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New Era in National U.S. Manufactured Home Community Representation Underway?

January 7th, 2019 Comments off

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Despite what some might have (mis)understood about what our publisher wrote recently that included a mention or two of George F. (F?) Allen, the Daily Business News on MHProNews will continue to take a wheat and chaff approach with everyone in our industry, and those outside of MHVille as well.

 

That said, just because George F. (F?) Allen says something is so, let’s not presume it to be exactly as he describes it. Evidence is warranted, not merely Allen’s word.

After all, it was Allen, Roane, and Tom Lackey that made the mainstream news in 2018, in a rather scandalous way. Click the link on Allen’s name above to learn more. So consider the source, as you read these comments from Allen, about the new national land lease community operation.

 

The Topic?  New National Land Lease Community Association

The first order of business, from my perspective, was for NAMHCO to get organized and going. Done!” said George F. (F?) Allen in an email to his reportedly dwindling list of dedicated followers.  That part is reasonably accurate. But what about this next comment from Allen?

Second task? ID & get their lobbyist on board. Done! I know Tom Heinemann and think NAMHCO has made a good decision retaining his services in Washington, DC…”

Our publisher knows Tom Heinemann too, as do others. Will he be loyal to MHI, or NAMHCO?  Will he be loyal to the GSE he worked for, of NAMHCO?  These are among the reasonable questions that must be asked.

 

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Given human nature, odds are that accountability and scrutiny by MHProNews – this pro-industry, pro-consumer independent trade media – will make Tom Heinemann perform better than in the absence of that scrutiny.

NAMHCO deserves a good chance. It is hard to imagine that they would be anything but an improvement over the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI).  But the jury is out if this was a good, bad, or meh choice by NAMHCO for their lobbyist.  Time will tell.  More on NAMHCO, after their news release, below.

 

National Association of Manufactured Housing Community Owners
NEWS RELEASE
Mesa, AZ (December 18, 2018) – The National Association of Manufactured Housing Community Owners (NAMHCO) is proud to announce it has contracted with Tom Heinemann, of Heinemann Consulting to lobby on our behalf at the national level. In this role, Tom will be responsible for representing NAMHCO’s legislative and policy issues on Capitol Hill, before Federal Agencies, and among the trade and advocacy groups in Washington, D.C.
“Tom brings an impressive policy and advocacy experience from his work for the previous Administration and is well respected on the Hill and within the Housing policy community for his deep knowledge of housing affordability issues.” Said Neal Haney, President of NAMHCO.
“With his deep knowledge of manufactured housing issues, from building regulations to finance, I look forward to working with Tom in shaping the housing affordability debate.  By highlighting the important role that manufactured home community owners play in providing sustainable and affordable housing for working families and retirees.” Said Susan Brenton, Secretary of NAMHCO.
Among his various roles, Tom had provided advisory services to Fannie Mae on manufactured housing, served as a legislative advisor for housing finance to the Secretary of HUD, and helped shape the Making Home Affordable programs which helped millions of families avoid foreclosure during the housing crisis.
NAMHCO, established this year, is the first national trade association focused solely on the challenges facing manufactured home communities.  NAMHCO’s members include state manufactured home associations, individual community owners and related industries. NAMHCO works to inform policy makers at the federal level on issues pertaining to land use, community finance, small balance lending, HUD building regulations and installation standards, and chattel finance.
For more information, contact:
 Susan Brenton: suebrenton@me.com or 480-966-2446
Tom Heinemann: Tom@HeinemannConsulting.com or 202-276-0455
For NAMHCO Newsletter Volume 1 Click Here
2158 N Gilbert Rd, #116
Mesa, AZ 85203

 

A very fine letter by Neal T. Haney is found at the link below the byline and disclosures.  There is also an interesting one from Susan Brenton.

Get to learn more about NAMHCO’s president, Neal Haney, Susan Bretton, and their new lobbyist, Tom Heinemann. When will retailers, financial service providers, and others in MHVille make a similar move, to escape the clutches of Berkshire Hathaway dominated MHI?

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Frank Rolfe–Manufactured Home Communities, Prospective HomeOwners Win with Trump

March 22nd, 2017 Comments off
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Manufactured home community sector maverick, Frank Rolfe, has sounded off in a recent commentary, breaking down the reasons that manufactured home community owners, and prospective home buyers, win with the Administration of President Donald Trump.

According to the NuWire release, Rolfe had plenty to say.

