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Is the President Pivoting to Gain Bi-Partisan Support for Tax Reform?

September 7th, 2017 Comments off

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If Democrats don’t want to bring back your jobs, cut your taxes, raise your pay and help America win, voters should deliver a clear message,” President Donald Trump said during a speech he made in North Dakota on Wednesday.

Do your job to deliver for America or find a new job. Do something else. Just do something else,” he said.

Tax reform is a high priority for small and big business, including those in manufactured housing.

The president has been making his rounds to promote his signature goal of tax reform. According to left-of-center Politico, he is trying to gain support from Democratic Senators in states he won in the 2016 election.

During his event in North Dakota, President Trump welcomed North Dakota elected officials on stage – including Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp.

Heitkamp, who is up for re-election in 2018, reportedly graciously took the stage, smiled, and waved to the crowd.

Senator Heitkamp. Everyone’s saying: What’s she doing up here? But I’ll tell you what: Good woman, and I think we’ll have your support — I hope we’ll have your support. And thank you very much, senator. Thank you for coming up,” POTUS Trump said.

UrbanDIctionaryPresidentOfTheUnitedStates=POTUSDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsHeitkamp did not speak at the event, and has not formally endorsed the president’s tax plan.  She is interested in seeing the proposals, and passing meaningful tax reform, per the Washington Examiner.

Ask any small-business owner, energy industry worker, farmer or parent in North Dakota about what they think of the current U.S. tax code and they’ll most likely tell you that it’s broken,” Heitkamp said, according to the Washington Examiner.

In a state where Trump won the election by 36 points, with a population who is supportive of tax overhaul, being called out by President Trump could have boosted her chances at being re-elected, says Real Clear Politics.

Or is the more “let’s make a deal,” Trump – gaining leverage with some members of his own party?

Senator Heitkamp even traveled back to Bismark, ND on Air Force One, at the invitation of President Trump.

You can watch the presidents full speech in the video below.

Will Tax Reform Gain Bipartisan Support?

By working together we are going to restore America’s competitive edge,” the president told the crowd at Andeavor Refinery in Mandan, near Bismarck.

Tax reform may be one of few issues that has the potential to gain bipartisan support in Congress, per the Washington Times.

The Daily Business News has reported on another instance of a Democrat who is pushing for common-sense tax reform.


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U.S. Representative Tim Ryan said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe that “we need to simplify the tax code. I think we need to lower the corporate tax rate. We can’t just be the party of redistribution of wealth. We’ve got to be the party of creation of wealth.”

Benefits to the Economy and the Manufactured Housing Industry

Reform of tax laws would benefit all working-class Americans, but more specifically it will improve the odds for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Getting tax reform passed would also keep, and likely improve, the confidence small business owners have in the Trump Administration.

VPMikePenceNFIBPresidentJunaittaDugganSmallBusinessConfidenceMembers of the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), which includes many manufactured housing industry professionals, has been calling on Congress to pass tax reform.

If Congress wants small businesses to invest in the economy, then they must cut taxes and simplify the code,” said Juanita Duggan, President and CEO of the NFIB.

Even more recently, the Daily Business News has reported that the Job Creators Network is on what they are calling the Tax Cuts Now” tour. The tour will span two weeks, and encourages citizens to sign their petition, asking Congress for meaningful tax reform.


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While not a lot has been revealed so far about the president’s tax plan, it is said to create a simpler system, cut taxes for middle-class families, restore the country’s competitive business edge which would create more jobs, and bring profits from major companies back into the U.S.

Tell Congress to stop putting party first and start putting America first. Only then will it happen,” said Mr. Trump. ## (News, analysis.)

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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.)


L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach addressing industry professionals in a business building educational session.

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Manufactured Home Owners Could Be in for a Surprise

May 16th, 2017 Comments off

A manufactured home in Montana. Credit: Zillow.

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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Manufactured Home Owners Get Special Surprise

March 30th, 2017 Comments off

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In Bismarck, North Dakota, a long running discussion about special assessments provided manufactured home owners a surprise.

One that they weren’t necessarily looking for.

According to FOX West Dakota, some manufactured home property managers were surprised to learn they were paying more than traditional homeowners on special assessments.

Well they’re paying the same level for taxes as other conventional homes. They don’t get the same services and they are assessed at a higher ratio,” said Myron Atkinson, owner of the Tatley Meadows home community.

