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Panicking Manufactured Home Community Residents Turning to Rent Control Demands

June 20th, 2019 No comments

 

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Residents of a manufactured home community in Marin County, California are stressing over announced rent increases that will hit them in July 1, 2019.

 

Per CBS local affiliate KPIX 5, the sharp spike may cause some to lose their homes.

It is part of a trend that has been sparking headlines in various parts of the United States.  Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA-D), and a 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful who has been rising steadily in the polls.  Senator Warren recently sent letters to several manufactured home community (MHC) operators that have drawn national attention in the wake of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’s viral but errantly named “Mobile Homes” video.

KPIX’s report is posted below. 

 

 

Local media quoted resident Joan Dobkowski saying, More than half of us are on a fixed, retirement income, which means this kind of steep increase is not something that can be handled in that short time period.”

Because they’re almost doubling the rent when we sell our units for the new people,” Dobkowski said. “No one wants to move here. So, we’re losing our homes as well…we can’t sell them.”

Larkspur does not have rent control, though much of the rest of the county does.  David Levin, managing attorney for Marin Legal Aid, said “That’s something [signing a long term lease] the renters [community residents] are wrestling with right nowbecause they’ve been presented with a 5-year lease agreement and that could lock them into the rent increase schedule as proposed.”

They’re going to get less money or possibly even lose some or most of their investment,” Levin said. “In many cases, all these people own is the mobile home [sic].”

This concern is part of a larger trend in the industry, one that was highlighted by Last Week Tonight with John Oliver spotlighted.  MHProNews readers are reminded that in the wake of that report, before mainstream media reports hit, our sources in Washington, D.C. said they expected national blowback. A tangential topic that has tie-ins has drawn attention from several Democratic lawmakers, including 2020 presidential hopefuls. 

Rephrased, there are indications that issues like this one could get hotter.

Representatives for the Western Manufactured Housing Communities Association (WMA), the National Association for Manufactured Housing Community Owners (NAMHCO) and the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) were invited to weigh in on this and related controversies.  They have not responded as of 1:52 PM ET – but were also given an option to respond to our report once published. 

NAMHCO recently weighed in on another community-focused matter, linked after the byline and notices.

While not a producer issue, the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has weighed in on a related possible solution.  See that linked further below too.  MHProNews will continue to monitor this scenario.

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YIMBY, Amazon backed Plant Prefab Introducing ADUs, Product Video

November 16th, 2018 Comments off

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Treehugger says, “Yes in my back yard” (YIMBY), “Yves Behar and Plant Prefab introduce ADUs.”

 

California recently signed into law the okay for a broader use of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs).

The environmental focused publisher, says, “The reason prefabs make so much sense in the A.D.U. context is that the added construction is easy on neighborhoods and neighbors. It can take two, three years to build something, with all the noise and visual pollution. And wasted materials that come with that. But with the YB1, it takes about a month to build it in a factory and a day to install. It comes prewired with all your electrical, HVAC, appliances — everything is ready to go. Prefabs make it so much more accessible for people to add housing stock, and it’s so much cleaner.”

 

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That’s an argument that factory-builders know well and embrace.

 

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Lloyd Alter, writing for Treehugger, said: “…in the comments, the usual objections come up: $480 per sq ft is $200 higher than a conventionally built custom home with nice finishes. Good idea, but it appears there is a high premium for these ADU’s.” Or, “Yet another toy for the rich with no practical basis in reality for the majority of people, and only those who live in the sunbelt and in wealthy enclaves.” Or, “This is beautiful and definitely solving a problem… for people with money. Not sure how it helps homelessness or people with less money.”

Alter then goes through his reasons for rebuffing some of those concerns. For the general public, Alter’s points are okay.

But for modular home builders, or especially for HUD Code manufactured home producers, it misses the tremendous value differential between conventional construction and manufactured housing.

 

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It is a reminder that California alone could be boom town, for a visionary operation, with or without the support of a savvy trade association.

