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ObamaCare Architect Jonathan Gruber – Lack of Transparency needed to pass ACA

November 11th, 2014 Comments off

jonathan-gruber-mit=credit=posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-Just days after the mid-term elections that swept Republicans to record levels in the House and gave them control of the U.S. Senate, a video has surfaced featuring Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare) “architect,” Jonathan Gruber.

In the video, Gruber candidly tells those in the room he was speaking in that a lack of transparency was necessary for ObamaCare to pass. Had the American people been told the truth, Gruber said, the bill would not have passed. “Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage.”

Given the impact on full time employment, as well as on growing companies who may not want to grow past 50 workers, manufactured housing as well as every other industry in the nation is impacted as a result of the law as it now stands.

This marks the 3 major story to break about the ACA in a matter of days. 

 

This marks the 3 major story to break about the ACA in a matter of days. 

The Supreme Court will once more take up part of the law, projections for increased premiums are underway and the White House admits the number of sign-ups has likely been overstated.

These and other factors may set the stage for changes to the law in 2015, as pundits on both sides of the aisle say some Democrats may join with Republicans, thus distancing themselves via such a vote with the largely unpopular health care law. ##

(Jonathan Gruber photo credit, MIT)

Even with Thunderstorms, Tunica Pre-Show Estimates Exceeded

March 30th, 2014 Comments off


2014-tunica-manufactured-housing-show-entrance-south-central-manufactured-housing-institute-harrah's-convention-center-tunica-msWhile weather and other factors kept some potential attendees away, preliminary figures from Show Ways Unlimited and the registration company indicted that a total of 2195 professionals attended the 2014 Tunica Manufactured Housing Show.  Pre-Show estimates on total professionals expected at this year’s event were for 2100 total.

The timing of Ceasar’s Entertainments public announcement on March 26 that their Harrah’s Tunica property would be closed may have confused some potential attendees.

Sources close to the Show speculated that the property may still be sold prior to the June 2 planned closing date for the casino and hotels.  If indeed the property closes, a few ideas were floated for new potential locations for the show, including a new all indoor location in Nashville, TN.

One way or another, this March Manufactured Housing Show is expected to continue on.

Post show commentary and videos are expected in April’s Featured Articles on MHProNews, on the Industry Voices guest blog and on the Cutting Edge blog. ##

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Community Owner Wins after Appeal

September 26th, 2012 Comments off

<p><b><i>Seasidesignal <b><i>tells MHProNews that a Clatsop county OR hearings official revised his order on Sunset Lake RV and MH Resort after a challenge by owner Ken Hick.  Hearings Officer Paul Elsner, has authorized up to 75 permenant and short term spaces on the roughly 4.4 acre property.  Hick appealed an earlier ruling by the hearings officer to the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals.  In May, the Oregon Land Use Board remanded the case back to the county, ruling that Elsner had not provided sufficient findings for his order limiting the number of units on the property.</p? <p>(Photo credit: Woodalls)</p>Seasidesignal tells MHProNews that a Clatsop County OR hearings official revised his order on Sunset Lake RV and MH Resort after a challenge by owner Ken Hick. Hearings Officer Paul Elsner, has authorized up to 75 permanent and short term spaces on the roughly 4.4 acre property. Hick appealed an earlier ruling by the hearings officer to the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals. In May, the Oregon Land Use Board remanded the case back to the county, ruling that Elsner had not provided sufficient findings for his order limiting the number of units on the property.

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Boston Market Rents are Cooking!

