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Manufactured Home Community Residents on ‘Rent Strike,’ Republican Lawmaker Calls Foul

February 19th, 2019 Comments off

 

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In New York State, numerous incidents connected to manufactured home communities and manufactured homes has been making news. But not in a positive way.

 

Recently, there were several dozen cases of rent-to-own or ‘contract-for-title’ transactions by community operators that caught the ire of the N.Y. State Attorney General’s office. ICYMI: see that in the article linked here or further below. But in this incident report, it’s not a Democratic run AG’s office, but a Republican state legislator who has taken up the cause of residents “fighting back” against a Florida based investment group.

The local news video by WIVB-TV posted provides a reasonably balanced report about what the community owner says, as well as what the residents’ complaints are. The community is named the Akron Mobile Home Park, in Akron, NY. That land-lease community purchased by Sunrise Capital Investors in 2017 is compared and contrasted with a nearby manufactured home community where the management and owner are local.  That local owner is also interviewed for the Channel 4 video below.

 

 

There is no mention of MHAction or NMHOA in the WIVB-TV video. But it sounds as if a group like theirs could have been background advisors. Or perhaps their literature or website(s) inspired residents and/or influenced local media reporting.

That said, while the video is reasonably balanced and reflects the tensions and pressures on all sides, there is what appears to be a factual error in the WIVB-TV narrative. In their written report – linked here – Channel 4 cited Warren Buffett as an owner of manufactured home communities. But Clayton Homes sold their land-lease communities not long after Chairman Buffett-led Berkshire Hathaway purchased the Knoxville, TN metro company. Per reports, Buffett did not want to be viewed as ‘raising the rents on grandma.’

The Channel 4 video also improperly uses word trailer,” but also uses the term “manufactured homes.” So, while they did better than many in reporting with correct terminology, perhaps local media may be under the common misimpression that a ‘mobile home’ is a ‘trailer house,’ which savvy industry professionals know is not the case.

 

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The terminology matters because
the terminology determines the
construction standards a home was
built to,” Steve Duke, LMHA.

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You must meet people where they are. Terminology must be taught and caught. Make a habit of using the correct terminology. Trailers could be pulled with a car or pickup truck, but by the mobile home era, those dwellings required more specialized and heavy duty equipment to move the unit.  As one group noted, they are “immobile homes” in the HUD Code manufactured home era. 

 

As the manufactured home industry’s professionals considers why there is a lack of serious growth in manufactured housing, reports like this one must be considered as a factor. This story in Akron, NY reflects several dynamics, one of which is arguably the need for a solid post-production trade group that represents the interests of independents. While the reporting appears balanced, a properly run post-production trade group could be heading off some problematic practices. Or as in the case of the report above, bring in one or more operations that don’t use allegedly aggressive practices that threaten – as a resident of Akron Mobile Home Park says – those resisting stiff rent hikes with ‘economic eviction’ and ‘fear tactics.’

But an element missing from this report is this. It must not be imagined by the public that privately owned or publicly traded communities are the only ones who have issues, as the story from the hot-linked text-image box below reminds us.

 

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Furthermore, arguably the bulk of manufactured home community owners and operators don’t make this kind of problematic kind of news.

 

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MHProNews plans a related report and will monitor this developing case at the Akron Mobile Home Park in Akron, NY. While the Manufactured Housing Institute holds their winter fund-raiser -err, winter meeting – in Austin, TX, welcome to the ongoing drama that is buffeting MHVille in 2019. “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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Manufactured Home Community Owners Lost Troubling Creekside Appeals Case

June 25th, 2018 Comments off

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The Appellate Division of the State Supreme Court denied the appeal brought by the owners of a German Flatts mobile home park,” said the Utica Observer Dispatch.

 

A manufactured home community in German Flatts has lost their most recent appeal.  The Town of German Flatts, according to a variety of local media, spent well over 6 figures in getting their land-lease community closed.

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William and Virginia Jaquish are the owners of the property. According to a public statement by their attorney, Mark Wolber, asked the town board during a hearing last year for their reason for closing their property?  What purpose does it serve to remove the residents of that community?

And you’ll have a black eye shutting down a perfectly good, operating, safe aesthetically pleasing trailer park1,” said attorney Wolber, according to CNYHomepage. “And you’re going to be the ones responsible for doing that.  People will drive by and say what happened here; well this town board closed this park and shutdown, why? We don’t really know why.” 