 

 

It is also a reminder of why MHProNews has lead the factory-built home trade media in tracking how big tech has been nibbling around the edges of factory home building in recent years. See the related reports, linked below.

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“Family Jewels,” MHVille Insider Tips, “Info Wars” and Omaha, Knoxville, California, Seattle and Arlington, and DC Connections

November 13th, 2018 Comments off

 

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A well-placed source said from inside the hexagon began by saying something in a series of messages to MHProNews that thousands of manufactured housing (MH) industry professionals know. “MH is a logical solution to the affordable housing crisis in our cities. Does not matter [,]1 they are typically run by liberals owned by unions and nothing will get done. I have personal experience in Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland.”

 

The first statement above would be rejected by some, but wouldn’t be controversial for many in our industry.

But the next two messages from that source will start keyboards to click and tongues to wag in locations such as Omaha, Knoxville, California, Seattle, Arlington – and Washington, DC.

The elite want the masses dependent. They continue the lie through Operation Mockingbird.”

The messages came to our publisher, as a news tip, and a third message from that source read: “I am ready to info war. Very sad what is happening. People living in old [,]1 cold dangerous homes. We [MH]2 are the solution.”

 

 

About Operation Mockingbird

MHProNews did what the well-placed source suggested. We researched “Operation Mockingbird.” 

Here is some of what we found. 

Operation Mockingbird was an alleged large-scale program of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) that began in the early 1950s and attempted to manipulate news media for propaganda purposes. It funded student and cultural organizations and magazines as front organizations.[1],” according to Wikipedia.

Also per to WikipediaAccording to writer Deborah Davis, Operation Mockingbird recruited leading American journalists into a propaganda network and oversaw the operations of front groups. CIA support of front groups was exposed after a 1967 Ramparts magazine article reported that the National Student Association received funding from the CIA. In the 1970s, Congressional investigations and reports also revealed Agency connections with journalists and civic groups. None of these reports, however, mentions an Operation Mockingbird coordinating or supporting these activities. 

A Project Mockingbird is mentioned in the CIA Family Jewels report, compiled in the mid-1970s. According to the declassified version of the report released in 2007, Project Mockingbird involved the wire-tapping of two American journalists for several months in the early 1960s,” says Wikipedia.

Operation Mockingbird was once classified, “eyes only,” is 702 pages of dry-to-stunning, and can be accessed from the linked image, below.

 

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The declassified Family Jewels report is found at this link here.

 

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The CIA reference for Operation Mockingbird was dubbed the “Family Jewels” report.  It goes without saying that family’s jewels are a prized item, so the name itself has meaning.  The CIA report includes, and is supportive of, the information referenced by Wikipedia.

The Washington Post is among the mainstream media sources that reference the Family Jewels document, so it will be difficult for other media to easily dismiss its credibility or the validity of the reference.

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As a relevant aside, the Washington Post is now owned by Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon. The billionaire Bezos has bounced between the #1 and #2 richest person in the world during the last year.

Bezos is also one of the 7 top billionaires connected with significant donations to the Democratic Party in recent election cycles.  That includes the 2018 midterms, as MHProNews alone reported in MHVille trade media, but a few others in the mainstream media have also reported.

Among the other 6 top American billionaires include Bill Gates, and Warren Buffett.  The top 10, per Forbes at that point in time, is found below.  The way their political contributions lean is from MHProNews, from third-party sources such as Open Secrets.

 

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The Democrats are not the same party that they used to be. Neither are the Republicans. Democrats have tilted socialist, and many say so openly.

 

The facts above are all support the thrust of prior MHProNews research.  That includes our Daily Business News overview survey from Saturday, which is linked below. It ought to be as no less relevant to MHVille professionals as Smoking Gun 3. ICYMI, see the weekend overview, linked below.

 

 

Affordable Housing, the Visible, Yet Mysterious Struggle for an Obvious Solution, Case Examples

 

When you carefully read that report, you’ll see where our MHVille source with the “info wars” comments and tips was coming from.

