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Planning Board Reviews Manufactured Home Community Expansion

April 20th, 2017 Comments off

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In Belfast, Maine, members of the city’s planning board are reviewing plans to expand a manufactured home community.

According to Village Soup, the community is owned by Connecticut Property Management and sits on 22 total acres. The community currently has 21 homes, and the proposed expansion would create 31 additional homesites.

As a part of the expansion plans, Connecticut Property Management has committed to upgrading existing utilities, including water, sewer and electric services. They would also develop an estimated 22,000-square-foot recreational area with picnic tables and grills, which would be made available to residents.

The sewer system would drain to a private wastewater system pumping station within the park [sic], which would then direct the waste to a city-owned pumping station at the intersection of Congress Street and Airport Road,” said Tom Fowler, the project’s engineer.

The expansion will also require constructing nearly 2,100 linear feet of new road to serve the additional lots in the park [sic].

Fowler also explained that the expansion would impact about a third of the five acres of wetlands on the property. Maine Department of Environmental Protection and Army Corps of Engineers are reviewing an application for a permit to disturb the wetlands, along with one addressing storm water management. A decision is expected in mid June.

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Connecticut Property Management says it does not plan to develop all of the new sites at once, but instead will do it in stages.

Planning board members were generally in agreement with the plan as presented, and said that they would not require Connecticut Property Management to conduct a traffic study. No one addressed the plans during the public comment period.

The application is expected to face additional scrutiny at a future meeting in late May.

It’s been a long time – almost 30 years – since the city fielded a a mobile home park [sic] application,” said City Planner Wayne Marshall.

In the early 1990s, the state mandated that towns identify areas where mobile home parks [sic] are allowed.” ##


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A Luxury Modular Home?

February 27th, 2017 Comments off

A piece of the luxury modular home being moved into place. Credit: News 12.

Residents in Fairfield, Connecticut are being treated to quite an event.

According to News 12, construction crews are assembling a multimillion-dollar modular home in town on North Benson Road.

The home is so large, with 18 sections, that each of them was brought in and dropped into place by a crane.

The construction company on the project says that the modular process cuts down on build time, which in this instance saved four months.

Local realtors say that they believe pre-built luxury homes are a new trend that’s going to explode.

Oh my gosh, you’re watching the crane and the wires… then it’s like take a deep breath,” said one of the neighborhood residents.

We’ve been excited this whole time and we couldn’t wait for today.

PPG Properties is working on the project.

There’s an unjustified bias against a custom modular construction, but I think that trend is beginning to turn a little bit,” said a real estate agent on site.

In just a matter of hours, the site went from a foundation to a home in place. With extra trim work and appliance installation, the home should be move-in ready by May.


Credit: Revolution Homes.

As Daily Business News readers are aware, modular housing is becoming a more popular option at the high-end price level. A similar story from Florida is linked here.

For more, including the work done by Revolution PreCrafted Homes, where Eric Trump sits on the board of directors, click here. ##


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Modular Homes Still Rising in Wake of Hurricane Sandy

July 27th, 2015 Comments off

Connecticut_modular__the_news-times__autumn_driscoll__john_mcnamara_with_modular_homeMany people have likely forgotten Superstorm Sandy, as the third anniversary of that devastating storm that ripped up the Eastern Seaboard approaches, but in Connecticut, Westchester Modular Homes of Fairfield County has opened an office in Bethel, CT to continue dealing with the victims of that storm. As courant informs MHProNews, residents are receiving assistance from the government.

Company president Paul Scazlo said, “Our New Jersey branch started shortly before us, but we quickly began getting calls from Connecticut residents to help with their homes. It led into our involvement with the Connecticut Department of Housing’s Community Development Block Grant and the Superstorm Sandy disaster recovery program, which provided funding to victims of the storm, and we became one of the two authorized modular home builders for the fund.

The company has finished over a dozen modular homes ranging in price from 240,000 to $1.4 million, and from 800 square feet for a postage stamp size lot up to nearly 6,000 square feet, depending upon customization and the customer’s budget.

Much to the surprise of the state, they can complete a house in four to eight weeks, much quicker than the six to eight months it normally rakes for a comparable stick-built home. The company provides 3-D renditions of the home so customers can clearly see a model of exactly what they want. One customer, John McNamara, said “The longest part of the whole process was the application and forms from the town.” ##

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Modular Homes Dotting the Jersey and New York Coasts

August 20th, 2013 Comments off

John Westrum of Westrum Development has seen demand rising for his modular homes in the beachside neighborhoods that were devastated when Hurricane Sandy waylaid the coast from New Jersey to Connecticut. As new federal flood maps and insurance require homes to be elevated, Westrum, who up to now has been building modular homes primarily in Pennsylvania, sees the opportunity to build as many as 3,000 homes along the coast, and will open his first in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, Sat., Aug. 24. The two-story Cape Cod modular home, built in Scranton, PA, was assembled in 28 days. While many in New York City have yet to begin rebuilding, maneuvering narrow Manhattan streets with a 14-foot wide load may be prohibitive. MHProNews has learned from John Colucci of Westchester Modular Homes, Inc. says his business is up 80 percent, mostly due to the aftermath of Sandy, with many customers in New Jersey and Long Island.

