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Local Crisis, and IMHA’s Joe Kelly Pushes Back on Overlooked Manufactured Home Solution

August 17th, 2017 Comments off

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I have no money for entertainment or anything extra. Every once in a while, I get a second job, but I just get tired,” said Brett James, 38, of living in east Des Moines, Iowa in regard to the high rental rates in the area, per the Des Moines Register.

James brings home about $1,200 each month from his job as a line-cook at a downtown Des Moines Marriott Hotel – and because rents are so high downtown he commutes 2 hours on the bus to and from work each day.

It’s a good thing I work at a restaurant so I can eat there, or else all my money would be gone,” James said.

Des Moines was once a thriving city for low-wage workers who needed affordable housing.  But in the last five years rents have increased by 15 percent, per data from Zillow.


The city of Des Moines, Iowa. Credit, Google Maps, MHProNews.

Now, 44 percent of residents in Polk and eastern Dallas counties are considered “rent burdened”, meaning they spend more than 30 percent of their income on rent alone. According to the Polk County Housing Trust, the area is short 8,000 units of affordable housing for workers making $15,000 or less annually.


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Our demand for affordable units is through the roof,” said Eric Burmeister, who heads the trust.


Eric Burmeister, head of the Polk County Housing Trust Fund. Credit, LinkedIn.

The situation in Des Moines is reflected in many parts of the U.S. as, two recent Daily Business News reports have shown.

This Midwest City, Part of a National Pattern

The first was the “2017 Out of Reach Report” from the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), which found that market rental rates are increasingly out of reach for minimum and low-wage workers.

The Daily Business News also just reported that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has recently released their “Worst Case Housing Needs 2017 Report to Congress”, which came to the same conclusion – rents are too high for low-wage workers.


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Everything we’ve been building is market rate — and expensive market rate at that,” Burmeister said.

There are subsidies and tax incentives in place to entice developers to include affordable or low-income housing in their plans – which according to the Des Moines Register – are part of the reason city council members have not been more active in pushing for more affordable housing.

However, regardless of these subsidies, in 2016 there were 1,966 new rental units constructed in Des Moines, all of which went for market rates, per Hubbell Realty Co.

So far this year, only one low-income housing tax-credit has been approved in Polk County by the Iowa Finance Authority. A new development, The Libertad, will contain 40 units of affordable housing.

The rest will go for market rates, per U.S. News.

Meanwhile, River Hill Apartments, which was one of the last large-scale subsidized apartments in downtown Des Moines, was bought up by BH Equities, who plans to remodel and rent the apartments at market rates, per the Des Moines Register.


River Hill Apartments in Des Moines, IA. Credit, Apartment Finder.

Residents of River Hill Apartments are already considering the fact that they will likely have to move in the near future when and if BH Equities raises the rent on them.


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I feel like we already have our share of affordable housing,” city council member Joe Gatto told the Des Moines Register of the south and east sides.

Rental rates vary throughout the city – with some on the west side of Des Moines going for $780-911 per month, up to $1185 per month downtown, according to the Des Moines Register.


Des Moines city councilmen Joe Gatto and Bill Gray. Credits, Twitter, Facebook Bill Gray campaign page, MHProNews.

We do need more. But in my area of town, the places they want to build already have them. Building more can create an unnatural concentration and drag the area down. To add fuel to the fire, there’s also NIMBY (Not In My Backyard), so it’s a fine line you gotta walk,” said city councilmen Bill Gray.

The longer we wait (to fill the void), the more trouble we’re going to be in,” Gray said. “You don’t have to look very far to realize what happens when you wait too long.”

One Considered Solution is a Tiny Home Village

A non-profit called Jobba, whose goal is to support those looking to escape homelessness, is looking for city leaders to support and approve his plans for tiny home villages for those in need of affordable housing.

The list of volunteers for the project is growing as they search for a site to place their tiny homes.  It includes students from six local high schools and Drake University.

These tiny houses would sit on a concrete foundation, and amenities would be shared throughout the entire village.

Some of the homes will be shelter only.  There would be with shared bathrooms and kitchen areas, for the homeless in transition. Others will have bathrooms and kitchenettes – like a studio efficiency – which would rent for around $300 per month.


Joe Stevens, founder of the non-profit, Jobba. Credit, LinkedIn.