The challenges are troubling, tragic, but they are correctable.

But there’s more…

 

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Operation Mockingbird, per some sources, was never discontinued. So, while it may seem like ancient history to some, it is interesting that our “info war” source pointed to this specific operation.

There are other intersections between mainstream media, Silicon Valley, top Democratic backing billionaires, and government agencies.  This is all interrelated with Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and affordable factory-built housing, but goes beyond it.  Our industry and others are a subset to the challenges that “info wars” – significant media influence, or “weaponized news” – has.  It is thus relevant to our manufactured housing professional audience.

 

Keep in Mind  

Bear in mind that sources in and working with the Trump Administration have told MHProNews that investigations of Berkshire, Clayton, and related issues to manufactured housing are still ongoing.

Those federal and other sources to the Daily Business News on MHProNews have specifically mentioned Warren Buffett as being of interest in their investigations.  The existence of those investigations have been noted by the Seattle Times too. ICYMI, or need a reminder, see the report linked below.

 

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There’s more related to this news tip that will follow in upcoming reports.

But the above on Operation Mockingbird from a well-positioned insider source, and others – including from Buffett brands in manufactured housing – are threads MHProNews will continue to follow and periodically report on. Stay tuned, and make sure you see and digest the related reports, linked below the byline. That’s “News Through the lens of manufactured homes, and factory-built housing,” © and “Industry News, Tips, and Views Pros Can Use.” © ## (News, Commentary, and analysis.).

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That’s a Bear on a Roof in MHC Up There, Causing a Scare

May 14th, 2018 Comments off

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On the dramatic turned lighter side,  the Santa Clarita Valley (SCV) Sheriff’s Station Twitter feed reported a bear on the roof a shed in a manufactured home community, and snapped the photo above.

 

Deputies responded out to a mobile home park [*] in Gorman [California] tonight re: a bear on the roof. The bear reportedly tore through a shed looking for food. CA Fish and Wildlife responded. No injuries reported,” per SCV’s Twitter feed.

The following question was sent to SCV via Twitter, “Was the bear tranquilized and transported or shot to death? You can’t leave us hanging Deputy!!”

The bear is doing good. Fish and Wildlife responded and the bear escaped to a tree. They did not transport him, lots of open space for him to get back into the wild,” came the reply tweet.

First responders were praised for their handling of the incident.

SCV added, “Scary! Yet poor animal… I’m sure he wanted to hurt no one… he was just wanting some fish and chips.”

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Californians Addressing Affordable Housing with $300 Million “Robin Hood” Plan, Including Manufactured Homes, ADUs

April 26th, 2018 Comments off

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In response to the more than 5,000 homes destroyed in the October firestorm, stakeholders and county supervisors are pushing for a $300 million housing bond to be placed on the November ballot,” says Sonoma West.

 

The plan would include funds to upgrade or replace manufactured homes, or could be used for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), which are often prefabs or modular.

A survey indicates 71 percent of voters support the November ballot measure.

Other CA jurisdictions have passed similar measures. “There’s a tremendous need county wide for affordable housing,” Lynda Hopkins said. “After the catastrophic fires the need only intensified.Lynda Hopkins is the Fifth District Supervisor, and spoke to the Sebastopol City Council.

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Sonoma County is near the red-hot Bay area housing market.

Supervisors are expected to consider a formal vote to put the bond on the ballot sometime in July. The Press Democrat reports 5,300 homes were destroyed in the fires that hit their county, and likewise devastated other parts of the state last year.

Sonoma West says the funding would come from, an increased “tax rate of $19.53 per $100,000 of assessed value, with a term of 26 years and a assumed interest rate of 4.56 percent, according to a working draft of the bond,” thus the term Robin Hood tax, taking from ‘richer’ property owners, and giving it to others. 

