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Federal Data Spotlights Manufactured Home Industry Quality, Regulatory Questions

February 27th, 2017 Comments off

PamDannerMMarkWeissLouisvilleMHShowSunshineHomesRedBayALManufacturedHomeLivingNews-com-932x588WASHINGTON, D.C. – With over 81,100 manufactured homes built last year, more than 99.99 percent of all manufactured home buyers had service issues satisfied through normal channels provided by their home’s builder, retailer, community, or installer.

Pamela Beck Danner, JD, is the federal administrator for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Manufactured Housing Programs. Danner informed a group of industry professionals in Wisconsin that fewer than 30 of the tens of thousands of manufactured homes built annually went to dispute resolution in the last year.


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A D.C. metro source confirmed for that the exact number of claims that went to dispute resolution was only 13.  With 81,136 new manufactured homes built in 2016, that means that over 99.99 percent of home buyers had any service claims satisfied through routine channels.


Bill Matchneer.

Bill Matchneer, J.D. – a previous administrator for the HUD Code manufactured home program, told MHLivingNews that a miniscule number of consumer complaints going to dispute resolution has been the pattern for several years.

Matchneer was interviewed by Inside MH, to see that video interviewclick here.

For homes that U.S. Census Bureau research states are about half the cost of traditional, on-site construction, the results ought to be seen as impressive, says the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR).

But the independent producers association is concerned that in spite of high quality, that their federal regulator is wasting money that ends up costing consumers.

M.Mark.WeissJDPresidentCEOMHARRManufacturedHousingAssociationforRegulatorReform-creditManufacturedHousingIndustryDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsAt a time when those manufacturers are producing their best homes ever – as demonstrated by minimal dispute resolution program referrals — the program continues to lavish funding on entrenched contractors for make-work activity that needlessly increases home prices while providing few or no benefits for consumers,” M. Mark Weiss, President and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulator Reform (MHARR), told MHLivingNews.

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(Photo Captions: Pam Danner, JD – top right – addressing a manufactured housing association meeting. M. Mark Weiss, JD – center right- MHARR. Louisville Manufactured Housing Show – bottom right. Kitchen and Dining in model by Sunshine Homes, Red Bay, AL. Photo credits,


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MH Industry Perturbed by NY State Administrative Agency Position

October 29th, 2015 Comments off

new_york_state_buidling_and_standatrds_codesPrior to the opening of the NY Housing Association’s 65th annual meeting, manufactured housing industry circles took a bit of umbrage at the remarks of George Moorehouse, a NY Code Enforcement Official who allegedly said “In ten years there will be no more new manufactured housing placed in the state of New York.

Moorehouse has taken on the position vacated by Tim King, the previous team leader of the State Administrative Agency (SAA) of New York, who left for health reasons. King had approved foundation systems in his duties to follow HUD’s directive for a state agency to carry out the standards as set forth by the federal government. Alternate foundations are allowed by HUD Code, but must be approved by an engineer.

Moorehouse, who passed the state’s training requirements for Code Enforcement Officials, now questions alternate foundation systems approved by King, as well as systems going back over a 30-year period of failure-free service. A recall on manufactured homes? The costs to retailers and community owners, as well as to owners, would be astronomical.

MHProNews publisher L. A. “Tony” Kovach states this is a challenge to the MH industry and must be met head-on, lest it ripples into other states.

Friday morning at the NYHA meeting, New York State Building and Standards Code (BSC) Director Ronald Peister, Moorehouse and Assistant Director for Regional Services, Brian S. Tollisen, P.E., appeared in person to address industry leaders. While Peister complained of staffing problems, he insisted BSC is acting in accordance with HUD Code, that he wants to work with the MH industry and totally supports affordable housing.

New York Housing Association Executive Director Nancy Geer pointed out that the HUD Code is and has been performance-based, not prescriptive-based. Former HUD Code Manufactured Housing program director Bill Matchneer, in a video interview, speaks of the quality of new MH and also of the performance basis for the code. Matchneer’s office would have had contact with New York state’s Tim King.

When Peister was asked for copies of consumer complaints, he replied that would require a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), adding that transparency and following HUD’s guidelines was the agency’s aim.

The problems may stem from Moorehouse’s misinterpretation, or that it may be a leveling issue instead of a foundation issue, but Peister committed to a meeting within the month with HUD, MH industry members, and NY SAA. In the meantime, the NY SAA team left receiving “a first-hand sense from industry members of the range of frustration, anger and concerns their agency’s field agent’s posture had created.

Both sides understand they must resolve this issue. For the full report, click here. ##

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Factory-Built Homes—the New Cool

July 21st, 2015 Comments off

Photo Credit: Julie Branaman, 83DegreesMedia.

