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New Law Benefits Manufactured Home Community Owners, Residents

February 12th, 2019 Comments off


A recently passed law will soon help manufactured home community owners as well as their residents.


House Bill 381 will permit manufactured home community owner/operators to use a process that classifies a mobile or manufactured home as abandoned, and then will allow it to be removed from the community.

WALB dubs Darrel Ealum as a former state representative and community owner.  The following legislators sponsored the bill that became law.

Sponsored By

(1) Corbett, John 174th (2) Ealum, Darrel 153rd (3) LaRiccia, Dominic 169th

(4) Shaw, Jason 176th (5) Watson, Sam 172nd


Sponsored In Senate By

Kennedy, John 18th


The legislation was backed by the Georgia Manufactured Housing Association (GMHA), a source close to the trade group said.

Ealum said that “What this bill did is develop a very simple structure where the land owner and the local governments together, your cities, county government can work together get control of these old abandoned homes and get rid of them. Get them to the dump and have them torn down.”

What this bill did is develop a very simple structure where the land owner and the local governments together, your cities, county government can work together get control of these old abandoned homes and get rid of them. Get them to the dump and have them torn down,” explained Ealum.

That can keep vacant and abandoned homes from being used for criminal or other problematic activity, as well as will free up a home site for occupancy by another home.

The bill took two years to pass and goes into effective in May of 2019.  That’s this evening manufactured home “Industry News, Tips, and Views Pros Can Use,”  © where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)



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4 and 0 – Special Elections and Manufactured Housing – Clayton, Connor, Hamilton

June 29th, 2017 Comments off

SpecialElectionGOPDemsSpecialElectionMHProNewsI don’t care whether you are a liberal, conservative, independent or something else – the bottom line with this year’s [2016 presidential] election was simply more of the same or something new, different or unique,” said Tim Connor, CSP.

Jim Clayton told MHProNews that “my thinking is increasingly optimistic and tends to align with those Republican leaders who are creatively saving-face while migrating back to the fold – and to PresidentDonald the Disruptor.”

But reading or watching much of the mainstream media makes it clear that many feel differently than Clayton’s founder or those who support the “Donald the Disruptor” agenda. #Resistance, insults to the president, his supporters and our industry from those like Keith Olbermann – reported here – have been headline news.

Georgia 6, MSM and MHVille

For several months, the mainstream media (MSM) covered the run-up to the Georgia 6th district special election.


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Republican Karen Handel won Georgia’s special election on Tuesday, June 20th.  That win kept in the GOP 4-0 vs. Democrats in the post-inauguration special elections.  The race pitted Handel – who emerged from a crowed Republican field – to defeat a young, appealing-to-many Democrat, Jon Ossoff.

While manufactured housing is far from a homogenous group politically, informal surveys have suggested that the professionals in the industry tend to favor President Donald J. Trump’s agenda.

A New York Times survey pre-election in 2016 indicated that most “mobile home” [sic] residents also tended to favor Trump.

DefiningSICinJournalismDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews-comBoth MHI and MHARR have officially welcomed the Trump Administration, notably on areas where regulatory roll backs, pro-growth business policies are being advocated and advanced.


GMHA – the View of Handel-Ossoff from GA 6th


Jay Hamilton, Executive Director, Georgia Manufactured Housing Association (GMHA).

The New York Times and the DNC [Democratic National Committee] decided to take this election and show Trump was such a poor President that even a Moderate Democrat could win in a typically Republican suburban district north of Atlanta. Trump only carried the 6th District by 2% because this district has been slowly shifting toward the Dems for the last few years,” said Jay Hamilton, Executive Director for the Georgia Manufactured Housing Association (GMHA), to MHProNews.

All the [pre-election] polls showed Ossoff winning by a few points,” said Hamiliton, “but as it [the race] tightened up, the polls never [properly] reflected the change.”

Hamilton pointed out that record sums were spent, most of it from out-of-state. He noted the appeal of Ossoff and that he had many of the qualities that might have won Democrat.  “They were millennial hunting,” he with Ossoff, he said, trying to get someone who sounded fiscally conservative but socially liberal.

The GMHA exec recalled that “Handel is a very vocal opponent to abortion due to her devout Christian faith,” adding – “she left as Vice President the Susan Koman Cancer Foundation in a stink because she was encouraging them to not fund Planned Parenthood…” Hamilton noted one of the key errors in the Democratic strategy.

The “DNC made a huge deal out of how important this election was to them. They should have kept that to themselves. [They] Kept bragging about Trump was going to hand this to them. This brought out all the Republican voters as well as the Dems who voted for Trump to vote against DNC.”

Hamilton detailed several tactical and strategic errors the Democrats made, including: “They ran a candidate who could not vote in his own district that he was running in. He lives two districts a way.  Bad, Bad, Bad move as [POTUS] Trump would say.”


