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Major Media Coverage for Manufactured Housing

May 12th, 2017 Comments off
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A major trend in manufactured housing is now receiving national attention. Bill and Donna Bernard’s manufactured home. Credit: NBC.

Last Sunday evening proved to be a big one for the manufactured housing industry veteran, Paul Bradley President of  ROC USA.

Bradley appeared on NBC Nightly News in a segment on manufactured home communities.

The feature focused on those 55 and over, who are downsizing in retirement and choosing manufactured home communities as an option.

Bill & Donna Bernard, the couple featured in the report, sold their long time home for $629,000, allowing them to retire and purchase an $85,000 manufactured home, which they moved into a community in Pismo Beach, California.

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Bill and Donna Bernard. Credit: NBC.

That’s one of the reasons we were able to retire at an early age,” said Bill Bernard.

NBC Nightly News pointed to the case of the Bernard’s as a growing and popular trend, which is helping to break the “trailer park” [sic] stigma.


With the popularity, Bradley offered critical advice to those that are considering a move similar to the Bernard’s.

You want to find a community that is not a risk of redevelopment and you want to find a community where rents are affordable,” said Bradley.

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The NBC feature was another in a line of appearances by Bradley and ROC USA in national media, including a March 2017 Time magazine article entitled “The Home of the Future.” In that feature, reporter Karl Vick visited three non-ROC USA affiliated resident-owned communities in Zephyrhills, about 30 miles northeast of Tampa, Florida.

Another feature was done by National Public Radio (NPR) in Minneapolis.

The recent media coverage is not only great for ROC USA and its affiliates across the country, but for the entire manufactured housing sector,” said Bradley.

These stories have focused on positive developments in and perceptions of manufactured housing,” he said. Whether that’s in resident-owned communities or not, we all benefit from coverage that combats the stigma too often associated with these homes and worse, the hard-working people who live in them.”

As Daily Business News readers are aware, ROC USA recently helped residents of Town & Country Estates in Kingston, Massachusetts, and the Kayadeross Acres Manufactured Home Cooperative in Ballston Spa, New York, to purchase their communities.

We don’t have to look for a landlord, we are the landlord, so that being a co-op and a nonprofit we’re not out to make any money so the only rent that we’re going to be charging ourselves is that which is enough to sustain the place,” said Town & Country Mobile Home Estates Tenants Association President Joe Mauriello.

Without ROC or CDI, we would not be owning this park [sic] today.

That story is linked here. For the Kayadeross Acres Manufactured Home Cooperative story, click here. ##

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Town Takes Up Manufactured Home Ordinance

May 8th, 2017 Comments off
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A manufactured home in Kilgore, Texas. Credit: Realtor.

In Kilgore, Texas, an ordinance that has stopped the inclusion of new manufactured homes outside of specific communities is now under scrutiny.

According to the Longview News-Journal, the ordinance was front and center for officials during a council workshop last week.

In 2008, the city council approved an ordinance that restricted new manufactured homes from being placed outside of select communities. But according to City Manager Josh Selleck, manufactured homes have been allowed outside such communities during the past nine years anyway.

Unfortunately, we’re bound by state law to enforce our code as written,” said Selleck.

And city staff no longer will allow exceptions to the code.”

Selleck suggested that the council hold a joint meeting with the planning and zoning commissions to discuss clearing up zoning ordinance issues. A date for that meeting was not set.

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Aside from mobile home parks [sic] that are licensed with the city, there are at least three other locations that appear to be mobile home parks [sic] but aren’t licensed,” said Selleck.

The question is whether they can expand or replace, and that’s part of what I think what we’re going to have to go through is how are they able to replace a mobile home [sic] if one burns, and what are the rules for the permit process.”

Based on discussions at the workshop, Selleck believes that the City Council could be in a position to formally pass any proposed changes as early as their June 27th meeting.

 

A Trend?

The case in Kilgore potentially provides hope for manufactured housing, and could signal a stop to a recent trend of limiting manufactured homes to select communities.

