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Frank Rolfe, Bob Crawford Video Comments on Current and New MH Association

June 13th, 2016 Comments off

Bob_Crawford_and_Frank_RolfeIn a video presentation, Frank Rolfe, a partner with Dave Reynolds in Mobile Home University, RV Horizons and MHP Funds, says he can call his congressional representative in Missouri and find out the chances of legislation passing that could positively affect the manufactured home industry, like altering Dodd-Frank.

Since it is often a one or two percent chance, Rolfe says Congress is like a business, and unless it is a hot-button issue, it is not likely to be changed, as MHProNews understands. He says everybody in the (MH) industry knows that Dodd-Frank is screwed up. If the party in the White House changes, there is a chance that many regulations will be repealed and perhaps that will include changes to Dodd-Frank. Other than that, based on feedback from his congressman, he has rather lost hope for a change.

Bob Crawford, the right hand man for industry legend Dick Moore, said Dodd-Frank was an overreaction on the part of the government, and while he does not envision Dodd-Frank being eliminated totally, he echoes Rolfe’s view that a change in the White House and the retention of incumbents could lead to some changes to the Act.

He says it will take a grass-roots effort for everyone to put pressure on their Representatives and Senators to make the needed changes because it is not in the interest of anyone in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to change.

Crawford says there has long been discussion about a post production national organization that represents retailers and community owners that could bring focus to this issue with representatives in Washington. He says the state associations do a good job looking out for their constituency, but they have to be nice to their representatives in trying to get rulings that benefit the industry and their particular issues.

Crawford envisions the new association as being more able to try and convince lawmakers of the need for change. “It is something that is sorely needed by this industry, and I would line up behind the first person who would take on this position,” he says.

Frank Rolfe says since the housing bubble in 2008 and the ensuing Dodd-Frank/CFPB debacle, he anticipates state associations will be more active in taking on community owner issues.

For the full interview, click here. ##

(Photo credit: MHProNews-Bob Crawford, left, and Frank Rolfe)

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MHI Develops Easy Congressional Advocacy Method

April 21st, 2014 Comments off

Nathan Smith, Chairman of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), tells MHProNews the MHI Government Relations staff, Jason Boehlert and Rick Robinson, have developed a new website to facilitate contacting members of Congress about issues, as well as to learn more about the various issues that impact the manufactured home industry. With “just four clicks,” as Nathan says, you can tweet or email a pre-written message regarding your choice of issues to your congressional representative. The goal is to greatly increase the number the number of contacts with Congress. Also you can connect with MHI’s Twitter and Facebook accounts. For a quick read, please click here. ##

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President Obama Discusses the U. S. Housing Market

August 7th, 2013 Comments off

In a session with Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff, President Obama fielded housing-related questions coming in via social media. Noting the recession and corresponding drop in home values was unlike anything seen in many years, he said refinancing could save homeowners $3,000 a year, although the housing market, while recovering, remains soft. He said despite interest rates continuing their upward trend as the economy improves, there is a lot of pent-up demand for homes which will play out soon. While suggesting that Republicans and Democrats should get together to support the Home Affordable Refinance Program 3 (HARP), he also noted the long-term goal is to reduce the amount of lending being underwritten and guaranteed by the government, and encourage private lenders to re-enter the market. To help homeowners during the recession President Obama said the maximum home value that could be financed was increased. As housingwire informs MHProNews, he suggested listeners contact their congressional representative to support HARP 3.

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Manufactured Housing Institute Issues Action Alert

May 3rd, 2013 Comments off

The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has sent an urgent action alert to members of the manufactured housing industry to contact their Congressional representative and ask for their co-sponsorship and support of H.R. 1779, the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act. The bi-partisan measure would amend provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, scheduled to take effect January, 2014, that will limit the availability of credit for buyers of manufactured homes. MHProNews has posted the alert from MHI and a sample fax to send to your Congressional representative. For this and other supportive information, please click here.

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