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Video Interview Documents Quality of Sunshine Manufactured Homes

June 12th, 2015 Comments off

brent_bolding_and_LA_Tony_kovach_at_sunshine_homes__mhpronews_creditMHLIvingNews and MHProNews publisher L. A. “Tony” Kovach interviewed Brent Bolding, head of quality control at Sunshine Homes in Red Bay, Alabama. The interview documents the steps a manufactured home producer must go through in assuring the product is made correctly.

Bolding, a former self-employed businessman, now in his tenth year at Sunshine, says IBTS (Institute for Building Safety and Technology), a third-party contractor with HUD, comes in a couple of times a year to make sure the homes are built to federal standards. “A local inspector comes about every third or fourth day, depending upon our production. He does a report each week that he sends to HUD to let them know we are meeting the guidelines we are supposed to follow.

If he finds something that does not follow the standards, he can pull the label and stop production on that home until it is addressed. But Bolding says the company has been around long enough that that rarely happens. He says there is a check list for each floor that has to be fully filled out, and each house is thoroughly inspected before it is delivered.

I walk this factory front to back everyday looking for any possible violations,” says Bolding. “If I find something that is not right, we fix it right then, we don’t put it off until the next day. It makes us a better company.” As Kovach says, the goal is to make that home conform exactly to the order placed by the customer.

sunshine_home_employees_june_2015The sales slogan for the Packard automobile in its heyday was “Ask the man who owns one.” The same could be said of Sunshine Homes. The company CEO, John Bostick, the general manager and the line supervisor all live in Sunshine Homes. That speaks to the quality of their product.

Bolding says the employees are proud of what they do, they go above and beyond the federal standards to build a home as defect-free as possible. That quality assurance is critical to the HUD Code home buyer and to the overall MH industry. For the video interview, please click here. ##

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Sunday Recap May 31, 2015-June 6, 2015

June 7th, 2015 Comments off

Sunday_morning_recapIn manufactured housing news, L. A. “Tony” Kovach defines path to revitalize the MH industry, while one MH supplier picks new head, another MH producer closes, HUD Code production continues rising, MHC reverting to stick-built homes, Cavco seeks tax abatement, AZ MHC closing, Sen. Donnelly and MHI’s Jennison defend H.R. 650, MHC refinances, MH industry to target Hispanics, and Sun declares dividends. Meanwhile, students are active building modular homes, homeless gain modular container homes, stick-builder shifts to modular, and container mods become hotels in Canada. Minnesota MHA sets conference, first-time home buyers increase, and interest rates drop.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Magnolia Manufactured Homes Closing

Friday, June 5, 2015

Realtors ® and Manufactured Home Dealers should develop a Symbiotic Relationship

Skyline Regains Yesterday’s Loss while Drew Drops

Keith Anderson Appointed New CEO at Champion

Drop in Down Payment Signals Uptick in First-time Home Buyers

Sun Declares Dividends on Common and Preferred Stocks

MMHA Sets Spring Conference

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Turning Renters to Manufactured Home Buyers

Technology has Revolutionized Manufactured Homes

Dow Drops One Percent; Most Manufactured Housing Stocks Fall

Manufactured Home Tax Statements have been Mailed

Arizona Manufactured Home Community will be Repurposed under New Ownership

Rio Plaza Obtains Refi Package of $5.9M

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Path to the Rebirth of the Manufactured Housing Industry

HUD Code Production of Manufactured Homes Continues Climbing

Nobility Plummets -6.94%; MHCV Again Out paces Dow

Aussie Modular Home is Extremely Green

Burgeoning Hispanic Demographic presents Opportunities for Manufactured Housing

Changing Housing Market Leads Company to Modular Homes

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Cavco Seeks Tax Abatement to Upgrade Fairmont Homes

Interest Rates, Median Home Price Falls

Cavco Seeks Tax Abatement to Upgrade Fairmont Homes

Shipping Containers will become Modular Housing for the Homeless in Hawaii

Senator Joe Donnelly Responds to Criticism of The Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act

