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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News June 4 to June 11, 2017

June 11th, 2017 Comments off

MHProNewsHomePage610.2017IpadManufacturedHousingIndustryReportsRecapResearchDataThe New June articles on the MHProNews.com home page are live, and a few more will be posted in the next week.

If you’ve been on vacation, or are new to the Daily Business News on MHProNews, welcome to our weekly recap of the Manufactured Housing industry’s News, Tips and Views that Pros Can Use.” ©

As Jay Hamilton, Executive Director for the Georgia Manufactured Housing Association has advised his members, “Below is a link to an article from MHProNews about ScotBilt HomesMHProNews is the nation’s leading provider of industry news to Manufactured Housing Professionals.”

Thank you, Jay, and all those who share and make the work on this site possible.

First, what’s new on MHLivingNews this week.

Meet ÖÖD – $50,000 Mirrored PreFab – Glass, Class and Fast – and Compare

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What’s New on the Daily Business NewsReports, Research, Data, News, Analysis

Sat – June 10, 2017

Explosive! MSU’s Mark Skidmore on Flawed Tornadoes and “Mobile Homes” Study, Exclusive

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Friday – June 9, 2017

BAM! Brookfield’s 2 Billion Dollar Spotlight, plus Carlyle, LPX Gain

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http://www.MHProNews.com/blogs/daily-business-news/bam-brookfields-2-billion-dollar-spotlight-plus-carlyle-lpx-gain/

Public Policies May Hurt Poorer, Older Residents

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Meet Sophia, AI Robot Wants Your Job, Says “Trust Us”

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No Fire, Just Smoke, and Democratic Clinton Supporter Says, Enough – Video

 

Thursday – June 8, 2017

Third Ave MH Position Revealed, Markets Welcome Comey-Trump Nothing Burger

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Meet ÖÖD, $50,000 Mirrored PreFab Installs in 8 hours

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Financial Choice Act, with MHI Bill, Heading to Floor Vote, Outlook, Analysis\\

Residents Bought Time, But City Still Taking Aim at Their Location, Video

 

Wednesday – June 7, 2017

Action Alert! Billions in Opportunities, Industry Professionals, Deadline for Comments to HUD Loom

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Sky, Sun Leaders, UFPI, LCI Sliders, Comey Testimony Buoys Markets

DataComp, JLT Associates Announces New Manufactured Home Market Reports

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Surprise! President Trump Polling Better than Bill Clinton at This Stage of Presidency; Impact

Northpoint’s nearly 900 Million Portfolio Being Acquired by Canadian Laurentian Bank

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Tuesday – June 6, 2017

Community Stocks Taking Hits, Patrick, LCI Roar, MHCV Slides

 

Pouring Gas on PreFab Fire, CNN Report Spotlighted

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Manufactured Modular Home Business Plans New Location

Modular Building Institute, ICC Working Together to Boost Modular, Offsite Building

Correcting the Record, Tornadoes, Mobile and Manufactured Homes, Michigan State University Study

 

Monday – June 5, 2017

Nationwide Fund Cuts ELS, Killam and Skyline Lead Movers, MHCV Dips

Manufactured Housing Industry New Home Production, Shipments Report for April 2017

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HomeLane – Lessons for Americans from Indian Modular Company?

Hobart, Factory Home Building Pioneer, Turns 100

Department of Justice, Anti-Trust, and Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI)

 

Sunday – June 4, 2017

Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News May 28, 2017 to June 4, 2017

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L. A. “Tony’ Kovach.

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By L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach to the Daily Business News on MHProNews.com.

MHLivingNews and MHProNews are the manufactured, modular home industry’s premier and most popular trade media of their kind.

Garden designer discovers MH Community lifestyle, shares tips

August 31st, 2011 Comments off

gail dresner garden designer and oregonliveOregonLive reports that garden designer Gail Dresner stumbled upon the manufactured home community lifestyle doing an online search for an affordable island house. When nothing in her budget popped up in internet searches, Dresner said: “Finally, I put in zero for the lower parameter,” Dresner says. “It exploded with manufactured homes, but I still had the misconception that I’d be coming down in status. … We learn from an early age that if you live in one you’re poor, that you’re not professional. Having moved into one, I think they’re fabulous. I’ve never experienced such a supporting, friendly and diverse community. It’s a microcosm of the way things should be.” Dresner discovered a home on the bluff above the Columbia River. The Hayden Island Manufactured Home Community home had a hard-to-beat price tag of $35,000. The garden designer offered numerous tips for creating gardens in small, narrow spaces. Use all vertical space possible, including the side of the house, shed, wire or fencing. Creating an arch vine. Choose plants with light-colored leaves to brighten shady spots. Go with a theme, or two or three in different places. Showcase your interests. In sunny areas, espaliered fruit trees take up little space. Placement of a special art piece focuses a small garden space. You can also design the space in keeping with the object. Water pots can be used for water lilies which thrive in still water in full sunlight.

