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Tim Williams, 21st Mortgage, elected Vice-Chair during Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Summer Meeting

June 11th, 2014 Comments off

tim-williams-CEO-President-21st-mortgage-corporation-daily-business-news-manufactured-housing-mhpronews-The 2014 Summer Meeting for the  Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) concluded yesterday with Tim Williams, CEO of 21st Mortgage, was elected as Vice-Chair of the industry’s largest national trade association.  Williams, a respected industry icon, was unopposed.

97 industry leaders, plus MHI staff, friends and family attended the June 8-10 event at the Alexander Hotel in Indianapolis, IN.  “On the heels of Congress and Expo, and with a number of state association meetings (taking place), we are very pleased with the number of attendees.” said MHI President, Dick Jennison, to MHProNews.

Pam Danner, HUD’s new manufactured housing program director and Bill Matchneer, who recently retired from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), we’re among the featured guests.  Danner assured attendees that she would listen to the industry, resolve back logged issues and seek to elevate understanding and use of programs manufactured housing at HUD.

Bill Matchneer, who is consulting for MHI on appraisal related issues,  urged members to get the story of MH home  owners who lost financing due to CFPB regs to have their stories told to regulators. See Matchneer’s related guest column here.

Educational, business meetings and networking mixers were all part of the agenda. ##

(Photo Credit: MHProNews)

S 1828 Co-Sponsors grow in wake of MHI Legislative Session

February 14th, 2014 Comments off

wikicommons-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com.jpgSources with ties to Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) tell MHProNews that the number of sponsors and co-sponsors for S 1828 has jumped from 4 to 9 as a direct result of the recent visits by members to their U.S. Senators. Dan Coates (R-IN), Rand Paul (R-KY), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) all joined sponsor Joe Donnelly (D-IN), original cosponsor Tom Coburn (R-OK) and cosponsors Tim Scott (R-SC) and Pat Toomey  (R-PA).

There are also 108 Congressman – 20 Democrats and 88 Republicans – who have signed onto the House version of this legislation, HR 1779.

“This proves that we have positive movement.” a source close to the lobbying efforts said. Sources tell us there are more expected to sign on in both sides of Congress in the days ahead. Industry members are urged to contact their Senators or House members to ask for their support. ContactCongress.org ##

Cavco Storage Application Denied

June 14th, 2013 Comments off

MHProNews has learned from the seguingazette in Seguin, TX the planning and zoning commission denied a special use request by Cavco Industries, Inc. for the temporary storage of flatbed trailers used to transport modular homes. According to Keith Alexander of Cavco the trailers were used to transport modular barracks to Fort Hood but they will not be needed for 6-9 months. In voting to deny the application, Planning Director Bill Couch said granting the permit might set a dangerous precedent.

(Photo credit: PRWeb–Fort Sam Houston barracks)

Steel Modular Home Revived

May 13th, 2013 Comments off

According to palmspringslife, in the 1960’s architect Don Wexler designed seven all steel modular homes in North Palm Springs, Calif. in conjunction with the Alexander Group, each selling for $14,000. The intent was to build 36 homes but the price of materials became prohibitive, as everything except the concrete foundation, plumbing and electrical was steel. The last of the seven recently sold for $365,000 and the new owners intend to renovate it to its original condition and rent it out as a vacation house. The two-bedroom, two-bath, 1,532 square foot house features an open floor plan, simple lines, and a folded steel plate roof line that forms an air baffle designed to draw heat away from the rooms and create shaded areas over the windows. MHProNews has learned one of the homes is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Paul Kaplan of the Paul Kaplan Group says, “Part of the reasoning behind the all-steel construction is its ability to withstand the heat and windy nature of the Palm Springs area.”

(Photo credit: James Butchart/palmspringslife–steel modular home)