In December, the Linton, Indiana City Council voted to move forward with a manufacturing housing ordinance, which will require all future manufactured homes to be in a manufactured home community. The Daily Business News covered this in a story, linked here.

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Too many cities and towns have an outdated view of manufactured homes, or are being pushed by residents who don’t understand the modern MH reality into taking actions like those noted in this town in IN. When more of the public understands what inspector Becki Jackson does about modern manufactured homes, the incidents of such cases will continue. To see the Becki Jackson video and interview, click here or above.

The controversial motion passed with a 3-2 vote.

Shortly after, Indiana Manufactured Housing Association (IMHA) President Ron Breymier responded.

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IMHA sent a letter to Mayor Wilkes and members of the Linton City Council advising them that their proposed ordinance would not be permissible under Indiana law.

Breymier shared Indiana Code IC 16-41-27-32 (b) which states the following:

A governmental body other than the state department of health may not regulate mobile homes or manufactured homes regarding habitability or minimum housing conditions unless the regulation is applicable in the same manner to other forms of residential housing in the jurisdiction.

Rather than an outright ban on the future placement of manufactured homes in Linton, which would be counter to Indiana law,” said Breymier, “IMHA recommended the city enforce the existing state law and make certain any additional manufactured homes seeking placement in Linton meet the same regulations that apply to other forms of residential housing.

Obviously, Mayor Wilkes and the Linton City Council chose to ignore that advice and adopted the new ordinance. IMHA will discuss the matter with its board of directors and determine if there is anything further we can do to address this situation.”

The Daily Business News has covered a number of NIMBY (Not-In-My-Back-Yard) cases recently, including one in Hutchinson, Kansas here.

It should also be noted that a close reading of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 provides for enhanced preemption, which ought to limit such local zoning efforts.

MHARR and state associations are often raising this issue, with one example in a case linked here. ##

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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News April 30th 2017 to May 7th 2017

May 7th, 2017 Comments off

sunday-morning-weekly-manufactured-home-pro-news-recap-1-4-to-1-10-2015-mhpronews-com-Our theme for this month: Magnificent May. Our featured articles will be available on the MHProNews.com home page. Our May theme will be available beginning mid-week next week.

To see the line-up of over 3-dozen featured articles for this month, along with the headline commentary, please click the link above.

Manufactured, modular and prefabricated home professionals know that how a home got to its location should not define a person or their dwelling.

What the Daily Business News spotlights day-by-day are the tragedies, triumphs and struggles for acceptance of the obvious solution for millions for the growing affordable housing crisis in the U.S. and beyond.

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When you read the lineup for the month found on the home page, you can reflect on another motto as you chart your own professional path ahead: “We Provide, You Decide.”  ©

 

What’s New On MHLivingNews

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Is Extreme Weather Declining, Rising? Climate Depot Report, Housing Windstorm Safety Redux

 

President Trump, HUD Secretary Carson, Creating Jobs, by Supplying the American Dream

  

What’s New On MHProNews

 

 

Saturday May 6th, 2017

  

State Adds Requirements for Manufactured Home Community Owners

 

Friday May 5th, 2017

New Data from NAHB on Cash Sales for Homes

 

State Moves to Ease Restrictions on MH Sellers

 

New Player Enters Manufactured Home, Communites, RV Game

 

Website Upgrade – on MHProNews Begins This Weekend

 

Analyst, Investor Action at Skyline – What’s Happening?

 

Thursday May 4th 2017

 

MH Village Announces New Industry Service

 

Skyline Spikes, Manufactured Housing CV Down, Broader Markets End Flat

Chemical Vapors Entered Manufactured Homes, Tests Show

 

NIMBY? Fear? Ignorance? MHC Proposal on Hold

 

Big Win for OMHA/OMHC in House, Senate Vote Next

 

 

Wednesday May 3rd, 2017

HUD Code Manufactured Home Production Rises Sharply

 

Carlyle Leaps, Manufactured Housing CV Down, Broader Markets Mixed

 

Baird Homes Affected by Fire, Under Investigation

 

ROC USA, Bank, Announce Key Partnership

 

Jenny Hodge, National Community Council, Public Time-Bomb Deployed on Manufactured Housing Institute, Prominent MHI Lender

 

Outsourcing and the U.S. Economy: Can Trump Muscle Save the Day?

