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IBTS Appointed to HUD Manufactured Housing Dispute Resolution Program

December 18th, 2014 Comments off

institute-building-technology-safety-ibts-logo-posted-manufactured-housing-professional-news-mhpronews-daily-business-news-mhpronewsThe Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) announced this week their appointment to HUD’s Manufactured Home Dispute Resolution Program. Through the program, IBTS will enable citizens to exercise their rights related to manufactured home quality issues.

On October 7, 2014, IBTS, principal subcontractor to the Savan Group, LLC, participated in the official kickoff of this contract to support a federal dispute resolution program for HUD’s Office of Manufactured Housing.

IBTS pointed to their 35 years of experience in providing quality control and assurance to HUD and other federal agencies, as reasons for their selection. “We are pleased to work on this project, which supports our mission to deliver quality services that meet the challenges of governance while enhancing public safety, economic vitality, and general welfare,” Jason McJury, Director of Federal Services at IBTS, said.

Since 2008, the Manufactured Home Dispute Resolution Program has been available to provide timely resolution of disputes between manufacturers, retailers, and installers of manufactured homes regarding responsibility. Based on this resolution process, HUD will issue appropriate orders for the correction or repair of defects in manufactured homes on behalf of homeowners.

Industry members, such as those represented by the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), have long been promoting the full implementation of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 (MHIA 2000). This announcement is a step in that direction.

MHARR has also pointed out that the quality of modern manufactured homes are their best ever.  They point to very few – in fact, record low numbers – of consumer complaints on new homes as evidence for their claim.

The work to be performed by IBTS involves marketing and dissemination of information regarding the program, case intake and tracking, and mediation and arbitration of disputes.

IBTS Professional Engineer Aashish Shahani will serve as Project Manager and will work with an internal and external team of professionals and subject matter experts to implement these important regulations.

IBTS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to helping communities through quality services that reduce risk, enhance public safety, and improve quality of life. This organization is currently the leading provider of residential solar PV field assessments, providing services in more than 25 states.

Real Estate Rama  tells MHProNews  that the work of IBTS is guided by a Board of Directors made up of government officials appointed by five of the most highly respected, grassroots, state, and local governmental associations. The board appointing organizations include the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center), the Council of State Governments (CSG), the National Association of Counties (NACo), the National League of Cities (NLC), and International City/County Management Association (ICMA).

IBTS is headquartered in Ashburn, Virginia, with branch offices across the country. ##

Editor’s note: For an IBTS provided report on MH shipments, please click here.

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Green Courte Appoints Scully Vice President

August 5th, 2013 Comments off

Private equity real estate firm Green Courte Partners, LLC announces the appointment of Cheri M. Scully to vice president. Scully has worked with Green Courte, based in Lake Forest, Illinois, on contract prior to joining the firm in January 2011 as an associate, MHProNews has learned from sources at the company. She will continue overseeing asset management at Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Green Courte’s holdings include 53 manufactured housing communities in eleven states comprised of 19,000 developed home sites.

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Sen. Donnelly to Help Find Non-Career Administrator

June 10th, 2013 Comments off

The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) informs MHProNews leaders from MHI and the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) met with Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) seeking assistance for the appointment of a Non-Career Administrator for HUD’s Manufactured Housing Program. In spite of the industry’s efforts to have the position filled by someone who would be assertive in support of the industry, the post has been vacant for a number of years. In the meeting May 22, Sen. Donnelly said he would assist in this effort.

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NAHB Comments on FHFA Appointment

May 2nd, 2013 Comments off

MHProNews has learned the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Chairman Rick Judson, a home builder in Charlotte, NC, has issued a statement on the nomination of Rep. Mel Watt (D-NC) to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). “We applaud the nomination of Representative Watt to this important position. After four years in conservatorship, the future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac stands at a crossroad. Rep. Watt brings years of experience to this position at a pivotal moment as our nation’s housing market recovers. NAHB looks forward to working closely with Rep. Watt to help address the many complex challenges facing the U.S. housing finance system upon his confirmation by the U.S. Senate.”

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Galante finally Approved to Lead FHA

January 2nd, 2013 Comments off

NationalMortgageNews reports over a year after the Senate Banking Committee voted to send Carol Galante’s confirmation to the full Senate as Commissioner of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), the Senate voted 69-24 to confirm her appointment Sunday during a special session dealing with the fiscal cliff controversy. As MHProNews reported Dec. 14, 2011, Sen. Jim Demint, (R-SC), leveling charges at Ms. Galante of being short-sighted at a Senate Banking Committee hearing on her nomination, said, “We need people with a sense of urgency (italics added) about the need to turn things around and reduce our debt and avoid future bailouts.” Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), noting more needs to be done to repair FHA’s financially challenged single-family program, says as the confirmed commissioner Galante can now assemble her own staff and take more aggressive steps. The acting head of FHA since July 2011, she will also serve as a HUD assistant secretary.

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Green Courte Announces New VP

October 3rd, 2012 Comments off

PRNewswire tells MHProNews Green Courte Partners, LLC announces the appointment of Thru A. Shivakumar as Vice President, Acquisitions. While Ms. Shivakumar’s background is with parking facilities, and her focus will remain in that sector, her experience includes asset and portfolio management. Chicago-based Green Courte is a private-equity real estate investment firm specializing in manufactured home communities and parking assets.

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Betty Whitaker Appointed by Governor

January 30th, 2012 Comments off

KentonCountyFox19 tells MHProNews.com Betty C. Whitaker, of Frankfort, Kentucky, the executive director of the Kentucky Manufactured Housing Institute (KMHI), has been appointed to the High Performance Buildings Advisory Committee by Governor Steve Behsear. A measure passed by the state legislature requires all renovated and new buildings for which the sate pays 50 percent or more of the capital costs be constructed to meet energy efficiency and environmentally-friendly standards. Emphasis is on LEED Certification, recyclable materials, and utilizing Kentucky products and labor. Her appointment runs until Aug. 22, 2012. She replaces William C. Wilson whose term has expired.

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New CFPB Director Fills Staff Positions

January 6th, 2012 Comments off

According to HousingWire, Richard Cordray, the newly-appointed director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), chose Raj Date as the agency’s first deputy director. Originally the head of research, markets, and the regulations division, Date took over from CFPB architect Elizabeth Warren as special advisor to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. He has served as the de facto head of CFPB pending Cordray’s appointment, which was effected during the Senate recess this week. Kent Markus, previously chief counsel to Ohio’s governor, was named by Cordray as assistant director of the office of enforcement.

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