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Ohio MH Tax Bills due March 1

January 21st, 2012 Comments off

TimesReporter tells Tuscawaras County (Ohio) Treasurer Jeff Mamarella says all manufactured home tax bills for the first half of 2012 have been mailed and are due March 1, 2012. It is the responsibility of owners of manufactured homes to pay taxes and penalties even if they do not receive a statement. Ohio MH owners are required to register their homes with the county auditor to determine the tax rate. Fines can be levied against those who fail to register. A drive-up window is available for payments in New Philadelphia.

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Southern IL City Likely to Limit MH to Communities

January 20th, 2012 Comments off

MhproNews has learned from the Register-News in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, the Mt Vernon City Council is set to approve a ban on mobile homes outside MHCs. Pre-existing manufactured homes outside designated areas would be grandfathered in, as long as they are not moved, according to city manager Ron Neibert. Zoning class R-M2 as revised would also permit multi-family housing as well as modular housing. He says if it has axles and a title it qualifies as a mobile home. Resident Ann Gaston, who has lived in a manufactured home for 20 years in Mt. Vernon, says if her home is destroyed by a tornado she would not have the resources to construct a stick-built home. Another resident says the ordinance discriminates against poor people.

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Contrary to Reports, Manufactured Homes Do Not Pose Increased Fire Risk

January 9th, 2012 Comments off

Screen Shot from CBC News Report Showing New Year's Day Fire in BC

From British Columbia comes word that the BC Coroners Service and Office of the Fire Commissioner are urging owners of mobile and manufactured homes and community operators to take special care to prevent fires in the wake of a calamitous New Year’s weekend for fire deaths in British Columbia. From a CBCNews photo, the mobile home in the New Year’s Day fire appears to be a pre-HUD code mobile home, and was referred to as such on the CBCNews report, rather than a manufactured home. It was located in Sicamous, British Columbia. The release notes that from Dec. 29, 2011 to Jan. 2, 2012, seven British Columbians lost their lives in five separate fires, three of those fires and five of the deaths occurred in mobile homes. The document notes that fires in such housing, especially older units, tend to be more devastating than those in other forms of residence. The document also refers to a U.S. Department of Homeland Security publication that also appears to incorrectly identify mobile homes as manufactured homes. The release resulted in other newspaper articles including one on Castanet with the headline Study shows risks rise in trailer fires. However, there’s more to the story. Other independent research shows modern manufactured homes – unfortunately too often incorrectly associated in news reports and other documents with older mobile homes – do not pose a particular fire risk and may in fact be safer than conventional housing construction. A recent document provided by the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) sites a 1985 study by Foremost Insurance that found the incidence of fires in manufactured homes was actually half that of site-built homes. In addition, a publication from the U.S. Fire Administration, Fires in the United States, 1992-2001 indicates that while deaths and injuries per fire incident are higher in manufactured/mobile dwellings than in residential properties overall, ten-year trends in fires and losses have declined notably (between 48 and 57 percent) due in large part to strict standards established by HUD in 1976 for improving fire safety and by the use of improved building materials. For more information see Do Manufactured Homes Burn Faster? Experts Say No

(Image Credit: Screen Shot from CBC News Video Report Jan 3, 2012)

Editorial Shares Burden of School Tax

December 28th, 2011 Comments off

manufactured home Dec28 2011From Oregon and the North Coast Citizen, a letter to the editor shares the pain of Jeff Schlip Nehalem whose son had to find close to $1,500 to pay a tax levied by the school district there in order to place a manufactured home in the district. “Recently my son, who is just trying to get started in life, had to dig into his savings and write a check for close to $1,500 to the school district, just so he could obtain a building permit to place his manufactured home,” Nehalem writes. “The school board should not be placing an additional burden on nameless faceless individuals that may be considering placing a new home in the district. When a new home is built, it provides an additional funding source for the school district. This should be enough.” Nehalem asks readers to contact the school board asking them to eliminate the tax.