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The attorney for the Mrs. and Mrs. Jaquish added, “Somebody has an agenda somewhere to close this park. It is the only property that the town is going after to closedown despite other properties that were more seriously damaged in the 2013 flood.”

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But while the decision effectively ends the case, the matter still could involve a judge because the park’s owners have not complied with the court’s directives, said attorney Jeffrey S. Baker of Young/Sommer LLC Attorneys at Law in Albany, who is representing the town of German Flatts,” per UticaOD.

The town’s attorney said the court ruling required the owners, William and Virginia Jaquish, to remove some of the manufactured homes, while restoring the erosion control wall the town had constructed in 2007-08 to its original state.

They were supposed to have the work completed by June 11 and they have not done it,” said Baker.

The vexing case has been an issue on talk radio, and the local media for years on end.

 

A prior, detailed report on the case covered by the Daily Business News is linked below.

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It’s arguably a tragedy for those residents, who according to local media, didn’t want to leave their homes, and supported the efforts to save the community.

Its also an obvious blow to the interests of the couple who owns the property.

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But beyond those troubling issues is another question.  Is this part of a larger pattern that community owners in various parts of the U.S. are telling MHProNews about? Namely, that local jurisdictions are allegedly targeting some manufactured home communities for closure?

Examples of other cases with similar concerns are found in the Related Reports, linked below.  Copies of the rulings on two appeals are attached here and here. ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

Footnote 1: SIC – the error in terminology “trailer park” is in the original quote. A snapshot of the industry, including terminology, is linked here.

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“’Trailer Trash’? Watch Who You’re Insulting When You Throw Around Those Words” – Buffalo News

June 15th, 2018 Comments off
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Leisure Acres, known today as “The Woodlands,” the community which inspired the resident letter, shown below.”

SuperPages says that the community that was once known as Leisure Acres has since been renamed the Woodlands. “The Woodlands in LockportNY — 6237 S. Transit Road” used “…to be called Leisure Acres

Today, the online reviews give the property 3.1 stars out of 5. But current community and satellite pictures still routinely look good.  20 years ago, many of their residents thought of the manufactured home community as a premier property. How do we know that claim? 

Today is June 15, 1976 – the anniversary of the first manufactured homes (MH) – so its an apt topic. We also know that media, researchers, and the public at large often use the ‘T-word” incorrectly to describe manufactured homes.

Almost twenty years ago, a resident of Leisure Acres let the world know how much she resented having their fine community called “a trailer park,” or their homes as being known as “trailer houses.”

We’ll look below at that manufactured home resident’s entire letter, by Helene Lee, that was published in places as diverse as New York State and Chicago.

Rightfully so, Lee made a number of useful points.

As MHLivingNews and MHProNews has touted for years, the terminology matters.  Steve Duke is one of several industry professionals who believes the same.

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The first home in the graphic above is an older mobile home, the second above is a modern manufactured home. ”The terminology matters because the terminology determines the construction standards a home was built to.” – Steve Duke, LMHA.

While he may routinely violate his own publicly stated principle, Frank Rolfe has said that we should be simply calling our factory-built manufactured home (MH) industry’s homes, as just “homes.”  That’s not new, as Stacy Epperson with NextStepUSA has said similarly to MHProNews some years ago. 

LifeStyle Factory Homes, LLC – the parent company to MHLivingNews and MHProNews – see’s this differently.  We take a more nuanced view.

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As the industry’s top publishers, as MH consultants, and as business development service providers, we believe that the proper terminology should be strictly adhered to, for each era of the evolution from trailer, to mobile home, to manufactured housing.

But why?

Simple.

Because there are hundreds of millions in the U.S. alone who use the terms “trailer,” “mobile home,” and “manufactured home” interchangeably, for better or for worse.  A serious and sustained effort to clear that up has to be made.  The issues weren’t created over night, and it won’t be cured overnight.

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Make a habit of using the correct terminology. Learn more at the link below.

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As noted, media and the public use the terminology interchangeably.  That’s a problem for the modern factory-built home industry, because a trailer house IS NOT a mobile home, and a mobile home IS NOT a manufactured home.  That’s why we developed the graphics, and numerous other articles above or below that compliment that point.

It’s all about accurate education, that allows the industry to define itself.  The alternative is that others have and will define today’s manufactured homes in ways that harm our proper understanding and image.

That’s also why we’ve also done videos that walk viewers through the facts.  Once such interview and article is with multiple award-winning industry veteran, Dick Moore.

