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MHARR: President Trump’s Actions Offer Major Opportunity for MH Industry and Consumers

February 28th, 2017 Comments off

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Washington, D.C., February 28, 2017 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) tells MHProNews that Executive Orders issued by President Trump within the past thirty days provide an unprecedented opportunity for the federally-regulated manufactured housing industry and American consumers who rely upon manufactured homes.

The orders, says MHARR, fulfill the campaign promises by the President to significantly curtail the “regulatory state,” provide a solid basis for the industry and consumers to seek the elimination or modification of needless, job-killing federal regulations that unnecessarily increase the cost of the nation’s most affordable homes.

President Trump’s actions also provide a foundation for fundamental reforms to the manufactured housing program at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), to bring the program into full compliance with the landmark Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000.

MHARR says that executive orders issued on January 30th and February 24th require virtually all federal agencies to identify at least two existing regulations to be repealed for each new regulation added to the agency. Further, the agencies must designate a “Regulatory Reform Officer” and appoint a “Regulatory Reform Task Force” to identify regulations that eliminate jobs or inhibit job creation that are outdated, unnecessary or ineffective.

In combination with the government-wide regulatory freeze order implemented January 20th, and the pending confirmation of Dr. Ben Carson, as HUD Secretary, MHARR says that these mandates offer potentially once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for the industry and consumers to put a severely out-of-touch and out-of-control federal manufactured housing program back on-track.


M. Mark Weiss. Official Photo.

The stance of the Trump Administration on the needless regulatory burdens confronting America’s small businesses is a godsend for the manufactured housing industry and the mostly lower and moderate-income Americans who rely on its homes for affordable, non-subsidized housing,” said MHARR President and CEO, Mark Weiss.

With these new policies, the industry and consumers have an unprecedented opportunity to achieve and cement in place the major program reforms mandated by Congress in the 2000 reform law. While MHARR intends to aggressively pursue this opportunity, it cannot be the only industry organization seeking fundamental change to put the federal program back on track.

The go-along-to-get-along segment of the industry, accordingly, has a crucial decision to make – to either embrace fundamental change, or continue protecting an unacceptable and indefensible status quo.

The full release from MHARR is linked here.

For MHARR’s comments on the State Administrative Agencies (SAA) funding rule, click here. ##


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Hometown America Trying to Buy Resident Owned Community, Rift Results

February 3rd, 2017 Comments off

A home in Briarcrest Estates. Credit: Zillow.

In Laconia, New Hampshire, the Lakemont Cooperative-owned Briarcrest Estates manufactured home community is in a unique position.

According to the Laconia Daily Sun, the story dates back to July 2013, when community owners Mark and Ruth Mooney tentatively agreed to sell the Briarcrest Estates to Hometown America for $10 million.

In compliance with state law, the terms of the transaction were disclosed to the tenants, who had 60 days to make a counteroffer by presenting a purchase-and-sales agreement. The law requires the community owner to bargain in good faith with the residents or their organization.

Residents of Briarcrest Estates then formed The Lakemont Cooperative Inc. and, with assistance from the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund, matched the offer from Hometown America Corporation.

After initial resistance, Mark and Ruth Mooney agreed to sell the 183 acre, 241 home site community to the cooperative, which has owned and managed it since April 2014.

According to the cooperative President Don Vachon, the community is on solid financial footing, which has been verified by several other residents familiar with the finances of the organization.

Others residents acknowledged that some capital improvements would need to be undertaken in the near future.


Credit: Briarcrest Estates.

Fast forward to January 17th of this year, when Doug Minahan of Hometown America Corporation wrote a letter to Vachon.

It was an offer to buy Briarcrest Estates.

Doug Minahan. Credit: LinkedIn.

The Hometown America offer included retiring the outstanding balances on a $8 million loan from TD Bank and $2 million loan from the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund as well as covering the prepayment penalty of $873,000 on the bank loan, closing costs and real estate transfer taxes associated with the transaction.

The company also pledged to honor all current leases, which provide that rent increases are limited to the rise in property taxes and inflation rate, along with any special assessment levied to fund improvements in the park, and offered to invest $350,000 in improvement to the park in the first year of its ownership.

It’s an unsolicited offer, period. A fire-from-the hip proposal,” said Vachon.


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But, according to some residents, the offer has strange timing. And has caused a rift.

Although the board has claimed the offer was not solicited, the letter from Hometown America Corporation outlining its terms begins ‘per our discussions,’ indicating that board members have been communicating with Hometown America for some time,” said Katherine Carlson, who also was among the first officers of the cooperative.

Per the Laconia Daily Sun, when the offer was disclosed to residents at a meeting last weekend, they agreed by a show of hands to meet with representatives of Hometown America late in April, after residents spending the colder months in warmer climes have returned for the summer.


Credit: Briarcrest Estates.

On Monday, the directors of the Lakemont Cooperative then informed its members that what they called an “informational meeting” with the regional director of Hometown America will be held on February 25th, and a special meeting of the membership has been scheduled on April 8, when members will be asked to vote whether to accept or reject the offer.

And this movement concerns another original director of the cooperative.

The board has all of a sudden accelerated the time frame without any explanation,” said Orry Gibbs.

Many residents will not have returned from their winter residences by early April, and there is concern at the prospect that a vote could be taken before a significant number of residents would have an opportunity to become informed about the offer, take part in the discussion and perhaps even cast their vote. We have been no reason for the rush to a decision.

Founded in 1997, Hometown America is a privately held company that owns and operates manufactured housing communities across the country. Today, the company operates more than 45 communities in ten states.

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