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2018 RV/MH Hall of Fame Call for Nominations

April 22nd, 2017 Comments off
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Even though six months remain until the deadline, Darryl Searer, president of the RV/MH Heritage Foundation wanted to remind MHProNews, and industry professionals, that if they are considering nominating someone, now’s a good time to begin working on it.

Even though we are intensely planning for the induction dinner celebration for the Class of 2017 on August 7, 2017, it’s really not too early to start the process of nominating a deserving individual to the Hall of Fame for the Class of 2018,” said Searer.

It’s a lengthy process that should not wait until the last minute, so I urge those who are considering a nominee to download the guidelines and forms so their nominee can be considered for the Class of 2018.”

Nomination guidelines state that anyone can nominate a person to the Hall of Fame that meets the eligibility requirements. The only people who may not be considered are those who currently serve on the Hall’s Selection Committee.

In order to be eligible, nominees must be, or have been, an active participant in any segment of the recreation vehicle, campground, or manufactured housing industries for a minimum of 25 years.

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The Hall welcomes nominations from all RV and manufactured housing sectors — manufacturers, dealers, campgrounds, housing communities, suppliers, user groups, trade media, associations, etc. — for the class of 2018 and beyond,” said Searer.

The nominating committee is especially interested in receiving nominations for deserving early pioneers who may have been forgotten, passed over or overlooked in the past. The Selection Committee is made up of an equal number of members of the RV and Manufactured Housing industries, and members will only vote on nominees from their respective industries.”

Additional details for Hall of Fame nominations are linked here. For more on Woody Paylor, retired founder of Woody’s RV, the first Canadian inducted into the hall, click here. ##

 

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Could Modular Determine the Outcome of an Election?

April 14th, 2017 Comments off

A modular unit in London. Credit: The Guardian.

For incumbent London Mayor Sadiq Khan, the answer could very well be yes.

According to Property Week, the importance of addressing London – and the U.K.’s – affordable housing crisis was front and center in a discussion on the mayor’s performance among developers and professionals gathered in Cannes.

The message was clear: Khan needs to pick up the pace if he plans on being re-elected.

But one move could make a striking difference to perceptions of the mayor’s progress – removing barriers and accelerating the use of modular housing for London’s new homes,” said David Sheridan, CEO of Keepmoat.

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David Sheridan. Credit: Property Week.

Sheridan believes that modular housing “is a feature of the normal rather than something that is unusual – but this view will take time to embed.”

Perhaps it is memories of system-built or prefabricated post-war homes that is holding the capital back – but if London throws off these shackles the rate of house building could increase dramatically and potentially play a big role in Mayor Khan’s re-election,” said Sheridan.

Sheridan says that the group realized that there was much to learn from other sectors, including those that build schools, when it comes to modular construction. The group also came up with a plan for the Greater London Authority to stimulate and invest in modular construction, including working with boroughs to standardize design, secure grant funding, and developing a framework of partners to speed development.

Output from traditional house building methods is constrained and close to its limit – with the availability of labor only set to tighten further as Britain prepares to leave the European Union,” said Sheridan.

The answer is in the existence of a number of progressive players delivering modular products that can be applied to different site challenges. These products will add to the supply from traditional house building, not replace it. Modular systems have the potential to accelerate estate regeneration; they can be used to provide new homes on top of existing buildings and on small infill sites. They also offer high-quality homes that can blend into the suburbs.”

Sheridan also believes that modular construction can reduce the upheaval on residents, by offering high-quality housing requiring much shorter construction periods.

We are talking about installation of up to eight homes a day,” said Sheridan.

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Mayor Sadiq Khan. Credit: Property Week.

He also had a suggestion for the Mayor with regard to re-election.

With the clock ticking on his mayoralty, there is nothing Mayor Khan could do more effectively to speed up housing supply than making London an exemplar for modular construction over the next three years,” said Sheridan.