Whether you are Democrat or Republican, there is no question that mobile home park [sic] owners are likely to do very well under the Trump presidency. Here is an outline of the different issues that will help mobile home park [sic] owners, based on the agenda discussed so far,” said Rolfe.

Rolfe and his partners operate one of the largest portfolios of manufactured home communities in the nation.  His boot camps, books and talks draws potential investors. Rolfe’s been called a “media-magnet.”

The most notable place his news release used what many want in terms of correct industry terminology was in the bio, which stated he has over 25,000 home sites in 28 states and draws to a close by saying, “To learn more about Frank’s views on the manufactured home community industry...” 

He isn’t shy about his opinions.

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Kurt Kelley. Credit: MHProNews.

As for Frank, he takes heat for stating facts and truth publicly when others don’t.  He’s the Donald Trump of our industry.” said Kurt Kelley, JD, a financial services provider, industry writer, and colleague of Rolfe’s.

Speaking on the 2008 SAFE Act and Dodd-Frank in 2010, which created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Rolfe sees their repeal being the key to the dream of homeownership.

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Mobile Home University, Mobile Home Park Store and RV Horizons.

If SAFE and Dodd-Frank were repealed, it would allow park owners [sic] to go back to writing mortgages on their homes and letting people be homeowners instead of mere renters. And mobile home parks [sic] work better when the residents all [own] their own homes, and are stakeholders in the business model, said Rolfe.

Rolfe has been outspoken recently regarding MHI, when it comes to defending the industry he loves and works in.

The folks at MHI – the industry lobby group – are nice people, but what’s with the concept of silence is golden? Negative articles on the industry are met with ‘no comment.’ Positive news opportunities are met with ‘no comment.’ I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Rolfe in a feature linked here.

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Speaking on other areas he deemed important, Rolfe pointed out infrastructure, and a focus on the heartland, as promising signs coming from the Trump Administration.

A large number of mobile home park [sic] residents are contractors and laborers, and this group will receive a huge bonus in the form of new employment to repair our nation’s infrastructure. As these bridges, roads, airport and other projects are fairly much equally spread throughout the country; this directive will have a huge impact on many major mobile home park [sic] markets. And greater employment trickles down to other employers that are basic staples of mobile home park [sic] jobs, such as fast food,” said Rolfe.

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Bob Crawford, Frank Rolfe in panel discussion on industry issues, both took aim at what they see as MHI’s misses and failures. Credit, Inside MH Road Show, MHProNews.  Rolfe will be presenting in next week at the educational day for the Tunica Show, to learn more, click here.

If you assume that the ‘red’ states will gain more focus than the ‘blue’ states under the new administration, then that could have a very positive impact on the heartland of America, which holds the majority of mobile home parks [sic] in the U.S.,” he explained.

There are simply not many mobile home parks [sic] in the ‘blue’ states – except for Illinois.” While a popular writer and speaker, Rolfe at times makes a statement that requires a second look.  Deep blue California, for example, has thousands of manufactured home communities. 

The reason is that real estate values are very high on the coasts, and this has resulted in many mobile home parks [sic] being torn down and re-developed over time,” he added, which is a trend that the Daily Business News has often highlighted.

Additionally, most cities stopped allowing new parks [sic] to be built in the 1980s, yet many fast-growing metro areas – such as found in California and Florida – had explosive growth in more recent times and therefore precluded mobile home park [sic] construction.

In conclusion, Rolfe sees better opportunities for manufactured home owners over the next few years.

Every change in Presidential administration opens new avenues for business. The Trump presidency suggests many areas of change that our beneficial to mobile home park [sic] owners,” said Rolfe.

For more from Frank Rolfe, including his commentary on MHI, click here. ##

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MHC Community Owners Seek Code Changes

February 7th, 2017 Comments off
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In Bismarck, North Dakota, affordable housing is of vital importance.

And, according to the Bismarck Tribune, a group of manufactured home community owners are petitioning the city commission for the creation of a task force to keep manufactured home community living affordable.

 

These homes represent the most affordable unsubsidized housing in Bismarck,” the letter from community owners reads.

Unfortunately, Bismarck’s city policies unfairly burden the affordability of manufactured homes and impose on these homeowners costs which other homeowners are not asked to bear.

According to Myron Atkinson, spokesman for the group, and owner of Tatley Meadows, the issue is the manner in which costs for water, sewer, property taxes and other services are calculated.

The current calculation leads to a higher price per unit for those living in manufactured home communities versus those in other residential properties.