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Congressman says: “I will do anything short of shooting them”

November 22nd, 2011 Comments off

AL Congressman Mo Brooks credit blog.AL posted on MHProNews.comIn a follow up report on a prior story in MHProNews, CourthouseNews reports that Congressman Mo Brooks of Alabama stated his position against undocumented immigrants by saying “As your congressman, on the House floor, I will do anything short of shooting them.” This statement is part of the rallying cry for a federal class action law suit that claims Alabama’s new immigration law is unconstitutional. The law includes a provision denying registration to manufactured housing and mobile home owners who can’t prove they are legally in the U.S.. The plaintiffs include the Central Alabama Fair Housing Center, the Fair Housing Center of Northern Alabama, the Center for Fair Housing and two John Does, who have sued Alabama Revenue Commissioner Julie Magee and Elmore County Revenue Commissioner William Harper. Alabama passed HB 56 on June 2, which makes it a crime for Alabama residents to harbor, conceal, transport or rent property to undocumented immigrants, among other items. Opponents, including Alabama churches and the U.S. Department of Justice, have challenged its constitutionality. The plaintiffs, under lead counsel Mary Bauer with the Southern Poverty Law Center, seek class certification, compensatory damages for violations of the Fair Housing Act and the U.S. Constitution, and want the state enjoined from enforcing the law.

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Exclusive Video Interview with Kevin Clayton, CEO of Clayton Homes, a division of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway

September 21st, 2011 4 comments

Up close and personal interview with Kevin Clayton, CEO of Clayton Homes, the largest factory built home-builder in the United States and a wholly owned subsidiary of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway. For nearly one hour, author Robert Miles interviews Kevin Clayton on this University of Nebraska UNO Televion interview. Miles’ interview covers all aspects of Clayton Homes and related businesses from getting started by his father Jim Clayton, to taking over from his father, and to selling to Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway. Aspects of the Clayton company culture, the servant leadership business model, the need for an industry wide image and marketing campaign and much more are explored. One of the many great quotes is by Kevin Clayton quoting Warren Buffett, saying: “Kevin, it seems like the problem of your industry is resale.”

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South Boston area ‘home of the week?’ Multi-sectional in a manufactured home community

August 31st, 2011 Comments off

SouthCoastToday_home_of_the_week2SouthCoastToday reports their ‘home of the week’ pick as a multi-sectional manufactured home in a manufactured home land lease community. The home is located in West Wareham, MA, in Greentree Estates Manufactured Housing Community. The location is a 55+ community off Charlotte Furnace Road. June R. Johnson, of Johnson Bayside Real Estate, said the quiet community streets were perfect for strolling. Advantages to the community living included no property tax, due to land lease, and the okay for approved small pets. The spacious layout, ample cabinetry, walk in closet, good use of colors and many other features garnered the praise of the publication.

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Residents moving to FEMA’s new manufactured home community

August 9th, 2011 Comments off

Photo credit WN posted Manufactured Home Marketing Sales Management MHMSM.comJoplinGlobe reports that the first residents are moving into the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) new Officer Jeff Taylor Memorial Park. Amber Flowers and her three daughters are among the first to make the move into the emergency housing FEMA has provided. “They’ve done a really nice thing here,” Flowers said about FEMA’s work.  Other newcomers agreed. Flowers is among 36 families that moved into one of FEMA ‘mobile homes’ (more properly called, HUD Code Manufactured Homes) over the weekend. FEMA spokesman John Mills said housing for families with school-age children before school starts is a priority. The plan is to have two communities, Officer Jeff Taylor Memorial Park and Hope Haven Park, both across Highway 171 from the Joplin Regional Airport. The locations will serve 346 families. Mills explained that another 140 families are being housed in FEMA homes in nearby commercially owned manufactured home land-lease communities. When complete, total FEMA housing will accommodate 634 families. No rental fees are assessed, and utilities are mostly paid by the government. Mills said that “FEMA will do everything possible to meet the needs of the community.” # #

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Stephens County amends manufactured home placement ordinance

July 28th, 2011 Comments off

Stephens County GA, Toccoa Courthouse, image courtesy of wnThe IndependentMail reports Stephens County (GA) Commissioners has approved the first readings of an amendment to county ordinances dealing with pre-owned manufactured homes being moved into the county. The ordinance is designed to comply with state regulations. Georgia state law passed in 2010 keeps someone from moving a ‘mobile home’ into the county due to age, by establishing safety standards instead. The code requires the home meet the federal HUD Code standards, have an exterior free of loose or rotting boards, have a structurally sound roof, working bath, kitchen, electrical heating, hot water and smoke detection alarms. Stephens County Attorney Brian Ranck said: “If they (the manufactured home) are not being moved at all, they could sit as is, (but) if the person wanted to move it, these rules would come into effect.”

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Economic Outlook Slashed, Stocks Dive

November 23rd, 2010 Comments off

The Dow closed down 142 points Tuesday following military action on the Korean Peninsula. Also Tuesday the Central Bank slashed the economic outlook through 2011. Manufactured home and related stocks were broadly lower. Palm Harbor Homes closed down 25 percent, Deer Valley was off 6.25 percent and Cavco was off more than five percent.

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