As the housing recovery sputters along from the Great Recession, trying to overcome the lowest percentage of homeownership in 20 years (63%), even with the aid of artificially maintained low interest rates, people are moving away from the McMansions with their high maintenance and trophy appearance, and paying more attention to factory-built homes, according to 83DegreesMedia.

83 Degrees Media has a reputation for covering topics that are so cool, they’re hot.  In a featured article today, they focus on the much maligned days long past of “trailer houses” and “mobile homes,” which have not been built since the federal government began overseeing the construction of manufactured homes in June, 15 1976. The technology that developed astro turf, super efficient heating and cooling systems and robotic surgeries are being applied to homes built in factories and moved to be permanently installed on an owner’s selected homesites.

Consumers are looking to buy greener, modern and less expensive homes. As award-winning writer, Jan Hollingsworth states, “A brand new entry level ‘shade and shelter’ model — with central air and all the comforts of home — can be had for as little as $30,000, while larger, multi-section models with vaulted ceilings, fireplaces, walk-in showers and spa tubs run $60,000 or more.

“For those who really want to splurge, there are multiple-story modulars with all the bells and whistles of any custom home — hand-laid ceramic tile, fireplaces framed by hardwood bookcases and high-end appliances — all for a tidy $120,000.

Bill Matchneer, a Senior Attorney at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings law firm in Pittsburgh, who once managed HUD’s manufactured housing program, says these homes are built as well or better than site-built homes.

Dr. Clivetty Martinez, (PhD) a senior executive for a global pharmaceutical firm, and her husband, Frank, a retired postal engineer, could afford most any home on the market, but have now happily chosen to live in Dover Farms, a manufactured home community (MHC) in Martin, Michigan. “At first I was leery,” Frank Martinez tells MHLivingNews. “Live in a house delivered on a truck?

Today’s factory-built homes can be hard to distinguish from traditional site-built homes. “I think the product makes a lot of sense for people coming through this recovery,” says Evan Atkinson, an award-winning Ohio retailer, developer and community operator whose family has been in the MH business since 1947. “People looking at manufactured housing today are very surprised at what they see.

Just as the overall housing market is recovering from the throes of the downturn, so the MH market is returning as well. Atkinson says the Millennials are more accepting of factory-built homes, especially in light of the rising rental market. “I think they’re feeling a little more stable in their employment situation and we’re seeing more of them coming into the housing market. They are more accepting of manufactured housing,” says Atkinson.

While the older generation typically has a mindset opposed to factory-built homes, baby boomers are more open to lifestyle choices than the preconceived notions of their parents, and are “flocking like ants at a picnic to 55+ MH communities,” in Hollingsworth’s words.

Steve Adler is the Chairman of the National Communities Council.  Adler’s father, Sydney, developed a 1,200-unit retirement community called Trailer Estates on Sarasota Bay in Florida in the 1950s, replete with shuffleboard, boat docks, a marina and clubhouse, and people waiting to move in. Noting his father was ahead of his time, Steve has developed more communities, all-age and senior 55+, like Schalamar Creek in Lakeland, Florida which has a restaurant, golf course and a full schedule of social activities.

Adlers says half of his residents move down from the north and eventually reject the isolation of a suburban home with upkeep worries, and move into one of his communities with Wi-Fi access, computer and digital photography classes, exercise equipment, and opportunities for socialization with other residents.

In the meantime, “Trailer Estates” is still bustling with pre-1976 homes next to newer manufactured models and people fishing from the dock. ##

(Photo credit: 83degreesmedia/Julie Branaman–Trailer Estates MHC on Sarasota Bay, Florida)

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Foot Note – 83DegreesMedia shared the following two links and their intros for publication with permission. Some associations are already sharing the following with their members.  The photos are also by: 83degreesmedia/Julie Branaman

Trailer Estates modular home.

Factory built homes appeal to millennials, boomers across America

Millennials looking to buy their first homes and Boomers looking to downsize find factory-built or manufactured housing to be a good alternative that offers affordable, sturdy and green living.

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Tired of renting? Get the scoop on manufactured homes

Team Kovach, husband L.A. “Tony” and wife Soheyla, of Lakeland share news about the increasingly popular manufactured housing industry through online publications and word of mouth.

Manufactured Housing may Become the New American Dream

April 28th, 2015 Comments off

mfg home delivery  sfgate  creditWhile many studies have shown that homeownership continues to be a large part of the American Dream, the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University reports in 2013 home purchases fell for the ninth consecutive year, and homeownership has dropped to 65 percent, the lowest rate in 20 years. Incomes are stagnating, housing values are rising, credit is tight in the wake of the housing crisis and rents are rising in response to demand for rental units.

