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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.

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

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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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County Commission Tackles Tiny Homes

March 23rd, 2017 Comments off
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A tiny home in Walker County, Georgia. Credit: Times Free Press.

In Walker County, Georgia last week, the County Planning Commission took on a big task… how to regulate “tiny homes.

According to the Times Free Press, during a work session, the commission settled on some rules – a tiny home in Walker County should be no bigger than 500 square feet, it should sit on a permanent foundation, which includes an electric meter and a sewer line or septic tank.

The commission also decided that the homes should be restricted to specific zones in the county, with all of them being clustered together.

I’d hate for someone to put one of these things next to my home,” said board member Jack Michaels.

The decisions by the commission were just the first step in what looks to be a much longer process. They will need to put their ideas into an official ordinance, and then hold at least two pubic meetings to review it before they can actually vote on it. This process could delay the path from concept to law until the middle of the year.

While tiny homes may be all the rage in the mainstream, for planning and zoning offices they can present potentially big issues.

Some board members are concerned that a collection of “shanties” could pop up in backyards, or the homes could be abandoned, leaving the county on the hook, or be used by residents to avoid paying taxes. One board member sees the popularity of shows like “Tiny House, Big Living” and “Tiny House Hunters” as the culprit.

That drives some of this,” said board member Phillip Cantrell.

But I think all of us are smart enough to know, living in that, I’m not sure my wife can get her shoes in there.

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Walker County, Georgia, shaded in red. Credit: Google.

With confusion around state and local ordinances, local governments across the country have resorted to creating a patchwork of tiny home regulations.

Nearby Catoosa County says the homes must be at least 700 square feet, while Murray County requires at least 864 square feet in rural areas and 1,200 square feet in suburban areas. Gordon County restricts them to RV and campground sites.

Most of them don’t have a stove,” said David Brown, Walker County’s director of codes, inspection and planning.

They don’t have a washer and a dryer. They’ve got a microwave. They may or may not have a toilet.

There’s also the issue of taxes.

How will the tax man go about handling these things?” asked Cantrell. “Is it just a free ride? You move into these things, you get to live free?

As of right now it is,” said Brown. “As of right now.

And the “Wild West” feel around tiny homes concerns Brown.

There are no rules, some of these have no serial numbers. They have no identification. The only way we can do it legally, when we do find them, is to give them a serial number and put them in the system, like a mobile home,” said Brown.

 

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Tornadoes, Severe Weather Ravage South, Misconceptions Abound

January 23rd, 2017 Comments off
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Conventional housing destroyed on the left, reported ‘mobile home’ on the right. Credit: FOX News.

The southern U.S. was severely affected this weekend, as tornadoes and storms destroyed homes, injured dozens and killed 16.

According to the Chicago Tribune, a tornado blew through a manufactured home community in rural Cook County in southern Georgia causing damage and killing seven people.

The tornado leveled the park [sic] before dawn Sunday,” said Coroner Tim Purvis.

Emergency responders searched for survivors for hours after the twister struck.”

Purvis also said the community had about 40 manufactured homes, and roughly half were destroyed.

As Daily Business News readers are aware, officials, news agencies and the general public continue to specifically point out manufactured homes and communities – often identified incorrectly as “mobile homes” and “mobile home parks” – vs. site-built homes in damage reports.

On average, about 1 in 5 structures identified as “mobile homes” by the media are in fact pre-HUD code mobile homes.  They are routinely the ones that suffer the most damage, because HUD Code manufactured homes are more durable by design.

Where a storm strikes determines if more site-built housing is destroyed than factory-built homes.  See the related report, linked here. For example, in Joplin, MO, the deaths reported in 2011 were in conventional housing.

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Damage to a site-built home in Cook County, Georgia. Credit: Chicago Tribune.

As the video below shows, tornadoes, hurricanes and other natural disasters do not discriminate between site built homes, manufactured homes, apartments or any other structure. It should also be noted that properly installed manufactured homes that are built to HUD code are designed to withstand the same elements as site-built homes.  For an interview related on that topic with a former federal official, please click here.