Canadian Containers become Modular Motels

Monday, June 1, 2015

Numerous Students Built Cape Cod Modular Home

High School Building Modular Homes for Habitat for Humanity

MHCV Gains more Percent than Dow, Nasdaq, and S&P Combined

MHI CEO Richard Jennison Defends H. R. 650

Manufactured Home Sites Transitioning to Stick Built  ##

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Realtors ® and Manufactured Home Dealers should develop a Symbiotic Relationship

June 5th, 2015 Comments off

saddlebrook_farms_kalamazoo_michiganIn his fourth installment on General Manufactured Housing Industry Topics, MHProNews and MHLivingNews publisher L. A. “Tony” Kovach says getting Realtors ® involved in the sale of manufactured homes can be a mutually profitable proposition. “We believe there is obvious value in having real estate agents who already know manufactured housing and who respect our industry’s value talking to other real estate agents and brokers,” says Kovach.

Linda Hazelhoff shares with Kovach that she has been selling real estate in Kalamazoo, Michigan for 19 years, including hundred of manufactured homes. Her husband is a custom designer and builder, so she is familiar with the real estate industry inside and out. She says inventory is low in her market, and that it is difficult to find anything under $250,000.

She tells other realtors about the quality of manufactured homes, and agrees that home site fees in a land lease community are roughly comparable to homeowner association fees in a condominium setting. Buildable lots in Kalamazoo run from $25,000 to $75,000 and up depending upon the location, which translates into substantial savings living in a land lease community, paying site rent instead of buying the land, in addition to not having real estate taxes on owned land.

Hazelhoff was very complimentary about the quality of manufactured homes, and has forged a long-lasting relationship with Saddlebrook Farms in Kalamazoo, an upscale manufactured home community.

Bobbi Lepi has been in real estate for 35 years in the Zanesville, Ohio. She has 30 agents in her organization selling real estate, doing property management and land sales—acreage, farms and hunting areas. She is in an area where energy exploration is increasing her industrial sales.

She says the world of manufactured homes has come a long way since the mobile home days. “The most amazing thing about (today’s) manufactured housing is the way the space is so well utilized,” says Lepi. Her customers have been very pleased with the quality of the homes and the efficiency of the utilities. She says people come in to an open house and their jaws drop, they did not know MH could be so comparable to a site-built. For sale inventory in her aea is low, and she sees an upsurge in the sale of MH as the Utica Shale exploration continues to expand.

The inventory of homes for sale is low in many areas, driving prices ever higher. The inventory of affordable housing is even lower. The affordability and quality of manufacture homes is at an all time high. The time is now to contact a realtor for a possible mutually beneficial relationship. MH industry professionals know their product, just as realtors know their markets and their customers.

For the complete interviews, click here. ##

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Turning Renters to Manufactured Home Buyers

June 4th, 2015 Comments off

rent versus buy   rent-directMHLivingNews and MHProNews publisher L.A. “Tony” Kovach follows the time line formation of renter households versus homeowner households, from the New Deal’s attempts to increase homeownership in 1933 to present day attempts, correlating Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac expansion with economic programs, artificially induced interest rates and subsidies to stimulate home buying.

In the 1990s and into the 2000s there were concerted efforts to extend credit to those with modest means in an attempt to keep the American dream of homeownership alive, to give people hope. The Federal Reserve’s key interest rate was the lowest in 45 years, but lenders got loose with loan standards, which led to homeownership peaking at 69.2 percent in 2004.

However, home prices begin falling as the subprime mortgage industry imploded: bundles of questionable loans were sent around like hot potatoes until the potatoes turned rotten, leading to the Great Recession in 2008. Foreclosures increased, lending standards tightened, home prices bottomed out, employment fell, and many people turned their backs on owning a home, leading to a rise in the rental market.

Although the recession was declared over in June 2009, the recovery of the housing market, which is a major ingredient of a strong economy, has been painfully slow. First-time home buyers historically comprise 40 percent of home sales, but that number has fallen to 30 percent, leading to slack new household formation as Millennials slowly emerge from their parents’ basements and head to rental properties.

Employment has been increasing but wages are flat, and as the demand for rentals increase, so do the rents, putting homeownership further out of reach of many would be homebuyers.

Kovach: “Manufactured housing is ideally suited to tap into this rental market. As we reported last year, the National Association of Realtors (NAR ®) reported that some 85% of renters in a survey said they want to be home owners.

