely a case of misinformation or misunderstanding, and that you will take this opportunity to correct the error in an appropriate manner. Either way, we will do a follow up report for our readers, that reflects your reply and hopefully corrective steps. Thank you.

Respectfully,

Tony

L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach

MHLivingNews.com | MHProNews.com | Office 863-213-4090 |

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It’s the Holidays, So Far, Not Much from Disney, But More is Promised 

There has been a message to MHProNews from Disney promising a formal reply sometime next week.

There is another trade group that could weigh in next week, we’ll see.  It should be noted that Al Kemp took time away from his Hawaiian vacation to thoughtfully provide the comments above.  That said, Al and his office associate advised our publisher that had Kemp been unavailable, the MHPO would still have provided a comment from another association professional.

Put differently, the MHPO – and the others above – all see this as an important issue.

As industry professionals consider the latest new home shipments, it ought to be clear that terminology impacts stigma, our homeowners and potential consumers. This is frankly the kind of thing that a post-production association, such as the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) ought to be dealing with.  But heretofore, despite what Tim Williams said above, MHI has done so only sporadically, if at all.  We’ll plan to reach out and see if  MHI will make an exception, and dive into this Disney issue, or not. Either way, it will be insightful.

This is also the kind of issue that resident home owner groups may also consider taking to heart, because it impacts their residents in a variety of ways.

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MHProNews will encourage those noted above to provide their comments on this Disney controversy. Time will tell if Disney is as senstiveto our home owners and industry as they would be toward other minority groups.  The Daily Business News on MHProNews will update readers as appropriate. “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News , analysis, and commentary.)

 

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“Trailer Park Boys” – Al Kemp, Canadian Manufactured Home Community Association Letter Reacts to Netflix Series

December 21st, 2018 Comments off

 

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Al Kemp is the Executive Director of the Manufactured Home Park Owners Alliance (MHPOA) of British Columbia (BC). That Canadian trade group’s manufactured home community (MHC) members, say Kemp, has an average vacancy rate of one site for every two properties.

 

Rephrased, those BC community owners have ½ a unit vacancy rate per MHC.

That would put them in a very elite category in the U.S.

Kemp has been an outspoken critic of the Canadian “mocukumentaryNetflix series problematically dubbed the Trailer Park Boys.

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The Daily Business News on MHProNews has spotlighted Kemp’s thoughts as recorded by mainstream media previously, for example, in the report linked in the clickable image/text-box below.

 

Millennials Need Affordable Housing, but “Trailer Park Boys” stigma slows Manufactured Home Acceptance

 

That prior report linked above is a useful read to understand the new letter and plans Kemp has shared with MHProNews readers. He begins by saying that “…at least in Canada – “trailer park” connotes exactly the type of persons portrayed in Trailer Park Boys.”

That evokes, says Kemp, the painful “long-standing stereotype” he believes harms the proper understanding of manufactured homes and their reality of their products or residents vs. the shameful portrayal of the “TPBoys” on Netflix.

Kemp’s insightful letter is found at the linked image/text-box below.

 

“Trailer Park Boys” Al Kemp, Canadian Manufactured Home Community Association, Reacts to Netflix Series

 

Among the themes that MHLivingNews discovered was an issue with numerous manufactured home residents was the sting of the terms:

  • Trailer,
  • Trailer Park,” and of course,
  • Trailer Trash.”

Of course, just as some blacks refer to each other using what manufactured home advocate Donald Tye Jr. called the “n-word,” some manufactured home residents or even some professionals do likewise.

 

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Anecdotal evidence suggests that the wrong terminology impacts value perceptions and thus sales and resales. 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 or this link here.

 

A survey by Foremost Insurance suggests that the use of the “t-word” was not always so for numbers of those living in our industry’s factory-built homes and communities.

 

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As 2018 winds down and industry professionals on either side of the U.S. Canadian line prepare for 2019 and beyond, there is an obvious need for tackling such #NettlesomeThings. See Kemp’s thoughtful letter at this link here, or the link above to understand their perspectives.

What Kemp refers to as the “TPBoys” is clearly not the only challenge that faces our industry. But it is a thorn in the side, that along with other factors, harms the understanding and acceptance of manufactured housing and those who own them. That spills over into other arenas.  It’s clear that after years of ignoring such issues that doing nothing isn’t an acceptable answer.

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Trade Publisher, Experts call for Respect, Understanding for Manufactured Housing, Manufactured Home Owners

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

 

Manufactured Home Owners – Satisfaction Survey Redux

 

“Trailers for Sale or Rent,” “Pencil Head, Its Not a Trailer Park,” Manufactured Home Rental Reality Checks

 

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

Millennials Need Affordable Housing, but “Trailer Park Boys” stigma slows Manufactured Home Acceptance

 

 

 

 

 

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

December 6th, 2017 Comments off

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Complaining about a problem without a solution is called whining,’ is attributed by some to Teddy Roosevelt.  As an executive summary, this report will sum up the issue, and will point to solutions, not just whine.

