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MarketWatch Reports on Manufactured Housing, 2018-2019

April 12th, 2019 Comments off

 

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It’s Flashback Friday. Reviewing two reports by MarketWatch are timely, and ought to make followers of the popular personal finance guru Dave Ramsey, or HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver sit up and think again.

 

These are equally timely because of the arguably injustice that is taking place in Bryan, TX of cities and towns across the country, where manufactured homes are increasingly being zoned out. The vote in Bryan is subject to a special petition that, if those petitions are certified as accurate, could void Tuesday’s council vote, so this ought to be a timely topic for our industry’s professionals.

Especially independents, and those who are keen on industry growth should sit up and take notice. Because as the latest Masthead reminds readers, for want of a nail, the war was lost.

 

 

For Want of a Nail – Manufactured Housing

 

 

Teeing Up the MarketWatch Reports 2018-2019

To set the table, these articles are provided under fair use guidelines. These are not a fact checks per se, but we will clarify the terminology with some graphics and illustrations between them, while providing commentary and analysis.

Let’s note that the featured photo below from the first MarketWatch report included at least one home that wasn’t a manufactured home. It is a mobile home, as the windows on that unit are a dead giveaway for a feature that is forbidden by the federally preemptive HUD Code for manufactured homes.

It is worth mentioning that what some MarketWatch staffer selected for use to illustrate was hardly the best photo to use showcase the appeal of modern manufactured homes. Those are either older manufactured homes, and/or mobile homes.

The Daily Business News on MHProNews will then note that anecdotally that mobile homes can and have appreciated too. The factors for appreciation are roughly the same for conventional housing as for mobile homes or manufactured housing. For example,

  • availability of financing is a key factor,
  • as too are location,
  • condition,
  • area market conditions,
  • along with other aspects of the laws of supply and demand.

With that brief introduction and noting that MHProNews is not editing either report for typos, facts, undisclosed conflicts of interest, or terminology errors, let the reader dive into MarketWatch’s two timely flashback articles on the wisdom of manufactured homes, and appreciation.  Here’s the link to the first article.

 

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Recent data challenges the idea that manufactured housing isn’t a strong investment

Many have long held the assumption that mobile homes don’t increase in value — or, at the very least, they rise in value at a much slower rate than traditional homes.

But recent data suggests the opposite is true — and that could have major implications in the push for increased affordable housing nationwide.

A new report from the Urban Institute, a Washington, D.C.–based think tank, examined data released in August by the Federal Housing Finance Agency. The home price index for manufactured homes (also known as mobile homes) featured an average annual growth rate of 3.4%, versus 3.8% for traditional, site-built homes.

In recent years, home prices have actually risen at a faster clip for manufactured, or mobile, homes than they have for traditional properties.

But that trend is not always easy to see, because manufactured housing is more popular in parts of the country where the overall recovery from the housing crisis has been less robust. For instance, California represents nearly 18% of the nation’s overall housing market, but it comprises just 4% of the manufactured housing market based on the number of units shipped.

Because manufactured homes generally aren’t highly concentrated in housing markets that have notably recovered from the crisis, it creates the impression that these homes’ values don’t appreciate at the same rate as traditional homes. In reality, this is more a reflection of where the homes are located than the types of homes.

Comparatively, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, North Carolina and Texas represent 41% of the manufactured-housing market, but have experienced price appreciation below the national level.

The report only looked at mobile homes that were financed with loans guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. However, most homeowners who finance the purchase of a manufactured home don’t get a traditional mortgage because they only own the structure and not the land beneath it.

Instead, they typically get a chattel loan — a personal loan that is more similar to an auto loan than it is a mortgage. Chattel loans are more expensive than mortgages and typically come with higher interest rates.

It is not clear whether the report’s findings apply to homes purchased with chattel loans as well. Nevertheless, it’s a strong indication that mobile homes may be a worthwhile investment. “Although there are limits to what the data can tell us, the index suggests a need to reevaluate the presumption that manufactured homes do not appreciate at the same rate as site-built homes,” the Urban Institute researchers wrote.