For more on modular and prefab housing in the U.K., including China National Building Material Company (CNBM), Barcelona Housing Systems and U.K. housing association Your Housing Group (YHG) joining forces to build six prefab factories that will deliver 25,000 energy efficient homes per year by 2022, click here. ##

 

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Factory Goes Modular – Plans Thousands of Homes

April 12th, 2017 Comments off
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In the U.K., a prefab bonanza is taking place, and another company has decided to get in on the action.

According to the Telegraph, a Docklands factory will be the first of its kind in London, and will eventually provide 3,000 new modular homes.

As the Daily Business News covered here, the U.K. Government has been focused on prefab housing as a practical way to solve the nations housing crisis. Modular homes can be built in sections and then assembled quickly on site. Currently, around 15,000 new homes are produced this way each year.

Developer First Base has announced that it has brought on the global engineering consultancy firm Aecom to help with plans for modular homes, and the factory would deliver homes up to nine months faster than traditional site built homes in the country.

The company says that their factory is expected to become operational later in the year, producing two-bedroom homes.

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The Daily Business News has covered modular and prefab housing in the U.K. extensively, including China National Building Material Company (CNBM), Barcelona Housing Systems and U.K. housing association Your Housing Group (YHG) joining forces to build six prefab factories that will deliver 25,000 energy efficient homes per year by 2022. That story is linked here.

Also active is insurance giant Legal & General, which owns a modular housing factory capable of building 3,000 homes per year in Leeds, U.K., and has been active in the manufactured, modular and prefab industries, including increasing its stake in builder Cavco Industries.

Speaking on the Farmer Report by Cast CEO Mark Farmer in November, which called out modular housing as a solution to the U.K. housing crisis, Paul Stanworth, managing partner at Legal & General, commented on the company’s plans.

This review sets out a clear way for the construction sector to reinvent itself in order to meet the ever-growing demand for homes and infrastructure,” said Stanworth.

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Paul Sanworth. Credit: UK Infrastructure Investment.

Legal & General is helping to address this problem by investing in a modern factory to produce homes using manufacturing processes seen in the production of cars and other consumer goods.

This construction method is safe, clean, and fast, providing a high level of consistency and durability. We sincerely hope that Farmer’s review galvanizes the entire sector to invest in innovation and secure its future.

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The Promise of Housing – Manufactured Homes Take Center Stage

April 11th, 2017 Comments off
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A refurbished Family Promise home in Grand Rapids, MI. Credit: ABC Newspapers.

In Anoka County, Minnesota, just north of Minneapolis, one organization has seen the light, combining all the benefits of manufactured housing to combat homelessness.

According to ABC Newspapers, non-profit organization Family Promise will receive a $10,000 grant to kick-start a new effort to combat homelessness in Anoka County.

The “Home for Keeps” program allows families who are homeless the opportunity to transition to homeownership, as manufactured homes are refurbished and presented to them.

We are reaching out to local park [sic] owners to see if they have any manufactured homes sitting vacant on their land. We hope that park [sic] owners will sell such homes at low cost or donate them to Family Promise,” said David Frei, executive director of Family Promise.

Frei says that while no community owners have made homes available yet, the opportunity in Anoka County is significant, as it has almost 5000 homesites, more than any other county in the state.

We have a lot of potential for it to grow,” said Frei. “Manufactured housing is getting a rebound in our area.”

Volunteers from Family Promise will fix up the homes for families so they can move in, and eventually receive the title and claim ownership.

It’s a very inexpensive way for people to achieve stability,” said Frei.

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The inside of a refurbished Family Promise home. Credit: ABC Newspapers.

Other Family Promise affiliates in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Orlando, Florida have launched similar programs and seen tremendous success.

Renting space in a manufactured home park [sic] typically costs families much less than renting an apartment would,” Cheryl Schuch, executive director of Family Promise of Grand Rapids.

On average, monthly rent is $450, and the average two-bedroom apartment in Grand Rapids goes for $1,100 monthly.”

Family Promise has moved 91 families into 84 manufactured homes to date.

The only way for them to exit poverty is for them to build assets,” said Schuch.