 

Manufactured Home Owners Often Care Deeply

The first challenge is to understand just what people who live in manufactured homes, or pre-HUD Code mobile homes, think.  Let’s admit that some don’t care what their house is called.

But many do. Frankly, all manufactured home owners should care. Why? Because the nomenclature in marketing can be tied to the resale value of the home.

Helene R. Lee and her husband were living in a community once known as Leisure Acres, in Lockport, NY.  The article appeared in the Buffalo, NY newspaper, and later was republished in the Chicago Tribune. We’re republishing it in its entirety, further below.

To set the stage, this was written during the Paula Jones/President Bill Clinton sexual affair and related scandals era in 1997.

As part of the ‘defense’ of then President Clinton, his campaign adviser and Longtime loyalist James Carville famously said of JonesDrag a hundred-dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you’ll find,”” per the Daily Beast and other sources.

Should Clinton and Carville bear some responsibility for how this terminology exploded in useage since that line was uttered?

“Drag a hundred-dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you’ll find,” James Carville, Clinton Strategist

Particularly, those who are the industry’s long-desired target market – those who can “stroke the check, or have great credit, and can buy a new manufactured home with ease – care about what their home is called.

We’ve featured several stories, which will be linked as resources at the end of this article, that make that point from the manufactured home owner’s perspective.  We’ll link up reports about the surveys reflecting high levels of manufactured home owner’s satisfaction.

Plus, our classic report about the 40th anniversary since the first manufactured homes were built.

Note, with letters to the editor or Op-Eds, headlines are often supplied by the publisher.

The headline shown below is the version from the Chicago Tribune. But the first version we’ve found of this classic letter was in the Buffalo News, under the headline shown at the top of this Daily Business News Flashback-Friday post.

The photos and Google images were not part of her original, but have been added to illustrate author Helene R. Lee’s point.

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Entrance to The Woodlands, Lockport, NY – once known as Leisure Acres – the community where the author of the article below, Helene R. Lee, lived.  The headline below is the one used in the Chicago Tribune, April 2, 1997.

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Watch Who You’re Calling ‘Trailer Trash’

By Helene R. Lee

 Remember the character in the movie “Network” who yelled; “I’m mad as hell and I won’t take it anymore”? That’s exactly how I feel whenever I hear or read two words–“trailer trash.” The supposition seems to be that people who live in trailer parks are trash and/or that their homes ae trash; that they are mentally challenged; unclean and have little conception of world events.

The words or inference keep popping up in novels, in articles, in movies, on TV, in a description of a Barbie doll.We’ve heard them repeatedly in references to Paula Jones, President Clinton’s nemesis in a sexual harassment case. A Newsweek writer, speaking on television, referred to Jones’s reputation as “just some sleazy woman with big hair coming out of the trailer parks.” And James Carville, Clinton’s former adviser, made the comment: “Drag a hundred dollars through a trailer park and there’s no telling what you’ll find.”

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Google satellite images.

I have to stop at these quotes because I am getting angrier and angrier.

The park where my husband and I live has more than 1,000 homes. The park is well maintained, likewise the homes, with perhaps one or two exceptions. Not a bad ratio, since unkempt homes can be found in any neighborhood.

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The Woodlands, Lockport, NY. Previously called, Leisure Acres.

The diversity of the residents is apparent, especially on a warm summer evening. There are young couples just starting out, couples with children, retired couples, widows, widowers and singles. There is neighborliness, too. After our last bad snowstorm, we soon saw our young neighbor shoveling out not only his car, but an elderly neighbor’s as well.

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Websites often cherry pick photos, but the 3D satellite view provides a pretty objective idea of what Helene R. Lee’s community, The Woodlands looks like today.

There are yearly contests at Christmastime for the best decorated home–also for any homeowner who demonstrates special improvements. There are parties for the children at holiday time. In the summer there are organized softball games and other pastimes, all taken care of by parents and the park management.

I would like to point out that communities like ours are no longer called trailer parks. They are “manufactured-home communities.” There is no way one of these homes can be hitched up to a car or small truck and pulled away. Once the home is set up, there it stays. Only extraordinary and costly ways are utilized to pull one out.

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Contemporary photo of The Woodlands, author Helene Lee’s community.

The homes come in varying sizes and are very affordable compared to site-built homes. Not everyone can afford a $100,000-plus house, after all. In our area (western New York), a new manufactured home can cost $40,000 to $50,000 while a good used one can be bought in the $20,000 to $30,000 range, depending on size.