There are many downsides to manufactured homes. If a mobile-home owner doesn’t own the land they will obviously have to rent it — and those costs can rise over time. What’s more, these homes aren’t actually mobile in most cases, despite the common moniker. As a result, if land rents get too expensive or if the land’s owner decides to sell, homeowners might be forced to move and sell their home, regardless of what price they can get for their home.

The homes also are more prone to damage in natural disasters like hurricanes and tornadoes. Because many owners buy their mobile homes in cash, insurers often only offer “actual cash value” coverage for the properties rather than covering the replacement value. This lowers the amount the insurer pays out, which left many people in Florida facing serious losses after Hurricane Irma tore through the state last year and destroyed or damaged many manufactured homes.

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For MarketWatch to note that mobile or manufactured homes were damaged, without noting that so were conventional housing units, is an oversight. The above clarifies that miss.

As a brief added commentary to both MarketWatch articles, are the terminology illustrations, plus other quotes and factoids provided above and below by MHProNews. The terminology is not interchangeable. 

 

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 The link to the next report from MarketWatch is here.

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As the housing crunch continues, would-be buyers may want to consider these unorthodox options

Here’s a bold forecast for the housing market in 2019: conditions will continue to be strained as affordable inventory gets snatched up quickly, leaving the least desirable and most pricey properties to stagnate.

Given how steep the housing shortfall has been for so many years – Freddie Mac economists estimated we’re nearly 5 million units short – that’s kind of a no-brainer. The bigger question is what we do about it.

In the spirit of “new year, new approach,” MarketWatch has collected several suggested solutions to the housing crunch. These are unconventional ideas, but ones that industry participants have been exploring for years. They may provide fodder for house hunters willing to think outside the box – especially if the idea of another wasted Sunday afternoon of open houses doesn’t appeal.

 

Factory-built homes

Jenny Cochrane and her husband had spent years taking care of her mother, who was struggling with breast cancer and who owned a manufactured home in Yulee, Florida.

The couple ran into some financial trouble in the downturn – “the economy went splat and so did we,” Cochrane said in an interview. But she still had enough saved in her 401(k) to consider buying a traditional house. Eventually, though, the couple decided to assume her mother’s mortgage and take over her house, mostly because they liked the space that the much-cheaper factory-built home afforded them.

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“It’s a double-wide manufactured home on a solid foundation, it’s not going anywhere,” Cochrane said. The couple rode out the last hurricane with barely a scratch to show for it. They have a front porch, back porch, 3 bedrooms, and laundry room on about an acre of land.

Manufactured homes are 35-47% cheaper than traditional “site-built” properties, according to an analysis from the Urban Institute. Factory-built homes accounted for 16-25% of all new single-family houses between 1977 and 1995, but just 10% in 2017, even as the quality of construction has become much better over the past few years, the Urban researchers noted.

Restrictive zoning is partially to blame for the low take-up of manufactured homes. About one-third of them are currently in single-purpose communities, and municipalities often ban the development of such areas.

But a more significant challenge is that lenders have often struggled to make mortgages on manufactured homes. That’s in part because it can be challenging to find comparable properties against which to appraise them, and in part because most owners don’t own the land on which the houses sit. (Another wrinkle, as the Urban Institute notes, is that most mortgages for manufactured homes tend to be much smaller, and small-dollar loans are always less desirable for lenders, who have fixed overhead costs.)

Freddie Mac, the giant government-sponsored enterprise that buys mortgages from banks and other lenders, has introduced a new program to allow conventional-style financing for factory-built homes, in part by allowing appraisers to use site-built properties as comparables. But Freddie’s financing, and that offered by many lenders, including Cochrane’s mortgage, is only available for homes where the house is tied to the property.

Still, that small step may be enough to start to encourage more supply and lending into the housing market, the Urban analysts wrote.

 

Communal living

Imagine a scheme that allowed a third-party bureaucracy to own property and homeowners to lease those ownership rights from it. (If that sounds somewhat Bolshevik, don’t forget that most Manhattan properties are cooperatives, and utilize roughly the same structure, with little of the socialism.)

Community land trusts use a similar structure to help foster affordable housing and economic development. They’ve been around for a few decades, and have a stellar track record for building community and enabling sustainable homeownership.