Owning a manufactured home is certainly a step in the right direction.”

The Daily Business NewsMHProNews and MHLivingNews have covered the case for manufactured housing as a viable solution to hope for the American Dream of home ownership at a reasonable price extensively, including Bloomberg making a statement to the same effect.

For more on manufactured housing being the solution that’s hiding in plain sight, see MHProNews and MHLivingNews Publisher L.A. “Tony” Kovach’s insight into the opportunity linked here. ##

 

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Affordable Housing – In the Eye of the Beholder?

April 10th, 2017 Comments off
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Throughout most parts of California, almost everything is expensive.

That includes housing. But, in Santa Barbara, one developer believes that he’s solved the city’s housing shortage.

According to NoozHawk, project architect Jan Hochhauser and developer Ed Clark purchased the property, a former manufactured home community, out of bankruptcy.

 

The plan? To turn it into 40 new tiny home rental units to tackle the city’s affordable housing crisis.

Affordable” in this instance, is in the eye of the beholder.

It’s a market-rate rental project, but is affordable by design,” said Clark. “The two bedroom units will be rented out at $1,500 to $1,800 a month. The rental market is there.”

About a dozen of the tiny homes have already been put into place, and come in at 550 square feet. Once delivered, they install on top of a permanent slab that sits 3-to-4-feet above the ground. The entire property sits on a flood plain and is near a creek.

Clark says that due to California state guidelines, manufactured home communities are under the purview of the Housing and Urban Development Department. With state guidelines less stringent than city ones, the project has been able to move quickly.

We expect to be done by December and begin renting units in January,” said Hochhauser.

Each home will also have a small, one vehicle driveway and communal areas for events. And, while each unit has a full kitchen and washer and dryer, they are specially sized for the homes.

 

Why Not Manufactured Homes vs. Tiny Houses?

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MHLivingNews has covered the “tiny home” movement extensively, including the potential for big legal trouble for owners and a detailed side-by-side comparison with manufactured homes, highlighting function and value versus fashion.

And, several manufactured housing professionals who believe that those fascinated with tiny houses ought to be thinking manufactured homes instead.

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Anybody with a brain in their head would look at a manufactured home,” Brian Cira, president, Fairmont Homes, Nappanee, IN said.

We do it much more efficiently, much more smartly. We’ve been doing this for decades. … We could build these [tiny houses] all day long.”

For more on the growth of tiny homes, including nearby San Luis Obispo’s effort to use them for their own housing crunch, click here. ##

 

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U.K. Builders Eye Prefab in Anticipation of Brexit

March 14th, 2017 Comments off
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A prefab home in progress on site. Credit: Reuters.

While the U.K. continues to struggle with an affordable housing crisis, a new concern for some of the larger homebuilders in the country has cropped up.

Those leading homebuilders, including Berkeley, Taylor Wimpey, and Persimmon have said they are either planning new developments of prefabricated homes or are considering doing so.

Their challenge is two fold – to solve the affordable housing crisis, and the potential for an even larger loss of skilled construction workers that could be brought on by Brexit.

According to Global Construction Review, a report by Dutch engineer Arcadis in February estimated that the homebuilding industry as a whole could see a reduction of as many as 214,000 workers by 2020 should the U.K exit the European Union.

The situation would be felt most in and around London, where 95,000 of London’s construction workers – more than a quarter of the total, have EU nationality.

Berkeley has said that they will produce their first factory built homes this year, beginning with 16 homes in London, but they have 50 more homes in the pipeline.

Taylor Wimpey is also exploring ways to ‘future proof’ our business and is considering offsite construction options,” said divisional managing director John Gainham.

Persimmon has maintained a factory in central England for a long time, which is part of a business called Space4, that makes prefabricated timber frames for about 40 percent of all its houses.

Space4 is now looking at proposals to either increase volumes at our existing factory or building another factory elsewhere in Britain,” said regional executive Richard Oldroyd.

We have a desire to reduce the company’s dependence on traditional labor like bricklayers.

