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FEMA Manufactured Homes Finally Arrive

May 18th, 2017 Comments off

Credit: KERO.

In June 2016, the massive Erskine Fire near Bakersfield, California displaced a number of families.

After a long wait, thirteen families, who resided in manufactured homes prior to the blaze, were finally able to move into new FEMA units this week.

According to Bakersfield Now, Kern County, which includes the Bakersfield area, received 27 housing units from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA.)

The units had been deemed surplus, donated to the state, and then transferred to the county.

Most of the units have never been used.

The county then made the housing available to low-income residents who owned their homes. If the home was destroyed in the fire, and a primary residence that was under or un-insured, they were eligible to apply for for the FEMA units.

A total of 285 homes were destroyed in the fire.

As the Daily Business News covered here, the units had previously been scheduled to be returned eastward, but a partnership with the state resulted in Cal OIS (California Office of Information Security) requesting FEMA to designate the homes as “surplus,” which allows the state to hold and distribute the units as needed.

Since the county did not receive a federal declaration of disaster (which would have allowed the use of the FEMA housing units,) the state contacted FEMA directly and asked that the homes be declared surplus, which allows the partnership to use them as needed.


Damage from the fire. Credit: Southern California Public Radio.

While the units are usually considered interim, under the county plan, a resident would own the unit if they lived in it for three years.

The county says it plans to hand over keys to 14 more families next week.

For residents, this was a special, and long overdue moment.

Our new FEMA unit is smaller than the home we lost, but I’m very grateful for the help,” said Angela Harris.

It’s been hard. I’ve had a lot of friends, I’ve had the pastor from the Kern Valley Baptist Church, everybody, I mean, they’ve been wonderful.”

For more on the Erskine Fire and its impact on Kern County, click here. ##


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RC Williams, MHProNews.

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New Player Enters Manufactured Home, Communites, RV Game

May 5th, 2017 Comments off

The De Rancho Y Mobile Villa Community. Credit: Apartments.

Gelt Inc., a Tarzana, California based real estate investment firm, has announced the formation of a new subsidiary to purchase and manage manufactured home and RV communities.

According to the San Fernando Valley Business Journal, the new company, called Happy Home Communities, will buy and manage various communities in a sector they feel is primed for growth.

This sector that is under the radar, stable and offers people a low-cost alternative to apartments and homes,” said Gelt partner and co-founder Keith Wasserman and Chief Operations Officer Jeff Harris.

Wasserman and Harris also announced the hiring of Ellie Davis to buy and manage operations of the properties for Happy Home and cultivate broker, lender and resident relationships.

Davis has extensive expertise in the manufactured home sector, managing more than 4,000 home sites and 11 resorts, and was most recently regional VP for Sun Communities in Southfield, Michigan.

Also announced was Happy Home Communities first purchase, De Rancho Y Mobile Villa manufactured home community in nearby Bakersfield.

De Rancho Y already boasts a strong occupancy of 97 percent and a stabilized cashflow yield, but we see continued upside through the renovation of common areas and amenities,” said Davis.

We plan to renovate the playground, sport court, and add an open gazebo/barbeque area or dog park. Other planned improvements include asphalt repairs, pool area renovations and the potential addition of mobile homes [sic] into current vacant spaces.”


Tarzana, shaded in red. Credit: Google.

The Daily Business NewsMHProNews and MHLivingNews have covered the case for manufactured housing as a viable solution to hope for the American Dream of home ownership at a reasonable price extensively, including Bloomberg making a statement to the same effect.

Imagine engineered homes, that meet or exceed strict federal safety, energy and performance standards, built to the nation’s only preemptive code for permanent homes,” said Daily Business News Publisher L.A. “Tony” Kovach.


L A ‘Tony’ Kovach, credit, MHVillage.

By using the same proven systems that keep costs down on cars, smartphones, clothing or other produced products, you save on labor, time, have about 30% less waste, can buy in bulk and thus save money.”

And the U.S. Census Bureau and Government Accountability Office state our homes are about half the cost of conventional construction,” he added.

For more on companies entering the manufactured housing industry, including Jacksonville, Florida-based Park Place Communities via Crowdfunding, click here. ##

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Housing Prices Could Continue Decline in 2012

January 6th, 2012 Comments off

For Sale Sign Jan 6, 2012 Eric Miller PhotoFrom learns that Veros Real Estate Solutions predicts home prices will remain relatively unchanged over the next year with the strongest markets seeing a 4 percent rise and other seeing as much as a 6 percent drop. The company’s home price index shows 2012 declines of 1.3 percent overall. The strongest real estate markets are found in North Dakota, Texas, South Dakota, Nebraska, Louisiana and Iowa. The worst declines are expected in Bakersfield, California and Reno-Sparks, Nevada. Also The Las Vegas/Paradise, Nevada, Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, California, and Fresno, California are expected to see depreciation of at least 5 percent.

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