Whatever position the county takes, wouldn’t a more accepting use of manufactured homes on infill and other sites offer a private sector solution to the problem?

Out of this came a desire for a cross-jurisdictional, regional approach to addressing our affordable housing crisis,” Hopkins said.

Supervisors approved efforts to place the bond on the ballet during their April 17 regular meeting. Later that day, Fifth District Supervisor Lynda Hopkins spoke to the Sebastopol City Council to encourage feedback and support.

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There’s a tremendous need county wide for affordable housing,” Hopkins said. “After the catastrophic fires the need only intensified.”

Sonoma County officials said similar affordable housing bonds in Alameda, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties have successfully been approved by voters. Hopkins said the county received positive feedback from a formal poll they undertook as part of the housing bond initiative several months ago.

In the poll, 71 percent of responders gave positive feedback to a proposed housing bond of more than the current $300 million proposed bond.

Out of this came a desire for a cross-jurisdictional, regional approach to addressing our affordable housing crisis,” Hopkins said, adding – ”This is in many ways a Robin Hood tax, where those with high-assessed property values are going to be contributing hugely to this bond.”

The county’s issues are a microcosm of what is happening in the nation’s most populous state. Housing affordability is perhaps the most pronounced in California. So on the one hand, it is encouraging to see manufactured homes being considered in this mix.

At the same time, CA is several ways, one of the more NIMBY – Not In My Back Yard – states.

As a consequence of NIMBY, “In 2016, according to the 2018 housing assessment of the California Department of Housing and Community Development, the state faced a shortfall of more than a million units for households earning between 50% and 120% of the median…” income.

If 1/3 of that million unit shortfall was filled by manufactured homes over 5 years, it would be an a huge increase over the 13,898 homes HUD Code manufactured homes sold in the that state in the 6½ years since August 2011 through February 2018.

It’s a clear example of obstacles and opportunities. The same needs exist in numerous markets from Hawaii to Boston, MA, or from Alaska to Florida. According to the researchers in the related report linked below, the choking off of affordable housing is costing the nation some $2 trillion dollars a year. ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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Tiny Houses for the Homeless, The Controversy Over What Happened Next

January 2nd, 2018 Comments off

TinyHousesForHomelessDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsElvis Summers crowdfunded $100,000 to build dozens of tiny homes.”

But as this video by Reason spotlighted for over a million viewers, “City officials looking to pass a $2 billion housing plan tried to shut him down.”

It’s a classic example of what’s wrong with the challenges that are in some ways made worse by public policies.

It’s also an example of the push-back – NIMBY – from area residents, who felt that their neighborhoods were being dragged down by these houses on wheels.

In deep-blue California, in one of the wealthiest states in the nation, thousands are on the streets.

A non-taxpayer funded, private solution was shut down.

A “39-year-old struggling musician from South LA thought he had a creative fix,” reported Reason. “Elvis Summers, who went through stretches of homelessness himself in his 20s, raised over $100,000 through crowdfunding campaigns,” which used professional volunteer contractors to built the humble shelters.

No doubt these tiny houses met no building codes. But they were nevertheless safer, more secure and better looking then the tents, cardboard boxes or tarps that they were built to replace.

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Troubling University Research, “Dying Industry,” Says MHI Member Exec

November 9th, 2017 Comments off

StanfordUniversityResearchMHIMemberDyingIndustryManufacturedHomeCommunityProfessionalNewsMHProNewsAffordable housing for middle- and lower-income families is drying up by the month in California,” opens an article sent by an MHI member company executive, in response to recent industry coverage on the Daily Business News.

The subject line in the news tip had two words in it, “Dying industry.”

It should be editorially noted by MHProNews that this publication believes, as does recently interviewed Alan Amy and others, that the manufactured home industry is the future, not the past.

See that 2 minute video interview segment with award winning professional, Alan Amy, above.

Further note that the Daily Business News has previously reported on this specific issue, with numerous on-the-record quotes from industry professionals, at this link here.

