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Governor Signs 18’ Wide Single-Section Bill

May 3rd, 2019 Comments off

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The first session of the 57th Oklahoma Legislature completed its third month last week as the Senate and House completed hearing bills on the floor of their respective chamber by the April 25 deadline,” said the Manufactured Housing Association of Oklahoma (MHAO).

 

Governor Kevin Stitt has signed the bill that makes 18’ single sections legally transportable in Oklahoma.

On [April] the 26th Governor Stitt signed HB 1217 which will allow homes not exceeding 18 to be transported upon the Interstate/Defense Highways, effective November 1st,” said the MHAO.

An 18’ wide single section can rival the size of a modest multisectional, without additional installation costs needed for two sections.

 

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An example of an 18’ floorplan is shown.

Governor Kevin Stitt and legislative leaders are continuing to negotiate the FY20 state budget and an agreement could be announced in the very near future. Sine Die is May 31 by 5:00pm, however depending on the timing of the budget agreement, it is possible legislators will adjourn earlier than that day,” said MHAO.

That said, and while this is useful, the industry is still down from 2018.  See related reports, further below.

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Warning – Number 1 Manufactured Housing State, Texas – Reports Month Over Month Rise, Year over Year Shipment Decline Continues

Newly Published Regional State Data Reflects Gainers, Losers in New Manufactured Homes Shipped

 

 

 

 

 

 

When You Manage a Community Long Enough

May 24th, 2017 Comments off
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Both residents and operators of manufactured home communities will tell you that, if you’re around long enough, you may see anything.

That was the case this past weekend in the hometown of MHProNews, Lakeland, Florida.

According to The Ledger, a 19-year-old driver lost control of his vehicle while speeding on a state road, and crashed into an unoccupied manufactured home in Lakeland Harbor.

Officials from the Lakeland Fire Department say no one was at home at the time of the incident Sunday morning, and the driver was taken to Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center with minor injuries.

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Other Recent Strange, But True MH Stories 

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In our Daily Business News periodic series, we’ve covered a number of strange-but-true stories, including the case of a theft in Purcell, Oklahoma, for a man and woman charged in McClain County District Court with knowingly concealing stolen property.

Tana S. Lang, 41, and Michael G. Slay, 43, are accused of stealing appliances from a model home on the Mid-State Manufactured Housing retail sales center during a June burglary. A Whirlpool refrigerator, range and dishwasher were taken.

Other strange but true stories include:

 

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Manufactured Home Owners Could Be in for a Surprise

May 16th, 2017 Comments off
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In Montana’s Yellowstone County, manufactured home owners can look to receive their tax assessments a bit later this year.

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

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

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

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

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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 mdjonline.com, 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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“Stop, Thief!”

January 24th, 2017 Comments off

ThiefMaskFaceGraphicStck-DailyBusinessNewsMHProNews420x486News of a theft in Purcell, Oklahoma, indicate arrest warrants are outstanding for a man and woman charged in McClain County District Court with knowingly concealing stolen property.

Tana S. Lang, 41, and Michael G. Slay, 43, are accused of stealing appliances from a model home on the Mid-State Manufactured Housing retail sales center during a June burglary.

A Whirlpool refrigerator, range and dishwasher were taken.

According to the Purcell Register, in October, Detective Sargent Scott Stephens with the Purcell Police Department, received information the pair had committed the burglary and stored the stolen appliances in a barn.

When contacted by police, the property owner confirmed Lang and Slay stored items in one of his barns.

Stephens and Detective Sargent Todd Carpenter received the owner’s permission to search the barn and found the range and dishwasher, according to the affidavit.

Once complete, Stephens obtained a search warrant for Lang’s residence. When he served the warrant, Lang reportedly told the detective the refrigerator was in a storage unit she rented.

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Appliance and decor thefts are among the challenges that manufactured home retailers and communities face. Image credit: AJ Madison.

Police recovered the refrigerator from the unit.  For the law-abiding, this might seem to be a strange-but-true story.

