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Evergreen, Manufactured Homes and NIMBY, “Why the Feds Must Step In”

April 12th, 2018 Comments off

Residents packed a meeting room to discuss – or oppose – a planned manufactured home community near their neighborhood.

A HUD PD&R, and other third-party studies reveal that manufactured homes appreciate side-by-side with conventional housing.


There’s been no new mobile homes built in the U.S. since June 15, 1976, the date construction on the first HUD Code manufactured homes formally began.

But you may not know those facts if you were one of dozens of residents who piled into a Montana town’s meeting room.

According to NBC Montana, most of those residents where there to protest the development of a new 122 site manufactured community.

A hung jury for the Flathead County Planning Board Wednesday night regarding a controversial mobile home [sic] development on West Evergreen Drive,” per NBC Montana.


The 6 person jury was split, 3 voted against and 3 voted for the proposed West Evergreen Estates subdivision.

More than 70 people turned out for the meeting from the surrounding vicinity to give testimony against it and a decision wasn’t reached until past midnight,” per the NBC affiliate.

Residents gave public comment on how the proposed 122-lot mobile home [sic] park could potentially lower their property values, increase crime in the neighborhood and strain their already congested streets and schools,” wrote Larisa Casillas.

Who’s going to pay for the loss in our property? We already have people who have their homes for sale, and the buyers will say, ‘It’s going to depend on whether the mobile home goes through, otherwise we don’t want your property,’” said Virginia Feiker, an Evergreen resident.

It’s really going to be devastating to all of us what ends up happening,” she added.

Anders’ neighbor Chance Jeschke doesn’t think it’s a good idea. “Neighbors would like to see another type of development built on the vacant lot across from them, but they feel a trailer park may lower their property values,said Casillas.

I was raised in a trailer, I don’t have a stigma against it, but I just don’t know if that’s exactly what we need right here,” said Jeschke, who has lived in his current home for 19 years.

The issue will now go before the County Board of Adjustment on May 1.


“…Hasn’t done Jack Sh-t…

A twenty-five year award winning veteran of a well known manufactured home industry operation lamented to the Daily Business News that the industry “hasn’t done Jack Sh-t” to deal with the image issue.

Frank Rolfe, before going silent in the wakes or reported “encouragement” from 21st Mortgage Corp., complained that the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), the industry’s self-proclaimed post production association routinely failed to deal with the challenge of bad news, and often ignored positive media reports beyond their own advertorials.

I think that [Richard] Dick Jennison [MHI’s President and CEO] wants to control the narrative with media. He’s afraid to talk to the press, because he knows he can’t control the narrative,” a state association executive told MHProNews


Why the Feds Must Step In


L. A. “Tony” Kovach, photo by Mark Simon, shows Kovach engaging with SAAs in NY. 

This is the latest sign of a long pattern that costs America an estimated $2 trillion dollars annually in lost productivity,” said published L.A. “Tony” Kovach (see linked YIMBY vs NIMBY, in related reports, linked further below).

Every claim and concern voiced in these videos by locals has a fact-based third-party response that’s been documented on MHLivingNews and MHProNews,” Kovach said. “Call it bigotry or ignorance, but their thinking fits a textbook definition for prejudice. This is why the Feds must step in, just as they did in the 1950s and 1960s on school and racial issues. Access to affordable housing is a right, part of the dream and promise of America.  Which of those residents would want to have their access to ownership denied in a similar fashion?”


He pointed out that the homes across the street have roof pitches that looked very much like those found on lower cost, entry-level manufactured homes. The award winning industry professional explained that HUD arguably had the jurisdiction to act in cases like this.


But beyond legal force, there ought to be a sustained educational effort. “Understanding that this costs them money not to do it, plus denies honest economic development, there are many reasons to do this kind of project.”


Homes like those shown would enhance the neighborhood in Evergreen, where a proposed community of 122 sites is being debated.

Manufactured home professionals are routinely honorable people. Manufactured home residents aren’t criminals whose kids are to be shunned in school. Change the story from NIMBY to race, and these people would be labeled bigots,” he said, adding “But this isn’t about name calling. It’s about action. This will cost their tax base if it isn’t advanced.  It will cost people who need or want a manufactured home an opportunity to build equity. Presuming the developer does what so many want, and execute on this project properly, it would raise their property values.” 

Many benefit if it is done properly, and the very ones protesting, plus many others are the losers if it isn’t advanced,” Kovach said.


