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Lippert Contributes to RVs, MHs and Community Charities

September 19th, 2014 Comments off

lippert components inc  rvbusiness  creditEmployees of manufactured housing component supplier Lippert Components, Inc. of Elkhart, Indiana participated in the annual JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) Walk to Cure Diabetes, raising over $15,000 for research into a cure for Type 1 diabetes. According to rvbusiness.com., around 200 employees and their families took part in the walk at Beutter Park in Mishawaka Sept. 14. Management from two Lippert plants helped raise $3,000 by allowing employees to dunk them in a tank Aug. 23; and the proceeds from a raffle for a 20-foot utility trailer to be held Oct 17 will also go to JDRF. As MHProNews reported Aug 15, 2014, Lippert is also sponsoring an Out of Darkness walk Oct 4 to raise money for suicide prevention. ##

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Drew is Drawing Lookers

September 16th, 2014 Comments off

drew_industInvestors are closely watching Drew Industries, Inc. (NYSE:DW), the Elkhart, Indiana-based component supplier to the manufactured housing industry, according to wallstreetscope.com. Through its subsidiary, Lippert Components, it has recently acquired several complementary firms  as MHProNews reported Aug 18, 2014. The company price-to-sale ratio is 1.01 and it has an insider ownership of one percent. Its shares closed down -1.05 percent at $46.15, Mon., Sept. 15. ##

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Energy Efficient Manufactured Home could Save Thousands Annually

September 8th, 2014 Comments off

energy auditor ken cantara  seacoastonlineWith half a million manufactured homes in the northwest, and over 200,000 in Washington state, an energy efficient manufactured home prototype funded by Puget Sound Energy (PSE), Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County, and Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) could help northwest utilities meet future energy conservation goals. The home, built for a family buying it through Habitat for Humanity’s affordable homeownership program, features a ductless heat pump and heat pump water heater, efficient lighting, triple-glazed windows, exterior foam sheathing and beefed up insulation. This level of energy efficiency can save up to 50 percent of heating and cooling expenses over a typical manufactured home, according to bothell-reporter.

“Manufactured homes built to this new high-performance spec have durability and performance features that could change opinions about factory-built homes and be an integral part of our super-efficient 21st century utility system,” said Christopher Dymond of Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, an alliance of more than 140 Northwest utilities and energy efficiency organizations. The project is part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s “Building America Partnership for Improved Residential Construction” program, and includes Community Frameworks, Ecotope, Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star New Homes Program, Manufactured Housing Associations and Washington State University. MHProNews understands that more and more MH will be built with similar cost savings features, especially if energy costs rise faster than MH production costs. ##

(Editor’s Note: more information about the NEEA and super-efficient manufactured homes are linked here.)

(Photo credit: seacoastonline.com–Ken Cantara, energy auditor)

North Carolina County Suggests Removing MH Age Restriction

September 2nd, 2014 Comments off

mfg home abandoned  jdnews  jacksonville  ncThe Greene County Planning Board in North Carolina, after reconsidering the county’s manufactured home (MH) ordinance which restricts homes being brought into the county to no more than 15 years old, has removed the restriction and recommended the decision to the county commissioners. A North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled in 2009 Pasquotank County had exceeded its statutory authority in limiting homes brought in to no more than ten years old. According to what insurancenewsnet.com tells MHProNews, in 2013 Wayne County lifted its ban on an age restriction for MH, but the homes must meet requirements established by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) July 1, 1976, and be inspected by the county inspection department.

Greene County Planning Committee Chairman Danny Taylor said the only part of the ordinance the county has so far enforced has been the age restriction, and that nothing has been done about abandoned homes. He added that electricity is not supposed to be turned on in an MH brought into the county without a certificate of occupancy, but there are homes in violation of that ordinance. Another problem mentioned is if someone brings a home into the county that does not meet the standards, there is nothing to prevent it from just sitting there because it would cost more to remove the home than the property is worth. Currently, the building inspector can only consider health and safety conditions of a manufactured home, such as broken glass or a hole in the floor, similar in many respects to what MHProNews understands is the case in many rural counties where population is low, leading to a lessened tax base that results in reduced services. ##

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Hoarding along with dozens of cats found at home in MHC

September 1st, 2014 Comments off

buffalo-twcnews=credit-cats-aspca-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-Is there an unwritten rule that every third MHCommunity has someone who hoards and/or has a bunch of cats?” quipped manufactured home industry consultant and publisher, L. A. “Tony” Kovach. The comment flowed from the discovery of dozens of cats seized from the Niagara Mobile Home Park in Newfane, NY.

