Posts Tagged ‘appliances’

“Stop, Thief!”

January 24th, 2017 Comments off

ThiefMaskFaceGraphicStck-DailyBusinessNewsMHProNews420x486News of a theft in Purcell, Oklahoma, indicate arrest warrants are outstanding for a man and woman charged in McClain County District Court with knowingly concealing stolen property.

Tana S. Lang, 41, and Michael G. Slay, 43, are accused of stealing appliances from a model home on the Mid-State Manufactured Housing retail sales center during a June burglary.

A Whirlpool refrigerator, range and dishwasher were taken.

According to the Purcell Register, in October, Detective Sargent Scott Stephens with the Purcell Police Department, received information the pair had committed the burglary and stored the stolen appliances in a barn.

When contacted by police, the property owner confirmed Lang and Slay stored items in one of his barns.

Stephens and Detective Sargent Todd Carpenter received the owner’s permission to search the barn and found the range and dishwasher, according to the affidavit.

Once complete, Stephens obtained a search warrant for Lang’s residence. When he served the warrant, Lang reportedly told the detective the refrigerator was in a storage unit she rented.


Appliance and decor thefts are among the challenges that manufactured home retailers and communities face. Image credit: AJ Madison.

Police recovered the refrigerator from the unit.  For the law-abiding, this might seem to be a strange-but-true story.

For those in the manufactured home retail business, they know all-too-well how common this kind of theft can be; it’s catching the thief that’s the good news.


Other Recent Strange, But True MH Stories 

In our Daily Business News periodic series, we’ve covered a number of strange-but-true stories, including

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RC Williams, for Daily Business News, MHProNews.

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New Home Construction Continues to Stimulate Economy

July 4th, 2013 Comments off

According to the Commerce Department, of the 45,000 new houses sold in May, construction has not begun on 16,000, nearly 36 percent, up from 26 percent a year ago, and over two times the 14 percent rate from 2008 during the recession. Total new home sales in May rose to their fastest annualized pace since 2008, and permits for building new homes increased to a five-year high. As mortgage rates increase and prices continue to rise, would-be buyers will want to lock-in interest rates, and increasing values make homes a more attractive asset to lend against. However, as National Association of Home Builders Chief Economist David Crowe points out, builders still feel stymied by tight credit as well as shortages in available lots, labor and materials. He estimates starts on single-family homes will increase 150,000 over last year, as nationalmortgagenews informs MHProNews. These figures indicate strength in the home building market which translates into stimulus in the overall economy: Each new home creates three jobs, and triggers purchases of building materials as well as appliances and furniture.

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UK Engineer has Unique Modular System

June 5th, 2013 Comments off

Unlike the prefabricated housing that dominated the industry after WWII, SpineLock Living in Mansfield has developed a modular system the company’s CEO Derick Wilson hopes will revolutionize home building in Great Britain. The sections are transported to the site and then slotted together using a panelized interlocking system and then secured via a unique aluminum latch that pulls the units tight. As tells MHProNews, the outside can be finished with brick or stone or any other traditional look, while inside the unit arrives with appliances intact. The homes’ energy-efficient features include rainwater cachement, solar panels on the roof, low-energy floor heating, thermostats in each room and thick insulation that can add up to a reduction of energy costs by 90 percent. Built as two-story homes with either two, three or four bedrooms, the price for a three-bedroom home is around $244,000. Says Wilson, noting the urgent need for affordable housing in England, “We want to revolutionize the UK housing industry and demonstrate that innovative thinking, new technology and working closely with local authorities, businesses and communities can provide a practical solution to the UK housing crisis.”

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Economists Expect Home Construction to Rise nearly 20%

April 16th, 2013 Comments off

MoneyMorning tells MHProNews residential construction is currently 2.44% of the gross domestic product (GDP), half of its historical norm, even with last year’s increases in new home construction. According to a Bloomberg survey of economists, housing starts are expected to increase by roughly 20% this year, and over the next two years 1.2 million residential construction jobs will be created. New home-building also has a ripple effect on the economy as a whole—demand for appliances, paint, tile, draperies, furniture, concrete also rise. If home construction returns to adding five percent to the GDP, and related economic activity adds another 13%, the economy could get enough of a shot in the arm to spur the recovery and create jobs and a housing renaissance as well.