Because of the reasonable costs, these homes make good starters for young couples who hope to move up later to larger, conventional houses. They are suitable for retired people on fixed incomes, families with lower-wage jobs or those who just don’t want the hassle of maintaining a large home.

My own experience with so-called trailer parks extends to California where I visited a friend a few years ago. Her park was beautifully laid out and landscaped, as were other parks we toured. The pride of the residents was obvious in the immaculate homes and well-maintained lots.

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Interior photo, fire place, living area, in the community that letter-to-the-editor author Helene Lee was describing.

At this point I admit I am not wearing blinders. No doubt there are trailer parks that are rundown.

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Interior photo, kitchen, in the community that Helene Lee was describing.

Unfortunately the film industry and television insist on perpetuating the stereotyping of trailer parks–manufactured-home communities. In their version every park is rundown, inhabited by borderline illiterates and drunks prone to violence.

The film industry and TV executives along with James Carville, the Newsweek writer and a host of other writers owe an apology to all the residents of manufactured-home communities. We’re sick and tired of the stereotyping. ##

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Leisure Acres, known today as “The Woodlands,” the community which inspired resident Helene Lee to write the letter above.

HELENE R. LEE and her husband are retired and have lived for nine years in Leisure Acres, a manufactured-home community in Lockport, NY.  The property is known in 2018 as The Woodlands.

—- End of extended quote. —- 

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Similar views from other manufactured home owners, are linked above and below.

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Skyline – Champion Merger Suit, Real ‘Class Action,’ or “Ambulance Chaser” Legal Shakedown?

March 10th, 2018 Comments off

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Monteverde & Associates PC are headquartered in the Empire State Building in New York City, NY. Their press release and  engagement letter says they have thoroughly investigated the Skyline Homes (SKY) and Champion Homes merger/acquisition.

 

Per Monteverde press release, they are investigating “potential securities laws violations and/or breaches of fiduciary duties in connection with the Share Contribution & Exchange Agreement with Champion Enterprises Holdings, LLC for its factory-built housing company (the “Exchange Agreement”).”

 

Skyline Stockholder Reacts

Kevin Sowers with Aplomb Capital is a Skyline stockholder.

He is also a fierce critic of Skyline’s management. In that light, it’s worth noting that Sowers is dismissive of this legal action.

To understand Sowers’ deep interest in the issue, he researched and published information provided to MHProNews in 2017 about his concerns over Skyline. He’s also, per sources, engaged others – including fellow Skyline shareholders – in an effort to get Skyline Corporation to do a turnaround and/or merge with anyone that, in Sowers’ view, could advance Skyline.

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Sample pages from Aplomb’s presentation of concerns over Skyline Corp’s management and BOD.

 

As Sowers described his desire to MHProNews last year as, an institutional shareholder trying to force the company to make some changes. Presumably, the competitors, dealers, community operators would have some interest,” in his research and views as a SKY stock holder.

That research by Sowers’ Aplomb, is linked here as a download.  It’s interesting to note that Sowers’ 49 page presentation opens with a Warren Buffett quote.

A Skyline management reacted off-the-record to the Apolmb concerns at that time with, I understand his frustration if he bought in as the stock was raising dramatically last year.  He also knows that I can only tell him things that are already in the public domain and the things he wants to know I can’t tell him for risk of violating SEC Reg FD.”

That Skyline source added, “Is he asking you to publish this in your newsletter?  I am available to these guys whenever they call, there just isn’t much we can tell them that we haven’t publicly disclose[d].”

MHProNews did not publish Sowers research at that time, and takes no editorial position on the issues raised in this report.

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All told, Kevin Sowers power point contains some 49 pages, including references to their source materials for his research. To download the entire presentation, click here.

 

“Ambulance Chaser”

Sowers tells the Daily Business News that Monteverde’s announcement “is nothing but an ambulance chaser looking for some money.”

Sowers says you can pull up any merger/buyout between two companies and you’ll “see a handful of lawsuits filed.”

Sowers says “the hope [of the suit] is that the companies will pay off the law firms to go away.”  He cites examples outside of manufactured housing. “BBRG…it’s a restaurant, was bought this morning, already a few law firms have filed suit “the company wronged shareholders by selling too cheaply.” “ESRX…same thing…lawsuits…par for the course.”

Perhaps due to non-disclosure agreements, Skyline and Champion management which were contacted for this report, have not yet commented on the allegations being raised by Monteverde.