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So the data, article, senders comments, and documents shared below reflect the concerns of that organizational executive, and MHI member.

The well-placed source is concerned that the industry as a whole isn’t seeing the full-scope of the practical issues that confront it.

While meetings often reflect happy talk, and national shipment tallies suggest industry growth, this veteran sees a different reality.

Quoting, “Please I am not arguing I am sharing with documents. Like religion people have beliefs rooted in a foundation that may be difficult to prove,” read the emailed comments, and verbatim opinion as cited came into MHProNews.

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  • I gave you CA housing production…”
  • “…In 1954, “The Long Long Trailer” movie glorified trailer living
  • I gave you proof of Stanford Univ. MHC closings.” (editor’s note: see quotes from their research, that follows below.)
  • I gave you a recent history of HUD code production in CA.”
  • I gave you the local NIMBY attitude…”

It appears someone has a different reality? …Surely one can review the numbers and draw a different conclusion. Ask for proof of their beliefs,” the source said.

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That industry professional also noted that “Prior to 1995, HUD code was producing a lot of homes and CA. did not have a housing crisis as Stanford noted its decline from local zoning after 1995.”

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Beyond the data and comments, the organizational executive provided the linked research, from a Stanford University graduate student that follows the Google map below.

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Among the hardest hit are those living in mobile home parks [sic],” stated the Katie Kramon article.

DefiningSICinJournalismDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews-comKramon’s column was published by Peninsula Press, a project of Stanford Journalism. Only the graphic identified came with that article, the other illustrations used in this Daily Business News post hails from the off-the-record, MHI member source.

The Peninsula Press article continued, “In the last decade, 4,792 mobile home [sic] lots in the state have vanished from the map according to data from the California Department of Housing and Community Development, with even more expected to disappear.”

For ease of the industry professional’s reading, the SIC (a journalism term that means the technical or typographic error was found in the original, as shown) will not be repeated below, as it might get annoying.  The chart below is from Kramon’s research.

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Kramon’s research article continued as follows.

KatieKramonPeninsulaPressStanfordJournalismVanishingMobileHomeParksCAAffordableHousingArticleAuthor-PostedDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsAffordable housing is like the spotted owl or the tiger. If we don’t go out of our way to save what we have, then we’ll lose it forever,” stated Winter Dellenbach, described as the founder of the community group, Friends of Buena Vista, per Kramon.

Buena Vista is a case study of the challenges in saving the mobile home parks. For the last three years, the 400 residents of Palo Alto’s Buena Vista Mobile Home Park, located off El Camino about a mile from the Stanford Campus, have fought eviction and demolition of their homes to make way for higher-end housing for tech workers,” wrote Kramon.

Buena Vista has caught the attention of the Palo Alto community, as well as a community on the Stanford Campus — the Buena Vista Action Committee, a branch of the Students for Education Reform group,” the then journalism and graduate student wrote.

So far, $16 million has been allotted to saving the park from the city and a housing fund donated by Stanford University, according to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and an announcement by city manager James Keene. This represents only a fraction of what is required to prevent the park from being sold — about $30 million, according to student representative Molly Seligman,” per the Peninsula Press.

The plight of residents in Buena Vista is similar to those in affordable housing throughout the state,” Kramon said, “based on an analysis on the loss of such housing by the California Department of Housing and Community Development that was published in 2012.”

California is at risk of losing 57,000 federally subsidized affordable apartments through conversion to market rate in the next five years, 35,000 in the next year,” that report said,” per the Sandford journalism report

She continues, “Palo Alto is in Santa Clara County — the fifth most at-risk in California for losing affordable housing. In the next 15 years, another 74,000 affordable housing apartments are at risk of disappearing in the state, according to the report.