(Photo credit: Gail Dresner  and OregonLive)

Boxer’s bill could benefit manufactured home owners

August 26th, 2011 Comments off

Barbara_Boxer,_D-CA_US_Senator_Wikimedia_commonsSBSun published an OpEd by Joan Patsky which asserts that “millions of homeowners” with non-delinquent mortgages may benefit by refinancing at historically low interest rates, if U.S. Senate Bill 170 introduced by Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., goes into effect. Patsky says “S.B. 170 is designed to assist non-delinquent borrowers in refinancing an existing Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac home mortgage by banning a high, “risk-based lender fee.” The bill requires banks to offer low interest refinance rates to a homeowner whose loan exceeds the value of the home.” Patsky states this would make refinance of existing residential or manufactured home loans easier by banning the high risk-based fee. “One owner of a manufactured home permanently attached to the land said she has been shopping to refinance, and she is also appealing the county tax assessor valuation of her property because of declining neighborhood home values. The manufactured home was purchased a few years ago at $115,000. A search of comparable neighborhood home values showed a similar home that recently sold at only $95,000. If the homeowner can refinance her existing loan at a lower interest rate, her monthly savings could be significant and soften the sting of declining home values.” U.S. SB 170 is known as the “Helping Responsible Homeowners Act.” Co-sponsored by Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-GA makes this a bi-partisan bill, one Patsky believes would benefit homeowners and the economy.

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Manufactured home placement law to be reviewed by city

August 25th, 2011 Comments off

LA state flagRepublic reports that the Donaldsonville (LA) City Council planned a discussion next week about amending its law regulating “mobile homes” within their city limits. The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/pozgCX ) council members decided during Tuesday’s meeting to place the issue on the Sept. 19 agenda for further discussion.  At question is language pertaining to the age of manufactured homes placed within their city limits. Discussion arose last month after property owner Robin Guillot asked to move a 13-year-old “mobile home” already inside the city limits to her vacant lot along Simoneaux Lane.  The current ordinance does not allow homes manufactured more than 12 years ago to be placed within the city limits.

(Editor’s note: the enhanced per-emption that the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 (MHIA 2000) is supposed to help deal with issues such as this one. Until and unless the implementation of the law is better understood and enforced by local jurisdictions, the rights of manufactured home owners and Industry members involved in selling manufactured homes will be harmed.  The other problematic issue in this story is the all-too-common misuse by the media of factory-built home terminology.  A ‘mobile home’ manufactured 12 years ago is not a ‘mobile home’ at all.  By federal law, it is a manufactured home.  A free copy of the Fact Sheet for Reporters can be found here, which media or industry professionals can use to pass on to the media for better use of manufactured housing terminology. )

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County service shutoff to community abated as owners agree to pay $314,000 bill

August 22nd, 2011 Comments off

Valley_Hills_MH_community_photo_credit_RealtyOhioRecordPub reports that Valley Hills Mobile Home Park owners will be paying $314,000 to the county water resources department that was in arrears. County officials threatened a cut off of service to the community located on Sandy Lake Road in Rootstown, OH. Buckeye Portfolio LLC of Burbank CA reportedly paid the last sewer bill in 2008, according to Jeff Lonzrick, who heads the county water resources department. Commissioners reportedly didn’t want to endanger residents, but threatened the shut off in order to collect. Portage County Treasurer Steve Shanafelt stated that the property owners delinquent property taxes “threw a wrench in their day,” adding the firm’s chief financial officer has agreed to bring the bill up to date, “but it will be a matter of time.” The Valley Hills land lease community has its own water supply, but uses county sewer services.