We expect these to be very popular, and that they will be rented the minute they are built,” Joppa founder Joe Stevens said. “Depending on the land, we should be able to scale up pretty quickly.”

While Stevens is certain that they will be able to find the land to place their tiny home villages on, Executive Vice President of the Iowa Manufactured Housing Association Joe Kelly tells MHProNews that “since there is no mandatory building code for tiny houses, and since a densely populated “village” of tiny houses would result in push back from neighbors, I don’t see tiny house villages as something the city council will embrace any time soon.”

Finding a More Viable Solution through Manufactured Housing

One obvious observation concerning the Des Moines Register’s story about lack of affordable housing in Des Moines is the omission of manufactured housing as a solution.” Kelly told MHProNews.

There hasn’t been a new manufactured housing community built in Des Moines in at least fifteen years.  The last developer to gain zoning approval in Des Moines ultimately decided on a different use for his land.”


Joe Kelly, the award winning, RV MH Hall of Fame inductee and staff leader of the Iowa Manufactured Housing Association. Credit, LinkedIn.

Other cities, like Amarillo, TX and more prominent cities like Chicago are turning towards manufactured and modular housing to create more affordable living opportunities. In Des Moines, based on the story above, it seems the option hasn’t even been considered.

Ironically IMHA pushed the legislature many years ago to pass a developer protection law for manufactured housing communities.  Governor Branstad signed the law,” Kelly said. “Essentially a city would have a difficult time turning down a manufactured housing development if land were zoned for apartments as well.  This law has been upheld by the Iowa Supreme Court.”


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It’s difficult watching a housing boom going on and not seeing our industry gaining a larger share of the market,” said Kelly. ## (News.)

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Flashback Friday – Political Obstacles, Reality Checks, Industry Cohesion and Successe$$

April 14th, 2017 Comments off

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Good news and analysis writers don’t begin with the punch line, but some rules were meant to be periodically broken.

Most manufactured housing professionals would far prefer not to deal with politics or complex regulatory issues. They are in business or working for a company to earn a good living.  That said…

With about 7 percent of the nation living in a pre-HUD Code mobile home, or post-code manufactured home, imagine a municipal council where 33 percent of their elected officials are manufactured home owners who love the industry. A place where the local Chamber has met and embraced their manufactured home community operation as an asset. Where businesses are cross promoting each other, including the quality, affordable manufactured home lifestyle.  Can you see how a very-real place like that would help professionals earn more while having happy customers?

That will be the profitable fast-forward part of this Daily Business News and analysis article.

But this being a Flashback Friday, let’s go back in time about three years, and then dot the i’s from that point forward, using precise examples and benchmarks.


There have been no mobile homes built in the U.S. for over 40 years. This is one of several topics that manufactured home industry professionals could be hammering home with public officials, media and potential home buyers. People don’t clamor to live in a trailer house or mobile home. But once home shoppers understand that manufactured housing is legally and qualitatively different, they often open up – and in many cases – make the decision to invest in a modern manufactured home. Share the article linked above to learn more.

Selected Flashbacks, from Three to Two Years Ago

The proverbial views from 35,000 feet are found in the videos below, which allows one to dive into potent examples of how things were then, as seen through the lens of the first 6 videos below.

Each of these videos demonstrates the positive, pro-industry stance of MHProNews, and how at that time, there was a reasonably good, professional working relationship with the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), its members and this publication.

Joe Stegmayer – Cavco Industries Chairman and CEO, prior MHI Chairman


Nathan Smith – SSK Communities, prior MHI Chairman



Rick Robinson – MHI General Counsel, Author


ICYMI – two of my favorite lines from this video:

If you like politics, you’ll love my books, and if you hate politics, I kill politicians.” – Rick Robinson.

 “I truly lived in a mobile home, in those days, my house was on wheels, and my car was on blocks.” – Rick Robinson.

Richard A. “Dick” Jennison – MHI President, CEO



Dick Ernst – MHI Financial Services Division Chairman, FinMarkUSA finance consultant



MHI President Jennison’s now famous, “Great Publication” video…



There are dozens of other possible examples, but the first obvious takeaway is that MHProNews and MHLivingNews have been pro-association: this has included MHI, MHARR, NFIB and state associations.  That doesn’t mean a blanket endorsement of everything that everyone at every association has ever said or done.  Rather, it’s a factual acknowledgement of the reality that in a complex American legal and political society today, associations can perform an invaluable service — one that especially smaller operators would have a difficult time accomplishing on their own…


Click image above if you’ve missed that popular report.

