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Manufactured Modular Home Business Plans New Location

June 6th, 2017 Comments off
Manufactured Modular Home Business Plans New Location

Cedar Creek Homes, credit, their website.

Bryan Crump, owner of Cedar Creek Homes in Columbia Missouri, is making plans to relocate his business to the 4900 block of North Baltimore street in Kirksville, MO.

Crump’s development and site plan for the lot will be considered by the Kirksville Planning and Zoning Commission at its June 14 meeting, says the Kirksville Daily Express.  The meeting is set for 6:30 PM that day.

Documents report stating that the site plan includes construction of a 2,000-square-foot modular office building, a proposed new entrance from Baltimore Street, a hard-surface driveway and 10 parking spaces.

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Local Celebrity

A radio ad about 18 months ago drew a public rebuke from someone who opposed Crump’s message. Danny Wicentowski mocked Crump in a column on the River Front Times on  Nov 25, 2015, for what Wicentowski thought to be a politically incorrect style of advertising.

But no doubt thousands cheered these same thoughts shared by Crump, who was commenting on hunger protests at a local university.

Effective immediately,” Crump said as part of his ad, “I will not eat after supper every night, all the way until breakfast the next morning, unless my wife meets my demands. I know this is drastic, and I’m scared of what this could do to my health, the popcorn industry and possibly the dairy farms from lower ice cream sales. But I must do this for all mankind. I’m starving for men all across Missouri.”

Not only is Cedar Creek Homes recognized as a leader in manufactured housing, but now I will be leading a whole new way of life for men in negotiating with their wives,” Crump concluded. “Maybe I can get the football team to boycott with me.”

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Image credit, Google Street view, River Front Times.

The humor is apparent, but Wicentowski clearly did not want to acknowledge it.

Cedar Creek’s website states that, “Our company is built on the principles of selling quality homes and providing reliable service. 

Our diversified home selection continues to grow by following trends, improving our quality homes, and listening to the customer.

Over 40 years of combined knowledge has established our place in this industry. This allows us to make a distinctive and substantial impact for our clients.”  Crump’s website says he’s a retailer for Sunshine Homes, and other HUD Code manufacturers. ##

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Matthew Silver.

Submitted by Matthew Silver to the Daily Business News on MHProNews.

MH Dealer Bill Passes House – What Does it Mean?

March 2nd, 2017 Comments off
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The Indiana State Capitol building. Credit: Shutterstock.

In the great state of Indiana, a bill recently passed in the state house regarding manufactured housing dealerships that has a rather interesting twist.

House Bill 1119 was passed 94-0, and it places Manufactured Housing Dealers back into Indiana law.

According to the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association (IMHA), State Representatives Doug Miller (R-Elkhart) and Wes Culver (R-Goshen) co-authored the bill that moves dealers from their “voluntary status” to one that is recognized in Indiana statute under the Indiana Secretary of State Dealer Services Division.

Previously, manufactured home dealers were considered in statute, when the dealer services division was under the control of Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV).

When the division was moved to the Secretary of State, dealers still existed but dealer licenses were only voluntary.

The IMHA says that the bill became necessary because the industry has drastically changed the way that it sells homes, and manufacturers are now requiring those who sell their homes to be licensed dealers.

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Credit: Manufactured Homes Directory.

In the past, manufactured homes were sold by dealerships with large inventories like an auto dealer, but now the vast majority of homes are sold in communities rather than from a dealer lot.

MHProNews has observed that nationally, the majority of manufactured homes are still sold by retailers, although the percentage going into communities has been rising for several years, often as rental units for larger MHC portfolio owners.

But in Indiana, the number of independent retailers plummeted after the 2008 crisis. For more insight, we reached out to IMHA Executive Director Ronald L. Breymier.

This legislation will only apply to Indiana, and yes, Indiana has very few traditional MH retailers left. The majority of MHs sold in Indiana are sold through manufactured housing communities,” said Breymier.

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As mentioned in the article, this changed sales environment requires state administrative adjustment to reflect the physical location of the ‘dealership’ selling from communities.

Those few that still operate as traditional dealers will still be operating in that fashion, but there will likely be different rules and regulations and requirements adopted to distinguish ‘in community sales centers’ from traditional MH dealerships. This is an initiative pushed and supported by our association.

Due to the evolution in business practice, Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson began working with the IMHA to prepare a rule that would reflect changes of this type.

The challenge that prompted the bill, however, was when the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) told the Secretary of State that dealers must be in statute before they can approve the rule. Therefore, IMHA had HB 1119 introduced to rectify the situation.

With the recent vote, the bill now moves on to the Senate Committee on Commerce for a hearing on March 9th.

Once the bill is approved, the Secretary of State will pursue administrative rule changes to modify the business requirements for manufactured homes sold by dealers located in manufactured housing communities. ##

 

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RC Williams, for Daily Business News, MHProNews.

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