A CBC newscast in Nova Scotia, with anchor Jim Nunn, called the Trailer Park Boys an awful television program filled with foul-mouthed, dope-smoking, hard-drinking people who gave a very bad impression of the poor who live in trailer parks.”

So said a cite in the Dallas Observer, that also stated, “The recent death of John Dunsworth, the actor who played trailer park supervisor Mr. Lahey on the Canadian comedy series Trailer Park Boys, was a big shock to the show’s legions of fans. It also shocked the show’s stars and creators — John Paul Tremblay, Mike Smith and Robb Wells — who were preparing to begin their annual Dear Santa Claus, Go F#ck Yourself Tour, on which Dunsworth was set to appear.”

 

I don’t want to end up drunk and stupid like you,” said a little girl in video clip below. That statement by the character sums up how millions feel after watching the coarse, R rated comedy that takes dead aim at manufactured homes and their residents.

Notice: Viewers of the videos below should be aware that they should do so only if they don’t mind the bad language, and only when they don’t want to be embarrassed by the 4 letter words sprinkled throughout.

Al Kemp, an Example of Action, Not Whining

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Quite frankly,” said Al Kemp, “[the Netflix TV series] Trailer Park Boys did a lot of damage to our industry. Because those who thought trailer parks were full of trailer park trash, had it confirmed by them.”

Kemp, with the Manufactured Home Park Owners Alliance, was cited in the MHLivingNews article, and some of their counter-educational efforts, are linked below.

 

No Longer “Trailer Trash” – Manufactured Homes are Quality, Affordable Housing

The opportunity for developing manufactured home communities is incredible. The average vacancy rate in a manufactured home community in British Columbia today is one half of one site, in other words one site in every two parks. People want to live there,” said Kemp.

It’s Not Just Trailer Park Boys, But It Illustrates the Problem

The ManufacturedHomeLivingNews and MHProNews have previously spotlighted the problems such stories create for the image of manufactured homes and their owners.

 

Millennials Need Affordable Housing, but “Trailer Park Boys” stigma slows Manufactured Home Acceptance

 

That in turns negatively influences those who might otherwise consider manufactured homes, given the widely recognized affordable housing crisis.

 


Trailer Park Boys season 5 Rest in peace John Dunsworth. 1946 – 16th October 2017.

 

Going to the Root Issues 

While the banner of free speech makes stopping such troubled stories difficult, that’s not the same as making it impossible. Kemp and his organization are to be commended for making an effort.

Decades ago, the N-Word was far more common. It took years, but it became disgraceful in polite society to say the N-Word,” said L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach, consultant, service provider and publisher of MHLivingNews and MHProNews.

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Isn’t his point a vital part of the antidote to the t-word issue?

At the recent Deadwood conference, L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach told attendees that the time to proclaim manufactured homes and their owners’ respectful acceptance “is the civil rights movement of our time.”

Deadwood, the Manufactured Housing Revolution, and You

Attendees enthusiastically welcomed his address in Deadwood.

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What seems like:

  • decades of ignoring bad news and hoping it just goes away, or
  • the never-ending search for the quick fix and “silver bullet,”

should have proven to any forward-thinking industry professional that both of those approaches have proven to be poor choices.

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

The industry has allowed celebrities and politicos to demean the industry in ways that would not be tolerated by Jews, minorities, Muslims, or virtually any other group.

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Just as Warren Buffett takes a long-term view, studies issues, and bank on the lessons of history, so too must the solution oriented, independent manufactured home professionals.

 

“Perverse”–Warren Buffett-Dodd-Frank, CFPB, Manufactured Housing, Loans, Independent Businesses Fact Check$

Kovach points to examples of actual companies addressing this issue profitably at the local level, successfully.

Dominating Your Local Market, The Manufactured Housing Revolution

The Trailer Parks Boys recent loss is personal.  Of course, we understand and lift up all those who feel the personal loss of the John Dunsworth, the man. May he rest in peace.

But the harm in terms of the

  1. loss of self-esteem,
  2. damage to the proper understanding of modern manufactured homes,
  3. and its emotional/monetary impact on millions is not easily calculated.

It must also be said that there are several causes.  The Trailer Park Boys are just one of them.

But problematic entertainment and news coverage, as Kemp and others have said in the articles linked above, is a reminder that doing nothing, changes nothing.

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No Longer “Trailer Trash” – Manufactured Homes are Quality Affordable Housing

November 28th, 2016 Comments off
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Al Kemp, the Executive Director of the Manufactured Home Park Owners Alliance of British Columbia has an important message:

Trailers haul beer. Manufactured homes provide housing for people.

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Al Kemp. Credit: LinkedIn

When talking about them to the public, or to elected officials, that’s the first item that he likes to clear up. Instead of the stereotype of a “trailer,” Kemp says that this is a solution to affordable housing all together.

Quite frankly,” said Kemp, “[the Netflix series] Trailer Park Boys did a lot of damage to our industry. Because those who thought trailer parks were full of trailer park trash, had it confirmed by them.