Where is MHI?

When will MHI routinely begin to act to engage on issues like this one?

When will state and local officials realize that it often costs them money, because they have to create subsidized rental housing?


Tye explained that public housing – an entitlement – often yields addiction. Ownership vs. renting or living in “projects” leads to integrity, a view he likens to those of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

And when will HUD and federal officials enforce the laws and rulings that could create more economic development and opportunities in towns like this from coast-to-coast? ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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YIMBY vs. NIMBY, Obama Admin Concept Could Unlock $1.95 Trillion Annually, HUD & MH Impact

Pride and Prejudice: The Truth About Manufactured Home Communities and Crime

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New Manufactured Home Community Project OK’d by Planning Board

March 13th, 2018 Comments off

Scenic setting near the planned MH Community location. Maps and more details are in the story, linked below.

The Flathead County Board of Adjustment gave the go-ahead to developers seeking a conditional-use permit that would allow for manufactured-home park in Evergreen,” said the Beacon.


West Evergreen Estates, a project by developers Michael V. Seaman and Garry Seaman, would include 122 home sites on 33 acres located off West Evergreen Drive.

A prior report on the Daily Business News with more details on the project and the family involved, are linked below.

122 Site Manufactured-Home Community Proposed

On April 11,” per the Beacon, “the Flathead County Planning Board will hold a public hearing to discuss the preliminary plat for the West Evergreen Estates subdivision. Members of the public who wish to give their input on this subdivision can do so at the planning board meeting.”

After that, the subdivision heads to the Flathead County Commission for their approval.  There are no public comments at that hearing.

The plan includes nearly 9 acres of open park space. The Evergreen school district has requested that the developers build a five-foot chain link fence along the eastern boundary. ## (News, analysis and commentary.)

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5 State Manufactured Housing Convention Looms, L. A. “Tony” Kovach Keynote Luncheon Speaker

September 2nd, 2017 Comments off

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Manufactured housing industry members from Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, North and South Dakota – and beyond – are coming to Deadwood South Dakota for information, inspiration, networking, and the business building that often takes place during their annual “Five States” meeting.

Their full agenda of mixers, presentations, networking, and business meetings are linked here as a download.

L. A. “Tony” Kovach was invited to be the keynote luncheon presenter, as the screen capture below reflects.


There are other events, meetings, and speakers during the 5 State convention.  For the 3 day agenda line-up, please click here or the schedule image above.

The event is held at the Lodge in Deadwood, SD.

For those in the North-Central and Western U.S. who have not yet had an opportunity to hear Kovach present, the two videos below may provide some insights. 

The first video spotlights corporate leaders, association, and company owners’ comments and feedback on Kovach and his team’s business-building, pro-industry work.

The second video features many ‘rank and file’ sales and management professionals’ reaction to hearing Kovach’s marketing presentations on How to Dominate Your Local Market, and SuperCharged Sales and Marketing

As dozens of written endorsements and the full-length version of video interviews with industry professionals reflect, Kovach brings proven, real world systems that work when applied. 

The motivation Kovach’s manufactured home marketing and sales systems yield are reality-based, vs. wishing, hoping and hype, say past attendees. His clients often experience robust growth, see the interview video linked on this page here, where a client touts their strong, profitable growth.

During his award-winning manufactured housing career, Kovach has been in some 45 states – plus a Canadian province – on marketing, training, coaching, business, video, keynote speaking or other industry professional work. 


Standing Room Only presentations by L. A. “Tony” Kovach.

Kovach has been a corporate keynote as well as association speaker.  He has worked with businesses of all sizes that are willing to invest in themselves to help them dominate their local housing market. One of the takeaways the videos above will reveal is how Kovach’s soft-touch, attraction-marketing and sales methods bring more cash and good credit buyers. ## (News, announcement, event. To Learn More About Professional Services, Click Here.)


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While MSM Spins Anti-Trump Narrative, Voters and Donors Support the President

May 26th, 2017 Comments off

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The two most visible billionaires in manufactured housing are evenly split between pro-Democratic Warren Buffett, and now pro-Trump Sam Zell.

Certainly, other industry professionals run the gamut, from pro-Democratic, pro-GOP, Libertarian, other political affiliations and the all-important independents. But informal surveys of industry professionals by MHProNews reveals that the clear majority support the president and his policies.