“The basic concept is that you want to take housing and land off the speculative market,” said Michael Swack, who helped develop the concept, and now directs the Center for Impact Finance at the University of New Hampshire. The “speculative” real estate market Swack describes is familiar: communities can be affordable for many families, until they’re “discovered” by more affluent people outside the neighborhood, who move in and, over time, make it less affordable for everyone and off-limits for some.

But community land trusts, which despite their name are usually not true trusts, but nonprofit entities, own and retain ownership of land, and offer long-term leases to homeowners. One of the oldest in the country is the Burlington, Vermont-based Champlain Housing Trust. The trust currently has 611 owned homes, and over the 35 years it’s been around, 1,100 families have become owners with its help.

Owners deed the land on which the homes sit to Champlain, which reduces the market price of those homes by about 20%. When an owner is ready to sell, she gets 100% of the equity that comes from having paid down her mortgage, and 100% of the appraised value of any capital improvement, but only 25% of the market appreciation, also determined by an appraisal. The home reverts back to the trust, and the cycle can begin again.

 

A sample community land trust lifecycle
Year 1 Appraised value of home $240,000
Purchase price $200,000
Year 8 Appraised value of home $280,000
Equity built $20,000
Market appreciation assigned to owner $10,000
New purchase price $230,000
Source: Champlain Housing Trust

 

“We’ve added a rung” to the homeownership ladder, Brenda Torpy, the trust’s CEO and one of its founders, told MarketWatch. “People now see that they can use our program as a stepping stone. We can provide a homeownership equivalent to what they can pay in rent and they start building equity immediately.”

Champlain owners sell their homes about every seven years or so, roughly the same tenure as national averages, and they move on for all the reasons Americans always move – in search of a bigger home to accommodate children, to warmer places for retirement, or to wherever a new job beckons.

In contrast, the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood, has about 36 owned housing units dating back to its inception in 1989, and “less than a handful” of those owners have left, according to its director of operations, Tony Hernandez.

“People confess that they originally thought of it as a stepping stone, but now they think of it as home,” Hernandez said. “The intent was to get owners who would stay and keep the family knit into it, rather than a land trust model where they come in, build wealth and move on. We created a village.”

Grounded Solutions Network, a national affordable housing advocacy group, estimates that there are about 165 community land trusts around the country, with about 12,000 owned homes between them. Many land trusts also have affordable rental properties, which Grounded Solutions estimates includes about 25,000 rental units.

A Grounded Solutions analysis as of June 2018 founded that the average household income at the time of home purchase was 64% of area median income, and on average owners were buying homes at about 34% below fair market value.

For the people who buy from land trusts, homeownership has been a success. Through the worst of the foreclosure crisis, they became delinquent only about one-fourth as often as other homeowners.

Grounded Solutions and others argue that it also works for communities: “These programs retained the affordability of the homes to serve the same income level resale after resale. That means that these programs successfully created a stock of affordable homes that remain forever, even if the neighborhood gentrifies or the real estate market turns up or down.”

 

Fixer-uppers

Picture a house-hunter in an average American city, pre-qualified for a mortgage that would allow him to buy a median-priced home of about $250,000. Now picture that buyer hustling to bid on every house that comes along in that price range, only to be outbid by someone with more money, an all-cash offer, or something else.

But now imagine there’s a house that’s lingered on the market. It’s priced at about $180,000, but that’s because it requires a lot of work – a lot.

This scenario happens often enough that the mortgage finance industry has tools specifically for it. Meet the “renovation mortgage,” an innovation that allows the home buyer to take out one loan for the purchase price of the home plus the cost to rehab it.

“I like to say, don’t look at a house as it is, look at a house as what it could be,” said Jonathan Lawless, who runs Fannie Mae’s product development team for affordable housing. “That could be a much better way to get people in the door.”

What’s the catch? Anyone who’s ever undertaken a big renovation knows the drill, pardon the pun. While it may be a lot more convenient to apply for and manage one debt rather than two, renovation loans can still be a beast, rolling the nightmare of home repair into the knotty bureaucracy of mortgage underwriting. Brooke Anderson-Tompkins, president of upstate New York-based 1st Priority Mortgage, calls them both “cumbersome” and “a phenomenal product that more agents need to be aware of.”