…so that businesses can spend more time serving the public and earning more money.


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Fast Forward

Today, the relationship with some of the MHI staff and the industry’s largest, and most popular trade media has turned frosty. Why?  Did that frostiness precede published exposes?

Why has the relationship with MHARR, several state associations, various companies and MHProNews improved during that same period? Are there connections between those contrasting realities?

This writer has an unfair advantage in answering such questions, because I listened and watched as MHI President and CEO Richard A. ‘Dick’ Jennison went from several calls and messages a week – just over three years ago – to suddenly, unilaterally stopping positive engagement altogether.  Those or other possible allegations won’t be the focus of today’s report.

By contrast, there has always been regular contact with MHARR, even during periods where MHProNews took editorial positions different than theirs. Isn’t that how it should be? The relationship with state associations has generally been cordial, warm, friendly, to good. But again, when there were differences, that didn’t keep associations or trade media to be in sharp conflict with each other.

The focus of this Friday Flashback is the reality that MHLivingNews and MHProNews have worked to promote items useful and beneficial to MHI, MHARR, other associations/their respective members – as well as non-aligned companies.  We’ve done so since our inception, and have continually done so for years.

NewManufacturedHousingAsPercentageOfNewExistingHomeSales2016CreditManufacturedHousingIndustryDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews500xSo as Dick Ernst said in his video above, when Tony Kovach in his role as a commentator has taken a position seen as controversial, it has always been with the long term view of the industry in mind.  Tony and the MHLivingNews/MHProNews team believe in manufactured housing, believe in the value of other forms of prefab and modular homes and believe that consumers and business interests work best when in alignment.

We as pro-Industry trade publishers don’t let push-back or negativity keep us from covering the good, bad or ugly. See the second part of the industry professional’s potent statement, linked below.

Need to be Pro-Industry, Pro-Consumer

The president of a national operation with numerous locations from coast-to-coast said the following to MHProNews yesterday.

They’re probably pissed bc of the old trade association mantra – you’re either with us or against us.”

The off-the record message was a mix of encouragement and that person’s own critical analysis of those who don’t see the value of offering balanced, independent, manufactured housing industry news and commentary.

Let’s deal with the realities of the business . . . and trust that the broader public and our customer base will appreciate the honesty and reward us with more business,” that president wrote. “Thriving industries at the end of the day deliver a strong value proposition.  Let’s focus on doing that!”

The number of MHI, MHARR, and other association members who actively read, follow. and support the analysis offered by MHProNews is growing, as is the industry’s overall readership of the industry’s largest and most-trusted trade media.

Recent Examples of Pro-Industry Activity, Which Aim to Advance Manufactured Housing

The following are examples of dozens of such interviews that spotlight insights which can spark greater interest by investors, professionals, politicos, and the home buying public at large.

Remember that teaser at the top? About the professional who now has 1/3 of the seats for his city council with manufactured home owners? Listen to that backstory, in the video below.

Where does the industry have strong upside potential? The next video points in a direction that will dovetail with the video above.

One more additional, new video will be added here in the next few days, please check back.




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Promised Update – New Video

Bombshell?! Programming Notice

Next week, we plan what some will view as a bombshell expose of what attorneys who have reviewed the matter have deemed an illegal activity.

Once published, MHProNews plans to hand the unsolicited, relevant documents provided to us over to federal officials.

Watch for that report. “We Provide, You Decide.” ©

Bottom Lines

There are a growing number of operations in manufactured housing that understand that local HUD Code retailers and communities could be growing at profitable, sustainable, higher double-digit or even triple-digit annual rates.

That would mean that:

  • as community vacancies drop, values would rise,
    • Retailer profits would grow,
    • HUD Code production and profits would grow,
    • More lending,
    • More insurance,
    • more transportation, more installations, more anchors, ‘skirting’ (foundation enclosures), more ACs, porches, steps, decks, other ancillary services, etc.
    • and for associations that get floor dues, more revenues.

