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Betty Whittaker – State Association Executive of the Year; JD Harper – Jim Moore Excellence in Communications Award

October 2nd, 2017 Comments off

BettyWhittakerKMHIExecDirectorKentuckyManufacturedHousingInstituteLogoJDHarperJimMooreExecellenceCommunicationAwardWinner Betty Whittaker, is the Executive Director of the Kentucky Manufactured Housing Institute (KMHI). She was recently awarded by her peers in MHEC the manufactured housing industry State Association Executive of the Year Award, per a release from Globe Newswire.

Whittaker is a 20-plus year manufactured housing industry veteran.  Her efforts helped assure the passage of a bill that allows a manufactured home to be severed from the land, and allow a new title to be obtained for that home.

That new law became effective in July 2017.

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Whittaker also worked with her state’s governor’s office and other groups to lobby for sales tax reform for manufactured housing.  Her efforts, in conjunction with KMHI members, led to change regulations that eliminated water testing requirements for communities that sub-meter.

Jim Moore Excellence in Communications Award

JD Harper and the Arkansas Manufactured Housing Association (AMHA) were  honored by receiving from their peers the Jim Moore Excellence in Communications Award.

The award is named for the late executive director of the Pennsylvania Manufactured Housing Association (PMHA), who was known for his commitment to industry communications.

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The AMHA created a video series to educate consumers and dispel myths, misconceptions, and stereotypes about modern manufactured homes.

The video series has been featured here on the Daily Business News on MHProNews and on MHLivingNews, at this link here.

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MHProNews congregates them and Richard “Dick” Ernst for being awarded the Totaro Award for lifetime service to the industry in the finance field. This publication and others supported Ernst for the award for some time, an honor for the president of Financial Marketing Associates that was long overdue. ## (News, commentary.)

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Marty Lavin, JD – Dodd-Frank, CFPB Manufactured Home Regulations Impact on Owners, Businesses

September 22nd, 2015 Comments off

MartyLavinCFPBManufacturedHomeLendingRegulationsVideoInsideMH-ManufacturedHousingProNews-com-5 years after its passage, Dodd-Frank remains one of the hotly contested legacies of the Obama Administration. Supporters of the law believe that it provides important consumer protections. Others point to facts suggesting CFPB over-reach with respect to manufactured housing chattel – or personal property, “home-only loans” – are creating a Renters Nation.”

Into the hotly contested debate over The Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act – HR 650 and S 682 – is a newly released Inside MH video interview with attorney Marty Lavin.

Lavin’s background includes taking consumer advocacy positions, while maintaining his status as an expert on manufactured home finance.

In this in depth interview, Lavin is asked about such hot-button topics as:

  • Is Manufactured Home Lending Predatory?
  • Is Fraud and Abuse of Customers Prevalent in MH Retail Today?
  • What is the impact of CFPB regulations on the values of an estimated 4 million manufactured home owners living in 1.7 million MHs in the U.S.?
  • What is the impact of the CFPB’s MLO rule on manufactured home shoppers and sellers?

The PBS Newshour is said to be ‘holding’ video interviews of its own, that informed sources suggest to MHProNews will be slanted against the MH industry’s positions.

Sources have advised the Daily Business News that the PBS interviews by Stephen Fee could be released 10 days before any Senate floor debate. While MH lending consultant Dick Ernst was asked to represent the views of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), sources suggest that the Gwen Ifill interview about OZY Media’s take on manufactured housing could be an important clue as to how those reports will be slanted.

Manufactured home personal property financing – which Fee and others in the media mislabel as ‘mobile home loans’ – will likely come to the forefront, as a Senate vote on a bill that includes the language of S 682 is expected to come up for a vote this fall. Fee has not yet responded to our contact for comments.

PBS’ MH lending focused videos, along with other media reports expected in the run-up to the fall Sentate debate and vote, could make this exclusive Inside MH video interview with Marty Lavin an important part of the discussion, as it takes an in-depth look at the MH loan issue.

A detailed list of other resources on the manufactured home lending topic are found at this link here. ##

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