For example, sewer service is charged at a rate of $2.41 per unit for those with one to four families on a meter,” said Atkinson.

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For those with five or more on a meter, the rate is $2.92 per unit, meaning mobile home [sic] owners pay a higher rate even though they each own their homes individually.

Atkinson shared that some progress has been made over the last year but there are still discrepancies.

Manufactured home owners were specially assessed at 200 percent of a special assessment basis, compared to 100 percent for a single-family dwelling.

While that percentage has been reduced to 150 percent, it’s still an issue for Atkinson.

We want our people treated like every other homeowner,” said Atkinson.

We [MHC operators] are expecting a sudden change in sanitary sewer rates being affected by federal environmental regulations, with rates expected to go from $2.56 to $2.92. It’s going to make a real difference in what rent increase is going to have to be.

And that rent increase has MHC owners concerned. Atkinson is estimating he will have to raise rents $15 per month just due to the sanitary sewer rates. By comparison, he says that he usually tries to keep increases below 3 percent annually as he adjusts for rising costs in employee salaries and services.

If you’ve got affordable housing, you should keep it affordable,” said Atkinson.

While the group has not heard back from city commissioners, Atkinson said that they are hopeful for a response soon, and that the proposed task force would include both residents and owners working with the city to find solutions to the challenges. ##

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Aussie Manufactured Home Community adds to Portfolio

December 1st, 2015 Comments off

australian manufactured home community  intenational to  creditMHProNews has learned from portstephensexaminer that Gateway Lifestyles, already one of Australia’s largest manufactured home community owners, has acquired two of Port Stephens’ largest residential communities.

Seawinds has over 110 homesites, and amenities include a pool, ping pong room, tennis court and snooker table, as well as a community room.

The Homesteader comprises 101 home sites, and has a saltwater swimming pool, a game room with several different activities, including snooker/pool table, darts and hoi, shute ’n’ shuffle. This community is also known for its immaculate gardens.

Since its beginnings in 2009, Gateway now owns and operates 43 MHCs catering to the over 50 year-old crowd in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria.

Says CEO Trent Ottawa, “Our entire team is charged with delivering quality parks that represent value for money and which create an enviable lifestyle within a secure community of like-minded people.##

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Legislative Support Sought for False Claims against Manufactured Home Community Owners and Retailers

April 28th, 2015 Comments off

tim williams exev vp ohio mfg homes assocTim Williams, Executive Director of the Ohio Manufactured Homes Association (OMHA), testified in support of state Senate Bill 134 which would allow recovery of legal fees by manufactured home community owners and retailers who are wrongfully charged with civil rights and fair housing complaints.

Williams told Senate Civil Justice Committee members tax dollars pay for complaints brought before the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, but an MHC or small business retailer owner has to hire an attorney despite the legitimacy of the claim. Additionally, the legal costs of the investigative process and the litigation could run well into the thousands of dollars, expenses that could take years to recover. SB 134 would allow a housing provider to at least recover legal fees consistent with federal law.

He said sometimes “testers” file baseless complaints at the behest of independently financed housing advocate organizations seeking to justify their advocacy or to attract funding. “One well-managed and respected MH community has suffered nearly non-stop harassment from people applying as ‘testers’ looking for potential complaints,” says Williams.

This coincidentally occurred after a private housing advocacy group lost a complaint against this same manufactured home community. Such private housing advocate entities are not under the control of the OCRC and face few consequences for filing inadvertent or unfounded complaints.

Rick Robinson of the Manufactured Housing Institute informs MHProNews companion legislation in the Ohio House of Representatives (HR 149) is also under consideration. ##

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ROC USA hires Seasoned Pro to Lead Acquisitions Sector

October 17th, 2014 Comments off

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Carter will identify owners of manufactured home communities willing to sell to their residents, focusing on asset management and community infrastructure work and management. ROC USA Network Director Mary O’Hara says understanding of affordable housing and community operations is essential in today’s marketplace, qualities Jason possesses.

We now have someone on the national team who can systematically support the local affiliates in reaching out to community owners, assisting with analysis, and concentrating on their needs in the field. Jason has spent years in a variety of roles in the MH sector, he has his own track record of performance, and we’re excited to have him join us,” says O’Hara.

Jason is a seasoned industry professional and a really likable guy,” added ROC USA President Paul Bradley. He has a record for getting results and completing projects. We bring that same drive to every transaction, so he’ll fit right in.” For the full story, click here. ##

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