For one thing, most renovation loans require that contractors be paid on a draw basis, which several sources told MarketWatch usually makes many potential hires uninterested in such projects. But Jamie Zeitz, who manages the Southeastern U.S. operations of Homebridge Financial Services, points out that contractors and homeowners should both be aware “there’s no safer way” to enter into a construction deal since the work being done is part of a financing package that requires all parties be satisfied, and that work be paid for.

There are also more parties involved than in a regular renovation process. Most loan programs require that a consultant oversee the project, for example. Homebridge offers a “Concierge Service Manager” to serve as a single point of contact for the homeowner, rather than forcing that person to deal with the consultant, the contractor, the appraiser, the people paying the contractor, and so on.

While they’re unwieldy, the mortgage finance industry increasingly sees such loan programs as an important key to solving the housing crunch, Lawless said. Fannie is looking at ways to streamline the draw process, for example, and also recently clarified that its program, called HomeStyle, can be used for accessory dwelling units, which are smaller, standalone buildings on an existing property. ADUs can be used to create rental income, or to house relatives.

Homebridge is the biggest originator of the renovation loan program offered by the Federal Housing Administration, which carries the unwieldy title “203(k) loans.” As with its more traditional mortgage programs, FHA 203(k) loans can be made with as little as 3.5% down, but they will cost a bit more than conventional mortgages.

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The estimate of a 5 million unit housing shortage cited by MarketWatch is far lower than what is estimated by Lawrence Yun, or the Low Income Housing Coalition. Collage by MHProNews.

The MHProNews report linked below on Sun Communities provides some useful data as a tie-in to the above from MarketWatch. How so?

Sun, as a publicly trade company, has provided their research points comparing manufactured home rentals with apartment rentals.  The savings and advantages to manufactured homes in that category is significant.

Then, there is a comparison of buying a manufactured home with purchasing an existing home.  Neither Sun or MarketWatch makes a list of all of the possible pluses, but those they share – such as price point data – are useful.

The Government Accountability Office’s 2014 report on manufactured homes was largely favorable, and included an explanation for a concern that MarketWatch and the Urban Institute raised but did not resolve. Namely, that even with a higher loan cost, the price saving makes the monthly payment for a manufactured home significantly less than conventional housing.

 

 

The possible takeaways or bottom lines are many.  Most certainly, the above is useful in scenarios like Byran, TX, debunking Dave Ramsey, or clarifying some issues with John Oliver’s viral “Mobile Homes” video.

They also make the sad case for what one of the sources with long ties to MHI provided information to MHProNews about state executives chatter which bemoaned the Oliver video dubbed “association malpractice.”  See more on that in an upcoming report that will rip another band-aid off what is taking place in the MHI affiliated network.

All of these are reasons why manufactured home sales should be soaring, not snoring. As MHI member Skyline-Champion notes in their illustration, shown below, manufactured homes are far below their long term average, much less their recent or all-all time highs.

 

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Note the trend line. Manufactured housing is underperforming. Note the difference between RVs 20 years ago, and MH 20 years ago. MH Is underperforming. No one else has advanced a thesis as logical and compelling. To date, Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington have not even attempted to refute the claims. Will they today?

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President Donald Trump’s First 6 Months Impact on Economy in 9 Charts, Just the Fact$

August 3rd, 2017 Comments off

TrumponomicsFirst6Months9ChartsDailyBusinessNewsManufacturedHousingIndustryMHProNewsThe mainstream media has spent a lot of time debating on how the new 45th president is doing since his inauguration in January.

While many pundits focus their energy on arguing about elusive claims of Russian involvement in his victory last November, or what the Trump Administration would call distraction tactics by political opponents, there are others looking at hard numbers; the fact.

Per MarketWatch, these 9 charts describe how the economy is responding so far since President Donald J. Trump took over the Oval Office.

No speculation.  No opinions. Just the numbers.

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Since the beginning of the year there’s been a total of 863,000 jobs created. Four of the last six months has seen more than 200,000 new jobs. Unemployment was down to 4.3 percent as of May, according to the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL).