The industry is well positioned for tremendous growth, but only if it honestly deals with the issues on the home buying public’s, mainstream media’s and public officials’ minds. To learn more about trillions in many housing industry opportunities, see the second report, linked here.


News has insightfully been called the first draft of history. We get perspective by looking back in the rear view mirror, seeing where we’ve been. We learn by stepping back and seeing how we got to where we are today. When driving that pickup, car, SUV or other vehicle, it’s safest and the odds of successful travel are best when we look ahead, check the mirrors on the sides and behind.

Cohesion is the best path ahead, where each party brings their particular skill and expertise to bear for the good of the many. ##

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Iowa MHA Leading Seminars on Community Regulations

June 7th, 2016 Comments off

Iowa-StateSeal wikipediaJoe Kelly of the Iowa Manufactured Housing Association (IMHA) tells MHProNews the free seminars for community managers/owners regarding the array of laws and regulations affecting communities has drawn over 100 members in three different cities.

Open to members and non-members alike, the next gathering will be Wed. June 15, 2016 at the Monarch Restaurant of the Royal Amsterdam Hotel in Pella, Iowa. This meeting will be hosted by Carol Oliver, IMHA sec./treas, and former IMHA president, Bill Peters, and is scheduled for 9 AM to noon, followed by a free buffet lunch. ##

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Repurposing of MH Community will be a Positive for Residents

June 4th, 2016 Comments off

Iowa__iowa_city_forest_city_mobile_home_court__andy_davis_iowa_city_presscitizenJoe Kelly of the Iowa Manufactured Housing Association (IMHA) tells MHProNews that IMHA members Eddie and Cheri Cole, owners of Forest View Mobile Home Court, are involved in a development project that will benefit their residents.

A multimillion dollar project proposed for Iowa City, Iowa on the current site of the Forest View Mobile Home Court calls for three hotels, several office buildings and about a dozen condo and apartment buildings, according to preliminary plans. The enterprise may take five to seven years to fully construct, says Justin Doyle, a partner in developer Blackbird Investments and North Dubuque LLC, which is a partnership for the development, as MHProNews has learned from presscitizen in Iowa City.

The residents of Forest View manufactured home community (MHC) would be relocated 200 feet south to hills that sit above the flood plain, said Eddie Cole, who is also president of North Dubuque. “Tenants have been the priority from the beginning. They’ll have bigger lots, and it’s going to be a nice development when it’s all finished. We’ll have new streets and new sewer and water lines, which will all be permanent,” Eddie Cole said. “It’s taken 20 years to find partners for a project here, and we’re really blessed that we found them.” Cole added the residents’ homes will be moved for them.

For the past several years Interim City Manager Geoff Fruin said the city has been in discussions with the Coles about redevelopment. Echoing Eddie Cole, Fruin said We made it clear that the relocation issue needed to be addressed up-front and that they needed to have a solid plan that the community could support.” ##

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Iowa Manufactured Housing Association helps Guide Legislation

May 30th, 2016 Comments off

Iowa House of Reps HR chamber capitol wikipediaJoe Kelly of the Iowa Manufactured Housing Association (IMHA) tells MHProNews that one of the last bills of the session that Gov. Terry Branstad signed, HF 2459, which makes last minute adjustments to state government funding, included revised language to prevent cities from filing liens against manufactured home communities where residents have their own meters and do not pay their water bills and other utilities.

On three occasions over the last 18 years IMHA has revised language to protect manufactured home community owners from the unpaid bills of residents.

In addition, IMHA worked with the ACLU Iowa, and the Iowa Coalition against Domestic Violence (ICADV) on HF 493 to prevent local jurisdictions from using 911 emergency calls as the basis for determining if a property is a nuisance property. ##

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IA Manufactured Housing Association Meeting around the State

April 19th, 2016 Comments off

Iowa-StateSeal wikipediaJoe Kelly, Executive Vice President of the Iowa Manufactured Housing Association (IAMHA), has notified MHProNews that he will lead a membership meeting Wed., April 27th at the Blackhawk Hotel in Davenport.

Although the focus of the meeting is on community issues, he will also answer questions about retail issues since so many communities now have retail licenses. While he has a video presentation that could take up the entire three house, he has pared it down in order to stimulate discussion among the members.