The reason we in MH can make this happen is because we can save them money and give them the lifestyle they want. But it won’t happen without a planned effort that changes perceptions.

John Bostick, CEO and president of Sunshine Homes, encourages manufactured home professionals to get behind Kovach’ MH Alliance-Partners in Progress-effort to help spread the good news about quality MH to the public at large. He says,”We either define ourselves or others will define us. When others define us, it is often to our detriment.

Others have been defining the industry for way too long. It’s time to turn the tables. Average rent nationally is around $1200 a month. Average price of a new manufactured home is $64,000. Do the math.

For the full article, please click here. ##

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The Path to the Rebirth of the Manufactured Housing Industry

June 3rd, 2015 Comments off

mhi  photo credit  mh under productionThrough a series of interviews with manufactured housing industry professionals, politicians and consumers and a bevy of statistics and graphs, MHLivingNews and MHProNews publisher L. A “Tony” Kovach documents the pitfalls and stumbling blocks that prevent manufactured housing from becoming a major player in meeting the growing need for affordable, unsubsidized housing for many low and middle income residents of the United States. Not only would it provide housing—it would also provide a leg up for people to build equity, achieve independence, a sense of security, and realize the American dream is not just for the one percent at the top, but for everyone.

Alan Amy of Royer Homes in Opelousas, LA, who has been selling manufactured homes for 44 years, says if federal regulations changed, 20,000 more homes would sell immediately. Sam Landy, CEO of UMH Properties, Inc. says his company is doing okay renting manufactured homes. “We lend money to people who have ten percent down and 30 percent of their income covers their lot rent and finance payments. We lend them that money at only eight percent interest rate,” says Landy. He says it’s ridiculous to think they might want to sell a home to someone who cannot afford it. He states, “The current status of the law is, if we made a good faith determination that said someone had the ability to repay, and somebody second-guessed us later, the cost to litigate that would wipe out any profit we made from nine other good deals.

Quality is up, complaints are low, the three largest trade shows are strong and growing, and production, despite the regulatory roadblocks, continues to expand, as MHProNews reported in an earlier story. Both sides of the aisle in Congress as well as consumer groups agree that federal regulations need to be modified.

As Jan Hollingsworth reported in Dodd-Frank and Manufactured Home Financing:The Place where Good Intentions and Unintended Consequences Collide, when Eric Powell tried to borrow $7500 to buy his father’s manufactured home that was sited on family-owned property in Louisiana, because of the Dodd-Frank Act that created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), despite good credit the only loan he could find was at an interest rate of 35.91 percent. The monthly payment was only $350 a month. Loans under $20,000 on manufactured homes generate as much as $3000 in points and fees to originate because the CFPB classifies them as “high cost,” which drives lenders away.

While former Congressman Barney Frank agrees the measure that bears his name was not intended to affect manufactured home loans as it has, the CFPB ignores industry lenders who have tried to explain how MH lending differs from traditional mortgages. Dick Ernst, involved in MH finance for 40 years, says, “It’s been a three-year battle with CFPB, because they have the discretion to change things. It’s been very discouraging, because they have a certain mindset.” That mindset does not accept that consumers are the ones suffering from not being able to purchase a manufactured home, regardless of the interest rate, the price, or any other factor.

One reason chattel loans bear a higher interest rate is the cost of repossessing a ten to 30 ton home if the buyer should default. Another reason is the lack of a secondary market that could amass a portfolio of loans and spread the costs out over thousands of them. Originators of chattel loans have to carry their own paper.

Kovach says better education of public officials, consumers and the media would go a long way towards correcting the misconceptions that surround the MH industry. Passage of The Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act would not only spur the MH industry to build more homes, but that in turn would create jobs and more demand for furnishings and other home goods as well as financial services products.

The federal government is said to spend $40 billion in rent subsidies annually. Says Kovach, “Why not channel those dollars into programs that can yield home ownership via quality, appealing, affordable, energy-saving manufactured housing? Why channel dollars into the hands of those who will keep raising rents, and yield no equity for those millions involved?

