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California Offering Assistance for Low income Manufactured Home Buyers and Rehabbers

April 5th, 2016 Comments off

mh_wide_load__credit__moiFunded by CalHOME through the California Department of Housing and Community Development, the city of Garden Grove, California is offering First Time Homebuyer and Home Improvement programs for manufactured housing (MH) through Oct., 2017, or until the funds have been expended.

The First Time Homebuyer program is aimed at low-income applicants who are purchasing their first home. The applicant cannot have owned a home in the last three years, according to what oc-breeze tells MHProNews, must purchase an MH in the city, and must occupy the home for the life of the loan.

They also have to attend a Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) approved Homebuyer Education Program and qualify under the income requirements. The purchase price of the home cannot exceed $65,500. Garden Grove is offering free HUD approved, homebuyer workshops for anyone who wants to learn about the program.

Meanwhile, the Home Improvement program assists low-income MH owners in rehabbing their homes, provided the owner occupies the home throughout the lifetime of the loan and meets the income requirements. Additionally, all work must meet Garden Grove Municipal Code and Uniform Building Code standards. Minimally, health and safety standards must be eliminated. ##

(Photo credit:Matthew J. Silver–new manufactured home on the highway)

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California City Relinquishes Enforcement of Land Lease Communities

August 19th, 2015 Comments off

san_clemente_ca_mfg_home__realtor_com__$450,000__2_bdrm_2_bathThe Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has informed MHProNews that the city council of San Clemente, California is voting to relinquish its enforcement responsibility for the manufactured home communities in the city, and refer that responsibility back to the California Department of Housing and Community Development.

City council cited budgetary constraints and staffing requirements as the reason for returning enforcement to the state. The cancellation of enforcement responsibility shall take effect 90 days after the state’s receiving the ordinance. The city also agrees to send the remaining percentage of fees collected from the communities and residents to the state coffers. ##

(Photo credit-realtor–San Clemente, California manufactured home community)

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California City Reports more Affordable Housing is Needed

July 17th, 2014 Comments off

The California Department of Housing and Community Development awarded the city of Calistoga, California $46,073 to conduct a study of the long-term viability of manufactured housing communities (MHCs) as an affordable housing option. Three of the MHCs in Calistoga, with 556 homesites, are an important segment of the local affordable housing supply, but as their site rents increase, they are becoming less affordable. After interviewing residents of the communities, MHProNews has learned the Vernazza Wolfe Associates report concludes a rent subsidy program needs to be established to help residents who cannot afford their rents; cooperation and communication needs to be improved between the residents and the community owners; the housing stock, especially for seniors, needs to be increased either through rehabilitation or new development; since 30 percent of the homes have at last one veteran living there, a veteran’s organization should be contacted to increase the availability of rental housing for vets; and investigate possibilities for residents to purchase their own community as a co-op. For a copy of the study, contact Rick Robinson at the Manufactured Housing Institute—rrobinson@mfghome.org ##

(Photo credit: Arnaldo Abba/psmag.com-Pismo Dunes–senior MHC in California)

Manufactured Housing Community to Expand

February 28th, 2014 Comments off

The Plantation on the Lake manufactured home community (MHC) in Calimesa, California intends to exercise its option to build the remaining seven percent of the home sites to which it is entitled, bringing the total number of sites to 562, according to newsmirror.net. Forty-seven new homesites were approved by the planning commission in a 2011-2012 expansion, and this represents the remainder that was approved. MHProNews.com has learned the city, just east of Riverside, will collect fees for the additional sites, although building permits are not required because California’s Department of Housing and Community Development oversees approval of manufactured homes. ##

(Photo credit: Plantation on the Lake, Calimesa, Calif.)

City Imposes Unauthorized Fees on MHC

November 2nd, 2011 Comments off

MyDesert reports the legal division of the California Department of Housing and Community Development says Desert Hot Springs violated state law when it attempted to impose impact fees amounting to over $500,000 on the owners of Palm View Estates MHC. The city had assessed Palm View $7,000 for each manufactured home moved into the community as authorized by the California Mitigation Fee Act, an ordinance the state agency says cannot be imposed on an existing MHC. “The city has misapplied the intent, the purpose and the overall meaning of the MFA in an effort to extract $543,626.46 from the park owner of Palm View Estates or individuals seeking to install manufactured homes,” senior staff counsel Lisa Campbell wrote. The high fees have kept new residents from moving into Palm View, which has only 78 of its 118 homesites rented, and has prevented the community owner from making improvements. The city council had previously denied Palm View’s request to waive the $7,000 fee, and now the MHC owner intends to ask the city for $40,000 to be refunded. The state housing agency says cities can collect fees for building permits and inspections, but can only enforce zoning regulations and health and safety requirements in MHCs. Left undecided is how other MHCs may be affected by the ruling.

(Photo credit: Wade Byars/The DesertSun)

Malibu and Maxey reminds us some ‘mobiles’ are worth millions

September 8th, 2011 Comments off

Paradise Cove Malibu CA McClatchy News ServiceCalgaryHerald reports on a story MHProNews.com has previously covered, that even ‘mobile homes’ (sic) on the Malibu, CA coast can be worth millions.   Two gated, ocean-view communities in Malibu – Paradise Cove and Point Dume Club – struggled during the downturn. “In 2008 and 2009 people were just scared to death, even the wealthiest of buyers,” said Kirk Murray, a real estate agent with Pritchett-Rapf who lives in Paradise Cove. But these home sites to celebrities have rebounded. Sale prices at Paradise Cove reached $2.5 million last year, and at Point Dume a sale is pending on a two-bedroom manufactured home listed at $1.25 million.  One home listed has a stunning views of the ocean, more than 2,300 square feet of living space, a broad deck, two bedrooms and two baths for a cool $2.275 million dollars. California’s manufactured housing market suffered a 33 percent drop in sales and a 47 percent plunge in prices over the last five years, per the California Department of Housing and Community Development. Jess Maxcy, president of the California Manufactured Housing Institute, told the CalgaryHerald that these are ‘not’ mobile homes, “Most homes are never moved after the initial installation,” Maxcy said. Property taxes on manufactured homes are  about the same as for a site-built house on the same lot, Maxcy said. “The difference is in a park where you are leasing the land,” he said. “You pay the property tax rate only on the home. The owner of park pays the property taxes on the land.”  Tom Spencer, a retired commander with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, bought a three-bedroom, two bath home for $650,000 and he spends about $1,200 a month on his lot rent, water and electricity. Spencer said, “I couldn’t be happier.”  Paradise Cove newcomer Gina Carlson moved into her 1,500-square-foot, $645,000 home in June. “I took the leap that some people can’t get their heads around,” Carlson said, adding she wouldn’t go back to her previous place. “Maybe the good energy of Malibu brings out the best in people,” she said.

(Photo credit, Paradise Cove, McClatchy News Service)