MHLivingNews has the full story and related analysis.  To see that article, please click here. ##

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Millennials Need Affordable Housing, but “Trailer Park Boys” stigma slows Manufactured Home Acceptance

September 30th, 2016 Comments off
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Home prices in the Vancouver, British Columbia (B.C.) metro are expensive. The average price for a detached home in the Fraser Valley, for example, is $900,000. A typical condominium can set you back $248,000.

Compare that to the typical manufactured home in B.C., which sells for around $80,000. According to Business Vancouver, even when the personal property (chattel) mortgage – which can be insured through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp – and pad rental are factored in, it remains by far the least expensive housing option in the province.

Not unlike the states south of the border, a historical stigma is causing younger buyers to ignore this option.

And though there is an affordability issue in many parts of Canada, municipalities actually discourage manufactured homes.

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Abdul Safi. Credit: LinkedIn

Vancouver has developed a class society based on housing prices,” said Abdul Safi, mortgage manager of TD Canada Trust in Vancouver. Safi also said that less than 10% of his clients are buying a manufactured home. “People don’t want to say they live in a trailer park [sic].

As Lisa Tyler, Ph.D., associate academic dean at Bethel University told MHLivingNews, the stigma which is also present in the U.S., is dated.

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Lisa Tyler, PhD. associate academic dean, Bethel University. Credit: MHLivingNews.

Manufactured housing presents a solution,said Tyler. “It’s inexpensive, energy efficient, and a great value. There’s a lot of opportunity for growth in the industry, but a lot of obstacles, too.

Tyler has the distinction of being the first Ph.D. in United States over a decade whose dissertation was focused on manufactured housing, so her research on manufactured housing related issues is current.

Canadian Professional Anger

The stigma angers one of the leaders in the Canadian manufactured housing industry.

Our industry provides an affordable home for about 60,000 households in 1,000 communities across B.C.,” said Al Kemp, executive director of the Manufactured Home Park Owners Alliance of BC (MHPOA).

I hate the Trailer Park Boys,” Kemp said, claiming the hit Canadian comedy presented a disparaging view of what are safe, comfortable and affordable residential subdivisions. “Today’s manufactured homes are solid wood-frame construction; designed to remain in place; they are certainly not trailers.

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Al Kemp. Credit: LinkedIn

Kemp believes that consumer hubris and tax-hungry politicians are slowing down acceptance of manufactured housing as a viable option. He believes that it will take a groundswell of demand from millennials to change the situation.

Bill Summer, a real estate agent with The Lighthouse Realty Ltd., said that there’s more to the issue.

Summer noted that municipal development fees and regulations, and rising land costs could mean no more manufactured home communities will be built in the Lower Mainland. He also noted that developers have bought up many of the existing manufactured home communities to redevelop the land for much more profitable strata projects.

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Eugen Klein. Credit: Mobile Home Parks CA

Eugen Klein, a manufactured home community specialist with Royal LePage Sussex Klein Group, sees hope.

He shared that there are ways for manufactured home communities to attract young buyers. Car-sharing programs, community games rooms and better home design could all be used to “amp” the cool factor, Klien said.

Summer is not so certain.

When you break down the costs, young buyers are more likely to opt for a condo,” said Summer. “First, the pad rentals in the Lower Mainland average about $600 a month compared with $250 in condo strata fees.

Modern manufactured homes, while well designed and finished, can cost up to $150,000,” he said, citing that the prices for manufactured homes mentioned in the Business Vancouver article under $50,000 are often “end of life” units that are in need of major repairs.

The kicker, though, is that the average condominium price across Metro Vancouver has increased 39% in the past year, while the price of manufactured home has barely budged.” Summer said.  ##

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More Manufactured Home Community Development Sought in BC

September 23rd, 2015 Comments off

mhc_sunrise_village__castanet__credit__british_columbia_canadaAt a meeting of the 350-member Manufactured Home Park Owners Alliance (MHPOA) of British Columbia, Canada the buzz was about the sale of communities, which has quickly become a hot real estate sector. Last year 22 manufactured home communities (MHCs) sold, with a transaction value of $30.7 million, a 26 percent increase from the previous year.

Al Kemp, executive director of MHPOA, confirmed, “There are more buyers than sellers,” while a real estate agent said for the first time he is seeing multiple bids on quality communities in the greater Vancouver area.

Kemp, noting that many of the homes are occupied by seniors who seldom move, said the average vacancy rate is 0.8 percent, making them appealing to investors who see steady cash flow and relatively high yields.

Larger investors are seeking MHCs with 100+ home sites, but will turn their attention to portfolios of smaller ones if necessary. However, smaller, private investors are often the primary buyers of the small-town MHCs that comprise the bulk of the inventory.

Community owners will able to raise rents 2.9 percent in 2016 under BC regulations, as MHPronews has been informed by biv. Kemp says you can buy a new MH for $120,000 in Vancouver and pay less than $600 a month for site rental.

Noting 60,000 people live in manufactured homes in BC, Kemp says more than investing in MHCs, the MHPOA’s message is the lower cost of living in an MHC compared to soaring house prices in the province, and that municipalities should use zoning and tax allowances to encourage development and upgrades of MHCs. ##

(Photo credit: castanet--Sunrise Village MHC, British Columbia, Canada)

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