Home ownership is the single best path to a higher net worth. For those who say that manufactured homes depreciate, what they fail to consider is that site-built housing dropped like a rock in value when the mortgage crunch hit in 2008. Conventional housing is artificially supported by federal policies and lending support. To deny a similar application to MH is a form of policy discrimination. Leveling the playing field helps consumers, lenders, public coffers, professionals – indeed all involved.

For the complete article, please click here. ##

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Manufactured Housing may Become the New American Dream

April 28th, 2015 Comments off

mfg home delivery  sfgate  creditWhile many studies have shown that homeownership continues to be a large part of the American Dream, the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University reports in 2013 home purchases fell for the ninth consecutive year, and homeownership has dropped to 65 percent, the lowest rate in 20 years. Incomes are stagnating, housing values are rising, credit is tight in the wake of the housing crisis and rents are rising in response to demand for rental units.

Although the chronicle-indpendent notes that manufactured housing (MH) has less than a squeaky-clean, all-American, apple-pie image, its price points are appealing, and people like L. A. “Tony” Kovach, publisher of MHProNews and MHLivingNews, who recoils at the words “trailer” and “mobile home,” are determined to bring manufactured homes into the mainstream as the quality and affordable housing alternative.

Since the federal government began regulating design and construction of MH in 1976 with periodic upgrades, quality and safety have increased substantially, and homes often are more energy efficient than site-built homes, with strong wind resistance and increased insulation. Newer ones offer sunken tubs, granite countertops, high-ceiling domed entryways and other appealing features found in more upscale traditional homes. The Census Bureau says the average price for a single-family home in 2013 was $324,000, while an MH average price is $64,000. Even attached garages and covered porches are available with MH, and still considerably less than a stick-built home.

Paul Bradley, president of Resident Owned Communities (ROC), an organization based in New Hampshire that assists residents of manufactured home communities in buying their communities to form co-operatives, sees MH as the future of affordable housing. “The subsidy pie is fixed, and the need is growing,” says Bradley of the current affordable housing stock — which is made up mostly of subsidized apartments. “People will start to look at low-cost production options, it has to happen eventually. ROC USA has helped finance 51 MHCs outside the state to the tune of $90 million, and more inside NH.

Today’s factory-built homes do not necessarily look like single-and-multi-section units that people associate them with. Bill Matchneer, one-time manager of the manufactured housing division at HUD, and former senior counsel with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), says, “I see the modern manufactured home as equivalent to a typical site-built home, at about half the cost. We’re not talking about a mansion, but people would be surprised.

Marty Lavin, who owns manufactured home communities in New York, says many MH consumers will sacrifice interior quality to obtain more square footage, like substituting solid wood cabinets and doors for particle board in order to increase overall space. “If your financial circumstances are such that you can’t afford a $500,000 home on a quarter acre, a $100,000 home can satisfy your dream. That’s a great thing for many people,” says Lavin.

Many worry about depreciation of manufactured homes, but Datacomp Appraisal Systems completed a study recently of 185 MH in Michigan, comparing the average sale price and resale price, and discovered they are subject to the same factors as other homes. “The appreciation in value of manufactured homes comes back to the old real estate axiom — location, location, location,” read the study. “When properly sited and maintained, manufactured homes will appreciate at the same rate as other homes in surrounding neighborhoods.

Lavin says with rising home prices and stagnating wages, manufactured homes may be the ticket to the American Dream. ##

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H. R. 650 will Lead to More Jobs, More Quality, Affordable Housing

April 13th, 2015 Comments off

manufactured-home   archerland2005 back slash FlickrWriting in Manufactured Home Living News, MHProNews  publisher L. A. “Tony” Kovach says those opposed to the passage of the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act, H. R. 650, which is scheduled to reach the House Floor for a vote this Tuesday, are fueling the mainstream media with misinformation about MH lending and the MH industry in general.

Manufactured housing does have traditional mortgage lending through the VA, FHA, USDA and other sources.  These loans perform about as well as other mortgage loans, a fact that many MH naysayers do not know.