For those in the manufactured home retail business, they know all-too-well how common this kind of theft can be; it’s catching the thief that’s the good news.

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Manufactured Home Residents Considering Lawsuit

October 19th, 2016 Comments off
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A Shawnee, Oklahoma manufactured home community is in flux after a series of missteps.

According to Red Dirt Report, a number of residents of the Rolling Acres Mobile Home Park were outraged recently when they received a 60-day eviction notice. They are considering a lawsuit after Shawnee attorney Kent Massey invited them to discuss their legal options.

The story begins in March, when Red Dirt Report found that the community’s lagoon was overburdened with too many residents on the system. It was leaking less than a mile from the North Canadian River.

The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) received complaints and served the owner, Stephen H. Sanders, with a consent order requiring the lagoon system be fixed in order to continue operations of the community.

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According to records, 59 homes are connected to the lagoon system.

But under current standards, it is only designed to accommodate 15 homes.

Late last week, 34 of 59 homes were served eviction notices. Only those who owned their homes were served.

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Top of the Rolling Acres lagoon. Credit: Mindy Ragan Wood, Red Dirt Report.

According to the Red Dirt Report, homeowners were surprised to learn that people who were renting their homes from Sanders were allowed to stay. Many of those rental units were said to be in disrepair, but the rent collection on homes can be as high as $500.

Homeowners are only paying $165 in lot rent.

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Stephen H. Sanders. Credit: SBH Auditors.

I don’t like doing it. There doesn’t seem to be any way out of it so that’s why they have to move their trailer [sic], said Sanders.It’s one of the toughest decisions I’ve had to make. In fact, I’m about to retire and I was counting on that trailer park [sic] as a significant part of my retirement.

Sanders contends that while he takes responsibility for the condition of the lagoon, the same number of residents on the system were the same number as when he bought it 11 years ago.

The View from Homeowners

Up until recently, manufactured home buyers have been allowed to move onto the property, unaware of the issues with the lagoon.

Whitney Kucera and her partner, Robert Vanzant moved onto the property in June.

We paid $20,000 to buy it and fix it up, cash,” said Vanzant.

We had a settlement from a DUI accident,” said Kucera who used the cash to pay for the residence.

Now we don’t have anything. And I’m trying to get my kids back from DHS. How am I going to do that without a house? We don’t have anything left,” said Vanzant.

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Other residents point to deteriorating water quality.

When you take a shower, it burns your eyes,” said Courtney Armstrong. “And the water smells like sewage.

Sherita Chaffin has MS, a heart condition, and COPD. “The water is so nasty. I got a bacterial infection and had to go to the ER. They told me, ‘Stay away from that well water,” Chaffin said.

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Residents at Rolling Acres. Credit: KOKH.

In addition to the challenges with sanitation, many residents face another issue. Most residents agree to a rent-to-own purchase of the home and therefore are responsible for all repairs. The local media didn’t address the question if the rent-to-own program is Dodd-Frank compliant.

Many don’t stay long enough to pay for the home, so their units,  go largely unrepaired and end up in worse condition for the next rent-to-own buyer.

With the hope of home ownership, residents often decide to pay it off and then fix it up. Others purchased their homes from Sanders outright or moved the homes onto property they may purchase.

What Happens Next

As for Sanders, who also owns Pine Ridge – another community in nearby Meeker that has also had issues with lagoon usage – he’s trying to figure out the next steps with Rolling Acres, including selling the property.

It’s not something he says he wants to do. He’s retiring this week.

I couldn’t borrow $500,000 from the bank because I’m retiring. The issue isn’t just looking out for my selfish self, but what am I going to do without that retirement? The last thing I wanted to do was reduce the number of users in that park because it affects me financially,” he said.

According to the DEQ, selling would not make the issue go away.

No change in the ownership or corporate status of respondents will affect respondent’s responsibilities under this order.