 

The NYC “Super Lawyers”

In their release, the Empire State based firm touts its credentials in the following fashion.

Monteverde & Associates PC is a national class action securities and consumer litigation law firm that has recovered millions of dollars and is committed to protecting shareholders and consumers from corporate wrongdoing.  Monteverde & Associates PC lawyers have significant experience litigating Mergers & Acquisitions and Securities Class Actions, whereby they protect investors by recovering money and remedying corporate misconduct.  Mr. Monteverde, who leads the legal team at the firm, has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in Securities Litigation in 2013 and 2017, an award given to less than 2.5% of attorneys in a particular field.  He has also been selected by Martindale-Hubbell as a 2017 Top Rated Lawyer.”

Their standard engagement letter was provided to MHProNews, and is available as a download, linked here.

Per their engagement letter, the handle such cases on contingency, which suggests both confidence and expertise, in many situations.

 

Shareholder View

I’m very bulled up on the merger,” Sowers’ said in a recent email to MHProNews. “Skyline management was garbage and company was too small to compete. Now the employees and shareholders win as you get a legitimate #2 player. [T]he cost savings are going to be better than they have laid out…plus all the inflation in lumber and labor act as a price umbrella since it hurts site built more than MH.”

Industry readers and investors should note that Skyline and Champion both have solid Better Business Bureau (BBB) ratings.

The announcement of the class action investigation appeared to have no noteworthy impact on Skyline stocks, which ticked up both Thursday and Friday.  Yesterday’s closing numbers, are linked as part of the broader markets report, linked here.

Cases such as this often disappear from the news, because a settlement is reached, and non-discloses are signed, according to guidance from legal experts tell MHProNews. But if more hits the wires or added insights are learned, this story may be updated. Stay tuned.

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Where a 14×60 Single Section Manufactured Home Selling for $150,000 is a Bargain

October 26th, 2017 Comments off
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When someone in the mainstream media begins to truly ‘discover’ today’s manufactured home, it can be an insightful – and emotionally enriching – exercise.

Staten Island Advance reporter Tracey Porpora was chosen as “Journalist of the Year” by The Newswomen’s Club of New York for her coverage of Hurricane Sandy.

Porpora – is a real estate and business reporter for New York’s Staten Island Advance. The paper’s website says she has some 25 years of experience.

 

Porpora’s report about the sale of a single section home to “Alice” in “New York City’s only” manufactured home community was in some ways, quite delightful.

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Alice got a “steal” on a pre-owned home that reportedly sold for a mere $87,000.” “I love living here,” Alice said, per Porpora’s report.

And why not?

Per the local paper, “apartments in Urby — the 900-unit residential development in Stapleton — which started taking in residents earlier this year and commands rental starting prices of $1,795 for a studio, $2,255 for a one-bedroom and $3,200 for a two-bedroom, according to an Urby spokeswoman.”

Home prices have risen over the last year for every type of home,” stated the SIAdvance.  “In fact, the median sale price of all Staten Island homes increased by more than 10 percent to $526,000, from September 2016 to September 2017, according to the Staten Island Board of Realtors…”

According to Garden Homes Management Corp – which manages the Goethals Mobile Home Park in Mariners Harbor on Staten Island, NY – the only home listed for sale is a new 14×60’ that goes for a relative bargain in the local housing market; $150.000.

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Lessons for Industry Professionals, Public Officials, Media, Others?

On one hand, the story shows just what manufactured housing can accomplish — ie., provide, safe and attractive homeownership at an inherently affordable price that is within the reach of the vast majority of Americans — even in an otherwise high-cost housing market like New York City,” said Mark Weiss, President and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) to MHProNews.

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On the other hand,” said Weiss, “imagine how much more the industry could do for American families if the placement of manufactured homes was not artificially and needlessly restricted by baseless, outdated and discriminatory government restrictions like the one noted — a phenomenon that is replicated in other jurisdictions around the country to the detriment of millions of Americans in need of affordable housing.”

Industry professionals from around the country have shared similar views with MHLivingNews and/or MHProNews.  Stan Dye, in the video below, specifically calls on Dr. Ben Carson to enforce the law.

That law is the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 (MHIA 2000), which Congress used to give manufactured homes “enhanced preemption.”

But HUD under its current administrator has failed to enforce that enhanced preemption.

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At the end of the day, they’re looking for what will generate the most amount of tax revenue

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Jay Hamilton, Executive Director, Georgia Manufactured Housing Association (GMHA).

per acre,” stated Jay Hamilton, executive director of the Georgia Manufactured Housing Association. “And people wonder why we’ve got an affordable housing crisis in America.”

