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Manufactured Home Communities may win on private recycling plan

September 28th, 2011 Comments off

Florida state seal wikimedia commonsNorthFortMyersNeighbor reports that manufactured home communities in Lee county may be allowed to keep their recycling programs in place.  In a recent 3-2 vote, Lee County (FL) Commissioners voted to have staff come back with a revised ordnance that will “grandfather-in” the parks’ way of handling recycling. 23 manufactured home communities (MHCs) have lobbied to use their private contractor rather than use the county for their recycling efforts.  “Because we get back from our private hauler for recycling aluminum, newspapers and cardboard we have been able to control costs to maintain and improve our park and avoid raising maintenance fees for our residents, many who are on fixed income,” said Ray Chevalier, chairman of the Old Bridge Village Recycling Committee. “I was happy to hear that the commissioners voted for the new ordinance.” Commissioners John Manning, Brian Bigelow and Frank Mann voted to have staff come back with a revised ordinance that will “grandfather-in” the MHC’s way of handling recycling. Commissioners Tammy Hall and Ray Judah were a no, citing in the past fairness to all 110 “mobile home communities” in Lee County, and the fact that the ordinance was in law, were factors in their no vote stance.  “I’m very pleased with the three commissioners – Manning, Bigelow and Mann,” said Barbara Olivera, the manager of Tamiami Village, whose community has been part of the private recycling plan.

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Governor announces storm shelter rebate offer

September 28th, 2011 Comments off

Oklahoma_state_flag wikimedia commonsBusinessweek reports that Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin announced a program that could help 500 households in her state receive up to a $2,000 cash rebate for the installation of a qualified tornado shelter.  Using $1 million in federal grant money, the program offers a rebate of up to 75 percent of the cost of installation of an above- or below-ground shelter.  20,000 Oklahoman’s are expected to apply, so recipients will be selected randomly on Jan. 3, although priority will be given to residents whose homes were destroyed by tornadoes earlier this year, said Oklahoma Emergency Management (OEM) Director Albert Ashwood.  The shelter must meet Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)  specifications. The OEM says an average of 800 tornadoes are reported each year in the United States, resulting in 80 deaths and more than 1,500 injuries, although 2011 storm death tolls were much higher.  The Oklahoma House Public Safety Committee met Tuesday for a study on how to better protect residents living in manufactured and mobile homes from tornadoes.  “”Manufactured housing retailers install homes properly and inspect the homes they sell, but, unfortunately, there are individuals who install their own homes and there are a number of older mobile homes out there that were never installed properly,” said Rep. Pat Ownbey, R-Ardmore. “I think that if we can find a way to ensure that more homes are properly secured, we will see fewer deaths.” Tammy Short and Jaunita Dowling, who had a family loss in a factory-built home that was struck by an improperly anchored older mobile home, both urged lawmakers to consider mandating that “mobile home parks” provide a shelter for residents. “The park should be responsible for all of its residents. That’s why we pay our lot rent,” Dowling said. “We’re the taxpayers. We need to be protected. I don’t care how much it costs…If they don’t have facilities to accommodate all the people, shut them down.”  Ownby said, “It has to be market driven…I just don’t like mandating. And there has to be some personal responsibility in this as well.”  Deanna Fields, executive director of the Manufactured Housing Association of Oklahoma said, “Quite frankly, storm shelters are an amenity…I don’t know how many traditional housing subdivisions out there offer public shelters.” Fields made it clear that the Industry would resist any effort to pass a state mandate.

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Inspector General’s report tags the FHFA’s handling of GSEs.

September 27th, 2011 Comments off

fhfa logo posted on 9-11Housingwire reports on a study by The Office of the Inspector General that reveals that the  Federal Housing Finance Agency  (FHFA) lacks the staff to properly monitor the mortgage giants in conservatorship.  The study also indicates the FHFA failed to provide adequate oversight over default services legal issues. The Inspector General’s office wrote that it “identified shortfalls in the  agency’s (FHFA) examination coverage, particularly in the areas of real estate owned and default-related legal services,” which they blame on the staffing shortages. “Fannie Mae’s lack of an acceptable and effective operational risk management program may have resulted in missed opportunities to strengthen the oversight of law firms it contracts with to process foreclosures,” according to the auditor’s report. “Given Fannie Mae’s history of noncompliance, (the Office of the Inspector General) believes that the agency must exercise maximum diligence and take forceful action to ensure that Fannie Mae meets the agency’s expectations in this regard. Otherwise, FHFA’s safety and soundness examination program, as well as its delegated approach to conservatorship management, may be adversely affected.” Edward DeMarco, acting director of the FHFA, said the agency is having trouble hiring experienced examiners.  Potential applicants don’t want to move to Washington when there is the perception that the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) will eventually go away. The FHFA has 120 examiners and plans to hire another 26 more, but “has expressed concern that its current hiring initiative will neither enable it to overcome its examination capacity shortfalls nor ensure the effectiveness of its 2011 reorganization,” according to the inspector general’s report.

