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MHC Faces the Music – Different Place, Same Song

April 4th, 2017 Comments off

Credit: Herald Sun.

Stories on manufactured home community owners being put through the pain of being uprooted from their property, and often having to make life-altering adjustments, are common in the U.S.

But the U.S. isn’t the only place where cases like this occur. They even happen in “the land down under.

According to the Herald Sun, residents of the Wantirna Caravan Park in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia are being forced out due to the community owner selling to a firm with ties to China, which plans to build high rise towers.

The company, Longriver, has a message on their website from managing director Andrew Yu stating he wants to leave “a positive mark in Melbourne’s history.

For one long time resident, that statement doesn’t hold water.


Trevor Russell. Credit: Herald Sun.

Once we found out who bought the park [sic], we knew we were stuffed,” said Trevor Russell, who has lived in the community for seven years, and received his eviction letter in December.

I had a neighbor come down in tears, then I started crying,” said Russell.

People are so upset.

Residents have been given until January 2018 to vacate. According to a PR firm representing Longriver, they made the decision on the site as a result of a detailed business analysis.

While the current owner of the community has offered to help residents relocate, some say that offer does not offer any real financial compensation.

According to Consumer Affairs in Victoria, there is no automatic right to compensation as long as residents have been given enough notice.

Last week, Yu officially announced that management had offered a package ahead of the eviction deadline in January.


Homes in the community. Credit: Herald Sun.

We recognize the upheaval the closure of the caravan park [sic] represents for residents and this assistance package aims to help ease residents’ transition into a more permanent housing solution,” said Yu.

Under the plan, residents, on giving 28 days notice, would not have to pay site costs once they leave.

Yu says that so far, 31 residents had already found new homes and moved out of the community.

Even with the help, residents, and those who support them, say they face massive costs.

There is no legal basis for compensation, but there certainly is an ethical one,” said Aoife Cooke, a representative for the Housing for the Aged Action Group, who is working to assist residents.

You have very low-income people who as well as having to move their house and becoming homeless, there are huge costs involved in this situation, such as relocation costs, moving costs, disposing of units if that’s relevant to their situation. I think the (residents) haven’t been protected by a legislative framework that really caters for the needs of people in caravan parks [sic].” ##


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MH and Millennials: Finally Affordable

January 18th, 2017 Comments off

A home at Lamplighter Village. Credit: Florida Today.

In Melbourne, Florida, manufactured homes are getting a whole new level of respect.

From millennials.

The generation that is now attracted to manufactured homes wants all the extras and we’re giving it to them,” said Ryan Brower, general manager at Lamplighter Village.

Today’s buyers may be downsizing from a 4,000-square-foot home to a 2,000-square-foot home, but they don’t want to lose any of the amenities. They want more. They also want all the new trends.

Per Florida Today, while the baby boomers may be downsizing and interested in the possibilities of the new manufactured homes, they are not the only ones in the market for this affordable housing.

Millennials are making the move to their first house, and more of them are also choosing manufactured homes.

The data supports this.


Credit: MHI.

Statistics from the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) show that the largest group of manufactured home owners is now between the ages of 18 and 29.

Pricing also makes manufactured housing extremely attractive to millennials, with “costs anywhere between 10 and 35 percent lower than site built homes,” read the odd phrasing of the apparent MHI advertorial, given that the Census Bureau reports manufactured homes are half the cost of new on-site construction.

Where most would agrees is that when combined with the quality and consistency of factory building, there are often no discernible differences between manufactured and site built homes.

As an example, Lamplighter Village offers three bedroom, two bath homes with 2,220 square feet for between $90,000 to $160,000.


Richard Jennison. Credit: MHI.

The standards for manufactured housing are subject to robust compliance and quality assurance regulations, sometimes more stringent than those for traditional site-built homes,” said MHI president and CEO Richard Jennison.

The building materials used in today’s manufactured homes are the same as those used in site-built homes. 

Also attractive to millennials are sustainability, energy efficiency and technology, all of which manufactured housing delivers on in a big way.

Energy standards for manufactured homes continue to improve,” said Keith Holdbrooks, president of Clayton Home Building Group. “We’re constantly adding new options that can lower homeowner energy consumption for better, long-term savings.


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The Daily Business News recently covered Red Bay, Alabama-based Sunshine Homes and their NextGen tech for retailers and manufactured home communities, including 3D virtual tours. That story is linked here.

For more on how manufactured housing continues to defy stereotypes, take a look at our recent MHLivingNews features “Oh Paradigm Shift” – Million Dollar Manufactured Homes for Rich and Frugal, and Nine Revolutionary PreCrafted Tips on Home Buying for 2017, and Beyond. ##

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Ingenia Buys Tourist Park, Adding 54 Manufactured Homes

December 16th, 2015 Comments off

australia_south_west_rocks_tourist_park__abc_dot_net_dot_au__credit__ingenia-ownedWord has arrived from New South Wales (NSW), Australia that manufactured home community (MHC) owner Ingenia Communities has acquired South West Rocks Tourist Park in NSW for $8.5 million ($6.03M USD), but only the business and not the land, reports

As MHProNews posted Oct. 21, 2015, Ingenia acquired Lakeside Lara outside Melbourne, an MHC comprised of 56 occupied MH, 13 that have not been sold and 164 undeveloped sites on 20.5 acres for just under $11.8 million USD.

Ingenia CEO Simon Owens stated over the next 3-5 years they intend to pour $10.65 million (USD) into South West Rocks, updating the tourism stock and adding 54 affordable MH.

Owens said, “Our business model meets two of the key challenges facing Australia today, and that’s an aging population and also a housing affordability crisis,” he said. “That’s where the manufactured home business comes in. Secondly, with an aging population and more people jumping in a caravan and traveling around Australia, opportunities to acquire businesses like South West Rocks are few and far between.

Ingenia’s MH portfolio consists of 22 Active Lifestyle Estates MHCs and 31 Garden Estates, which are rent only, but both are targeted to seniors. Ingenia sold 100 MH last year in its communities, and expects to sell 120 this year. The company also owns a series of other tourist parks. ##

199 Unit Modular Building Breaks Up the Skyline Down Under

July 8th, 2013 Comments off

Sustainable design is woven into the Nicholson modular housing development in Coburg, Victoria, Australia. Combining 110 privately owned units with 89 affordable rental dwellings, the offset building height of the

stacked modules provides access to light and

views, and maximizes winter sun and cross ventilation. The greenery in the shared courtyard is fed by greywater cachement, and water for the modular units is heated by solar panels. The 33,500 square foot apartments sit atop 5,890 square feet of retail and commercial space, as MHProNews has learned from archdaily in southeastern Australia near Melbourne. Architects at Designinc designed the $88 million project.

(Photo credits: The Nicholson, top: Tony Miller/archdaily; bottom, Dianna Snape/archdaily)