Back to Staten Island, NY…

Geralyn Liverani, associate broker of Keller Williams Realty Empire in Dongan Hills, sold a two-bedroom mobile home in the Mariners Harbor land-lease community for some $90,000 in May, per SILive.

The market was high at the time. We had it listed for $89,999. It sold quickly, and we were still getting calls two months after it sold because of the price. For that price, why would they rent?” Liverani added.

Porpora noted that the sales could take place fast with a manufactured home.

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You like a house today, on Monday — and on Wednesday it’s yours. There’s no title search, and you don’t even need an attorney. It’s more like buying a car than a home,” stated Eli Ruiz, broker of Excel Realty in West Brighton.

These [manufactured] homes are not easy to get. … A lot of the time you are dealing with all cash,” said Neila Nuzzi, a real estate associate for Neuhaus Realty in Richmond, NY.

A Lesson for FHFA, GSEs and Others?

These accounts all point to a reality discussed here on MHProNews and on HUD PD&R research reported on MHLivingNews; the reality of appreciation in metro areas with manufactured homes.

Appreciation on a big-ticket item like a home is largely about supply, demand, location, condition, and financing.

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Barry Noffsinger, Credit Human.

Manufactured housing, just like site built homes, can both appreciate and depreciate.  There are many factors such as location, market conditions, mobility, the condition of the home, etc., that affects the home’s value,” Credit Human regional manager Barry Noffsinger told MHProNews.

Without a complete picture about manufactured housing, outsiders that ‘discover’ the industry’s product may leave with serious questions that they want answers to; be those curious minds in media, lending, public policy, or prospective home buyers.

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Billionaire Hedge Fund Manager – Elite Couple’s Manufactured Home

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DanMargaretMunzerLoebThirdPointNYPostMontaukShoresManufacturedHomeProfessionalNewsMHProNewsDaniel S. Loeb, is the CEO and founder of Third Point LLC, “an asset management firm headquartered in New York, in 1995,” says their website.

Loeb “leads portfolio management, risk management and research activities. Before founding Third Point, Daniel worked on both the buy and the sell sides for over a decade, gaining dedicated experience in distressed debt, high-yield bond sales, risk arbitrage and private investments. Immediately before starting Third Point, he was Vice-President of high-yield bond sales at Citigroup.”

Loeb and his wife, Margaret Munzer Loeb, are among the billionaires featured in the new image shattering report linked here.

In Your Face Reality Checks That Can Open Minds

While others have talked for years about educational and image campaigns, MHLivingNews and our sponsors have been working on the foundation that is already selling more homes for those using this service for several years.

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One step at a time, the foundation for the information needed to change perceptions – based upon compelling realities, not hype – have been added to the pages there, and here on MHProNews.

The new report submitted by Julia Granowicz is linked here.

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Even with Thunderstorms, Tunica Pre-Show Estimates Exceeded

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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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RV/MH Hall of Fame inducts 10 in ceremony

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RV_MH_Hall_of_Fame_TripAdvisor_posted_on_MHMSM.com_MHProNews.pngSome 350 leaders from the RV and Manufactured Housing industries gathered at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart to dine on surf and turf while honoring the class of 2011 inductees. Hodge Patel from U.S. Congressman Joe Donnelly office said: “Each year about 45 million vehicles travel the Indiana Toll Road. We need to work to capture these travelers so that they too can experience the RV/MH museum and hall of fame…The wow-factor is inside this building and we all need to re-double our efforts, just as Go RVing and many others have done financially and through other commitments.” The Spirit award went to retiring board member Jerry Pickrell, in recognition of 20 years of service. Inductees included: George Allen, GFA Management, Greenwood, IN. Robert Azevedo, Alpine RV, San Francisco, CA. MH Retailer Leonard O. Brown, West Valley View, Inc. Allegany, NY. Both Harold ‘Hal’ Gerring, (deceased), Gerring Industries, Shipshewana, IN. Larry Huttle, Airstream, Jackson Center, OH. James Knott, J & B Homes, Carlsbad, NM. John Martin, TCA and MHI, Locust Grove , VA. Mike Schneider, Affinity Group, Ventura, CA. MHARR co-Founder James F. Shea, Jr, Fairmont Homes, Nappanee, IN was also among the inductees. The Hall of Fame tells MHMSM.com that photos from the event will be available in the next few days.

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