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Housing Stock in Trouble Drops

August 13th, 2013 Comments off

In its National Delinquency Survey, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reports homes across the country in some type of financial distress fell in the second quarter to 10.1 percent from 11.6 percent a year ago. Nationwide the average foreclosure rate was 3.3 percent in Q2 2013, although Florida hit the high note for the state with the highest delinquency and foreclosure rate at 17.4 percent of its housing stock. Meanwhile, abqjournal tells MHProNews foreclosure activity is shifting away from the states that had the highest rates—Arizona, California, and Nevada—to the northeast states of New York, New Jersey and to a lesser extent, Connecticut. The drop in the foreclosure rate over all is feeding the rise in home asking prices.

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Zip Code Study: House Prices Continue their Climb

March 25th, 2013 Comments off

According to nationalmortggenews, Lender Processing Services (LPS) informs MHProNews home prices in January, 2013 rose 0.3 percent from the previous month. In its survey of 15,500 zip codes, the Home Price Index (HPI) rose 6.7 percent from January 2012. The largest month-over-month gain was 1.6 percent in Georgia, while the biggest drop from December 2012 to January was 0.9 percent in Connecticut. Prices in Phoenix have increased 20.6 percent year-over-year, and in Las Vegas prices rose 19 percent. Following the housing bubble, these two cities experienced some of the highest foreclosure rates in the nation.

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Weekly Apps are Up, Rates are Down

November 15th, 2012 Comments off

OriginationNews says according to new figures compiled by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), mortgage applications in New York and Connecticut shot up 60 percent for the week ending Nov. 9, while in New Jersey applications doubled. The first week of Hurricane Sandy apps dropped five percent nationwide, while they plunged 40-60 percent in the same three states. Nationwide, mortgage applications for the week of Nov. 9 climbed 12.6 percent, while refinancings as part of the business rose from 80 to 81 percent. Covering 75 percent of all mortgage lenders in the country, MBA says 30-year average fixed-rate conventional mortgages dropped to 3.52 percent for the week. As MHProNews has learned, that fell from 3.61 percent for the week ending Nov. 2.

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Senior MHC without Power

November 2nd, 2012 Comments off

TheWesterlySun reports the town of Richmond, Connecticut is providing extra services to the seniors of Hillsdale Mobile Home Park who are without electricity as the result of Hurricane Sandy. The town’s emergency management director has been delivering meals to the residents, and Verizon has re-established phone service. As MHProNews has learned, an ambulance is stationed in the community should medical services be needed, and the police make regular patrols through the area.

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August Home Prices Leap above Last Year

October 3rd, 2012 Comments off

HousingWire reports CoreLogic says in its Pending Home Price Index home prices in August rose 4.6 percent over a year ago, the biggest increase year-over-year since July 2006, but only 0.3 percent over July, 2012. When distressed sales are excluded, August home prices rose 4.9 percent over a year ago. Chief economist for CoreLogic Mark Fleming says, “The housing markets gains are increasingly geographically diverse with only six states continuing to show declining prices.” Single-family home prices spiked 18.2 percent in Arizona from a year ago August, followed by Idaho with a 10.4 percent increase and Nevada which rose nine percent year-over-year. As MHProNews knows, Arizona and Nevada have both had very high foreclosure rates. The five states with the highest price depreciation are Rhode Island, Illinois, New Jersey, Alabama and Connecticut. Says Anand Nallathambi, president and CEO of CoreLogic, “Improving pricing trends over the past few months and our forecast for continued gains in September bode well for a progressive rebound in the residential housing market.”

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New Addition for Modular

June 26th, 2012 Comments off

Virtual-Strategy reports as an alternative to assisted living for an aging relative, Connecticut-based PALS Built offers  handicap accessible modular additions attached to the primary home at a cost lower than that of assisted living. The modular units are manufactured by Practical Assisted Living Solutions, LLC. The newly appointed president and CEO of PALS Built, Alison Rhodes, has many years experience in safety proofing and home modification for children, seniors, and the disabled. She says multi-generational housing is the wave of the future.

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