The city has very little land, and what’s left is some of the most expensive land in the nation, Dellenbach said. Buena Vista has four acres, all privately owned and more profitable without the presence of the mobile home park. Friends of Buena Vista and some Palo Alto community members argue, however, that places like Buena Vista have a different kind of value. “We’ve never known a dispossession like this in our town. It’s enormous, it’s unique,” Dellenbach said.

But it’s not unique — at least not for California, and especially for the Bay Area and greater Los Angeles area. Mountain View lost the most mobile home lots of any one city — 307 lots in the past two decades. Over 400 mobile home parks have closed in the state over the last 20 years. Laguna Beach, another notoriously expensive zip code, lost 294 lots. And much of the change is yet to occur. According to Evan Gerberding, director of external relations at the California Department of Housing and Community Development: “California’s economic recovery during the last year, while ahead of the nation, has been uneven with nuanced growth in coastal zones, and inland areas lagging behind,” leaving many repairs to the state of affordable housing in the Bay Area and L.A. far from complete.

In some cases, entire mobile home parks have been sold and then shuttered. In other instances, mobile home residents were gradually pushed out. For example, residents of Mission Valley Village in San Diego, a mobile home park for seniors, were slowly pushed out due to rising rent and decaying conditions according to a San Diego Reader article in 2010. Either way, the number of mobile home lots available for lower-income Californians has continued to shrink.

Some think this is just the beginning. Don Barr — a Palo Alto resident since 1990, Stanford professor and member of the Community Working Group involved in Buena Vista and other local projects — has noticed the disappearance of affordable housing, especially in the last decade. “Gradually, one by one, they (mobile home parks in California) are going to be shut down,” Barr said. “It’s not feasible financially to create new ones.”

Kramon draws to a close by saying, the following.

Top five at-risk counties for the disappearance of affordable housing:

§  Los Angeles County: 24,739 units

§  San Diego: 5,392 units

§  Orange County: 4,112 units

§  San Francisco: 3,997 units

§  Santa Clara: 2,380 units

(Source: California Department of Housing and Community Development)

And that’s all that Kramon wrote on this manufactured home community industry focused topic. Again, our prior report on the Buena Vista community, with numerous industry reactions provided on-the-record, is linked here.

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ATTOM Data’s Blomquist Spotlights Manufactured Housing Opportunities

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Potential home sellers in today’s market are caught in a Catch-22. While it’s the most profitable time to sell in a decade, it’s also extremely difficult to find another home to purchase, which is helping to keep homeowners in their homes longer before selling,” said Daren Blomquist, Senior Vice- President at ATTOM Data Solutions.

And the market is becoming even more competitive, with the share of cash buyers in the second quarter increasing annually for the first time in four years,” Blomquist says.

According to a report by ATTOM Data Solutions, the current tenure for homeowners is 8.05 years, which is up from Q1 2017 when it was 7.85 years.

That’s up from the 7.59 years average from Q2 2016.

With more people staying in their homes longer, and not enough affordable homes being built, the law of supply and demand is at work.  Prices for housing is rising.

While it is providing the biggest returns for sellers since Q3 2007 – currently $51,000 (26 percent) – it’s not creating the best environment for buyers, per RealtyTrac.

An ongoing issue in the greater Seattle area is a lack of supply which is aggressively driving up home prices,” said Matthew Gardner, Chief Economist at Windermere Real Estate, covering the Seattle market.

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The only short-term solution is to build more homes, but thanks to land constraints and construction costs, this simply is not happening at a rate that you would normally expect in a market like this. Unfortunately I do not expect this trend to change until zoning and regulation costs change, which is unlikely in the current political climate,” Gardner said.

Across Southern California we are witnessing concerns over housing affordability keeping homeowners in current homes for longer tenure, and keeping available home inventories low in supply.” said Michael Mahon, president at First Team Real Estate covering the Southern California market.

The Solution No One Seems to See is MH

Manufactured housing would be able to create not a short-term solution, but a long-term one, in the form of affordable housing for the nations most expensive, and in some cases overvalued markets.