That millions of voters feel the same way was reflected yesterday.

Last night’s special election in the state of Montana, won by Republican Greg Gianforte, was another piece in the puzzle of the tenuous D vs. R dance.

According to ABC News, Gianforte, who defeated Democratic opponent Rob Quist to win the special election for the U.S. House seat in Montana, had his campaign thrust into the spotlight after Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs described being “body-slammed” by the GOP candidate. A Fox News crew who witnessed the incident said the former technology and software executive “grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him.”


Winner in last night’s special congressional election in Montana, Greg Gianforte. Credit: Wikipedia.

I’m sick and tired of you guys,” Gianforte said in audio of the event released by The Guardian.

I went from being vertical one moment to being horizontal the next,” Jacobs told Good Morning America.

While the alleged incident goes through the misdemeanor legal process, the Gianforte victory leaves Democrats without a win in special elections since November of last year, with Republicans having won contests in Louisiana, Kansas and now Montana.

Additional races for special House of Representative seats next month in California, Georgia and South Carolina will provide additional chances for Democratic candidates to make an impact, but there may be larger issues looming.


It Has to Make Dollars to Make Sense


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Besides ballots being cast, another measure of the pro-Trump advantage has been in fundraising.

According to Politico, the Republican National Committee raised $12 million in March and a total of $41.5 million in the first quarter. The RNC now has $41.4 million cash on hand and no debt.  In April, the Democratic National Committee reported the worst month for the DNC since 2009 for fundraising, with only $4.7 million. It seems that while the anti-Trump political and media bubble are crying ‘resistance,’ ala Keith Olbermann, the Trump-train crowd – 96% of whom would pull the level for the president again – are having none of what they see as ‘agenda media’ spin.

Pro-Trump voters wonder, Is Anything Real Anymore?


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Commenting on his sharing of data from a recent FOX News poll, analyst Howard Kurtz was to the point.

A Fox News poll came out the other night, and I tweeted some of the findings about President Trump. No analysis, no commentary. Just a few numbers,” said Kurtz.

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Howard Kurtz. Credit: Wikipedia.

Trump approval at 40%, down from 45% last month. 53% say his agenda is coming apart; 44% say he’s shaking up Washington.”

68% approve of DOJ naming a special counsel, 29% disapprove. Well, you’d have thought I had called for the president’s impeachment. I practically got buried under an avalanche of angry tweets.”

Kurtz continued.

The troubling thing here is that we no longer agree on a common set of facts. Conservatives and liberals are increasingly in their own silos, turning to their own opinionated media sources and constructing their Facebook and Twitter feeds the same way,” said Kurtz.

If everything is fake news, then the role of news in fostering intelligent debate is decimated. And I don’t need a poll to be sure of that.”

While polling may present difficulties, facts are static.


President Trump with a graduate at the U.S. Coast Guard Commencement. Credit: Daily Mail.

As the Daily Business News covered in a featured story recently, President Trump continues to make progress for American businesses and jobs, including the lowest unemployment rate in decades.

He enjoys the highest consumer, business confidence, and homebuilder confidence numbers in years.

Along with over $160 billion in ‘immediate’ federal and private business deals with Saudi Arabia, and some $300 billion more planned over the next decade, what ELS Chairman Sam Zell colorfully called a “cacophony” of Deep State resistance has moved into high gear.

It’s SABOTAGE,” said President Trump in a White House press release to MHProNews.

The fake news media is working hand-in-hand with Washington’s corrupt bureaucracy to try to slow and block our America First Agenda.”

The special interests know they can only win when you, the American people, lose,” Trump continued. “But we’re fighting to break the special interest stranglehold around our country that has silenced our citizens, stripped our nation of its wealth, and bled America dry.”

What It Means for MH

The manufactured housing industry’s fortunes stand to rise with the economic effects from President Trump’s moves.

MHProNews and MHLivingNews Publisher L.A. “Tony” Kovach spoke on the matter during his Inside the MH Road Show video interview with MHARR adviser and former association leader Danny Ghorbani, and current MHARR President and CEO Mark Weiss, JD.

Well, let me put it to you this way, if this industry was to create a person to put in the White House for betterment of our industry and consumer, they could not have come up with a better person than President Trump,” said Ghorbani.

If this industry, by the time he’s done 4 years, or hopefully 8 years, if this industry does not advance the way it should, the way it must in Washington, I hate to say this, the industry has dropped the ball.