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The Persimmon factory. Credit: Reuters.

As regular Daily Business News readers are already aware, insurance giant Legal & General has said that they have the secret for modular and prefab lending, and they are setting up a 550,000-square-foot factory near Leeds, intended to be “the largest modular homes construction factory in the world.

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Legal & General factory. Credit: Legal & General.

All of the various initiatives clearly have the large incumbents thinking about what’s next.

Fundamentally, the construction industry has been doing some things the same way for hundreds of years,” said Berkeley Chairman Tony Pidgley.

Historically, we had the labor … But the challenge is different now.

For more on modular and prefab housing in the U.K., including China National Building Material Company (CNBM), Barcelona Housing Systems and U.K. housing association Your Housing Group (YHG) joining forces to build six prefab factories that will deliver 25,000 energy efficient homes per year by 2022, click here. ##

 

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The Evolution of 3D Printed Homes?

March 4th, 2017 Comments off

Credit3DPrintedHousesDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews589When it comes to 3D printed homes, companies around the world have been working to perfect the ideal system, including Beijing-based HuaShang Tengda, which printed a two-story villa that checks in at 4,305 square feet and can reportedly withstand a magnitude eight earthquake.

But PassivDom, a Ukrainian startup, is looking to revolutionize the housing market with its concept for a stand-alone, energy-efficient 3D printed house, ideal for off-the-grid living.

According to 3ders, the idea behind PassivDom was to create a compact, fully “passive” house, one that can be designed and built without external structures such as foundation, plumbing, and water tanks, and can exist autonomously and sustainably.

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PassivDom model home. Credit: 3ders.

PassivDom says that their homes and can be deployed so quickly, that owners can apparently move in within a day of buying one of the houses.

The house incorporates a number of features that help to make it sustainable, including windows that are manufactured using a proprietary window technology that eliminates heat loss. The startup says that the homes are delivered to the desired site ready to live in, with furniture and appliances already installed and ready to go, including being connected for the “Internet of Things” (IoT) so that appliances can be controlled via smartphone.

The homes also come with a security system, a 40-year warranty, and a “self-learning micro-climate system,” that creates favorable conditions inside of the homes. This maintains the ideal temperature and humidity, monitors the oxygen and carbon dioxide content.

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PassivDom says that this means the smart home can learn how to run the house, based on your preferences. The units can also be assembled together to build out a larger home if desired.

PassivDom homes are priced between €29,900 and €64,900 ($30,000 and $67,000 USD).

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Impact of Rising Interest Rates Felt

February 28th, 2017 Comments off
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With mortgage rates now beginning to move, those in the market felt the first effects of rising rates in December.

According to Housing Wire, information from First American Financial Corp., a provider of title insurance, settlement services and risk solutions for real estate transactions, shows that the company’s price index rose 6.2 percent from November to December and 8 percent when compared to December 2015.

Real purchasing-power adjusted house prices surged more than 6% month-over-month in December, the first full month to see the impact of the surge in mortgage rates after the election and the most recent FOMC rate increase,” said Mark Fleming, First American Chief Economist.

This interest rate surge lead to the first year-over-year decline in consumer house-buying power in two and a half years. Add declining purchasing power because of the jump in mortgage rates, and affordability for first-time homebuyers declines.

The price index measures price changes of single-family homes throughout the U.S., adjusted for the impact of income and interest rate changes on consumer house-buying power over time and across the United States at state, metropolitan area and national levels.

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Even though the rates are up, the price index shows that real home prices are still 33.1 percent below their housing-boom peak and 10.1 percent below price levels in January 2000.

The decrease in affordability seen in December was widespread, impacting all but one of the markets we track,” said Fleming.

Low inventory of homes for sale is creating increased competition in the market and pushing nominal prices higher.”

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A Different Kind of Prefab Dome

February 24th, 2017 1 comment
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In Japan, the “styrofoam dome” prefab home is all the rage.

The Japan Dome House Co, Ltd has come up with the design, which delivers a certain level of chic, and takes up less space than conventional home.