The stench coming from a mobile home at the Niagara Mobile Home Park in Newfane was so powerful that a neighbor called the SPCA of Niagara for help,” BuffaloTWCNews  told MHProNews. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) was called by a neighbor. After contacting the owner, SPCA’s Amy Lewis said the owner moved some cats to a different home and then dumped others in a nearby field. Misdemeanor charges could be filed, but the home owner is allegedly being treated for mental illness.  The home was reportedly filled with piles of hoarded items too.

Community resident Jennifer Farmer lived next door for two years. “We’ve always noticed the trash in the yard and things of that nature, but we didn’t know how bad it really was,” Farmer stated, adding that the smell was unbearable on some days.

MySanAntonio  asserts that animal neglect or cruetly occurs every ten seconds in the U.S., which equals some 3,153,600 cases a year…the vast majority of which would take place outside of manufactured homes and communities. ##

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Nimby Leading Loss of Affordable Housing? County buys MHC to close it

August 28th, 2014 Comments off

google-street-view-nearby-1162-jenny-scyamore-near-closing-evergreen-village-mobile-home-park-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-De Kalb County, Illinois purchased to close “flood prone” Evergreen Village Mobile Home Park in Sycamore, the Daily Chronicle tells MHProNews. “I don’t have much of a choice, because we’re in a flood plain and I can’t fix houses,” the property owner, Frank Santoro said. “I have to accept what they are going to give me.”

The county reportedly paid $1.47 million for the property, which happens to be near Sycamore Golf Course, a community park, Sycamore Family Sports Center and a neighborhood with multifamily rentals, as shown in the first photo.

About 120 mobile or manufactured homes (MH) were once sited on the closing property. One of those families included Robert Baird’s, who was adamant that his family stay in Sycamore, even though they have to move out of Evergreen Village. But dozens of prior residents have had to leave the area, in search of new housing options.google=streetview-entrance-evergreen-mobile-home-park-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-

Superintendent Kathy Countryman said 24 students who attended North Grove school last year moved out of the district, their families going to places like De Kalb or Rochelle.

County leaders secured $7.1 million in state and federal emergency management grants to buy the property, relocate its residents, and return it to open space by June 30. That’s an average cost per household of some $59,166.

As of Monday, the county bought 114 out of 121 mobile homes in Evergreen, according to Paul Miller, county planning, zoning and building director. “We’re focused on helping people find homes,” Miller stated, adding that, “We’re satisfied with those numbers [of closed purchases,] but it’s no time to sit back. We’re going to keep working.”

Numerous questions ought to be raised in studying a “park closure” such as Evergreen Village, including the impact on residents and was this the best use of taxpayer’s money in the light of a growing affordable housing needs nationwide in the U.S..

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Certainly NIMBY – ‘not in my back yard’ – is commonly cited as a factor for nearby home owners as they view affordable housing. As manufactured housing professionals know, all other forms of permanent housing are more costly than modern MH. Per the U.S. Census Bureau, the costs for conventional construction are roughly double that of manufactured homes. And as Manufactured Home Living News  readers know, modern manufactured homes feature energy savings, more durability and appeal as well as lower costs. ##

(Photo credits: Google Streetviews and Danielle Guerra, Shaw Media)

Mobile Home Energy Makeover Contest Winner, Timely Tips

August 27th, 2014 Comments off

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Manufactured home owner Connie Jeffries, a home health aid and member of Petit Jean Electric Cooperative, won an energy efficiency makeover for her house, ECT Coop tells MHProNews. “They’ve already installed the new roof, windows, water heater, patio door and the geothermal heat pump system,” Jefferies said. “My son has asthma so this is going to make a huge difference in the comfort of our home, and it’s quieter too.”

About 15% of Arkansas residents live in pre-HUD Code mobile homes or manufactured homes; some of these have high energy usage, Bret Curry, manager of residential energy marketing for the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, said.

“Our diagnostic testing revealed that 50 percent of the air volume within the home was leaking to the outside,” Curry explained.  “We found that much of the insulation had not been installed right, and several areas of the floor were not insulated at all.”

The makeover team also found condensation around the windows regularly leaked into window wells, causing corrosion and rot. Identifying such issues and performing updates can make the difference for enhanced comfort as well as lower utility bills. ##

(Photo by AECC: infrared photo taken before the aluminum sheeting was installed shows roof appears cooler in areas covered by polystyrene foam.) 

SILVAR President Tonna says Internet, Education key for Today’s Home Buyers

August 24th, 2014 Comments off

silvar-president-david-tonna-senator-feinstein-constituent-breakfast-posted-daily-business-news-mhmsm-com-David Tonna, President of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors (SILVAR), is on a mission to educate today’s home buyers, MercuryNews  tells  MHProNews. Some 90% of all home buyers begin their home shopping online. Most search for a property for 6 months before they contact a real estate agent. But home buying is more than facts found online, because there is both information and misconceptions found on the web.