The other form of lending for manufactured homes is personal property loans, often called “chattel loans,” unique to MH, and that is a core issue of H. R. 650. One of the reasons manufactured home loans carry a higher interest rate than a car or boat is because moving a 20 to 50+ ton home once installed is expensive and requires expertise, if repossession becomes necessary. They are no longer “mobile homes,” a term that expired when the federal government began enforcing production standards on June 15, 1976. Modern MH cannot be hooked up to a trailer hitch by a pick up truck or car and get pulled away.

Contemporary manufactured housing is stronger, safer, more energy-efficient, greener and less costly than conventional housing,” says Kovach. Models run from entry level styles of 400 square feet up to custom-made two-story residential styles, but all are durable, made to HUD Code standards, and often exceed the quality of conventional houses, per a video interview with prior federal MH program director, Bill Matchneer, JD.

Just like any other business in the U. S. economy, lenders must be paid for their service and need a profit. However, even with somewhat higher interest rates on chattel loans, monthly payments on MH are lower than site-built homes. The U. S. Census Bureau states a manufactured home costs half as much as an on-site built home. As noted and linked above, former head of HUD Code for the MH construction and safety program, Bill Matchneer, says new MH is as well-or better- built than moderately priced site built homes.

Large banks and small community banks that once made profitable loans on MH have stopped due to current federal regulations under the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). MH retailer Alan Amy said his business has been curtailed by 30 to 40 percent due to the regulations.

Kovach cites estimates from MHI that each new MH home built would create one additional job, so changes brought about by HR 650 could yield about 22,400 new jobs. 

One of the inadvertent effects of the Dodd-Frank Act, as later pointed out by co-author and now former U. S. Representative Barney Frank, is its limiting of MH sales. As Kovach says, “Due to regulations and processing expenses, the cost to ‘originate’ or make a $50,000 loan on a factory-built home is about the same as making a loan on a $250,000 site-built house. There are little or no closing costs on an MH home-only loan. When you factor in the tax, and other money-saving factors, MH personal property lending is more competitive to land-home than a mere interest rate makes it look.

Additionally, the SAFE ACT prevents MH retailers from even suggesting the possibilities of lending options, where to turn for lending. “Consumer protection” in this case is a misnomer. Most people who own older, low-cost MH likely do not know they cannot obtain a loan for $20,000 to $25,000 because of CFPB regulations. These are the most affordable homes, and, in many cases the most vulnerable citizens. The same “consumer protection” likewise forces lenders out of a market they want to serve.

The National Association of Realtors, the Mortgage Bankers Association and the National Association of Credit Unions have all signed on to H. R. 650. This measure will help millions, create jobs and provide for more quality, affordable housing. Don’t be misled by the misguided mainstream media. For Kovach’s full report, see this link here. ##

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Teens plan saving for a new home instead of buying video games, a New Study says it’s true!

October 30th, 2014 Comments off

teens-inman-shutterstock=credit-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-The 13- to 17-year-olds of “Generation Z” believe homeownership is more important than graduating from college, getting married or having children. Inman reports to MHProNews that teens in the survey indicated that they’d give up perks like video games, eating out, social media or music downloads if it meant affording any house they wanted. That’s per results to an online survey of 1,000 teens conducted between July 18 and July 29, commissioned by Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate.

We have a clear view of tomorrow through our millennial consumer research — now it’s time to look at the day after tomorrow,” said Sherry Chris, president and CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate.

The study suggests good news for home builders, but not so good news for realtors.

97 percent of respondents expect to own a home in their lifetime. Only 41 percent expect they’ll find their future home with the help of a real estate agent, which if true, is a clear departure from the 89% of home shoppers today who say that using an agent yielded helpful information in home buying. 19 percent said they are likely to purchase a home online. No surprise that while some realtors found the study interesting, they’re not buying the results.

Here are survey results from the NAR research study:

In the future, which of the following steps of the home buying process, if any, are you likely to do online?

Response Percent of respondents
View home listings 85%
Take a virtual tour 71%
Video chat with real estate agents 29%
Sign paperwork 19%
Purchase the home 19%
None of these 5%

Source: Wakefield Research 

On-line comments to The Better Homes and Garden Real Estate study was primarily from real estate agents stressing the importance of the service of a Professional Realtor. An Atlanta realtor responded on-line with this reaction.