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50 FEMA Homes to be Ready by Christmas

December 12th, 2012 2 comments

AsburyParkPress says 50 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) homes are being prepared to move into existing communities in New Jersey to house displaced victims of Hurricane Sandy along the Jersey shore. FEMA has identified 865 vacant community sites statewide, including 122 in Monmouth County and 129 in Ocean County, two areas heavily devastated by Sandy. Ten of the two-bedroom units are handicap accessible, and all are fully equipped with appliances and furnishings. As MHProNews has learned, while no leases with the communities have been signed yet, it is expected residents will celebrate Christmas in the one and two-bedroom manufactured homes.

(Photo credit: Thomas P. Costello/AsburyParkPress—FEMA homes preparing to be deployed.)

Energy-Efficient Modern Modular by Cavco

November 2nd, 2012 Comments off

Based in Santa Monica, Calif., Living Homes has introduced three low-cost modular homes ranging in size from 1,300 to 2,200 square feet, priced from $200,000 to $320,000. JetsonGreen informs MHProNews Cavco Industries, Inc. is building the homes with strict environmental concerns that follow a LEED Platinum level program—-cork floor, energy-efficient lighting and appliances, formaldehyde-free mill work, low-flow water fixtures, floor-to-ceiling windows, wood ceiling, all of which are included in the $145 a square foot, not including the installation or the foundation. Building takes about two months, and installation can be achieved in one day.

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Flopping is the New Flipping

October 25th, 2012 Comments off

CNNMoney informs MHProNews the tripling of short sales in the last three years has led to banks being overloaded with requests, which has spawned a mortgage fraud called “flopping.” An underwater borrower gets the lender to agree to a short sale. The seller then “doctors” the house with offensive smells, removes cupboard doors and appliances, paints the ceiling to imitate water stains, produces invented repair estimates, discouraging buyers, and proving to the lender the price is deflated. An accomplice then buys the house at a lower price, cleans it up and sells it for a 34 percent profit–on average, according to CoreLogic. Investigating bogus repair estimates can be complicated and time consuming. While less than two percent of all short sales in 2011 were suspicious as a result of being flipped the same day, the average profit was $55,000.

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Q2 2012 has Few Economic Bright Spots

July 16th, 2012 Comments off

AnchorageDailyNews reports retail sales fell for the third consecutive month in June, the first time that has happened since the fall of 2008 at the height of the financial crisis. Sales of furnishings, appliances, garden and building supplies, and at department stores all declined, leading to an overall drop of 0.5 percent June over May. Although auto sales were up 22 percent over the same month last year, it was not enough to offset the drop in retail sales, which drives 70 percent of economic activity. The $0.50 a gallon drop in gasoline prices since April did not compensate for the lackluster job growth in the second quarter. Costco, Target, and Macy’s all reported less than expected revenues.

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Household Formation Decline Lowers Demand for Household Goods

June 25th, 2012 Comments off

The Washington Post reports the number of adults sharing households spiked 11.4 percent from 2007 to 2010, representing an increase from 17 percent to 18.7 percent of all U.S. households, reversing the empty- nester trend. According to the Census Bureau, during that period the number of young adults living in their parents’ homes rose 1.2 million to 15.8 million, with two-thirds of that increase coming from those aged 25-34. MHProNews has learned from UPI, Rose Kreider, a family demographer with the Fertility and Family Statistics Branch, and author of the Current Population Survey, says, “The increase in 25-to 34-year-olds living in their parents’ home began before the recent recession, and has continued beyond it.” With two million fewer occupied homes had the rate of household formation continued as it had before the recession, the slower pace has resulted in less demand for furnishings and appliances, further holding back the economy.

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Classroom to Classy Home

June 7th, 2012 Comments off

A Los Angeles architecture and interior design family business is recycling classroom trailers into low-cost but chic modular homes. According to the LATimes, research+recycle can seam two of the units that measure 24 feet by 40 feet together or reconfigure the individual units, as well as raise the ceilings 15 inches to give a larger sense of space. Begun by Chase Anderson and his parents last year, they buy the classrooms for $10,000 each, gut the interiors and rebuild around the steel frame, offering EnergyStar appliances, low-flow toilets and shower heads, different finishes and fixtures, and strand board flooring. has leaned the 1,500 square foot modular prototype cost $100,000 to transform.

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