Tonna says he spends no less than 90 minutes with a future buyer upon their first meeting. He says, “Homeownership is an investment in your future and offers immediate benefits and long-term value. Realtors are trusted resources for the most up-to-date, comprehensive and accurate real estate information because they know the communities, see many homes and can help buyers successfully navigate the increasingly complex buying process.”

Buyers are asked to describe their ideal home, lifestyle, schooling needs, commute goals and their location/community amenities. Tonna presents buyers with a bound manual outlining the buying process, including the complexity of their home search, offer(s), escrow, contingencies and closing. Then they go over forms the buyers will encounter. “This process takes the mystery out of home purchasing,” Tonna stated.

Tonna notes the internet may bring international buyers. He also contends that Realtors ® do more than generic real estate agents or online information alone, because websites can’t replace a Realtor ®. “The process I describe illustrates that Realtors are not simply order takers for properties they found on the Internet and visited at an open house. It raises the level of our professionalism in our industry,” says Tonna.

SILVAR and Tonna stay politically engaged as well, he’s pictured above at California’s U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein constituent breakfast.

As regular MHProNews readers know, many of these same points apply to manufactured and modular housing. The need for professionalism routinely starts with a good online engagement strategy, but must include trained and motivated professionals who deal with prospective buyers with an appealing customer service and education approach. Given the widespread misinformation about manufactured homes, more best practices methods and online engagement must take place to attract increasing numbers of qualified home buyers. ##

(Photo credit: SILVAR)

“From Moscow, with Love?” Lawsuit advances against Manufactured Home Community Owner

August 22nd, 2014 Comments off

klewtv-moscow-pullman-idaho-smyrna-mhpark-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-Residents of Syringa Mobile Home Park near Moscow-Pullman, Idaho have been in a struggle that bubbled up over their need for drinkable water and other issues. This began last winter, and resident Doris Carlson told KREM News that “I have wept an awful lot because I am tired of living like this.”

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) had issued a warning to the park’s owner, Magar E. Magar, to address alleged violations regarding its drinking water and wastewater systems. Community residents were told in January not to drink the water there, even if it was boiled. So Carlson melted snow on her stove top to have drinkable water. A local church provided residents in the community with bottled water.

Carlson said then, “I have no way to flush my commode right now. The odor in the house is pungent. It’s disgusting.” When contacted by a local media outlet, Magar said the residents had water and reportedly hung up, perhaps due to concerns over the pending legal issues.

While DEQ lifted the ban on the water, they notified Magar that the system was still out of compliance with the state’s standards. Lawyers from the University of Idaho’s Legal Aid Clinic stepped in to file a civil action on behalf of the residents.

In July, the owner of the community was told not to contact the residents, On August 18, Latah County Second District Judge John Stegner denied a defense motion seeking additional time to prepare for a hearing scheduled Aug. 27. DNEWs tells MHProNews that Attorney Greg Rauch took on the case for Magar several weeks ago. Magar had been representing himself prior to Rauch’s appearance in the class action case. ##

(Editor’s Note: While we as a publisher are never providing legal advice nor asserting the applicability of the information linked below, MHProNews has published two articles on the topic of failure to maintain by attorneys. One is linked here, authored by attorney Bill Hart, JD, from the Hart-King law firm. Another was by penned by David E Eastman, JD, linked here.)

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Prospective Manufactured Home Buyer Seeks Lender

August 21st, 2014 Comments off

mortgage  moneycontrol credit glasses calc paperA post on mortgagegrapevine.com reports someone attempting to buy a manufactured home in a community in Southern California is seeking a lender. The borrower is asking for $269,500, has full documentation, a FICO score of 569, and the loan-to-value ratio is 70 percent. MHProNews offers excerpts from two of the responses.

1) “I offer a wide range of loan,i can help you with the loan funds you seek,my services is fast and due at a very low and minimum rate of 2.5% to suit your needs.Thanks for your understanding.” (Grammatical errors included.).

2) “My name is Dr Richard The Head Loan Officer of RICHARD MORGAN LOANS COMPANY via email Richardmorganloancompany@aol.com, We are offering loans from the range of $1000 USD-$10,000,000 USD. We give out legitimate loans to serious individuals or business firms that are in need of loans. We are a registered Loan Firm that is prepared to meet the needs of individuals who aspire to be greater in the front line of capital accumulation.Our Loans are offered at a subsidized interest rate that is favorable to all citizen.” (Also verbatim) ##

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