Kelly encourages non-members to attend as well. He intends to take his show on the road for several more meetings throughout the year around the state. ##

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Passages: Margaret Dubil

March 24th, 2016 Comments off

margaret_dubil__obit__mcginnis-chambers_creditWord has come from Joe Kelly of the IAMHA that Margaret Dubil, owner/operator of the Glendale Mobile Home Park in Bettendorf, Iowa has passed away at the age of 99. A member of IAMHA for many decades, she was very supportive of the organization’s efforts.

A world traveler and Gray Lady in area hospitals, she had a love of Big Band music and ballroom dancing.

Her grandson, Brandon Bedford is continuing the family tradition as a board member of IAMHA.

MHProNews sends its deepest condolences to the family on her passing. ##

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Manufacturing Housing Pros rallying Troops for More Financing Options in 2016

December 10th, 2015 Comments off

committee_on_appropriations__wikipediaWhile H. R. 650, the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act passed the House in April with bi-partisan support, the Senate companion bill S 682, cannot pass the Senate as a standalone measure because it would be vetoed.

If, however, it is attached as a rider to the must-pass appropriations bill, the president will sign it, according to Ross Kinzler, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Housing Alliance, who urges all in the MH industry to notify your congressional representatives to vote for this measure, which will correct the inadvertent powers bestowed on the CFPB by Dodd-Frank.

Joe Kelly of the Iowa Manufactured Housing Association (IMHA) reminds us that we cannot get much closer to relief from the onerous provisions of Dodd-Frank that hamper MH sales than for S 650 to be rolled into the large omnibus appropriations bill that has to be passed to keep the federal government from being shut down.

Even if your representative and senators have already voiced support, it doesn’t hurt to remind them again of the importance of S 650 as a policy rider to appropriations. He reiterates that conditions are always changing in the halls of Congress, we are approaching an election year and we do not know what may happen in 2016, so it’s best to do it now: contact your emissaries in Congress today.

Tyler Craddock, Executive Director of the Virginia Manufactured and Modular Housing Association, says “One click. One minute of your time.

MHProNews and MHLivingNews publisher L. A. “Tony” Kovach, echoing the words of other MH industry pros, says Ross Kinzler is correct, POTUS will sign off on an appropriations bill, but the MH industry needs to garner support for putting pressure on both parties in Washington to include S 682 in the appropriations bill.

While there is a two-year window for the legislation to pass next year, that is Plan B, which is much less certain. Kovach says, “If one-in-ten workers in our industry did that (contacted Congressional members) you could virtually guarantee that this rider would stay attached to the omnimbus appropriations bill, and this would thus pass this year. Passage this year means that next year, Joe Kelly’s right. We’d all be selling more homes as a result, plus our exiting home owners and lenders would be better off too!Affordable quality housing is a non-partisan issue.

Barack Obama learned community organizing as a young man, and used that to engineer two terms in the White House. The MH industry needs to learn that we as a community can use that same organizing tool to get what we want—not someday when maybe it falls in our lap, or tomorrow, which never arrives. Apollo Creed’s mantra from Rocky 3 is, “There is no tomorrow!!” Click here to send a message to your Members of Congress, now!

Link to Ross Kinzler; to Joe Kelly; to Tyler Craddock; to L. A. “Tony” Kovach. ##

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RV/MH Hall of Fame Honors Class of 2015

August 5th, 2015 Comments off

rv_mh_2015_hall_of_fame_inducteesThe Class of 2015 includes: (back row l-r) Paul E. Hanser, HWH Corporation; Bert V. Alanko, MBA Insurance; Joe Kelly, Iowa Mfg Housing Association; (front row l-r)Jerry W. James, Franklin Homes, Inc.; Bill Thomas, Bill Thomas Camper Sales; Marlene A. Sine, Marlene Sine & Associates, Inc.; Richard A. Mendlen, Manufactured Housing: . Not Pictured: Patrica A. Fiederer, Latham Oneota Homes; Sherman Goldenberg, RV Business Magazine; Robert West, Affordable Community Living

In a gala ceremony attended by nearly 350 guests and inductees, the Class of 2015 was inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Indiana, Monday, night, August 3, 2015. Before the ceremonies began, Hall President Darryl Searer addressed the gathering: I am extremely happy to report to you that your Hall has continued to improve financially for the third straight year and is now in the best shape it has ever been. It also is my pleasure to report to you that this year the Hall of Fame has continued its upward trend of improving its overall operations.