With a lower cost of production, the speed at which HUD Code manufactured homes can be made, and the affordable price tag when compared to conventional housing, industry professionals know that this could solve a lot of problems.

So Why Don’t More Manufactured Homes Sell?

In the wake of the Daily Business News’ coverage of Donald Tye Jr. – and his pro-manufactured housing advocacy – he has been contacted by local real estate interests.  Tye says, “They’ve never heard about manufactured housing’s preemption.”

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That’s revealing.

It also demonstrates the work that must be done by pro-growth professionals.

Barry Noffsinger, John Bostick, Mark Weiss, Donald Tye, Jr., Sam Landy, L. A. “Tony” Kovach and a number other professionals have gone on record saying that the industry could be growing at far more rapid pace.

They say that 300,000, 400,000, half a million or more new manufactured home shipments could be achieved, in a sustainable way.

JohnBostickPresidentSunshineHomesRedBayAL-OurIndustryProvidesGreenAppealingOptionsWeeksNotMonths-DailyBusinessNews-MHProNewsProfessionals are asking – are there forces within the industry, that for their own reasons, are blocking that from taking place?

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Is the replacement of Pam Danner – and avoiding Danner’s replacement at HUD by someone like former MHI VP Lois Starkey – going to take place?

For example, in a text by Dick Moore Housing President, Bob Crawford, to MHProNews, he asks, “…is it just me?”  

Speaking about MHI’s former VP, he stated, “…Lois Starkey caught NO heat for [her] time at MHI until the recent flurry, and now she’s working with her BFF, Pam Danner.”
Isn’t that just more of the same?  Is she being groomed to take over for Danner?  Seems like Warren & Cordray,  in a very disturbing replay,” Crawford’s message said.

There is a clear lack of understanding of the manufactured housing industry by many mainstream professionals, public officials, the media, and the general public.

Errors are perpetuated by often inaccurate or negative press in the mainstream media.

The only way to combat such woes are for more industry professionals to speak out every time there are problematic reports in local media.

Yet the umbrella association, the Manufactured Housing Institute, routinely fails the industry in this regard, per veterans…and their own members.

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For years, we have wondered WHY there was so little pro-industry advocacy from MHI to government movements, proposals, rules, etc. that were [often] not in the best interest of this industry.”  Crawford said.

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…MHI – the industry lobby group…what’s with the concept of silence is golden? Negative articles on the industry are met with “no comment.” Positive news opportunities are met with “no comment.” I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Frank Rolfe, in a prior, related statement to MHProNews.

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In a recent Masthead column, publisher L.A. Tony Kovach reflects on the lack of response from MHI on a number of situations including …

  • their lack of a position on Pam Danner and the call to remove her from the position of HUD manufactured housing program administrator,
  • their seeming refusal to defend the industry against the on-going false claims of mainstream media,
  • their habit of misinforming their own members on a number of different issues,

…and more.

Even as we see the housing market improving in some ways – specifically those that benefit sellers – it does nothing to help more people obtain their goal of homeownership while home values continue to rise.

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What Blomquist’s data points to, as Barry Noffsinger’s recently indicated, underscores the opportunities for manufactured housing.  But it won’t fall into the industry’s laps, these industry veterans say.

Will cities like San Jose, and San Francisco, California, and Denver, Colorado embrace manufactured housing as a solution to their affordable housing supply crisis? Or is that unlikely simply because not enough people know and promote the value of this housing alternative? # # (News, analysis.)

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Another Manufactured Home Community Hit by Disaster

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In Olalla, British Columbia, Canada, a 55 and over manufactured home community finds itself suffering from the effects of flooding.

And, some residents say that the issue stems from lack of attention.

We’d be spared from flooding if they dredged that creek,” said resident Margaret Munn. Munn, along with other residents, feel the provincial government should do more to protect them.

According to Global News CA, resident Jim Stewart was forced to trek through his neighbor’s yard and climb through a fence to access his flooded home. Due to the flooding, he’s been put up at a hotel for the next week thanks to area emergency services.