Sanders points to what, in his mind, are moving targets in dealing with the DEQ.

They regularly inspect it (lagoon),” said Sanders. “I thought everything was fine, everything’s going smooth, everybody’s happy. So, I didn’t ask any questions. Slowly over the last two years they’ve changed their regulations and unfortunately they’ve gotten a lot stricter.” ##

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Passages: LaDonna Smith

March 25th, 2015 Comments off

LaDonna_Smith_obit_March_2015__legacyLaDonna Sue Smith, wife of Stephen Smith of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma passed away suddenly March 20, 2015. An innovative hairdresser, LaDonna was a Bible study leader, involved in prison ministry, and sang in a band called AudioSilver. Her husband, Stephen, is vice-president of Durham Supply, a leader in the manufactured housing industry and longtime supporter of the Manufactured Housing Association of Oklahoma (MHAO). MHProNews sends its deepest condolences to the Smith family. ##

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HUD Code Production Rises Nearly 20 Percent in July

September 3rd, 2014 Comments off

mh_on_truck__credit_champion_homesAccording to the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform, the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) statistics reveal that production of manufactured homes jumped 18.4 percent in July over July 2013, 5,675 HUD Code homes this year as compared to 4,793 produced in July 2013. On the year, overall production is up 7.1 percent over last year’s totals, 36,350 this year versus 33,926 for last year.

Texas continues to lead the top ten list with shipments since Aug. 2011 (34,553) nearly triple those of homes going to second-ranked Louisiana (12,667), followed by Florida with 8,726 HUD Code homes. North Carolina is fourth with 7,285 homes, then Alabama with 7,147 homes. Mississippi, Kentucky, California, Tennessee and Oklahoma round out the top ten. MHProNews understands the top ten list did not change from last month. MHARR adds a reminder that this continued growth indicates there is no need for costly changes under the Title VI program or expanded energy mandates by the Department of Energy (DOE). ##

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Factory-built Housing Rising as Age Drops in Oil Rich States

June 26th, 2014 Comments off

The aging baby boomer generation moved the median age of United States residents from 37.5 years to 37.6 years as an estimated 10,000 people each day hit 65, and the youngest of the boomers enter their 50s. Seven states, according to mdjonline.com, however, 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. Although the percentage decline is not great, young men seeking work in the oilfields in those states is driving the age down. Williams County, North Dakota, the center of the Bakken shale deposits, saw the largest drop in age in the nation–1.6 years. As MHProNews has reported on numerous occasions, energy exploration is fueling a growth in modular workforce housing and manufactured housing in those states.##

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Wisdom Homes Opening Second Retail Center

February 19th, 2014 Comments off

Technology-based internet marketing services company SearchCore, Inc. of Lake Forest, California announces plans to open its second Wisdom Homes of America, Inc. manufactured home retail center, according to globenewswire.com. As MHProNews.com reported Feb. 4, 2014, Wisdom was set to open its first retail center in Rhome, Texas. The newest operation will be in Oklahoma near oil and gas reserves. Brent Nelms, president Of Wisdom Homes Of America, and a 30-year veteran of the manufactured housing states, “Oklahoma is a great fit for Wisdom Homes and falls directly in line with our criteria that we use to evaluate new markets.” ##

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Oak Creek Helps Feed the Hungry

November 15th, 2013 Comments off

Oak Creek Homes is collecting nonperishable food at their model home centers in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana to distribute to those in need before Thanksgiving. Called Pack Our Pantry, as an enticement to manufactured and modular home buyers, Oak Creek is offering a $500 discount on a new home up to a $2500 donation. Ronnie Richards, vice president of marketing at American Homestar Corp., parent company of Oak Creek, says, “It’s important for our children, our seniors, our veterans and our communities to have access to food and we want to help out.” As PRWeb informs MHProNews, the food will be stored in a model home at one of its home centers. In addition to building manufactured and modular homes, Oak Creek also provides workforce accommodations for the oil and gas industry.

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