Searer also reported that the $5.5 million debt from three years ago has been reduced to $1.5 million, in large part due to the MH Industry Debt Elimination Campaign begun by Kevin Clayton of Clayton Homes as well as the RV Debt Elimination Campaign. Each campaign is committed to raising $1 million. To date, the MH sector has raised over $570,000 while the RV campaign is just shy of $100,000.

Furthermore, of the $600,000 the Hall borrowed two years ago to acquire David Woodworth’s antique RV collection, only $75,000 remains to be paid.

The Class of 2015 includes: Bert V. Alanko, MBA Insurance; Patrica A. Fiederer, Latham Oneota Homes; Sherman Goldenberg, RV Business Magazine; Paul E. Hanser, HWH Corporation; Jerry W. James, Franklin Homes, Inc.; Joe Kelly, Iowa Mfg Housing Association; Richard A. Mendlen, Manufactured Housing: Marlene A. Sine, Marlene Sine & Associates, Inc.; Bill Thomas, and Bill Thomas Camper Sales; Robert West, Affordable Community Living.


In addition to the inductees, Don Magary, Hall of Fame member and publisher of RV News, was awarded the 2015 Spirit Award for his dedication to the RV/MH legacy.

Don Magary receives the Spirit Award from Hall President Darryl Searer. ##

Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News-July 12-July 19, 2015

July 19th, 2015 Comments off

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Congressman Stephen Fincher is demanding Fairness for MH owners

Deer Valley CFO Steve Lawler Inside MH Video and Home Tour

Cancer Cures and Today’s MH

What’s New in Manufactured Housing Industry Professional News

The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform’s (MHARR) Mark Weiss documents low complaints with HUD about MH. Joe Kelly of the Iowa Manufactured Housing Association, noting the new legal interpretations of “disparate impact,” asserts the importance of hiring specialized attorneys to review MHC leases and other legal documents. More news from Congressmen, communities, companies and a mystery ingredient in new Chinese modulars. And much, much more, all found linked from the headlines below.

Saturday, July 18

Encore Wire Gets Buy Rating from Zacks

Friday, July 17

Fire Starts in Wood Pile at Modular Homebuilder Keiser

Mystery Ingredient in 3D Printing Modular Home

Universal Forest Products adds to Gain; Most Manufactured Housing Stocks Quiet

Homebuilders Confidence Level Hits High Mark

Texas Manufactured Home Sales Slowed in April, and Preliminarily in May as Well

Thursday July 16

Patrick to Discuss Q2 Financials July 30; Gendell Sells More Stock

Supplier to Manufactured Home Market Reports Profit

Today’s Manufactured Homes – Amazingly Low Complaints, per Federal Report

Universal Forest Products Spikes while Skyline Gains over Four Percent

Virginia Manufactured Home Residents could see Substantial Drop in Utilities

Senate Bill 1711 Provides for TRID Hold-harmless Period

Wednesday, July 15

Manufactured Home Communities need Specialized Attorneys

Skyline Loses Gains from Yesterday; MHCV, Dow Slip

Modular Alabama Homebuilder Sold to C3 Design

Council Set to Deny Siting Request for three New Manufactured Homes

Vintage Tiny Home Living Nearly One Hundred Years Old

Tuesday, July 14

Multi-section Home Production Rose in May

Deer Valley Corp. Plummets; Skyline Corp. Rises; Dow Regains more Lost Ground

Vermont Land Lease Community to become Resident Owned

Rep. Fincher: CFPB Continues to Prevent Access to Manufactured Housing for Millions

Manufactured Home Community Hit with Multiple Violations

Monday, July 13

Huntsville City Council to Vote on Prohibiting Manufactured Homes from City

Patrick Industries Advances Smartly; Dow Regains more Lost Ground; MHCV Edges up

Buildable Lots Shortage Indicates continuing Tepid Housing Recovery

Manufactured Home Community Resident Complains of Water, Sewer Issues

Sunday, July 12

Last Sunday’s Weekly Headline Recap##

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