That’s the lowest the unemployment rate has been since 2001.  Unstated in these charts is the fact that some 6 million jobs are waiting to be filled.

Wages have risen around a 2.3 percent increase since the start of the year.

The stock market has seen a significant 10.5 percent increase.  That suggests investor confidence, and a recovering, growing economy.

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Inflation is down from the start of the year.  President Trump’s administration has been at 2.2 percent six months in. GDP is growing steadily.

Looking at the labor force participation, it was at 62.9 percent as of June 2017.  The labor participation rate was slightly higher at 63.5 percent during former President Obama’s term.

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The current trade deficit sits at $45.9 billion – and has fluctuated some, both rising and falling again slightly, since the beginning of the year.

Surprisingly, home ownership has risen modestly since the start of the year.  It was at 63.9 percent halfway into the year.  That often reflects consumer confidence, which previous Daily Business News reports have confirmed. Builder confidence is up overall. So too are housing starts, which obviously follows the rising rate.

MarketWatch decided to look at student loan debt too, which sits at a hefty $1.4 trillion. That number has been continuously rising for years.

Even that tilting left-of-center media source provided facts that indicated overall economic progress. # # (News)

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NAHB Home Builder Confidence Report Released

February 18th, 2017 Comments off
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In the latest report from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), homebuilder confidence was down in February, after the November elections boosted the index to an 11-year high.

According to MarketWatch, the index fell 2 points to 65 in February, which puts it “solidly above” the 2016 average of 61 and in what the NAHB calls a “more normal range.

 

Overall, economists had forecast an uptick to 68 in February. Readings over 50 signal improving conditions.

The three sub-components of the index were down in February, with the current sales condition gauge falling one point to 71, while the measure of sales expectations over the next six months slid 3 points to 73.

The component that gauges buyer traffic fell five points to 46, putting it back below the neutral line.

In the near term, we expect a slight moderation in housing activity owing to higher mortgage rates, but the picture for 2017-18 remains one of modest trend improvement,” said Michael Gapen, an economist at Barclays.

Overall, the forward-looking indicators – a good predictor of housing starts activity six months ahead – remain on a strong footing, and we continue to expect a steady, albeit modest recovery in the housing sector this year.

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The NAHB index does not sync perfectly with the pace of construction activity, but if builders have more favorable assessments of business conditions, it usually indicates a stronger pace of construction.

Recently, builders have been breaking ground on only about two-thirds of the number of homes as their long-term average even as housing shortages are driving up costs for renting and buying. The NAHB cites more expensive and scarcer lots and labor, as well as increased regulation, for the slower pace of construction.

As the Daily Business News covered recently, the NAHB has been supportive of the moves from the Trump administration, including the proposed rollbacks of Dodd-Frank.

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NAHB commends President Trump on his announcement to reform regulations in the Dodd-Frank Act that have hampered our nation’s housing recovery and slowed economic growth,” said NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald.

We support common-sense regulations to protect American consumers and preserve our nation’s banking system, however, the tight lending conditions created by Dodd-Frank are preventing too many home builders from receiving loans and restricting mortgage financing to credit-worthy borrowers.

The Daily Business NewsMHProNews and MHLivingNews have covered Dodd-Frank and its impact on the manufactured housing industry extensively, including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Their impact on affordable housing has, in essence, created a “Renter’s Nation”. ##

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U.S. Winning on Jobs, plus Dow Jones Milestones Chart

December 28th, 2016 Comments off
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Fox Business and CNBC were among the networks that carried the news that president-elect Donald J. Trump has been assured by Spring that they will be brining 5,000 jobs back to the U.S. This continues a pattern of other job creating or saving announcements, including:

  • Dec 14, 2016 -SoftBank Telecommunications: 50,000 Jobs.
  • Nov 30, 2016 – could save 1000 jobs Carrier employees in Indianapolis thought were going to Mexico.

Manufactured housing, as is true of all big-ticket industries, benefit by the creation of new jobs.  Besides those shown, are those planned in oil and gas, and other energy sectors, such as the coal mining industry.

