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Champion Champions Detroit

July 11th, 2013 Comments off

Champion Homebuilders of Troy, Mich. has been selected to provide 36 modular homes as part of phase two of Detroit’s Penrose neighborhood rebuild. The initial 36 homes in the effort, orchestrated by developer Star Development Corp. of Ann Arbor, Mich., were also Champion products, as is Penrose Art Center, an art and community center in the neighborhood. Phase two is comprised of 14 single-family homes and 12 duplexes, all affordable rentals. As MHProNews has learned from, the units are energy efficient and include appliances, vinyl double hung windows and Energy Star lighting. The single-family homes have either two or three bedrooms and 1,400 to 1,500 square feet. All the dwellings include a basement and single car garage, and are built in a style reminiscent of the turn of the original neighborhood. Said Penrose Architect, Steven Flum, “We worked closely with Champion and Star Development to ensure the new homes resembled the existing turn of the century style of the old neighborhood. We find it deeply gratifying to be part of a project of this caliber and to work with two companies that prioritize the needs of the neighborhood in conjunction with business goals.” The neighborhood has a strong focus on Detroit’s urban farming initiative in its attempt to restore a sense of community. Champion Homebuilders manufactures factory-built structures at 30 facilities in the U. S., Canada, and the United Kingdom.

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Personnel Changes Inside the Beltway

November 14th, 2012 Comments off

HousingWire reports Raj Date, deputy director at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will be leaving his post next year. As industry expert and consumer advocate, Date was the acting director from the inception of the agency in July 2011 until Richard Cordray took over the position. Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) CEO David Stevens says Date was beneficial to the industry and the CFPB, and hopes Date is replaced with someone of equal caliber and ability. Meanwhile, leadership changes in Congress could have a large impact on the housing industry. The Senate Banking Committee has 12 Democrats and 10 Republicans with two Democrat spots open. Will Elizabeth Warren, the engineer of the CFPB, sit on this committee? Stevens points out Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) could become Chairman of the powerful House Financial Services Committee, and Rep. Maxine Waters (D.Calif.) may become the new ranking member of that committee. As MHProNews has learned, Stevens does not expect much in the way of regulatory alterations anytime soon, but is concerned about a possible new treasury secretary and the replacement for FHFA acting director Ed DeMarco.

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