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Former Sugar Plantation Sees Reallocation of Manufactured Homes

April 19th, 2017 Comments off

(Manufactured Home, Bulow Plantation MHC, credit: MHVillage)

In 1821 Charles Bulow purchased nearly 5,000 acres of land in northeast Florida, in what is now Flagler County. According to Florida Today, local historian Al Hadeed said, “The Bulow Plantation was one of the largest plantation enterprises in territorial Florida. It was very successful because its major crop was sugar. Sugar was very, very expensive and very prized. Sugar was also used to make rum, so it had a lot of different uses.

He was very successful, but unfortunately, that success suffered the fate of the Seminole Indian Wars. His plantation, like many of the others in northeast Florida, was burned by the Seminoles.” The Seminoles were in fact retaliating against the federal government, not the Bulow family.

Now, as the Palm Coast Observer informs MHProNews, 323 acres of that land has 276 homesites for manufactured homes and 352 sites for recreational vehicles, as well as 11,300 square feet of commercial space. But that distribution of sites at the Bulow Plantation is about to change.

(Bulow Plantation MHC, credit: MHVillage)

When it was established in 2000, it had been approved for up to 1,020 manufactured home sites and 350 RV sites, but a developer has received county commission approval to reallocate the acreage with 750 RV sites and only 600 MH sites.

Flagler County Planner Adam Mengel said at an April 17 county commission meeting that the developers of the Bulow Plantation Development “have these campgrounds all over the United States. They’re seeing this as a great tool to be able to bring visitors to our county. We’re hoping to encourage that.”

The change would see an increase in traffic on area roads but in line with what the county staff see as an acceptable level of service. In addition, Bulow Plantation Development has been ordered to establish a 20-foot landscape buffer between the Bulow property and the Flagler Beach Polo Club West. ##


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MH and Millennials: Finally Affordable

January 18th, 2017 Comments off

A home at Lamplighter Village. Credit: Florida Today.

In Melbourne, Florida, manufactured homes are getting a whole new level of respect.

From millennials.

The generation that is now attracted to manufactured homes wants all the extras and we’re giving it to them,” said Ryan Brower, general manager at Lamplighter Village.

Today’s buyers may be downsizing from a 4,000-square-foot home to a 2,000-square-foot home, but they don’t want to lose any of the amenities. They want more. They also want all the new trends.

Per Florida Today, while the baby boomers may be downsizing and interested in the possibilities of the new manufactured homes, they are not the only ones in the market for this affordable housing.

Millennials are making the move to their first house, and more of them are also choosing manufactured homes.

The data supports this.


Credit: MHI.

Statistics from the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) show that the largest group of manufactured home owners is now between the ages of 18 and 29.

Pricing also makes manufactured housing extremely attractive to millennials, with “costs anywhere between 10 and 35 percent lower than site built homes,” read the odd phrasing of the apparent MHI advertorial, given that the Census Bureau reports manufactured homes are half the cost of new on-site construction.

Where most would agrees is that when combined with the quality and consistency of factory building, there are often no discernible differences between manufactured and site built homes.

As an example, Lamplighter Village offers three bedroom, two bath homes with 2,220 square feet for between $90,000 to $160,000.


Richard Jennison. Credit: MHI.

The standards for manufactured housing are subject to robust compliance and quality assurance regulations, sometimes more stringent than those for traditional site-built homes,” said MHI president and CEO Richard Jennison.

The building materials used in today’s manufactured homes are the same as those used in site-built homes. 

Also attractive to millennials are sustainability, energy efficiency and technology, all of which manufactured housing delivers on in a big way.

Energy standards for manufactured homes continue to improve,” said Keith Holdbrooks, president of Clayton Home Building Group. “We’re constantly adding new options that can lower homeowner energy consumption for better, long-term savings.


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The Daily Business News recently covered Red Bay, Alabama-based Sunshine Homes and their NextGen tech for retailers and manufactured home communities, including 3D virtual tours. That story is linked here.