 

 Tuesday May 2nd, 2017

 

Modular Classroom Construction Under Way

 

Tricon, Patrick Jump, Manufactured Housing CV Dips, Broader Markets Rise

 

Bad Actor Ferreted Out? MHC Draws Media Attention

 

Passages: Gary “Mac” McClanahan

 

MHC Rezoned, Affordable Housing Affected

 

Is Extreme Weather Declining, Rising? Climate Depot Report, Housing Windstorm Safety Redux

 

Monday May 1st, 2017

 

MHC Expansion Proposal Makes Progress

 

Patrick, LCI Jump, Manufactured Housing CV Down, Broader Markets Mixed

 

MHARR on Tariffs, DOE, and, Federalized Installation – Exclusive Report and Analysis

 

Residents Win the Day: “We Are the Landlord”

 

Could MHI Have Helped Kill CFPB? Another Opportunity Missed? MH Lending, Legal Report

 

Magnificent May – New Reports, Announcements, and Schedule

 

Sunday April 30th, 2017

 

Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News April 23rd 2017 to April 30th 2017

 

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State Adds Requirements for Manufactured Home Community Owners

May 6th, 2017 Comments off
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In Oregon, the recently passed House Bill 2008 adds a number of new responsibilities for manufactured home community owners when residents are required to relocate.

According to KTVZ, the bill increases the fees MHC owners are required to pay residents if they require residents to relocate, and mandates the Office of Manufactured Dwelling Park Community Relations to recalculate those relocation fees annually and in line with inflation.

Representatives Julie Fahey (D-Junction City) and Pam Marsh (D-Ashland) were the co-chief sponsors of the bill.

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Despite being called mobile homes [sic], these homes are not actually easy or affordable to move,” said Fahey.

If it is even possible to move a home, it can cost thousands of dollars. This bill provides more financial stability for the residents of these communities.”

Aldo included in the bill is the requirement for community owners, upon a community sale, to notify the states’ Manufactured Communities Resource Center and make adjustments to co-op membership requirements, allowing MHC non-profit co-ops to better take advantage of a federal Rural Development program. Information on the Rural Development program is linked here.

With more than 1,000 manufactured home communities in the state, Marsh says that 62,000-sited homes serve as a vital affordable housing option for many working individuals and families.

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Pam Marsh. Official Photo.

In my community, I have seen how financially disastrous these events can be in the lives of hardworking people,” said Marsh.

At a time when affordable housing is at a premium in communities throughout Oregon, this bill provides needed protections.”

House Bill 2008 passed the house by a 54 to six vote, and will now move on the Oregon Senate.

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As Daily Business News readers are already aware, the state of Oregon has been a hotbed of activity for manufactured housing over the last year, including a discussion about affordable housing in Portland, Oregon, and four “surprising facts” raised by OregonMetro’s Craig Bebbe.

The panel discussion at the Metro Regional Center shared hopeful signs for preserving and possibly even expanding access for manufactured housing and manufactured home communities in the future.

Bebbe called manufactured homes “Oregon’s largest source of unregulated affordable housing.”

That story is linked here. ##

 

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New Player Enters Manufactured Home, Communites, RV Game

May 5th, 2017 Comments off
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The De Rancho Y Mobile Villa Community. Credit: Apartments.

Gelt Inc., a Tarzana, California based real estate investment firm, has announced the formation of a new subsidiary to purchase and manage manufactured home and RV communities.

According to the San Fernando Valley Business Journal, the new company, called Happy Home Communities, will buy and manage various communities in a sector they feel is primed for growth.

This sector that is under the radar, stable and offers people a low-cost alternative to apartments and homes,” said Gelt partner and co-founder Keith Wasserman and Chief Operations Officer Jeff Harris.

