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New March date attracting strong support for MH Show

September 7th, 2011 3 comments

Great Southwest Home Show 2012  QuikTrip Center GSWHS Golden Oil Man Expo Square Tulsa OKSources tell MHProNews.com that momentum is building for the return of the 2012 Great Southwest Home Show.   “The Great Southwest Home Show gave us a great platform to introduce and sell our Rocky Mountain Series.” said Howard McGirt, General Manager  of Southern Energy Homes of Texas.  Kurt Kelly of Mobile Insurance said, “At the Great Southwest Home Show, we have a chance to see and visit with many of our clients, as well as meet with other industry leaders from across the country.”  Deanna Fields, Executive Director for the MHAO stated: “The Great Southwest Home Show is excited once again to have MHMSM.com (MHProNews.com) help promote the largest inside home show in the Southwest.  MHMSM.com is a  valuable tool to get the message out about our show and new show dates, March 1-2 (Trade Days) and March 3-4 (Public Days). 2012 “  When asked by MHMSM about commitments for show spaces, Field’s replied: “Already we have  Legacy Housing, Oak Creek, American Homestar, Palm Harbor, Sunshine, Southern Energy of Texas, Fleetwood Homes, Skyline Homes and Southern Homes eager to participate. “  Retail attendees have said that the date earlier in the season helps them select the right homes for the Spring/Summer selling season.

(Editor’s Note: More information on the 2012 Great Southwest Home Show can be found at a press release to MHMSM.com at this link.)

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Rent Control battle ground between some residents and MHCs

September 7th, 2011 1 comment

Bill Newman, Surf and Sand MHP resident CA MercuryNewsMercuryNews reports on the ever-developing story of Capitola coast’s Sand and Surf manufactured home land-lease community. Bill Newman was featured, an 86 year old resident who protested a 250 page lease and its terms at the risk of going from from $285 to $2,500 a month on his site fees. “I had the choice of knuckling under and trying to protect myself, or standing with the other residents and fighting,” said Newman, the grandson of an organizer of the 1892 Homestead Strike outside Pittsburgh. “I decided to fight.” The California city of Capitola has buckled under the $50,000 monthly legal costs and pressures of 10 years of litigation by Sand and Surf’s owner. Having weakened rent control in March 2011, the City Council is considering jettisoning it completely. “In a situation like this, where the city was being sued for $25 million, a loss could threaten the viability of the city,” says City Manager Jamie Goldstein. Rent-control backers say community owner Ron Reed has support statewide from MH community owners eager to break rent control in small cities. Reed’s Southern California law firm, Hart, King & Coldren, argue that rent control is a “taking” of the owner’s property, transferring money from landlord to tenants. “When the government imposes such onerous regulation in the name of advancing affordable housing, it is improperly imposing a burden on an individual property owner that should be borne by the community as a whole,” wrote HKC attorney Mark Alpert in describing one court finding. The report tipped the hat briefly to the issue that rent control keeps owners from reinvestment in their properties, but offered mainly laments sans solutions to the challenges which loom large in California and some other parts of the U.S..

(Photo credit of Bill Newman at Surf and Sand: MercuryNews)