For more on how manufactured housing continues to defy stereotypes, take a look at our recent MHLivingNews features “Oh Paradigm Shift” – Million Dollar Manufactured Homes for Rich and Frugal, and Nine Revolutionary PreCrafted Tips on Home Buying for 2017, and Beyond. ##

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Post-Hurricane Matthew, Windstorms, Stereotypes and Manufactured Housing

October 12th, 2016 Comments off

Damage from Hurricane Matthew, Cocoa Beach, FL. Credit: Craig Rubadoux, Florida Today.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, a number of cities and towns from Florida to North Carolina are beginning to see the full magnitude of the storm damage.

According to Reuters, CoreLogic, a real estate data firm, estimated the storm might have caused up to $800 million in damage to property along the U.S. coast.

A story by Rick Neale for Florida Today highlights damage throughout the area known as Florida’s “Space Coast,” which includes Cape Canaveral and Brevard County. The Daily Business News reported on the area as part of its post-storm coverage here.

In his breakdown, Neale reported the follow damage numbers:

  • 10 homes and one Palm Bay business destroyed.
  • Damage to 1,379 structures.
  • Of the 10 homes destroyed, five were single-family homes – three site built and two manufactured or possibly mobile homes.

Hurricane Matthew damage, Bay Towers apartment complex, Titusville, FL. Credit: Craig Rubadoux, Florida Today.

The final statistic points and the video below to a problem that the MH industry is all too familiar with.  Too many don’t realize what this report and this video highlight. That 80% of the storm damage is caused by improperly installed add-ons.

Manufactured housing built to HUD Code Wind Zone II and III specifications and properly anchored, is no less safe than traditional site built housing during events such as hurricanes or tornados.

That box is going to be built better than any site-built home, unless it’s built to hurricane standards,” Dr. Tim Reinhold, senior vice president of research and chief engineer for the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) told MHLivingNews.


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Dr. Reinhold has made a career of studying how structures of all kinds hold up to wind, and his work at IBHS has shattered many of the myths about modern manufactured homes.

When it comes to the monster whirlwinds that exceed 135 mph, it matters little whether you are in an RV or a suburban site-built home. If you are in the path of an EF3, EF4 or EF5, you’re in a world of trouble, and climbing into a bathtub with a mattress over you may be your best last-minute option.

The good news, says Reinhold, is that 93 percent of the nation’s tornadoes are EF 2 or below. Nonetheless, site-built homes constructed to the national standard of 90 mph are not engineered to stand up to even these smaller intensity storms.

We were surprised at the relatively small price difference between Zone I and Zone III homes,” Reinhold says. “The industry has a potential market there.

When Reinhold and his team studied damage to manufactured homes after Hurricane Charley in 2004, they found “a big difference” between how well Zone I, Zone II, and Zone III-code homes fared in the storm.


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One of the myths that continue to be pointed out by the media is that the manufactured homes themselves are what sustain the most damage during these events. The facts, according to Reinhold, say differently.

One of the big weaknesses was when people used these thin, flat pan-types of roofs,” says Reinhold, noting that a flaw in the manufacturers’ installation recommendations caused the add-on structures to fail at lower wind speeds than they should have.

Last year IBHS engineers conducted wind tests at its South Carolina research center, where NBC News documented the impact of hurricane-force winds on a manufactured home with a carport.

In one test, the thin pan carport roof buckled and took the roof of the home with it, peeling it off and leaving the open “box” exposed to the raging simulated storm — even though the carport was installed to manufacturer’s specifications.


The more the public and media learn of our industry’ truths, the better off our nation will be. Photo credits, Sunshine Homes – Red Bay AL, by ManufacturedHomes.

It’s something they need to change their design guidance on,” Reinhold says. “It’s a physical reality versus a mathematical computation.”

Knute Chauncey, national sales manager at Tie Down Engineering, echoed similar comments when speaking to MHLivingNews about manufactured home quality.

When you build something in a factory and have a government agent looking over your shoulder and putting a tag on something that’s the least bit crooked — you would think that would be a better option all around,” Chauncey says.

Accessories, as opposed to the manufactured homes themselves, are usually the culprits of damage and inaccurately portray the home as the problem.

When combined with pre-HUD code “mobile homes,” which are not built to standards and have not been produced since June of 1976, stereotypes persist. ##

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RC Williams, for Daily Business News, MHProNews.

Submitted by RC Williams to the Daily Business News for MHProNews.