Wasserman and Harris also announced the hiring of Ellie Davis to buy and manage operations of the properties for Happy Home and cultivate broker, lender and resident relationships.

Davis has extensive expertise in the manufactured home sector, managing more than 4,000 home sites and 11 resorts, and was most recently regional VP for Sun Communities in Southfield, Michigan.

Also announced was Happy Home Communities first purchase, De Rancho Y Mobile Villa manufactured home community in nearby Bakersfield.

De Rancho Y already boasts a strong occupancy of 97 percent and a stabilized cashflow yield, but we see continued upside through the renovation of common areas and amenities,” said Davis.

We plan to renovate the playground, sport court, and add an open gazebo/barbeque area or dog park. Other planned improvements include asphalt repairs, pool area renovations and the potential addition of mobile homes [sic] into current vacant spaces.”

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The Daily Business NewsMHProNews and MHLivingNews have covered the case for manufactured housing as a viable solution to hope for the American Dream of home ownership at a reasonable price extensively, including Bloomberg making a statement to the same effect.

Imagine engineered homes, that meet or exceed strict federal safety, energy and performance standards, built to the nation’s only preemptive code for permanent homes,” said Daily Business News Publisher L.A. “Tony” Kovach.

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By using the same proven systems that keep costs down on cars, smartphones, clothing or other produced products, you save on labor, time, have about 30% less waste, can buy in bulk and thus save money.”

And the U.S. Census Bureau and Government Accountability Office state our homes are about half the cost of conventional construction,” he added.

For more on companies entering the manufactured housing industry, including Jacksonville, Florida-based Park Place Communities via Crowdfunding, click here. ##

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HUD Code Manufactured Home Production Rises Sharply

May 3rd, 2017 Comments off
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Washington, D.C., May 3, 2017 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) tells MHProNews that, according to official statistics compiled on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), year-over-year manufactured housing industry production increased substantially again during March 2017.

These just released statistics indicate that HUD Code manufacturers produced 8,245 homes in March 2017, a nearly 16 percent increase over the 7,110 HUD Code homes produced during March 2016.

Cumulative industry production for 2017 now totals 23,384 homes, a 22.4 percent increase over the 19,101 HUD Code homes produced over the same period in 2016.

A further analysis of the official industry statistics shows that the top ten shipment states from the beginning of the industry production rebound in August 2011 through March 2017 — with cumulative, monthly, current year (2017) and prior year (2016) shipments per category as indicated, are:

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The latest information for March 2017 results in no changes to the cumulative top ten list.

In its most recent edition of “Issues and Perspectives,” a newsletter that focuses on items relevant to the manufactured housing industry, MHARR tackled key issues, including the new tariff on Canadian soft lumber.

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MHARR President & CEO, Mark Weiss. Credit: MHProNews.

After threatening to impose trade duties on goods imported from China and Mexico during the presidential election campaign in 2016, the administration announced its first new tariff on imported goods in a statement issued by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on April 24, 2017,” says MHARR in the report.

While the imposition of the Canadian lumber tariff caps a period of serious economic uncertainty for the residential construction industry, increases in home prices driven by higher supply costs for basic raw materials, such as wood, will have a magnified impact on the highly-priced sensitive manufactured housing market.”

For more from MHARR on the newsletter, click here. ##

 

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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News April 23rd 2017 to April 30th 2017

April 30th, 2017 Comments off

sunday-morning-weekly-manufactured-home-pro-news-recap-1-4-to-1-10-2015-mhpronews-com-As we wrap up the month of April, our theme: Manufactured Housing Industry Politics – Complicated Cross Currents, or April Fools? and our featured articles are still available on the MHProNews.com home page. Our May theme will be available beginning the 1st week of the month. 

To see the line-up of over 3-dozen featured articles for this month, along with the headline commentary, please click the link above.

Manufactured, modular and prefabricated home professionals know that how a home got to its location should not define a person or their dwelling.