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What this leaves the DNC with is an 0-4 record, in some cases after having spent huge sums of money in a local race.  Early estimates for this GA6 contest indicate it was the most money ever spent on a congressional race.  Hamilton tells MHProNews to expect to see more of Ossoff in the future, as this is the kind of candidate the DNC is looking to win with.

NBC News’ Chuck Todd has said that while the president doesn’t have a clear majority, he does have a clear polarity of voters, describing his followers a the biggest thing out there in politics today.

Michael Bloomberg – who has considered an independent run for the White House and leans left – has stated that at this point, President Trump is well on his way toward re-election in 2020.

But the current GOP in the House and Senate may – or may not – fare as well, unless they get some key legislative items like a publicly acceptable repeal and replace ObamaCare, and tax reform done.

Democrats are still trailing in fund-raising, so given a mixed mood about the Congress, a plurality for the president and the DNC in disarray, the next 18 months are up for grabs. ##

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Squamish Over Vancouver? BC Tiny House Controversy, Leadership, MH Parallels

June 12th, 2017 Comments off

TinyHouseTravailsAnastasiaKoutalianosBCTinyHouseCollectiveCTVNewVancouverManufacturedModularPrefabTinyHouseDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsThey are described by Vancouver’s CTV News as small, affordable and illegal.

Their advocates don’t claim that they are the entire solution to Vancouver’s growing affordable housing crisis, but they think they are part of the solution, if they’re given acceptance.

And meanwhile, Cory Grandfield says that their home – custom made and perfect for them, is being forced by the city to move.

North of the border, just as has occurred in many U.S. jurisdictions, tiny houses face a fight.  But what makes this story one that tiny – and manufactured home advocates – ought to follow closely, is that supporters of tiny houses have organized to fight city hall, wherever in British Columbia that they meet resistance.

Anastasia Koutalianos, the co-founder of the BC Tiny House Collective, is advocating for Grandfield and for others in Vancouver with tiny houses, but is not finding the welcome mat out for them.

I think it’s really about having a conversation with the city planners and council and really showcasing there’s a demand for this housing stock,” she told CTV News.

But until that happens, Grandfield thinks he’ll park his tiny home in Squamish.


Tiny Trendy Among Several Manufactured Home Producers

While some are being built to the ANSI or HUD Codes, there are tiny houses being built by HUD Code builders to no code at all, which have been displayed at events such as the Tunica Manufactured Housing Show. What’s certain is that those who are producing them see the potential for added sales in a market perceived to have more positive media than manufactured housing does.

But the legal challenges for true, unregulated, tiny houses remains.

MHLivingNews and the Daily Business News have chronicled many of the tiny house challenges.  But what the tiny house enthusiasts are doing, is that a model for more successful engagement by manufactured home residents?  Given that a strict reading of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 (MHIA 2000) supports enhanced preemption of manufactured homes, should they be more accepted in towns and cities?

Stan Dye has said, yes, they think that’s what should happen.

Other retailers –  like Gary Adamek from the Houston, TX market area – have told MHProNews that zoning is a bigger issue by far than Dodd-Frank ever was.

Several state association executive directors aren’t happy about the lack of back-up for preemption of the industry’s homes coming from the HUD Code manufactured home program’s current director, Pam Danner.

Not speaking directly to Danner’s controversial command over the program, J.D. Harper focuses his comments on local officials.


JD Harper, Executive Director, AMHA, credit, LinkedIn.

I’ve told many city officials that I don’t believe that manufactured homes belong on every lot in every zone in every town – but I DO believe there are MANY lots in MANY towns which restrict manufactured homes where a factory-built residence would provide access to decent, affordable housing for working Arkansans — without having an adverse impact on surrounding property values or the quality of life in that neighborhood,” J.D. Harper said to MHProNews.  His full commentary is linked here.



Jay Hamilton, Executive Director,  (GMHA).

Jay Hamilton, the executive director of the Georgia Manufactured Housing Association, said: “The one issue that will prohibit affordable housing in the future — not only manufactured homes, but site-built — is local zoning and covenants.”

As noted, Adamek is among those professionals who believes that zoning for manufactured housing is bigger and more harmful than


Gary Adamek, Fayette Country Homes, TX.

the challenges caused by the Dodd-Frank Act. Describing battles with cities and towns in his state, “…some will simply pass ordinances that flatly prohibit manufactured homes,” says Adamek. “They don’t even have to get fancy about it.” 

MarkWeissMHARRPresidentManufacturedHousingIndustryDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsMHARR has long sought the enforcement of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000, as a way of unchaining the industry and creating hundreds of thousands of additional opportunities for sales every year.  They include a call for comments on changing HUD’s regulations, per a door opened by the Trump Administration which has already proven a willingness to scale back on business and job killing regulations.  Those deadlines for comments are June 14, at 11:50 PM.  MHARR’s message on the issue is linked here.

These are among the reasons that MHProNews publisher, L. A. “Tony” Kovach in his comments to HUD has asked for replacing Pam Danner in her leadership over the program, and has called for the full implementation of the MHIA 2000. Kovach believes that wishing and hoping aren’t a strategy– it will require thoughtful and routine engagement to effect the changes needed.