Then, there’s the price – the homes start at $30,000.

There are over 400 of the homes in the resort village in Kyushu, Japan, and they weigh in at less than 200 pounds. Seven-inch thick walls are designed to provide thermal insulation and are coated with fire retardant, so the house is fireproof. The homes don’t rot or attract termites, are earthquake proof, and gale resistant.

Katsuyuki Kitagawa, owner of the Japan Dome House Co, has been building the homes for the last decade, and believes that their use even stretches beyond just residences.

I’d like to change the way of farming,” said Kitagawa, citing that he believes all of the advantages over conventional homes is ideal.

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Katsuyuki Kitagawa. Credit: The Japan Times.

I thought I’d be happy if I could scoop out the bean paste from a manju dumpling and live there,” said Kitagawa, when speaking about one of the products he sold before establishing the modular home manufacturer.

According to The Japan Times, Japan Dome House Co began developing the homes for agricultural purposes in 2015. The stable structure of the dome can be assembled in several days, and it uses about one-tenth the energy of a wooden structure.

More than 450 domed houses in Aso were spared damage when a major earthquake hit Kumamoto and its vicinity last April, and the village was later used as an evacuation site for nearly 700 people.

I want people around the world to be healthy and not go hungry. This is farming that will not be influenced by the weather or disasters,” said Kitagawa.

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Homeownership Remains the Core of the American Dream

February 21st, 2017 Comments off
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A recent poll commissioned by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) shows that homeownership is still at the core of the American Dream.

According to the Times NWI, even as housing markets continue to recover at different rates around the country, the American Dream of homeownership remains strong – four out of five Americans believe that owning a home is a good investment.

And, they believe that it’s something policymakers need to take active steps to encourage and protect.

When surveyed about investments, 82 percent of respondents rate “a home for you to live in” as a good or excellent investment, which was the highest of six choices, retirement accounts coming in second at 67 percent.

And, as the Daily Business News has reported, contrary to some concerns about Millennials rejecting the idea of homeownership, 81 percent of 18-29-year-olds want to buy a home.

Perhaps most striking is that 55 percent of those surveyed said the biggest obstacle to buying a home was finding a home at an affordable price.

Additionally, 50 percent of those surveyed citied insufficient savings for a down payment as an obstacle and 41 percent reported difficulty getting approved for a home loan as a challenge.

Finally, 72 percent of survey respondents support the government providing tax incentives to encourage homeownership.

Benefits, particularly the mortgage interest deduction, which has been included in the tax code for more than 100 years, have been critical to developing the American Dream of homeownership.

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Video report with powerful insights and links to third party experts, sharing compelling insights about manufactured homes.

MH, a Solution Hiding in Plain Sight 

MHProNews and MHLivingNews continue to cover the challenges as well as the numerous advantages that the manufactured housing industry provides in the U.S., making affordable, quality housing easily available to most of the population.

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Jim Clayton, right. L. A. “Tony” Kovach, left. Photo credit, MHProNews.com

MHProNews and MHLivingNews publisher L.A. “Tony” Kovach provides deep insight into this opportunity in Obstacles and Opportunities in Affordable Housing – October 2016, and the understanding that the solution to affordable housing is hiding in plain sight.

With new attitudes about housing, millennials are also looking for viable economic solutions that also provide the opportunity for sustainability.

Leaders in business also clearly understand the opportunity, such as Warren Buffet and Berkshire Hathaway, which owns Clayton Homes, and Sam Zell, Chairman of Equity LifeStyle Properties, or independents such as John Bostick, with Sunshine Homes.

Giants and independents alike are “doubling down” on the manufactured housing industry, with Zell being quoted as saying during this interview “Everyone calls them trailer parks. Pencil head, it’s not a trailer park.

Sunshine Home’s John Bostick knows the challenges facing manufactured housing, as well as the immense opportunities when he reminds professionals that “Easy doesn’t pay well.” What Bostick means is that it is only through effort that manufactured housing will advance to its potential. ##

 

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