Although the chronicle-indpendent notes that manufactured housing (MH) has less than a squeaky-clean, all-American, apple-pie image, its price points are appealing, and people like L. A. “Tony” Kovach, publisher of MHProNews and MHLivingNews, who recoils at the words “trailer” and “mobile home,” are determined to bring manufactured homes into the mainstream as the quality and affordable housing alternative.

Since the federal government began regulating design and construction of MH in 1976 with periodic upgrades, quality and safety have increased substantially, and homes often are more energy efficient than site-built homes, with strong wind resistance and increased insulation. Newer ones offer sunken tubs, granite countertops, high-ceiling domed entryways and other appealing features found in more upscale traditional homes. The Census Bureau says the average price for a single-family home in 2013 was $324,000, while an MH average price is $64,000. Even attached garages and covered porches are available with MH, and still considerably less than a stick-built home.

Paul Bradley, president of Resident Owned Communities (ROC), an organization based in New Hampshire that assists residents of manufactured home communities in buying their communities to form co-operatives, sees MH as the future of affordable housing. “The subsidy pie is fixed, and the need is growing,” says Bradley of the current affordable housing stock — which is made up mostly of subsidized apartments. “People will start to look at low-cost production options, it has to happen eventually. ROC USA has helped finance 51 MHCs outside the state to the tune of $90 million, and more inside NH.

Today’s factory-built homes do not necessarily look like single-and-multi-section units that people associate them with. Bill Matchneer, one-time manager of the manufactured housing division at HUD, and former senior counsel with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), says, “I see the modern manufactured home as equivalent to a typical site-built home, at about half the cost. We’re not talking about a mansion, but people would be surprised.

Marty Lavin, who owns manufactured home communities in New York, says many MH consumers will sacrifice interior quality to obtain more square footage, like substituting solid wood cabinets and doors for particle board in order to increase overall space. “If your financial circumstances are such that you can’t afford a $500,000 home on a quarter acre, a $100,000 home can satisfy your dream. That’s a great thing for many people,” says Lavin.

Many worry about depreciation of manufactured homes, but Datacomp Appraisal Systems completed a study recently of 185 MH in Michigan, comparing the average sale price and resale price, and discovered they are subject to the same factors as other homes. “The appreciation in value of manufactured homes comes back to the old real estate axiom — location, location, location,” read the study. “When properly sited and maintained, manufactured homes will appreciate at the same rate as other homes in surrounding neighborhoods.

Lavin says with rising home prices and stagnating wages, manufactured homes may be the ticket to the American Dream. ##

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Information Alert! Former HUD and CFPB Official Gives His Opinion Supporting Manufactured Housing

February 20th, 2015 Comments off

bill-matchneer-former-hud-officialBe sure to watch a video of the interview with Bill Matchneer, former HUD and CFPB official, who was one of the first HUD officials to inspect and enforce HUD regulations for manufactured housing.  Matchneer says that from his experiences, he is amazed at the strength and safety in manufactured homes and that most people do not realize how well the homes are constructed.  In many cases, he says they are better than some site-built homes.

Matchneer, an attorney, is now a member of the Bradley, Arent, Boult, Cummings law firm in Washington, D.C.  He serves on the firm’s Financial Services Litigation and Compliance Team and focuses on matters involving the CFPB, HUD, and manufactured housing finance.

You can watch this interview filmed at the 2015 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show by clicking on this link here. Make sure you share this video with public officials, local media, through your Facebook and other social media and of course, potential customers. ##

(Photo Credit: Bradley, Arent, Boult, Cummings)



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Bill Matchneer, Dick Jennison and Ron Thomas Sr. to address Louisville Show attendees

January 11th, 2015 Comments off

bill-matchneer-prevously-hud-cfpb-richard-dick-jennison-manufactured-housing-institute-mhi-ron-thomas-sr-mmhf-chair-RV-MH-Hall-fFame-MHProNews  has confirmed that attorney Bill Matchneer, previously with HUD and the CFPB, will be addressing the attendees of the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show. So too will Richard “Dick” Jennison, MHI’s current President and CEO. MH community and street retail Hall of Famer, Ron Thomas, Sr. – who is also the Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation (MMHF) Chairman – will speak on financing and MH growth related topics, rounding out what promises to be a faced paced opening hour to the seminars on Wednesday morning.

The doors will open at 8:15 AM on Wednesday at the seminar room so MH Industry professionals can network with peers and colleagues. The session featuring these three industry leaders will begin at 8:45 AM sharp. They will be introduced by one or more of the executive directors of the Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation (MMHF).


The MMHF state execs are as follows, in alphabetical order by last name.

  • Mark Bowersox – Indiana.