He also points to the huge potential growth the industry could enjoy, if the MHIA 2000 were being fully enforced, a call that MHARR has been making for several years too.

Comments to HUD can still be made, please see the article – with four easy steps to comment – linked here.

Back in BC…

The BC Tiny House movement has organized about 1000 people to fight for their cause. Can manufactured homes – with millions of owners, and thousands of more businesses, manage some day to do the same? ##

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New Production Center Opening; While Some States Struggle, Others Roll On

June 3rd, 2017 Comments off

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Yesterday, the Daily Business News noted the sad reality that well over a dozen states are struggling with low, flat, or negative new manufactured home shipment rates.

The obvious reverse side of that story is that many are rising, and some states are experiencing above average new home shipment growth rates.

One of those comparatively bustling states is Georgia.

Jay Hamilton, Executive Director of the Georgia Manufactured Housing Association, tells MHProNews that, “ScotBilt Homes, one of Georgia’s premier HUD Code and Modular manufacturers currently maintains a 16-week backlog. Many of these homes are shipped in neighboring states as well.”


The Augusta Chronicle reported, “A South Georgia manufactured home builder broke ground Thursday on a 128,000-square-foot plant in Millen, Ga., where it expects to employ up to 100 full-time workers by year’s end.”

Comparing Market Trends

There were 10 states in March, 2017 – per IBTS – that had 12 or fewer total new HUD Code manufactured homes (single-sectional and multi-sectional combined) shipped to them.

By contrast, in that same month, Georgia had 288 new homes shipped within its borders. To underscore Hamilton’s point, Georgia production centers shipped a total of 488 homes, a total of 817 floors.

Only 9 states that month topped Georgia’s totals.

Notable Scotbilt Pride


Jay Hamilton, Executive Director, Georgia Manufactured Housing Association (GMHA).

Mr. Sam Scott and Mr. Shea Jones are excited about the opening of this new facility, because not only does it benefit their customer base, but it also will employ many who were left without jobs when the former plants were closed due to the economic recession that began in 2008,” said Hamilton to MHProNews.


We want to be a long-term member of Millen and the surrounding community,” General Manager Dale Gilliland told the Chronicle.

Millen Mayor King Rocker, who doubles as the chairman of the Jenkins County Development Authority, called the Scotbilt’s groundbreaking a “great day for our community.”

ScotBilt is owned by CEO Sam Scott, President Greg Scott and Board Chairman Sherry Scott. The company now employs about 250 in Waycross. ##

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GMHA Moves to Historic Building

February 19th, 2013 Comments off

Jay Hamilton of the Georgia Manufactured Housing Association (GMHA) informs MHProNews his office has moved to an early 1900’s railroad depot in the downtown Historic District of Forsyth, Georgia. The Southern Railway and Central of Georgia Railway traveled through Forsyth between Macon and Atlanta. GMHA’s new contact information is 199 East Main St. Forsyth, Georgia 31029. New phone is (478) 994-0006.

(Photo credit: C. Jay Hamilton)

Grass roots industry Turn Around plan gains momentum

October 16th, 2011 Comments off

DeerfieldRun wikimedia commons posted on Manufactured home marketing sales management,,,“It’s obvious that our industry has to develop an Industry Wide Comprehensive Marketing Plan in order to gain acceptance at every economic level and in every geographical region from Coast to Coast. Having seen the MH Alliance plan, this creative approach can help us get that job done.” said C. Jay Hamilton, Executive Director, Georgia Manufactured Housing Association. “Over 90% of those who have taken part in one of the live webinar/discussions share positive feedback,” said publisher Tony Kovach, who states that “Community owners, lenders, retailers, insurance, service, marketing and association leaders are among the strong majority who have listened to, discussed and support this Industry turn-around effort.  More than just image building, the MH Alliance/Phoenix Project uses concepts advocated by Green Courte Partners Chairman Randy Rowe in a 2010 speech to industry professionals designed to get to the heart of issues hampering manufactured housing’s comeback.”  While the majority who see the plan support it, a few have questioned it. “A handful have tried to privately and/or publicly marginalize the effort, but a little research reveals their concerns are contradictory or personal agenda driven,” Kovach stated. An example Kovach gave of one of many recent webinar attendees is Lisa Tyler from Walden University. Tyler is a 10 year manufactured housing veteran turned MBA.  A marketing instructor, Tyler plans a doctoral dissertation on a topic related to advancing manufactured housing through an improved image.  Tyler has committed to an article with that would outline her professional reasons for thinking this approach will serve the factory built home industry well.  Or as Mountainside Financial manager Anthony Ducharme, has said: “Tony, I want to thank you for sharing a well thought out vision for our industry that doesn’t end in a calamity. I believe that the MH Alliance’s core tenants are the key to an industry wide revitalization; the focus on providing honest and superior value, design, and customer service to the lifeblood of our business – the homeowner – will be the foundation of its success.”  To learn more, go to this link.

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