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South Carolina’s State Association Was Pro-Active Ahead of Hurricane Florence

September 14th, 2018 Comments off



The manufactured home industry’s new home shipments have been well under its last peak for over two decades. Some associations and businesses have realized that failure to step up to that challenge will only produce more of the same.


Hurricane season happens every year in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. Thankfully, there aren’t major storms that make landfall every year, but it makes sense to prepare.

MarkDillardPhotoMHISCManufacturedHousingInstituteMHISouthCarolinaLogoDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsManufactured Housing Institute of South Carolina’s Mark Dillard is a communications award winner.

Dillard’s communications coordinator, Janae Frazier, explained to the Daily Business News on MHProNews their strategy ahead of Hurricane Florence.

First, Frazier told MHProNews today that, “The Manufactured Housing Institute of South Carolina and all of our members are sending our thoughts and prayers to all impacted by Hurricane Florence.”

For weeks, we’ve been sending safety tips to our members and the public through emails and social media,” Frazier stated. “We have also sent a Guide to Manufactured Housing to news media outlets throughout the state and have even participated in a LIVE television interview about hurricane safety.”


MHISC used handouts and visuals like the above to help educate media, this graphic was published on a mainstream media new site, but MHProNews added the MHISC logo as shown.

We have a team of social media ambassadors who are spreading safety tips and positive manufactured housing information all over the internet. We have also been monitoring the social media accounts of news organizations to answer questions viewers may be leaving about manufactured homes,” she said.

We are urging residents to check their data plate to see the age of their home and what wind level the home is designed for. We are also urging residents to verify that their home was properly installed by a licensed contractor. If they do not know, they can check with the SC Manufactured Housing Board,” she stated.

We need homeowners to inspect their anchor straps beneath the home. They need to ensure that they replace rusted straps and tighten loose straps. We suggest getting a professional to help out. Lastly, homeowners should evacuate their homes when local authorities tell them to do so.” Frazier shared a new video with the Daily Business News on MHProNews they produced to aid manufactured home owners in that educational and inspection process. It’s posted above.

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July 20th, 2018 Comments off


In May, the McBee Town Council passed a temporary moratorium on manufactured homes from being placed in that town’s city limits.


WISTV reports that the motion read, “Mobile Homes are prohibited from being placed on any lot within the town limits of McBee, South Carolina and any current uninhabited mobile homes cannot be occupied and that the Mobile Home Ordinance will be reviewed and updated within the next 90 days.”

I’m a single mother of four kids. I’m going to try not to cry,” said Carrie Johnson, with her voice faltering with emotion. “I’m mad, I’m angry, and I’m hurt.”

Johnson, and her four daughters had been living in two-room single section home, stated WISTV, but then she got good news: a plan to rent a double wide1 and move it to the small town of McBee.”

I’ve seen pictures of it, and it’s beautiful. To me, it would be their mansion,” she said of the manufactured home.

The sudden controversy has caused some like Johnson to feel less than welcome, said WISTV. The resident feels like she’s thought of as “trailer trash” or a “second-class citizen” in the Town of McBee, “a town where some estimate there are more mobile homes1 than stick-built homes.”

But Johnson says that slice of her American Dream is now uncertain, due to McBee’s planned change in their ordinance.

According to a councilman Kemp McLeod, McBee simply isn’t discriminating at all. “It’s not the intent of the town to judge anybody,” he said. The town needed to make sure manufactured homes weren’t blocking right-of-ways, were hooking up to the water system correctly, and weren’t devaluing homes already here.

But that councilman’s statement reflects a common mistaken notion is disproven by Trulia and a study by two economic researchers, previously reported in the report linked below.

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McLeod’s comment also represents a potential unjust taking, as was a decision in a recent court ruling in a high court ruling in Iowa.

“Unconstitutional Taking,” “Gentrification on Trial” in Recent Oak Hill Manufactured Home Community Ruling


Associations, Associations…

The Manufactured Housing Institute of South Carolina is working with the city officials in McBee,” said Mark Dillard, Executive Director Manufactured Housing Institute of SC (MHISC) to the Daily Business News on MHProNews.

We’ve offered to help them put together an updated manufactured home ordinance.  We’ve always found it works well to get with officials during the early drafting stage,” Dillard said.That’s when you can have the most influence.”

