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Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News July 24-July 31, 2016

July 31st, 2016 Comments off

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NIMBYism? Debunking Myths About Manufactured Home Communities (aka ‘Mobile Home Parks’)

What’s New in Manufactured Housing Industry Professional News

FEMA moving manufactured homes into four W. VA. Counties. CFPB proposes clarification of Know Before You Owe. Patrick’s revenues rise 35%. Sun’s stock projected to rise 67%. Robot lays brick at super human speed. Desire for homeownership remains strong. MHARR awaits formaldehyde rules. MH industry grows despite negative image. MH Community owner sued by Penn. attorney general. Homeless in IN town get Tiny Homes. Maine manufactured home community growing. Commodore acquires manufactured home builder in Wis. MHARR smells collusion in DOE proposal. Modular container homes going to First Nation peoples in Canada. Lender offering one percent down on home purchase. Sun drawing institutional investors. Habitat for Humanity, air base, team to replace caregiver’s manufactured home. Plus, news and views for yhou to peruse as you make your MH-related industry decisions.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

CFPB Tries to Clarify Know Before You Owe, but Lenders Still See Glitch

Friday, July 29

Patrick’s Sales Rise 35% in Q2; NOI Increases 37%

FEMA Moving Manufactured Homes into two Additional West Virginia Counties

NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence Program Teaches Leadership

Carlyle Group Leads Gainers; MHCV Slips to 1380.4

Sun Communities Stock hits New High, but Projected Higher

Robotic Bricklayer Lays 225 Bricks/Hour. On Tap: 1000 Bricks/Hour

Thursday, July 28

MHARR Braces for EPA’s New Formaldehyde Ruling

Desire for Home Ownership Remains Strong

NorthStar Tops MH-related Gainers; UFPI Slips -0.99 Percent

Singapore Building Four Blocks of Modular Housing

While Negative Perceptions of MH Persist, the Industry Grows says Seeking Alpha

Pending Home Sales Index Inches Up in June

Wednesday, July 27

Pennsylvania MH Community Owner Sued for not Paying Relocation Costs

Tiny Homes Arrive in Muncie, IN to House Homeless

Planning Commission Approves Siting of Two Manufactured Homes

Patrick Industries Moves Up; Nobility and Carlyle fell the Most

Maine Manufactured Home Community Expanding

Site-built Home Sales Looking Good. Can it Continue?

Tuesday, July 26

Commodore Corporation Acquires Canadian American Homes of Wis.

Resident: Site Manufactured Homes on Vacant lots for Hillcrest Neighbors

MHCV Nudges Up as Dow Edges Down

MHARR Continues Tirade over HUD/MHI/DOE Collusion

First Nation People in Canada getting Modular Container Homes

Sun Communities Draws Hedge Fund Investors

Mon. July 25

One Percent Down Could Put You in a Home

Dow Jones Slips; MH-related Stocks Similarly Quiet

Habitat Teams with Air Base to Replace Special Needs Caregiver’s Manufactured Home

Politically Tarnished Philadelphia Prepares for Democratic Convention, Demonstrators

Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News July 17-July 24, 2016 ##

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MHARR Braces for EPA’s New Formaldehyde Ruling

July 28th, 2016 Comments off

medium_density_fiberboard__mdf_123RF__credit postedDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is prepared to publish the final rule for national formaldehyde standards for composite wood products like particle board, hardwood plywood and MDF board (medium-density fiberboard), as the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) tells MHProNews.

The final EPA standards are important for manufactured housing because the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) must revise its own MH standards to comply with the new directive.

Since the new standards require more restrictive emissions criteria as well as higher costs for composite wood products used in all homes, MHARR says the existing HUD formaldehyde standards should be repealed, as should the red formaldehyde currently mandated by HUD. The removal of these two current standards would save money for the industry and consumers.

MHARR says that HUD will likely initiate its own rulemaking to reflect the new EPA requirements, at which time MHARR will thoroughly review the EPA final rule as well as HUD’s rulemaking process. It should be noted also that in accordance with the requirements of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000, HUD must present this matter to the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee for its consideration. ##

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MHARR concerned about HUD handling of MHCC, cites Continued Non-compliance with Improvement Act of 2000

January 28th, 2016 Comments off

mharr logoThe Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) informs MHProNews that the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC), meeting in Louisville during the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show, discussed the fact that HUD, in further non-compliance with the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000, wants to increase unnecessary and excessive regulation that would add to the cost of manufactured homes, putting it at an immediate disadvantage in competing with modular and site-built homes for market share. It would also increase the work of “HUD’s revenue-driven program contractors.”

In 2003 the industry brought a program to the attention of the MHCC that was more flexible and economical than the current unwieldy Alternate Construction (AC) process used for on-site construction. One of the purposes of the initiative was to make HUD Code homes more competitive as well as increase access to non-chattel financing.

Due to take effect March 7, 2016, the new rule, however, would apply to on-site finishing procedures that are currently not subject to the AC process, requiring 100 percent inspection of all on-site completions, resulting in more costs and delays to the homeowner.

MHARR has consistently objected to 100 percent on-site inspections, instead offering manufacturers the choice between “1) 100% on-site IPIA inspections instead of in-plant inspections of site-completed homes; or (2) “on-site IPIA inspections of a reasonable percentage of homes completed on-site, subject to an increased frequency of on-site inspections (potentially up to one hundred percent) in the event that systemic non-compliances or defects were shown.”

MHARR notes that the proposed new rule, so bloated with on-site requirements, did not garner a single-voice of support of any participant from the MHCC, save for HUD personnel. Consumers would not be able to get the features they want in a home, opening the door to competitors and making MH non-competitive. Moreover, HUD could not give a cost estimate of its proposal, “as required by law – a clear indication that HUD’s non-compliance with the 2000 reform law has deteriorated under the current program Administrator”.

As a result of this negative response from the MHCC, the committee voted unanimously to extend the trial period for the new rule from six months, as had been proposed, to 12 months. In addition, the Regulatory Enforcement Subcommittee was charged with evaluating shortcomings of the new rule and determining its costs.

Asking what is the purpose of of the new rule, and who benefits, MHARR writes: “At the same time, it illustrates why Congress in its wisdom, together with the program stakeholders that participated in the development of the 2000 reform law, provided for an appointed non-career program Administrator, and how the industry is now paying the price for not insisting on full compliance with the law – an issue that the industry now must seriously reconsider.” ##

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