By rule, anything classified as commercial property pays special assessments at a two to one rate. Manufactured homes recently received a slight reduction, spurred by a group represented by Atkinson. The Daily Business News covered that story here.

There is a compromise made for manufactured home parks [sic] that they charge somewhere between one and two, or a 1.5 factor for street related special assessments,” said Gabe Schell, City Engineer for Bismarck.

Usually the commercial properties have a higher property tax value to them and have more benefit, we would say, from having an infrastructure network.”


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Even though his group made some progress, Atkinson says they just want what’s fair.

We’re not asking that manufactured homeowners get a break. We’re asking that everyone gets treated the same, said Atkinson.

Right now, things aren’t.”

The city has opted to create a task force to evaluate special assessments in the city, and the task force will take a look at how the city uses and charges special assessments and will report their findings to the city council and mayor.


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MHC Community Owners Seek Code Changes

February 7th, 2017 Comments off

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In Bismarck, North Dakota, affordable housing is of vital importance.

And, according to the Bismarck Tribune, a group of manufactured home community owners are petitioning the city commission for the creation of a task force to keep manufactured home community living affordable.


These homes represent the most affordable unsubsidized housing in Bismarck,” the letter from community owners reads.

Unfortunately, Bismarck’s city policies unfairly burden the affordability of manufactured homes and impose on these homeowners costs which other homeowners are not asked to bear.

According to Myron Atkinson, spokesman for the group, and owner of Tatley Meadows, the issue is the manner in which costs for water, sewer, property taxes and other services are calculated.

The current calculation leads to a higher price per unit for those living in manufactured home communities versus those in other residential properties.

For example, sewer service is charged at a rate of $2.41 per unit for those with one to four families on a meter,” said Atkinson.


Credit: MH Village.

For those with five or more on a meter, the rate is $2.92 per unit, meaning mobile home [sic] owners pay a higher rate even though they each own their homes individually.

Atkinson shared that some progress has been made over the last year but there are still discrepancies.

Manufactured home owners were specially assessed at 200 percent of a special assessment basis, compared to 100 percent for a single-family dwelling.

While that percentage has been reduced to 150 percent, it’s still an issue for Atkinson.

We want our people treated like every other homeowner,” said Atkinson.

We [MHC operators] are expecting a sudden change in sanitary sewer rates being affected by federal environmental regulations, with rates expected to go from $2.56 to $2.92. It’s going to make a real difference in what rent increase is going to have to be.

And that rent increase has MHC owners concerned. Atkinson is estimating he will have to raise rents $15 per month just due to the sanitary sewer rates. By comparison, he says that he usually tries to keep increases below 3 percent annually as he adjusts for rising costs in employee salaries and services.

If you’ve got affordable housing, you should keep it affordable,” said Atkinson.

While the group has not heard back from city commissioners, Atkinson said that they are hopeful for a response soon, and that the proposed task force would include both residents and owners working with the city to find solutions to the challenges. ##

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County Levies Stiff Fine in Dakota, as Trump Primes XL Pipeline

January 25th, 2017 Comments off

Williston, North Dakota. Credit: Williston Wire.

In a case that dates back to 2014, Williams County, North Dakota officials have re-instituted a $1.2 million fine against Western Petroleum LLC and its parent company, Pilot Thomas Logistics.

According to the Williston Herald, the fine is a result of failing to pay fees and comply with zoning regulations while it was operating company housing several years ago, including modular homes and RV’s.

County commissioners voted unanimously to levy the fine on January 16th, and the amount levies a $1,000 fine per day for each day that the company has failed to pay fees for non-renewal of a conditional use permit, being out of compliance with zoning regulations and operating temporary housing.

Back in 2014, the county commission imposed a $29.6 million fine against Western Petroleum after officials discovered the lapses. That fine was calculated by determining how many days each unit had been out of compliance, at a rate of $1,000 per day.


Credit: Western Petroleum, Pilot Logistics.

In response, the company filed suit in district court, where a judge upheld the fine. Attorneys then appealed the decision to the state supreme court, which ruled that the amount was calculated improperly.

In the appeals court opinion, the fine can be assessed daily against a site, and cannot be based on the number of residential units present.

An attorney for Pilot Thomas Logistics pointed out that the company has also filed a suit in federal court, and a judge has issued an injunction as the case progresses through the court system.

It’s our contention that any action by this board would be in violation of a federal court order,” said Andrew Shedlock after recommending that the commission wait to decide on fines.

Commission chairman David Montgomery disagrees, and says the fines are unrelated to the case, as they were levied before the company took the issue to court.