That fits with what MHISC’s Ed Schafer said to MHProNews in 2016, who’s praise for forward looking towns hints that there are others that aren’t so open minded.

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But the battles in South Carolina – which has one of the highest percentage of manufactured homes in the housing stock – rages on there, and elsewhere in the U.S. too.


Third-party researchers who’ve been contacting MHProNews have asked variations of the following question. ‘Given the national scope of the problem, isn’t this something that a national trade association should be addressing?’

Fair question. Two MHI connected sources suggested to MHProNews today that MHI has not taken any apparent interst in the McBee matter.

It’s one of the reasons why the Washington, D.C. based Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has said that a new national post-production association is needed to supplant what is often seen as the failures of the Arlington, VA based Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) from habitually acting.

Those failures aren’t new, argued former MHI award winner, Marty Lavin, who explained that MHI has long worked in favor of the interests of their largest members.

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Long time, now former, MHI member George Allen recently said that the problem with MHI is summed up as “Perennial corporate consolidation and power plays among far too few elite producers of HUD-Code manufactured homes, along with far too few purveyors of chattel capital…”


The graphic above was a prior set of similar comments by Allen, who regular Daily Business News readers know has some of his own controversies.

While some might quibble over Allen’s conclusion, the problem he described echoes a point Sam Zell has also made.  High regulatory barriers results in more consolidation.

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But beyond the cost to business, is the far higher cost to would be manufactured home owners.

MHI in recent years has responded only after months, or years, of pressures from within the industry, per voices inside and outside of that trade body.

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That failure to provide genuine representation is among the reasons why the Arizona and Nevada community owners associations have launched their own national body with a focus on communities.

State Associations, Companies Quit Membership in Manufactured Housing Institute, (MHI), One Explains in Writing, ‘Why?’

The steady spread of local jurisdictions attempting to zone out, or outright ban, manufactured homes has led a non-profit to take legal action. For more on that, see the related report, linked below. “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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Footnote 1: typo or terminological error is in the original WISTV report. As LMHA’s Steve Duke, JD, has said, “The terminology matters because the terminology defines the construction standards.” 


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Tony Hilton Head SC may see an MHC

August 18th, 2014 Comments off

mfg home credit  freehold real estate managementIf a local businessman has his way, upscale Hilton Head, South Carolina will see a 14-home site manufactured housing community (MHC). Enrique Lopez has applied to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control for Coastal Zone Consistency Determination, and intends to sell lots for $70,000 each. Noting a manufactured home (MH) can be purchased for $30,000 to $35,000, he anticipates consumers will buy the lots over time, adding people are paying $500 a month rent for home sites now. In July the median price of a residence in the Hilton Head area was $248,000, 17 percent below July 2013.

As reports, Mark Dillard, executive director of the Manufactured Housing Institute of South Carolina (MHISC), says it may be a challenge because most people think of the old stereotypes of 1950s and 1960s as their reference point, when in fact construction of MH has been stringently controlled by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) since 1976. He says the new MHCs cannot always be distinguished from site-built homes in subdivisions. As MHProNews understands, SC has 750,000 people living in 350,000 MH, about 18.2 percent of the population. ##

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Some State Residents Embarrassed by Beauty Pageant Contestant

September 16th, 2013 Comments off

At the Miss America Pageant, contestants were told to introduce themselves in a catchy way. The South Carolina entrant said, “ From the state where 20 percent of our homes are mobile ’cause that’s how we roll, I’m Brooke Mosteller, Miss South Carolina.” Many of her fellow residents were evidently not amused, and let their feelings be known on social media, as informs MHProNews. While Mark Dillard, Executive Director of the Manufactured Housing Institute of South Carolina (MHISC) did not think she was funny either, says, “I think our reputation is about 30 years behind the product itself. And actually, cases like this are an opportunity for us to get out the word and talk about that.” He adds manufactured homes are built to the same safety standards as site-built homes, including fire safety standards; and in the interest of accuracy, 17.9 percent of homes in SC are factory-built homes. Dillard says one reason the state has so many manufactured homes is because of the cost effectiveness of their construction. He notes, “They’re built in a factory. You can buy your wood and your fireplace inserts in big quantities, so they can save 25, 30 percent right off the bat.”

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