What the Daily Business News spotlights day-by-day are the tragedies, triumphs and struggles for acceptance of the obvious solution for millions for the growing affordable housing crisis in the U.S. and beyond.

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When you read the lineup for the month found on the home page, you can reflect on another motto as you chart your own professional path ahead: “We Provide, You Decide.”  ©

 

What’s New On MHLivingNews

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Publisher Rebuked! Doubting Doctor, Skeptic Stunned!

Homes in America – The Place in the U.S. Where Even Doctors Struggle to Buy

 

 

What’s New On MHProNews

 

Saturday April 29th, 2017

 

As the Community Turns… are Residents Hurting Themselves?

 

Friday April 28th, 2017

Consumer Confidence Index Report in for April

 

Carlyle and Killam Leap, Manufactured Housing CV, Broader Markets End Week Lower

 

Manufactured Housing Community Helps to House Students

 

Is Modular Movin’ on Up? Builder Sees Opportunity

 

Clayton Homes Building Out, Giving Back

 

 

Thursday April 27th 2017

 

Manufactured Home Owners Catch a Break

 

Patrick Rises Over 3 Percent, Manufactured Housing CV Broader Markets Jump

 

Is Time Finally up for the CFPB?

 

More First Nations Turning to Modular

 

Bark Worse than Bite? Manufactured Housing Institute Slams Trump Administration Lumber Tariffs

 

 

Wednesday April 26th, 2017

 

Drama in Ohio: Fake News, Facts and Myths

 

Patrick, UMH Surge, Manufactured Housing CV Spikes, Broader Markets Dip

 

Trump Effect: Immigration, the Border Wall, and a $14 Billion Fix?

 

Triad Financial Services Creates New Program Manufactured Home Dealers

 

UPDATE: MHC Future in Doubt, the Other Side of Rent Control

 

 

Tuesday April 25th, 2017

 

President Trump at 100 Days: Numbers, Polls

 

Patrick, LCI Leaders, Manufactured Housing CV Ticks Up, Monster Day for Broader Markets

 

Modular Housing Visions are Looking Up in New York’s Big Apple

 

Acquisition, and Rumors of a Billion Dollar Acquisition, for Hometown America

 

Keith Olbermann on Trump Supporters – Industry Reacts – When “Trailer Trash” Isn’t What You Think

 

 

Monday April 24th, 2017

 

Manufactured Home Community Residents Reach Settlement In Legal Action

 

Carlyle’s Big Day, Manufactured Housing CV Gains, Broader Markets Roar Back

 

Trump, Carson, Creating Jobs by Supplying the American Dream

 

Super Modular? Super Tower Takes Shape

 

Respect Demanded: MHC Residents, Families, Speak Out

 

 

Sunday April 23th, 2017

 

Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News April 16th 2017 to April 23rd 2017

 

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Manufactured Housing Community Helps to House Students

April 28th, 2017 Comments off
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As the messages about the quality, affordability and efficiency of manufactured housing continues to make its way into the mainstream, more and more groups are taking a deeper look.

That also goes for colleges and universities.

According to TropNews, Troy Villages at Walnut Creek, which provides off campus housing for Troy University in Troy, Alabama, is already utilizing manufactured homes to help with the flood of students looking for housing due to Troy’s increasing enrollments.

The university has the capacity to house 2,348 students in its residence halls, including in the fraternity and sorority houses,” said Sara Jo Burks, assistant director of housing and residence life.

We have not started the wait list for returning students. We won’t start that until the first week of May.”

And Troy Villages is preparing to fill that gap.

We prepared to buy 100 mobile homes [sic] if necessary,” said Todd Swindall, co-owner of Troy Villages.

We currently have several new mobile homes [sic] but have space for at least 50 more mobile homes [sic] without issue. We are prepared to house as many students as we can. We are not limited to how many mobile homes [sic] we can put in.”

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Co-Owner Brad Jones agrees, and says the plan is to continue to grow the community as more students become interested.

We just wanted to do so much more,” said Jones. “We saw this as an opportunity to work with the university to help students.”