  • Frank Bowman – Illinois.

  • Tim DeWitt – Michigan.

  • Betty Whitaker – Kentucky.

  • Tim Williams – Ohio.

A number of other state executives are planning to be at the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show too, along with an anticipated over 2,000+ attendees and exhibitors.


The Louisville Show has been the best attended event in manufactured housing for the last two years. Pre-registrations suggest that 2015 will show yet another increase in attendance over the previous year.

New Homes on display – Manufacturers.

Financing – homes, inventory and communities.

Services and Suppliers – compare providers all under the same climate controlled roof.

Business Building Seminars – see floorplan map for location.

Networking & Mixers. Have fun and learn while talking to other industry pros.

dennis-hill-showways-unlimited-manufactured-housing-mhpronews-com-50x50-Show Coordinator Dennis Hill’s latest update is linked here. The Crowna Plaza – the Show hotel – is booked solid, but other nearby hotels should be checked for room availability. The full – free – business building seminar line up is linked here, and the Louisville Show website is linked here.  

Seminar space was expanded 30% by Show Management to allow for the overflow crowds last year. 


Most MH Industry professionals can attend free, with a photo ID and business card.  For details click here.


(Editor’s Note: MHProNews, MHLivingNews and our sister operations that do Website, Marketing, Sales Training, trade Media and consulting are at booth #115, near the main show hall entry. Please stop by and leave a business card for free updates on the pending new MH lenders, lending program and more industry news, tips and views pros can use. For MH finance related news update, see blog post, linked here.)

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Who Speaks for You in MH? Manufactured Housing’s Industry Voices 

November 28th, 2014 Comments off

industry-voices-collage-l-to-r-toprow-bottom-row-djpendelton-jay-hamilton-amy-bliss-marty-lavin-doug-ryan-bob-vahsholts-steve-lefler-jess-maxcy-bill-matchneer--dick-ernst-manufactured-housing-mhpronews-com-Who speaks for you in manufactured housing (MH)? Associations? Individuals? Corporations?

There are many voices in MH, and with the Industry Voices (IV) guest blog, any MH Professional, enthusiast or aficionado can submit a letter to the editor or an OpEd guest column.

Industry Voices  is one of our most popular MHProNews blogs, and some of these letters and OpEds are read months – or even years – after they are first published.

You don’t have to agree with any MHProNews editorial position to submit an article.  In fact, a variety of opinions and perspectives are precisely what makes IV a hot read.

Here are some current IV post headlines and their author: 

County Violated the Law in restricting placement of older Manufactured Homes? – Jay Hamilton

Favorable Juncture of Circumstances – CMHI Viewpoint – Jess Maxcy

Who Represents Manufactured Housing? – Bob Vahsholtz

A home built in a factory can be a home just like a site built? – Steve Lelfer

DJ Quixote’s Adventures In La Manufactured Housing – DJ Pendleton

An analysis of The Atlantic’s report on Manufactured Housing, CFPB and MH Financing – Amy Bliss

MHI, MHARR, MHIndustry Associations and the Manufactured Housing Leadership Issue

CFED’s Doug Ryan Sounds off on Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Report on Manufactured Housing and MH FinancingDoug Ryan

Manufactured Housing Institute Responds to Doug Ryan-CFED commentary on CFPB report on Manufactured Housing Finance Jason Boehlert (now leaving the industry…see link here)

Preparing For CFPB’s New Appraisal And Valuation Rules – Dick Ernst

Where are we now? A Second Chance. – Marty Lavin

Kudos on Ron D’Ambra’s Thoughtful Article on HUD Code and Manufactured Housing Affordability – Bill Matchneer

To submit your own letter for consideration, please email this link and put Industry Voices in the subject line. ##

(MHProNews Photo Collage: Top left to right, top line towards bottom line = DJ Pendleton, Jay Hamilton, Amy Bliss, Marty Lavin, Steve Lefler, Doug Ryan, Bob Vahsholtz, Bill Matchneer, Jess Maxcy, Dick Enrst.)

Inside the CFPB and the HUD Code Manufactured Housing Program

August 18th, 2014 Comments off

hud-label-cfbp-logo-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-comCertainly reports from MHI or MHARR carried here on MHProNews bring you news and information about the CFPB as well as HUD’s manufactured housing program. But nothing is quite like the insights from someone who has recently worked in both offices. That is the true “inside perspective” brought found in our exclusive interview,A Second Cup of Coffee with…Bill Matchneer.

Matchneer – who has been doing consulting work for MHI – has also responded to a recent MHARR press release sent from Danny Ghorbani’s email address; see Bill’s reply here. ##

(Images: HUD Code home label for MH and CFPB logo)