Oh how I try not to be cynical….but this business makes it so very hard. Surveys of 13-17 year olds? Really? Are we at that point now? I have one of those and one just past that, ask them the same “survey” every day for a week and you’ll get seven different results.”

Does this study suggest opportunities for manufactured housing?

The opportunity to forge a new image with the younger generation can’t be missed,”  said L. A. Tony Kovach, managing member of LifeStyleFactory Homes, LLC, parent company to MHProNews  and “They are ready to be different. We offer a home that is similar – yet different! – with manufactured and modular homes.” ##

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Indiana RV Industry Recovering Well; MH Industry Recovering Steadily

October 16th, 2014 Comments off

Indiana_manuf_home_production__elkharttruth__creditWhile the Great Recession took the wind out of the sails of Elkhart County, Indiana’s two largest industries – manufactured housing (MH) and recreational vehicle (RV) – RV manufacturers are now cheering their great recovery while the MH industry continues to slowly move forward, locally as well as nationally.

The ElkhartTruth  reporter Jeff Parrott quotes L. A. “Tony” Kovach – publisher of trade media and – explaining the spread of bad loans twice triggered the housing market slide. Once occured within MH lending, starting in the late 1990s, and later  in the meltodwn of 2008 for conventional mortgages.  The second time pulled an already struggling MH industry down with it.

Due to the purchase of many MH units by the Federal Emergency Management Agency following Hurricane Katrina, the MH industry produced 146,881 homes in 2005, but that number quickly dropped to 81,907 by 2008, according to the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI).

As the Great Recession of 2008 settled in and millions lost their jobs, production fell to 49,717 the next year, but  has been steadily climbing and is forecast to hit 63,000 units this year.

According to, while four MH factories in the county continue to employ thousands of workers, last year the county produced only eight percent of the nation’s manufactured homes, as compared to 48 percent of all new HUD Code manufactured homes produced in 1990.

Kovach, says Parrott, has been urging the industry to embark on an aggressive marketing campaign. “We’ve got this affordable housing shortage in America,” Kovach said. “Manufactured housing is a solution, but it’s not a solution that a lot of people are turning to. We still suffer from this ‘mobile home image’ issue. But yet if a person goes to see what a modern manufactured home looks like, it takes their breath away.”

Although the recession drove the county jobless rate to 20 percent in 2009, RV production is expected to hit 350,000 this year, the largest production since 2007. In April, there was a shortage of drivers to deliver finished goods, but that has now leveled out. Elkhart County currently accounts for 85 percent of the nation’s RVs  Clearly, the GoRVing campaign has worked for their industry. ##

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The Big 5 Point 0 Rapidly Approaching

September 9th, 2014 Comments off

 5th-anniversary-image-credit=fotosearch-posted-daily-business-news-mhmsm-com-In anticipation of the 5th anniversary celebration of MHProNew’s service to the factory-built housing industry, Howard Walker, Vice-Chairman of Equity Lifestyle Properties (ELS), sent this message with his okay to quote:

The emergence of Tony Kovach’s group of publications has brought a new standard of professionalism to the industry. The thorough and unbiased reporting fills the vacuum that has existed for too long. It’s been refreshing to have these communications serving the manufactured housing industry, and here’s to their continued success.

Barry Cole has been serving as the Chairman of the RV MH Hall of Fame for many years and was recently himself inducted into the Hall as an honoree. Cole is one of the growing number of industry leaders and professionals who’ve sent a message of congratulations for the writers and team members who have made MHProNews – and the recently celebrated first anniversary of the new – the leading publications of their kind in manufactured and modular housing. Cole said in part:

I enjoy receiving MHProNews and as I have told you before  – everyone I know in MH reads your pub.  Continue on forever with this great news worthy service.

Joe Kelly, who has lead the Iowa Manufactured Housing Association for some three decades, said, “Congratulations to Tony and his staff for five years of excellent work with MHProNews and other MH specific publications! …MHProNews is like a well-supplied buffet line…In checking them out, you’ll always find an article or an opinion piece of interest: something you need to know to become a more informed professional…” 

Kelly’s complete message in support and praise of MHProNews and is found linked here. Other such messages are in hand and coming in, which will be published in the upcoming October issue of as a featured article. ##


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