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Futuro House looks like a UFO

August 18th, 2011 Comments off

Futuro_House_Wikimedia_Commons posted Manufactured Home Marketing Sales Management MHMSM.com MHProNews.com HuffPost reports on a public exhibition of The Futuro House. Designed by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen’s Futuro House was created in the late 1960s. The prefab ‘kit’ style home was designed to be highly portable. First presented at an October 1968 fair in London, it met with considerable public interest. The manufacturer, Polykem, built perhaps 50-100. Production ceased in 1973, due to the oil crisis at that time, as part of the component material was petroleum based. Artists, celebrities and advertising firms have used the home off and on since. German advertising and artist Charles Wilp put a Futuro on the roof of his home. Wilp’s guests to the rooftop Futuro included Andy Warhol, Joseph Beuys, Yves Klein and Mel Ramos.

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New manufactured housing development planned near Greggton

August 18th, 2011 Comments off

Greggton,_TX_near_Longview_TX_graphic_credit_Google_MapsNews-Journal reports that Michael Dunn’s third effort at getting an okay for a development for manufactured homes has meet with approval by the Planning and Zoning Commission. The proposal now moves on to the city council, where a simple majority on September 8 could clear the way for Dunn’s project. Dunn pared down his initial request from 15 to 5 sites, and brought with him a woman who initially opposed the development. The development would be in an industrial Greggton area ner West Marshall, in this northeast Texas town near Longview.

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Norris advocates balance responsing to Gov. Bentley’s Manufactured Home storm shelter plan

August 17th, 2011 Comments off

AMHA Executive Director Sherry Norris posted Manufactured Home Marketing Sales Management MHMSM.com MHProNews.com AnnistonStar printed a letter from Sherry Norris, executive director of the Alabama Manufactured Housing Association in Montgomery. Norris responded to Alabama Governor Robert Bentley’s proposal to use Community Development Block Grant funds for use in shelters for all forms of housing, not just in ‘mobile and manufactured home parks.’ “Rather than discriminate against citizens who live in mobile-home and manufactured-home communities, the fair solution would be for local governments to provide storm shelters for all its citizens for when tornadoes hit any type of housing, business or schools.” Norris wrote. “As shown in the horrible tornadoes of this year in Alabama, all types of structures can be destroyed.” Norris emphasized that “Evidence from Hurricane Charley and Hurricane Katrina, when winds exceeded 145 mph., has shown that manufactured homes built to the new wind standards of 1994 withstood those hurricanes when site-built homes and businesses were destroyed.”

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$4M state housing contract used for MODs and HUDs

August 17th, 2011 Comments off

Maine_State_FlagSunJournal reports that Keiser Homes won half of $4 million contract to build homes for the Maine State Housing Authority (MSHA). The Oxford based modular home producer will be replacing pre-HUD Code mobile homes, as part of MSHAs pre-1976 Mobile Home Replacement Program. The program provides such home owners with low-to-no interest loans. MSHA Deputy Director Adam Krea explained that the other half of the program will be used to purchase $2 million dollars worth of HUD Code manufactured homes for the same purpose. The manufactured homes will be purchased from in state retailers. Maine has no HUD Code manufacturers. Rickmond McCarthy of the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition advocated for using modulars because “A modular home, which you put on a foundation, is an appreciating asset.” Linda Walbridge, director of Western Maine Economic Development Council, called it a victory for Maine’s economy, as previous purchases were often from HUD Code home manufacturers based in Pennsylvania. Waldbridge said KBS Building Systems, who also bid on the project, was instrumental in getting modulars approved for use with the program.

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County shuts of water to residents in manufactured home community

August 11th, 2011 Comments off

Clayton_County_GA_flag_posted_Manufactured_Home_Marketing_Sales_Management_MHMSM.com_MHProNewsAtlantaJournalConstitution reports that Clayton County officials have shut off water to dozens of residents, due to an unpaid water bill by owner Vicki Holland.  Residents of “Maria’s Mobile Home Park” state they have been without water for over a week. “We get water from other people to wash dishes and wash … our clothes and flush the toilet – anything we have to do,” said Tracy Reynolds Sorros, whose family is one of 27 in the location. Clayton County’s water authority cut off water when the outstanding bill reached $16,000. Now, authorities have condemned the “park” and have told the residents they have to leave. Holland blamed the water authority for the problem, telling a local news station they didn’t fixed leaks that caused the bill to go so high, she can’t afford to pay it.

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