These fees were imposed and were not paid,” said Montgomery.

Daily Business News writer Matthew J. Silver has covered manufactured and modular housing activity in North Dakota extensively, including temporary modular housing being restricted in the Bakken oilfield. That story is linked here.


Trump Makes Moves on Keystone XL, Dakota Access Pipelines



President Donald Trump signs the Executive Order for the Keystone XL pipeline. Credit: Fox News.

President Donald Trump took executive action yesterday, signing orders to advance both the Keystone XL and Dakota access pipelines, reversing Obama Administration actions to stop them.

According to CNBC, the orders will make it easier for TransCanada to construct the Keystone XL pipeline and for Energy Transfer Partners to build the final uncompleted portion of the Dakota Access pipeline.

The executive actions are subject to terms and conditions to be negotiated by the United States,” said President Trump. ##

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City Controversy with Owner – RVs being denied in Manufactured Home Community

October 27th, 2016 Comments off

Unrelated Williston Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. Credit: Williston Wire.

Fearing another “crew camp” situation – one in which transient workers use parked RV’s for living – the Williston, North Dakota Planning and Zoning Commission denied two special use permits that would allow RV parking at Glen Villa and FM Parkway manufactured home communities, owned by Rick Carriger.

According to the Williston Herald, in 2012 the city banned RV parking with the purpose of living in the vehicle, although there are specific zoning designations that allow RVs with city approval.

Most RVs, as the name recreational vehicle implies, are not designed for full time living.

In the case of Glen Villa and FM Parkway, they are located within what is called an “R-5: Mobile Home and Park Zone.” Carriger had rented vacant spots to RV owners.


Glen Villa. Credit: MHVillage.

We have an RV license from the state and we have for many years,” said Carriger. “The city chose not to honor that and that’s all I have to say about it.

The Herald reports that a complaint had generated an investigation by the city.

Although there were reports of no more than seven RVs, the sporadic placement among permanent manufactured housing drew concern that it could create a temporary workforce-housing situation.


A home at FM Parkway. Credit: MHVillage.

Since the end of 2015, Williston has fought against “crew camps” within city jurisdiction, in an effort to shed its transient association and improve living situations for families that have made Williston their home.

I don’t think the city is wanting to open a can of worms,” said Williston city attorney, Jordon Evert.


Jordon Evert. Credit: LinkedIn.

Carriger had filed an appeal after his request was denied. The issue came before the Williston City Commission on Oct. 11.

In exchange for dropping the appeal, city commissioners granted an extension to November 30th to remove the RV’s from both parks after speaking with management company representative Erica McDermott.

As manufactured home community owner/operators know, the merits and drawbacks of allowing RVs in manufactured home communities is controversial for many professionals. ##

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Modular Housing: From Oil Patch to Patching a Correctional Facility

February 11th, 2016 Comments off

North_Dakota_modular_prison__mike_nowatzki__forum_news_service__creditA 185-foot-long modular housing unit that once housed workers in North Dakota’s Oil Patch is being re-purposed to house inmates for a minimum-security correctional facility south of Bismarck, North Dakota, as billingsgazette informs MHProNews.

The 36-bed unit, on lease from Target Logistics for $35 per bed per day, will help address the Missouri River Correctional Center (MRCC) shortage of beds, as all 155 beds are taken. Work release inmates are set to begin moving in this week.

The single-bed rooms will provide privacy over the dormitory style housing, especially for those on work-release who have to work in the morning and need a good night’s sleep. Each pair of rooms is connected by a shared bathroom and shower.

A smaller attached unit provides a commons area and a kitchenette. It cost $60,000 to move the modules and reassemble them at Missouri River.

The corrections department had considered shipping some inmates to Colorado, but that would have placed minimum security inmates with medium or maximum security felons, which would not be a good mix.

Additionally, with the state facing a $1 billion budget shortfall because of the drop in oil field activity, sending inmates to another state would have cost more. Gov. Jack Dalrymple proposed $30 million in his 2015-17 executive budget to replace the MRCC with a larger facility because of flood damage and mold, but that was denied because of the revenue slowdown. This led Leann Bertsch, director of the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, to say the modular unit may become a longer-term solution.

Target Logistics spokesman Randy Pruett said the housing unit had been used by a crew camp near Tioga to house workers for a specific project, and it was made to be moved as some projects ended and others began.