The community also sits on a flood plain… and residents say this is unlike anything they’ve ever seen before.

A few of these mobile homes [sic] are wrecked right now, we’ve had it, they are flooded right out,” said Stewart.

The high water has flooded at least four mobile homes [sic].”

With the flooding, residents are having to decide whether to stay or go.

Mom called me up hysterically that the driveway is under water,” said resident Jamie Walker, who expressed concern about the well being of his 60-year-old mother.

It’s just the worry that the water is going to encroach on further property and create damage and more headaches.”

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Elef Christensen, representative and Area G Director for the area, pointed to heat as the culprit.

The snow is melting up in Apex and it’s coming down to Keremeos Creek,” said Christensen.

Christensen did not provide a timeline for cleanup, next steps, or additional resources for the community residents.

 

Flooding Impacts on Manufactured Home Communities

The Daily Business News has covered scenarios similar to the one in Olalla, British Columbia recently, including the case of Riviera Estates in Eagle, Idaho, where officials were working to pump water out of the community’s shed pumps, which provide potable water to residents.

According to KBOI, residents were forced to evacuate due to floodwaters that initially spread two to three feet, then several more feet in the span of one day.

They’re going to still have to release more water, more water means deeper flood water,” said J.R. Schooley, who is working with a family to move out of the community.

Deeper flood water means there’s a point where you can’t get out of here and that’s what we worry about the most, you get to a point where it’s two, three feet deep.”

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Manufactured Homes Repurposed in Costly Housing Market

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In a story that the Daily Business News originally covered here, the Village Mobile Home Park in Sebastopol, California is going to help provide housing to those who are at risk of, or are already, homeless.

Back in March, the city committed to invest $258,000 into the project to create a mix of affordable manufactured homes and apartments.

According to the Press Democrat, the community was purchased by the city 10 years ago, and has partially emptied out over time as the adjoining Laguna de Santa Rosa campground was closed and converted to parkland, with the intention the remainder of the property eventually be turned over to recreational use, as well.

But an agreement between the city of Sebastopol and the non-profit agency West County Community Services will utilize the community to provide housing to between eight and 12 additional people and families who are in need.

West County Community Services has also committed to provide a case manager and support services to any current or new residents who want help learning to manage and stabilize their lives, connecting them with treatment, health services or food programs.

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The idea, of course, is to help them move up and onward,” said Tim Miller, executive director of West County Community Services.

But they can stay as long as they want.”

But, even with the dollar committed, the project will still be dependent on the ability and willingness of charitable residents to donate eight usable manufactured homes, although four units have already been acquired.

Organizers say they are hoping for the donation of a used construction unit that can be employed as a classroom, social service office and meeting place for the community.

Then there are the challenges facing the city.

The loss of campground revenue and diminished manufactured home occupancy forced the city to operate the community at a deficit approaching $75,000 a year, mostly for site and property management, while considering future options.

Even so, city officials have increasingly been reluctant to do anything that would eliminate a local source of low-cost housing that has no emergency shelter, and happens to be one of the most expensive places to live in the country.

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The new plan is a win-win,” said Gale Brownell, a longtime Sonoma County housing advocate and member of the Group of Advocates in west Sonoma County.

While Brownell was instrumental in bringing the players together to develop the plan for Village Mobile Home Park, she gives credit to a Sebastopol woman named Darrin Batch, a regular at City Council meetings, and well-informed about city policies and budgeting.

She thought that was a terrible thing, given the fact that people were homeless,” said Brownell.

Currently, 65 people currently reside in the 18 home community.

And for 48-year resident Marjorie Wallace, age 90, knowing that there’s some stability is a huge relief.

Two of her sons, now in their late 50s, live with her. A third, who has cancer, is with her as well.

All are partly dependent on my Social Security income, so the uncertainty about what would happen if the park closed has been profound,” said Wallace.

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