Proof of Parity

Not far from the manufactured home community, Jenny Bullard, injured and wearing a sling on her arm, combed through the rubble of her family’s site built brick house.

All that remained standing Sunday afternoon was the master bedroom and parts of the kitchen.

It’s a horrible tragedy,” said Bullard.

But all this stuff can be replaced. We can’t replace each other. We’re extremely lucky.”

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Jenny Bullard picks up the pieces in her family’s damaged home. Credit: Chicago Tribune.

Per the Tribune, Bullard said she awoke before dawn Sunday to the sound of hail pounding the roof. When she went outside her bedroom door, a collapsing wall in the hallway knocked her down.

She managed to get up and found her father calling for her, trapped under a pile of debris.

She pulled him free, and they found her mother in the master bedroom. They escaped by climbing over piles of furniture and debris where the wall to their home office once stood. Their home was one of many.

A number of homes appeared to be destroyed along a road within about two miles of the manufactured home community, with cinderblocks scattered on the ground, and pine trees uprooted and snapped in half.

President Donald Trump said that he spoke with Georgia Governor Nathan Deal on Sunday and expressed his condolences along with his commitment to help.

Tornadoes were vicious and powerful and strong, and they suffered greatly,” said Trump. “So we’ll be helping out the state of Georgia.

An in-depth report that corrects the record on tornadoes, hurricanes, conventional housing and manufactured housing is linked here. ##

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Manufactured home builder expanding, creating 200 new jobs

November 5th, 2014 Comments off

manufactured-homes-ready-to-ship-credit=wikicommons-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-Governor Nathan Deal announced Monday that Live Oak Homes, a factory home builder, will expand to Broxton GA, creating 200 jobs and investing $1.4 million into the project over the next two years.

Forward-looking companies such as Live Oak Homes are excellent additions to our solid manufacturing network,” WTOC quoted Deal to MHProNews. This project underscores how well our existing industries are able to succeed, and I have no doubt that Georgia’s top-ranked business climate will help this company better service its growing customer base.”

We have outgrown our current production facility and feel blessed to have the opportunity to add this new plant in Coffee County,” said Joel Scholten, Live Oak Homes General Manager of Operations.

Live Oak Homes opened its first manufacturing facility in Waycross in 2007. They currently employ 200 at this location. The company says they have 88 retailers across six states: Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Mississippi and North Carolina. ##

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Georgia Planning Commission Approves Expansion of MHC

September 17th, 2014 Comments off

mfg home  credit mhpronewsThe Upson County Planning Commission in west central Georgia conditionally approved rezoning of a manufactured housing community (MHC) to allow the community to expand. The 51-acre site has been zoned legal nonconforming for single-family residential, but did not allow any new manufactured homes to come in, nor be replaced if damage to a home exceeded 50 percent. Owner Cheri Joiner wants to change the zoning to P-R residential development and then sell the property, according to thomastontimes.com. The planning commission’s conditions for approval include paving additional roads; paving resident and guest parking and pedestrian access walkways; and mapping common open space into the master plan. In addition, any changes to the road fronting the community will have to meet P-R zoning standards. MHProNews understands the request, with conditions, will now go before the Upson County Board of Commission. ##

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Home Prices at 2002 Levels

March 8th, 2012 Comments off

Home Prices Frozen at 2002 Levels Eric Miller Photo Houses PittsburghFrom Housingwire.com, MHProNews.com learns that after the sixth consecutive decline in January, home prices are at comparative levels to those a decade ago. The information comes from data insight provided by CoreLogic. Home price fell 3.1 percent in January from a year earlier and dipped 1 percent from December. Depriciation is not accross the board, however. States experiencing appreciation according to the report include South Dakota, North Dakota, West Virginia, Montana and Michigan. States with the most depreciation include Illinois, Nevada, Delaware, Alabama, and Georgia.

