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Beauty Queen’s Sarcastic Remarks Spark Interest in MH

September 20th, 2013 Comments off

In response to the South Carolina beauty contestant at the Miss America pageant who made fun of her home state’s bounty of manufactured homes, as MHProNews covered Sept. 16, 2013, Brian Hicks with The Post and Courier says the line— “I’m from the state where 20 percent of our homes are mobile, because that’s how we roll”—was probably composed by the show’s writers. The actual rate is 17.9 percent, tops in the nation. And while some fellow residents may be upset, Mark Dillard, executive director of the Manufactured Housing Institute of South Carolina (MHISC) says the phone has been ringing more than usual, and he is using the occasion to educate people who call about manufactured homes. “These homes don’t roll, except from the factory to your land,” Dillard says, noting this is no longer 1975, before the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) began putting strict controls on their production. One SC manufactured housing business put up “Thank You Miss South Carolina” on its electronic reader board. Hicks tells MHProNews manufactured homes are indistinguishable from subdivision homes and subject to the same regulations. But as Dillard remarks, “Who’s smarter, or more financially savvy: a person who buys a house they can afford, or a person who gets in over their head by trying to buy a McMansion?”

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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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