The so-called “Trump effect” or “Trump-bump” on the markets has market watchers discussing when the Dow will burst the 20,000 milestone.

Fox Business has speculated that bringing these jobs to the U.S. may signal that Sprint, T-Mobile and the Trump transition team have come to an agreement about a future merger.

As 20,000 Dow Is In Sight, Dow History in One Graphic

MarketWatch created the chart below, which reflects the history of the Dow in one infographic.

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Juanita Duggan, President and CEO of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). “Before Election Day small business owners’ optimism was flat, and after Election Day it soared.” The Daily Business News reported on the NFIB’s small business confidence survey – the source of the quote above and linked here – which had a big post-election boost.

The Daily Business News will continue to monitor the pro-business market trends that are taking shape as the incoming Trump administration prepares to take office on January 20th, 2017. ##

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Home Builders Sentiment Remains Static; Attracting Workers Remains Problematic

April 18th, 2016 Comments off

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The index is based on three sub-indices: the current state of sales fell two points to 63 in April; the index that tracks what home builders expect for the coming six months rose a point to 62, while the measure of buyer traffic rose one point to 44. The buyer traffic index has not been above 50 since the pinnacle of the housing bubble a decade ago. The overall index hit a ten-year high 65 last fall, but then receded.

The stronger job market should support the overall housing market but attracting workers remains a problem. In Feb. unfilled construction worker openings was at a post-recession high.

NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz said builders remain cautiously optimistic. ##

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Builder Confidence for Single-family Homes Remains at 58

March 16th, 2016 Comments off

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January saw sales of existing homes hit the second highest rate of the expansion, according to marketwatch, with housing selling so strong inventory of for sale homes fell to one of its lowest points in decades, moving prices higher.

A survey conducted by the Association of Realtors (NAR) revealed an overwhelming preference of homeowners want a single-family home in the suburbs.

Chief Economist for the NAR, Lawrence Yun, said, “Supply and demand imbalances and unhealthy levels of price growth in several metro areas have made buying an affordable home an onerous task for far too many first-time buyers and middle-class families.”

While Yun added, “It’s time for homebuilders to double their focus on constructing single-family homes,” builder members continue to report difficulties obtaining lots and workers. ##

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Existing Home Sales Fall, TILA-RESPA Rule Blamed

December 22nd, 2015 Comments off

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The National Association of Realtors (NAR) tells MHProNews that for Nov., 2015, sales of existing homes dropped 10.5 percent to the slowest rate in 19 months, to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 4.76 million. The decline is 3.8 percent over last year, according to marketwatch.

NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun agrees with Parsons, saying the average closing time is increasing from 36 to 41 days, and pushing sales into December.

The new rule imposed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), termed the “Know Before You Owe,” or the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure regulation, requires the lenders to provide consumers with the combined Closing Disclosure (CD) that includes all charges, fees and line items three days before closing instead of at closing. Parsons said some borrowers are paying $300 to $500 to hold the interest rate longer.

We’ve got more moving parts than ever before. And if a loan estimate isn’t perfect down to the penny, then the loan gets re-disclosed” and the closing gets delayed, he said. He noted in one case, because the loan disclosure rules are lengthening the time to close, the developer is threatening to charge $500 a day for each day the deal is not finalized.

The three-day period was to allow borrowers time to examine loan documents instead of potentially being surprised at closing with fees hidden by unscrupulous lenders, title companies or brokers.

Benjamin Niernberg, a title insurer with Proper Title in Northbrook, Illinois said 25 percent of the 250 home loan closings for new purchases he handles in a month had to be rescheduled, well above the three to four percent of the loans that were postponed before the new rule took effect.

In a response to a question from marketwatch, the CFPB said “We have devoted considerable resources to help the industry come into compliance. We expect as (the) industry continues to adapt to the new changes, future closings will be increasingly timely.

Proper Title’s Niernberg, saying by early next year the delays in closing will be but a memory, said, “Has TRID been disruptive? Sure,” he said. “Was it worse than we thought? No.##

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Sun Announces Public Offering of Common Stock

November 3rd, 2015 Comments off

sun homes coming soon signManufactured home community (MHC) owner Sun Communities, Inc. (NYSE:SUI) has announced the underwritten public offering of 3,250,000 shares of its common stock at $65.00 per share, according to marketwatch. Moreover, the underwriters receive a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 487,500 shares.