January 26th, 2012 Comments off

MHProNews.com has learned the housing downturn pushed rents to record highs in the metropolitan Boston area in the last quarter of 2011, while the vacancy rate dropped to four percent, a nine year low. Average monthly rents went from $1,600 in 2009 to $1,686 Dec. 2011. TheBostonGlobe reports economists expect rental rates to continue increasing for several years, even though developers broke ground for 1,912 units last year, the highest number since 2006. Of those, 418 are considered affordable. Eric S. Belsky, managing director of Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, says the demand for rental housing does show strength in the housing market, and that Boston is a desirable city to live in. Linda Patton, assistant director of off-campus housing at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) says her listing of available rentals is a third of what it was two years ago, as the city’s graduate school population keeps expanding, further increasing demand. According to Eric Rosengren, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, there are large tracts of foreclosed properties that could be converted into rental properties, which would lower rents and clean up blighted neighborhoods. Reis Inc., a company that tracks commercial real estate, says Boston is the fifth most expensive rental market in the nation behind New York City, San Francisco, New York’s Westchester County, and Connecticut’s Fairfield County.

(Graphic credit: Reis Inc. graph of Boston rental market)

It’s Back and Better than Ever!

December 29th, 2011 Comments off

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Everyone I talk to is very pleased the show is moving forward in 2012. This year’s show is in a growth mode and we expect the show to be bigger and better than last year. “ said Ron Thomas, active retailer, community owner and Louisville Show Chairman. While it may not be a surprise to hear a Show Chairman say something like that, the sentiment is echoed in the feedback from other attendees and exhibitors. Perhaps most important is the fact that pre-show registrations are up from the surprising totals of 2011. Lorayne Scott, with Show Ways Unlimited – the firm which organizes the Louisville Show – told MHProNews that:We had 970 retailers, builder/developers, community owner/operator, and installers.  As for the exhibitors we had a total of 442.  The total attendance was 1412.” That total of 1412 from all facets of factory built housing made it one of the top 2 attended events in the manufactured housing industry for 2011. Numerous positive comments have come in from 2011 show attendees who are excited about the shows 2012 plan. One example is from Darrell Boyd with Triad Financial, who said, “I was pleasantly surprised at our attendance at the 2011 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show last year. I knew the 50 year history of the show and the spirit of our industry would bring us back. I just wasn’t sure what to expect in 2011. The traffic at our exhibitor booth was brisk and it seemed the renewed positive attitude of the attendees was infectious and spilled over during the show. I talked to many other exhibitors and manufacturers and they agreed with my sentiment. With the 2012 show approaching, I’m eagerly looking forward to our continued renewed growth.” The 2012 Louisville Show line up includes a strong cross section of free business building workshops and seminars, a special appearance and address by Cavco CEO and MHI Chairman Joe Stegmayer as well as even more homes and exhibitors than 2011. Free online registration is scheduled to end January 3. You can pre-register at this link, or get more information at this link.

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New modular homes under 6K? Yes, says MIT.

September 15th, 2011 Comments off

pinwheel home MITMIT reports on a project that has yielded basic new modular designed homes for under $6000.  The goal was to design a home for $1000 for the poor, or to address emergency housing and other high demand housing needs.  The idea to attempt building $1,000 homes was first conceived by Tony Ciochetti, the Thomas G. Eastman Chair at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) Center for Real Estate.  “There is a huge proportion of the world’s population that has pressing housing needs,” says Ciochetti, who first got the idea after seeing a family of four emerge from a tiny mud hut while he was traveling through rural India. “Can you build affordable, sustainable shelter for such a large population?”  The central design concept of the Pinwheel House is the same: It has a modular layout, with rectangular room units surrounding a central courtyard space. “The module can be duplicated and rotated, and then it becomes a house,” Ying chee Chui who designed the Pinwheel House.  “The construction is easy enough, because if you know how to build a single module, you can build the whole house.”  The new design studio also aims to create homes that could be built inexpensively following natural disasters, such as the earthquake and tsunami that struck northern Japan in March. Yung Ho Chang, a professor of architectural design at MIT, explained that rebuilding in such situations often entails three stages of construction: the creation of temporary shelters, then stronger temporary homes sturdy enough for winter weather, and then permanent replacements for damaged or destroyed buildings.

(Graphic credit: MIT)