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Bender MH community sells to developer

September 27th, 2011 Comments off

Bender_MH_community_location,_Ft_Collins_CO_google_mapsColorodoan reports that Bender Mobile Home Park has sold to a developer who plans to redevelop the location as single family housing. Located at 912 Wood Street in Fort Collins, CO, the property has 16.7 acres, some two dozen factory built homes and some site built housing structures on it already. Developer Gino Campana traded other property he owns to the Howard E. Bender Revocable Trust, owner of the Bender MHP. Campana said he is working with the city and their resources to help relocate the residents, many of whom have lived their for decades. Residents have been notified they have roughly six months to move.

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Baywatch’s Pam Anderson as your “upwardly mobile” neighbor, 2+2MH Sells for 2 Million Cash

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2Mil MH in Malibu next door to Pam Anderson3in1 Wikimedia and AOL RE, photo collage by MHProNews.comCurbed, AOLRE and MyWestTexas are among the many to report that the most expensive manufactured home sale of the year has closed in Paradise Cove manufactured home community in Malibu, CA.  The home listed for some 2.5 million and was sold for 2 million dollars –  ‘all cash.’  It is a two bedroom, two bath multi-sectional with garage.  It boasts Baywatch star Pam Anderson as a neighbor, along with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean from the bluff it is perched upon.   The story is related to one reported on previously – Malibu and Maxey remind us that some mobiles are worth millions – here in the Daily Business News.  Sources report that this is not the price record here, as some manufactured homes have sold in the 2.5 million dollar price range prior to the real estate downturn.

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Canadian Solar Decathlon Entry Blends design with cultural sensitivity

September 27th, 2011 Comments off

Team Canada solar decathlon photo CleanEnergyAuthorityClearnEnergyAuthority reports that Team Canada’s entry in the 2011 Solar Decathlon in Washington D.C this week uses native cultural design for their solar home. “In Canada, and I’m sure in North America, cultural considerations have been largely left out of the process of building homes, and that omission doesn’t represent the different needs of First Nation cultures,” said Johann Kyser, aboriginal relations team manager. Kyser says that First Nation citizens in Canada are restricted in regards to housing rights. One law states that a house built on First Nation reserve land becomes part of Canada, instead of remaining sovereign.  “That’s why we are creating a modular structure,” said Kyser. “We are hoping this becomes a means to allow first nations to develop and build equity and leverage.” “Mold and burn are critical problems in First Nation housing right now,” Kyser said. “Rates of fire are twice that in non native communities. So, we are using magnesium oxide as a building material, which is impervious to mold and fire—beyond the culture and beyond the technology, we are creating safety.” “Aboriginal cultures are very connected to the land and spirituality,” said Kyser. “One of the things we look to is the medicine wheel—each of the four colors on the wheel symbolizes a connection to the elements. One of the places you will really see this connection to color in the home is painted on the winter count, on the canvas under the roof. We worked with the community to explore what their values are—it’s an active system and an integrated system, as well.”

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High-End Texas modular builder debut

September 27th, 2011 Comments off

Lake|Flato Porch home, extending the living space using porches and decks, photo MySAMySA reports that American Institute of Architects award winning Lake|Flato Architects has entered the modular/prefabricated home field with a new subsidiary. Lake|Flato Porch House is building Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified modulars in Navasota TX, near Houston. “What Lake|Flato does particularly well comes into play,” said Lake|Flato architect Bill Aylor. “Yes, this is modular construction, but we’re still applying our design expertise on how we can respond specifically to different sites.” “You still have to be able to personalize the design and adapt it to the site,” said Ted Flato, principal at Lake|Flato. “Each project is an attempt to come up with something new.” The 17 foot wide modules can be built to net zero energy standards, using solar panels. Designing and building a home with an architect is often a two-year process. But going with the modular design can compress that time period to between six and nine months, Flato said. Costs for a completed and delivered Porch House will run between $150 and $225 per square foot, plus design services vs. about double that for a traditionally built Lake|Flato house. “It’s a very affordable way to use an architect, but it’s not going to work for everyone,” Flato said. “This is not for someone who doesn’t care what their spaces are like.” The firm is looking for other locations in various parts of the U.S., as they believe a 500 mile radius from Navasota is about what the current production facility can cost effectively service.

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