Swindall says that all of the homes are being bought new and are fully furnished.

Monthly rates for the homes range from $325 per month for shared rooms, to $500 for single rooms. All rents include water, power, sewage, internet, cable, garbage pickup and lawn care, in addition to a CrossFit Gym and a soccer field.

 

The Solution, Hiding in Plain Sight

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The Daily Business NewsMHProNews and MHLivingNews have covered the case for manufactured housing as a viable solution to hope for the American Dream of home ownership at a reasonable price extensively, including Bloomberg making a statement to the same effect.

The ability to significantly cut down on production time, provide a high quality product to federal standards, all at a lower price point serves as the ideal solution to inventory and housing challenges. The titans of business recognize the opportunity as well, as giants and independents alike are actually “doubling down” on the industry.

ELS Chairman Sam Zell has been famously quoted as correcting misconceptions about the industry, saying during this interview, “Everyone calls them trailer parks. Pencil head, it’s not a trailer park.

For more on manufactured housing being the solution that’s hiding in plain sight, see MHProNews and MHLivingNews Publisher L.A. “Tony” Kovach’s insight into the opportunity linked here. ##

 

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Manufactured Home Owners Catch a Break

April 27th, 2017 Comments off
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In Colorado, House Bill 17-1354 is music to the ears of manufactured home owners and residents throughout the state.

According to the Reporter Herald, the bill would help prevent residents from losing their homes over delinquent tax bills they didn’t know were unpaid, and is one step closer to becoming law.

The Colorado House Local Government Committee unanimously passed the bill this week.

The bill, introduced by Rep. KC Becker, (D-Boulder), would change the process for county treasurers when collecting delinquent taxes on mobile homes (pre 1976, in a permanent location) and manufactured homes by giving treasurers flexibility on collection.

It will also allow county treasurers to declare tax liens on the homes as county-held to try to address title issues with the homes and prevent them from being sold to investors.

The current law requires county treasurers to collect delinquent taxes by court action or putting mobile homes up for a tax lien and potentially being sold, leading to the eviction of the residents.

Some of the issues have stemmed from residents who are either renters or not the first owners of the home who receive the tax bills in the previous owners’ names,” said Becker.

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They don’t open the mail or don’t realize a notice left at the residence is for them. It’s not about people evading taxes or even not wanting to pay their taxes. Then, their homes are put up for tax liens, sold for thousands of dollars and the residents are evicted.”

 

A Potentially Predatory Issue

The proposed bill also addresses another problem in an indirect way.

In what appears to be a predatory practice, investors were waiting to purchase mobile and manufactured homes via tax liens, and then reselling them at much higher rates to residents who didn’t know that they owed taxes.

Boulder County real estate broker Jill Grano became aware of the activity, and when she found out about the next tax lien sale, she bought as many liens as she could. That included 40 percent of the manufactured homes.

Then, she turned around and worked to help those same people to clear their delinquent accounts.

A lot of times, we hear a lot about problems and coming to us for solutions, and I think there is a solution here that needs to happen,” said Rep. Jonathan Singer, (D-Longmont), thanking Grano for her efforts.

But you actually came up with a good short-term goal as a solution, so thank you for that — working with the community to stave this off for a little while.”

For more on manufactured housing in Colorado, including the case of Denver Meadows Mobile Home and RV Park owner Shawn Lustigman and the community’s residents at odds, click here. ##

 

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Bark Worse than Bite? Manufactured Housing Institute Slams Trump Administration Lumber Tariffs

April 27th, 2017 Comments off
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Comments from Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on CNBC yesterday regarding proposed anti-subsidy tariffs on Canadian goods raised quite a stir.

The tariff is not the beginning of a trade war with Canada,” said Ross.

It shows President Trump is making good on promises to hold Canada accountable for unfair practices such as those that have hurt American dairy farmers.”

And, for lack of a better term, one “shark” was swimming in the waters and shared his feelings on the matter.