Manufactured housing is the private sector solution to affordable housing, without costing government subsidies. And we can supply that need,” said Weiss.

We just need to be unshackled from excessive regulations, in order to pursue our full potential.”

For more on President Trump, including a recap of his first 100 days, click here. ##

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Manufactured Home Owners Could Be in for a Surprise

May 16th, 2017 Comments off

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In Montana’s Yellowstone County, manufactured home owners can look to receive their tax assessments a bit later this year.

The reason? According to the Billings Gazette, many are expected to show a large increase in value.

The major differences from last year’s assessments are that 2017 is a reappraisal year and, for the first time, the agency is using a comparable sales method for valuing most mobile homes [sic],” said Robin Rude, the regional manager for the Montana Department of Revenue.

Mobile home [sic] values are expected to increase an average of 15 percent to 19 percent, although some values decrease as well.”

Rude said that the assessments are delayed this year because of the 2017 legislative session, where pending legislation could have affected tax rates and the agency waited to see if it needed to make changes.


A manufactured home in Montana. Credit: Zillow.

The assessments sent will tell homeowners the new value of the manufactured home, the 2016 value and how to estimate taxes based on 2016 mill levies, which do not include special levies.

Homeowners who are dissatisfied with the new value will have 30 days to file for an informal review with the DOR.

In past years, the DOR has used a cost method for appraising mobile homes in Yellowstone County. That approach reviewed cost tables and depreciation to determine a value.

For the 2017 cycle, DOR is using a comparable sales model, which determines value based on sales of similar mobile homes.

Yellowstone County never had enough sales to develop a comparable sales model until recently,” said Rude.

Other larger counties, like Gallatin, Lewis and Clark, Missoula and Cascade counties, developed comparable sales models in 2015 and have been testing the approach.”

That approach is due to the number of homes increasing, in part from oil and gas development in the Bakken fields and North Dakota.

The Daily Business News has covered manufactured housing in the region extensively, including a report from Matthew J. Silver which showed seven states, according to, actually saw their median ago lowered, and five of those are involved in oil and gas exploration—North and South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Oklahoma.


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Agency Offers “Mobile Home Improvement Loans” for Communities and Homes

January 6th, 2017 Comments off

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A  Montana and Idaho nonprofit agency has launched a program to help people who live in what they called “mobile homes” to make repairs and improvements without having to resort to taking out high interest loans.

Missoula based Montana and Idaho Community Development Corp. (MICDC) is rolling out the new Mobile Home Improvement Loan Program, per the Missoulian.

As Daily Business News readers are aware, most references to “mobile homes” by publications are incorrect, as the last mobile home was built in the U.S. in 1976.

In this instance, about 20 percent of the homes in Montana and Idaho are pre-HUD code homes, which means that they technically are mobile homes. Of course, that means the other some 80 percent are manufactured homes. For a more detailed history on the journey from mobile to manufactured homes, please click here.

Missoula resident Laila Huson was the first person to be approved for the program, and took out a loan of 3200 dollars. The amount the borrower pays monthly on the loan is on a sliding scale and based on monthly income and expenses.

Every year, we go up on the roof to try to seal the leaks, but it’s an aluminum roof with the hot and cold expanding and contracting, it’s a regular problem,” said Huson.

Most places where I could get a loan would charge a 36 percent interest rate and require me to use my car as collateral. If I missed a payment due to illness, I could lose my only means of transportation.


David Glaser. Credit: The Missoulian.

Dave Glaser, President of the MICDC, says that mobile home owners tend to have a significantly harder time with financing for home repairs, which can lead to uncomfortable and unhealthy living conditions.

He also decided to take the extra step of having his staff go door to door in Huson’s community to share information with residents about the program. The loans can also be used by communities for things such as playgrounds, lighting, signage, and landscaping.

These are really low interest rate loans,” said Glaser. “The exact interest rate depends on the borrower, but it’s far better than what they could expect to find elsewhere. The idea is to help them afford these upgrades and make them affordable to their cash flow on a case by case basis. We take a look at the family’s income and help them decide upon an interest rate and a loan amount they can afford.