Don Redmann, director of facility operations for the corrections department, said the individual rooms help transition the inmates to the outside world. “One of the goals is to get them ready to live in the community again, and this is an important first step,” he said. It is also an incentive for the inmates to behave and earn a single room. ##

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Oil Price Drop will Cost Jobs, Reduce Home Values

August 28th, 2015 Comments off

housing slides  cnnmoney  creditWhile home values dropped drastically for most of the nation following the housing bubble, the oil-producing states posted housing gains. With crude oil trading at half the price of a year ago, according to nationalmortgagenews, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Wyoming and Alaska may see home prices fall six to 20 percent over the next five years. As MHProNews posted many times in the last several years, modular workforce housing and manufactured housing experienced a strong uptick in oil-producing areas of the country.

Fannie Mae Economist Eric Brescia, in a report, said if lower energy prices reduce demand for shale oil, home values will be flat in Texas in five years.

This is going to hurt, but we won’t see a repeat of the 1980s when Texas was awash in vacant houses,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist for Moody’s Analytics Inc. in West Chester, Pa. “Going into this, most of the oil states were vastly undersupplied with housing. That’s going to cushion the blow.

The government estimates lower oil prices have kept $700 a year in each American household. However, it will cost the energy sector about 150,000 jobs from January 2015 to March 2016, and another 150,000 workers in related industries such as pipe manufacturing, says Zandi. ##

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Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News July 19-July 26, 2015

July 26th, 2015 Comments off

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A Hunter and Native American Decorator’s Dream! John Howard’s Home, Inside MH Road Show Video

How A Manufactured Modular Home Production Center Achieves Savings and Quality – Inside MH Video with Mike Stone

4 Easy Ways to Keep Your Home Clean

What’s New in Manufactured Housing Industry Professional News

As the Dodd-Frank Act hits the five year mark, stories abound how its offspring, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, continues to confound the manufactured home industry as well as the banking and mortgage industries, and the accompanying importance of MH fiancing reform. Meanwhile, MHLivingNews and MHProNews publisher L. A. “Tony” Kovach lands on The Hill in D. C., and as a family man on 83degreesmedia. In other news, industry pressure changes minds in a Texas city, several MHCs change hands, MH lands in Native American hands, MH Firms Plan Q2 Financials Release, much, much more.

Saturday, July 25

Temporary Modular Housing being Restricted in Bakken Oilfield

Friday, July 24

The Avoidance of the Rule of Law by Dodd-Frank

Dow Falls -163 Points, Most Tracked Manufactured Housing Stocks also Drop

Modular Workforce Housing Planned for Southwest Louisiana

Help Ensure Passage of The Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act

UMH Properties Set to Release Q2 Financials Aug. 7

Capital One Arranges $14 Million Fannie Mae Loan

Thursday, July 23

Drew Industries to Release Second Quarter Financials

Deer Valley Corp. Jumped +10.25 percent while Most All Tracked Stocks Fell

Home Sales Rise to Best Rate in Eight Years

Capital One Arranges Purchase of CA Manufactured Home Community

Orders for Keiser’s Modular Homes will be Built at a Sister Plant

Gendell Unloads More Patrick Stock for $1.48 Million

Wednesday, July 22

Manufactured Home Community in Florida Sells for $6.4 Million

PSP Seeks Manufactured Home Communities to Provide Affordable Housing

MHCV Edges Up, NASDAQ Slips, Existing Home Sales Rose 3.2 % in June

Elko Band Native Americans Break Ground for New Manufactured Homes

Texas City Reverses Decision, Votes to Allow Manufactured Housing

War of Words? DC’s The Hill Congressional Blog on Manufactured Housing Finance Reform

Tuesday, July 21

Deer Valley Falls -11.11%, as Most Tracked Manufactured Housing Stocks Slip

Equity LifeStyle Properties Beats Analysts Expectations in Q2

Factory-Built Homes—the New Cool

Tired of renting? Get the scoop on manufactured homes

Lawsuit Challenges Removal of Manufactured Home Carports

Monday, July 20

Keiser Homes Fire did not Damage Main Structure, Electrical or New Homes

Deer Valley Gains 10.25%; Dodd-Frank Turns Five Tomorrow

Housing Starts, Permits Hit Eight-year High

Marcus & Millichap Arrange Sale of Florida Manufactured Home Community

Mark Engel to Join Green Courte Partners as CFO

Honda Agrees to Cease Discriminatory Automobile Lending

Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News-July 12-July 19, 2015 ##

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