BofA Merrill Lynch, Citigroup and BMO Capital Markets are the primary underwriters, joined by RBC Capital Markets as co-lead manager. Co-managers for the offering include Baird, Fifth Third Securities, BTIG, PNC Capital Markets LLC, Ramirez & Co., Inc. and Comerica Securities.

Sun intends to use the proceeds to pay existing debt, fund possible future acquisitions and for general corporate purposes. The offering will close Fri., Nov. 6, 2015.

As MHProNews knows, Sun Communities is a real estate investment trust (REIT) that owns and operates a portfolio of 248 manufactured home and recreational vehicle communities comprised of 92,500 home sites. In today’s trading, Sun’s stock closed down -4.00 percent at $65.15. ##

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Drew to Release Q3 Results

October 21st, 2015 Comments off

drew_ind_2_logoMHProNews has learned from marketwatch that Drew Industries, Inc. (DW) will release its Q3 2015 financial results before the market opens on Tue., Nov 3, 2015, followed by a conference call later that same morning at 11 AM EST to discuss the results. The question and answer session will be limited to institutional investors and analysts. Other interested parties may listen in on the company website.

Participating in the call will be CEO Jason Lippert, President Scott Mereness and CFO David Smith. Drew’s stock closed Nov. 21, trading at $59.31, down -0.45 percent.

As MHProNews knows, Drew is a component supplier to the manufactured home and recreational vehicle industries, as well as to industrial, commercial, and consumer markets from 42 manufacturing facilities throughout the U. S. and Canada. ##

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Implementation of TRID Rough; Charges Fly

October 21st, 2015 Comments off

mortgage    andyenstallblog  creditThe new disclosure rule which combines the previous Truth in Lending Act (TILA) requirements with the Real Estate Settlement Practices Act (RESPA) into one Integrated Disclosure, called TRID, has not rolled out well due to mortgage software problems and Congressional inaction, said CFPB Director Richard Cordray to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA).

The “Know Before You Owe” rule gives borrowers three days to examine loan documents before closing, but has drawn the ire of some lenders for potentially slowing down loan closings, and requiring borrowers to pay more for the lender to hold an agreed-upon interest rate longer. This is called a loan lock, because it locks in the interest rate during the closing of a loan transaction, but for a fee, as marketwatch tells MHProNews.

Prior to the new rule, the rate was good for 30 days, for which the consumer did not pay. However, some mortgage lenders fear with an extended closing period, the loan lock may have to go as long as 45 or 60 days, with consumers possibly incurring hundreds or thousands in additional costs to hold an interest rate.

Cordray denies closings have been longer or that consumers are incurring higher costs, saying, “These claims reflect a failure or perhaps a refusal to understand what the rule actually says.

Closing delays will not show up until sometime in November when the loans made after the Oct. 3 implementation date will start closing.

TRID was enacted in response to lenders during the housing boom of the last decade who would increase the interest rate, add fees or change loan products at the last minute. Under TRID, mortgage lenders have to give consumers more time to understand any changes to the transaction.

Cordray blamed vendors of the software for the problems. “Some vendors performed poorly in getting their work done in a timely manner, and they unfairly put many of you (lenders) on the spot with changes at the last minute or even past the due date,” Cordray said. He said the CFPB will focus on how these vendors ae affecting the marketplace.

Jonathan Corr, president and CEO of Ellie Mae, which distributes about a third of the TRID compliant software, said while some lenders were not adequately prepared, they are dealing with loans made before and after the new rules took effect, which requires two sets of software. “This is the biggest change to the mortgage industry in 40 years,” said Corr, noting the process will likely iron out by mid-2016.

Still, the MBA wants Congress to provide a grace period until Feb. 2016 so that errors made in the TRID rules will not lead to enforcement sanctions. However, the White House says the mortgage industry has had enough time to understand the disclosure rule and it would veto any legislation to extend the deadline. ##

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