By the time it’s over softwood lumber, automotive parts, milk would all need to be renegotiated,” said investor and star of the TV show Shark Tank, Kevin O’Leary, who is also running to lead Canada’s Conservative Party.

If all of a sudden we have to say let’s get rid of supply-side management in Canada, you have to do it in Vermont. You have to do it in Wisconsin. And by the way, the milk market in the United States is 10 times bigger. You will wipe out millions of farmers and the supply chain and all the people they work with.”

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland pointed out that the actions by the U.S. had not started a trade war, but instead mentioned that Washington D.C. needed to better understand the situation.

You need our lumber. You need our lumber to build your homes,” said Freeland.

Lumber prices are already very high in the United States. They’ve gone up about $3,000 per house this year, and for every $1,000 in increase of the price of a house, U.S. homebuilders estimate that means another 150,000 U.S. families can’t afford a home.”

 

MHI Weighs In – Who’s Manning the Train?

The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) weighed in on the matter.

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MHI meetings are closed to journalists and reporters, even pro-industry trade reporters. Why? Photo credit, MHProNews, MHI logo is that organization’s intellectual property.

MHI has long advocated that consumers need access to a stable, dependable and affordable lumber supply. Canadian imports of softwood lumber account for as much as one-third of the lumber used in the construction of manufactured homes,” said MHI in a release.

MHI is concerned that these tariffs on softwood lumber will have negative repercussions for consumers because of the increased cost of materials. According to the Department of Commerce, imports of softwood lumber from Canada in 2016 were valued at an estimated $5.66 billion.”

MHI has said in recent weeks that they have wanted to head off a potential tariff issue, and also announced that it has joined the American Alliance of Lumber Consumers (AALC), a coalition of business groups who support open trade in lumber and building materials.

AALC members include the National Association of Home Builders, the National Retail Federation, and the National Lumber & Building Material Dealers Association.

The American Alliance of Lumber Consumers believes that unilaterally imposing punitive tariffs is counterproductive and could create large and unpredictable swings in the cost and supply of lumber. We urge the U.S. and Canada to work quickly and cooperatively to achieve a long-term solution to resolve this ongoing trade conflict,” the organization said in a statement.

It is important to note that pro-Trump Administration industry sources are concerned that MHI’s staff don’t understand President Trump’s America First, American Jobs thinking.

Those same sources point out that about half of MHI team members, by design, are Democrats. MHI says that they want this mix, in order to give them “balanced access” to either party in Washington D.C.

One week before the U.S. Presidential election in November, MHI hosted two featured speakers at their meeting in Chicago, who were pro-Clinton.

This fact poses an interesting question: are the Democratic voices conducting the train on MHI’s handling of the tariff topic?

 

Another View of the Story – More Bark Than Bite?

Canadian Lumber. Credit: Breitbart News.

An analysis from Breitbart News digs deeper, and shows that there may be more bark than bite in President Trump’s move.

For one thing, lumber prices actually declined after the tariffs were announced. Lumber futures fell on Tuesday by the $10 exchange limit in Chicago, a 2.5 percent drop. The prices of Canadian lumber companies rose, some sharply. Shares of Canfor Corp were up by 8.09 percent on Tuesday and West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. rose by 2.37 percent,” said writer John Carney.

John Carney. Credit: Breitbart News.

As it turns out, the 20 percent tariff was smaller than what the market expected. The Trump administration has actually adopted a gentler policy on Canadian lumber than analysts and investors had forecast.”

Carney also points out that the lumber tariff is more accurately understood as a symbolic gesture by the Trump Administration, aimed at giving its “America First” stance additional face time. It’s intended target, says Carney, are trading partners in Europe, Japan and Mexico. The move sends a message without impeding larger trade flows.

The Trump administration also hoped the move would be welcomed by economic nationalists, first announcing the tariffs at a meeting with conservative journalists on Monday night,” writes Carney.

Many of Trump’s economic nationalist supporters have become increasingly concerned that the administration may be backing away from America First trade stance that was central to its electoral victory in November.” ##

 

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