The program is available to residents in Montana and Idaho. For more information, homeowners and communities can contact Julie Ehlers at 844-728-9235 ext. 225. ##


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Hail Storm Takes Toll on Newer Manufactured Homes in Montana

June 4th, 2016 Comments off

montana__cherry_creek_manufactured_homes__creditA violent hail storm that hit Yellowstone County in Montana dented vehicles, destroyed gardens, broke windows and ruined roofs in Laurel, Montana. However, the most damage occurred at Alder Ridge Estates manufactured home community where some 50 homes suffered visible damage to the vinyl siding on the west side of the homes.

The community is owned by the Oakland company in Billings, Montana, but many of the home sites are privately owned, laureloutlook tells MHProNews. Homes that still have a mortgage on them will likely have insurance to cover the damage, but most probably do not have insurance on the structure, and will have to bear the repairs themselves. Resident Tim Redman has coverage for the contents, and says some of the homes are not even insurable. He installed the siding a year ago, and will make the repairs as he can afford to.

In an interesting twist, however, homes manufactured before 1980 have tin or wood siding or some other metal, and sustained little or no damage. ##

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Montana Town Planning Commission Approves one MHC, Denies another

April 15th, 2016 Comments off

TriStar Estates mhcWhile the Laurel City-County Planning Board in Montana turned down three requests for a variance for Regal Community Park, a proposed manufactured home community, after neighbors expressed concerns over falling property values, the board did vote 3-1 (with one abstention) for a zone change to allow for a manufactured home community for the Nutting Brothers Subdivision.

Developer Rob Moorehead did not have any plans detailing roadways and lot sizes, but the 32.56 acre property could have as many as 270 manufactured homes. As laureloutlook informs MHProNews, Moorehead said he expects only about two-thirds of that many homes on the land. The property is actually in the county, but if developed, Noel Eaton, Laurel’s city planner said the real estate will then be annexed inside the city limits.

About a dozen area residents spoke in opposition to the proposal, saying property values and the standard of living will suffer. Another resident said the schools will suffer from overcrowding, and that parking and drainage would be problematic.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the developer said, “We have to have a stepping mechanism for people to get into the housing market. We have to provide options. Well maintained trailer parks allow younger folks to come in. Not everyone can buy a 2,500 square foot house.”

Decisions by the board are recommendations only. The zone change and the variance requests have to be approved by the county commissioners before they can be enacted.

Laurel is just outside Billings, in south central Montana. ##

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Montana County Tightens Restriction on Manufactured Homes

March 31st, 2015 Comments off

mh foreclosure   gfhomesandland creditMHProNews has learned from mtsandard the Butte-Silver Bow Planning Board in Montana voted 5-0 that no more pre-HUD Code homes (MH) be allowed to site in the county, although those already existing would be grandfathered in and allowed to stay.

MH built between 1976, when the federal government mandated construction standards, and 1994 could only be sited in licensed manufactured home communities. Planning staff said the recommendations are based on safety considerations and a 2006 Montana state report.

Commissioner Jim Fisher said restrictions on older homes exist in other cities, but not in Butte, and that is why many older ones are locating here.

Additionally, under the proposed revisions, any multi-section home built after 1994, when construction standards were updated, could be sited in any residential zone. Single section homes built after 1994 “would be allowed in mobile home zones, suburban mobile home zones and other residential zones if they meet certain conditions. These “conditions” were not specified in the proposal. All changes must be approved by the full council before they take effect.

County commissioners in November, 2014 blocked a couple’s plans to establish a six homesite community despite the planning department’s opinion that all zoning regulations had been met. The couple decided the expense of challenging the ruling would be too great, although they had already spent thousands on utilities and land preparation for the sites. ##

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Orders for Manufactured, Modular Homes Drop in Iowa

July 2nd, 2014 Comments off

Joe Kelly, executive vice president of the Iowa Manufactured Housing Association (IMHA), informs MHProNews only 43 manufactured homes were ordered by retailers in Iowa during Q1, 2014—just six in the month of January—a drop of 15 homes, 26 percent, compared to the same period in 2013. For the last three years Kelly notes over 50 percent of the homes sold were single section homes, but for Q1 of this year only 44 percent were for single- section homes.

Modular homes were also off in the first quarter—73 mods as opposed to 95 in 2013, falling to rank number 13 out of the 34 states in the north central region, a drop from eighth place for the quarter. Last year Iowa was in seventh place among the states for modular homes. However, the state ranked fourth in modular as a percentage of all residential construction permits for the first quarter, 2014, behind North Dakota, Maine and Montana. Iowa ranked twelfth for all of last year in residential construction permits. ##

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