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Index Shows U.S. Home Prices Declined 0.8 Percent to Late 2002

January 11th, 2012 Comments off

For Sale Sign Photo by Eric MillerLender Processing Services, a leading provider of technology, data and analytics for the mortgage and real estate industries, announced this week that according to its research the national average home price for transactions during October 2011 was $200,000 – a decline of 0.8 percent during the month relative to September, reaching a price level not seen since October of 2002. “While Michigan continues to show notable improvements in home prices, with significant price increases each month this year, Georgia is emerging as the region with the greatest difficulty recovering from the home-price meltdown,” observed Kyle Lundstedt, managing director for LPS Applied Analytics. This is the fifth consecutive month of decreases in prices. Higher-priced homes had somewhat smaller declines: 0.8 percent for the top 20 percent of homes (prices above $314,000), compared to 0.9 percent for the bottom 20 percent (below $101,000). The highest-priced homes, representing the top 1 percent (prices above $844,000), declined 0.7 percent.

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Home Prices Continue Downward

January 10th, 2012 Comments off

According to CoreLogic’s Home Price Index, home prices for November 2011 fell 4.3 percent compared to November 2010. For the fourth consecutive month in a row home prices declined, falling 1.4 percent October to November, 2011. Mark Fleming, CoreLogic’s chief economist, is quoted in HousingWire saying, “With one month of data left to report, it appears that the healthy, non-distressed market will be very modestly down in 2011. Distressed sales continue to put downward pressure on prices, and is a factor that must be addressed in 2012 for a housing recovery to become a reality.” When including distressed sales, the five top states where home prices appreciated the most are Vermont, South Carolina, District of Columbia, Nebraska, and New York. States with the highest depreciation rates include Nevada, Illinois, Minnesota, Georgia, and Ohio. The depreciation rates in the worst states were, in some cases, five times the appreciation rate in the states with the most gains.

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Student Housing Developer wants Missouri MHC

November 2nd, 2011 Comments off

The ColumbiaMissourian reports the Columbia Regency Mobile Home Park has notified residents the community will close Feb. 29, following the owners request to rezone the property for apartments. Aspen Heights, which submitted plans for the apartments, says it will buy the property from Regency of Missouri only if the land can be rezoned. The planning and zoning commission voted unanimously to recommend to city council that the request be denied because it would effectively force the eviction of all the residents of this 278 homesite community. Aspen has offered six months for the residents to move as well as $1,200 relocation expense for each of the homes. City Councilwoman Barbra Hoppe says it is not a done deal, and she is seeking another buyer who will maintain the property as an LLC and keep the zoning for manufactured homes. Mid-Missouri Legal Services attorney Michael Carney, who offered his services to residents who qualify financially, says rents still need to be paid to avoid eviction, and leases that extend beyond the closing date will need to be honored. The rezoning request and Aspen Heights development plans will be before the City Council Nov. 21. Aspen has Colorado-style student housing in Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, and Georgia.

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August defaults up 33%, Foreclosure wave rising

September 16th, 2011 Comments off

bank_foreclosures_sign_wikimedia_commonsYahoo!Finance reports a new wave of foreclosure is expected, as the number of  U.S. homes that received an initial default notice – the first step in the foreclosure process – jumped 33 percent in August from July, per RealtyTrac. “This is really the first time we’ve seen a significant increase in the number of new foreclosure actions,” said Rick Sharga, a senior vice president at RealtyTrac. “It’s still possible this is a blip, but I think it’s much more likely we’re seeing the beginning of a trend here.” Foreclosure activity slowed last fall after problems surfaced with the handling of foreclosure paperwork, collectively known as robo-signing. Foreclosures weigh down home values and create uncertainty among potential homebuyers’ that prices may decline as more foreclosures hit the market. There are about 3.7 million more homes in some stage of foreclosure now than there would be in a normal housing market, according to Citi analyst Josh Levin. “This bloated foreclosure pipeline now presents the greatest obstacle to a housing market recovery,” Levin said. Banks are on track to repossess some 800,000 homes this year, down from more than 1 million last year, Sharga said. Nevada leads the nation, with one in every 118 households receiving a foreclosure-related notice last month.  Rounding out the top 10 states with the highest foreclosure rate in August are California, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Michigan, Florida, Illinois, Colorado and Utah.

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