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Office of Manufactured Housing Programs issues New Dispute Resolution Program

April 13th, 2016 Comments off

pamela_beck_danner__google_imagesThe U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced updates to its dispute resolution program involving the purchase and installation of manufactured homes for the 23 states that do not already have a HUD-approved resolution process.

A new Office of Manufactured Housing Programs (OMHP) website is designed to help manufacturers, retailers, installers and consumers navigate issues that might arise, as realestaterama tells MHProNews.

Pamela Beck Danner, Administrator for HUD’s Office of Manufactured Housing Programs, said,They will help consumers and industry better understand the process and lead to an efficient and timely resolution of issues among all parties involved.”

The dispute resolution program provides a formula for repairing or correcting homeowner-reported defects within one year of the home’s installation, addressing construction, safety and installation issues, but not cosmetic or contractual problems.

Most requests for dispute resolutions come from homeowners, although retailers, manufacturers and installers can also ask for dispute resolution when disagreements arise between parties involving a manufactured home issue.

For MHProNews and MHLivingNews publishers L. A. “Tony” Kovach’ assessment of Ms. Danner’s time as HUD’s Administrator of Manufactured Housing Programs, please click here. ##

(Photo credit: Google Images–Pamela Beck Danner, administrator of HUD’s Office of Manufactured Housing Programs)

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Senators Donnelly, Coats Support new HUD Rule

February 13th, 2016 Comments off

HUD logoFollowing a story MHProNews posted Feb. 8, 2016 regarding the exemption of recreational vehicles (RVs) from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) definition of manufactured housing (MH), proposed new rules would not exempt RVs that are used as a primary residence or for permanent occupancy.

According to realestaterama, U. S. Senators Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Dan Coats (R-IN) support HUD’s proposed rule that would more clearly separate the line between MHs and RVs. Noting HUD’s RV regulations go back to 1982, Sen. Coats said, “Since that time, the industry has made dramatic improvements to its vehicles. An update to these regulations has been long overdue, and HUD has taken a positive step forward by proposing a new rule. I will continue to work on behalf of Indiana’s vibrant RV industry to ensure regulations reflect the dynamic nature of the field.”

The two senators have been working on a bipartisan basis since 2014 in an attempt to urge HUD to update the definition. Ron Breymier, Executive Director for the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association – RV Indiana Council (IMHA-RVIC) said, “Our Indiana Association is very pleased with HUD’s proposed rule clarifying the distinction between park model RVs and manufactured homes. Although national in scope, in Indiana the clarification will be helpful to county officials in guiding them on the proper assessment and taxation of these two distinct and important products.” ##

(Image credit: U. S. Department. of Housing and Urban Development)

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Palm Harbor Constructing tougher Modular Home to Withstand Hurricanes

September 1st, 2015 Comments off

palm-harbor-homes logoThe Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) has officially recognized Palm Harbor Homes for its production of the first ever disaster resistant modular home designed to significantly reduce property damage during a severe storm.

Produced in Palm Harbor’s facility in Plant City, Florida, realestaerama tells MHProNews this is the first factory in the country to earn the FORTIFIED Home™ – Hurricane certification from IBHS. The first three homes of what Palm Harbor will call its Discovery Florida line of homes have been shipped to south Florida.

Homes earning the FORTIFIED Home label must meet very stringent building standards based on IBHS’ years of engineering research and study, and are inspected in the factory and in the field by an independent FORTIFIED Evaluator.

We are very proud to be the first U.S. manufacturing plant to attain the FORTIFIED certification,” said Mark Kelly, Vice President Sales and Marketing at Palm Harbor Homes. “Our homes have a strong history of weathering extreme storms and now we will be the first to offer homeowners in hurricane-prone areas the option to purchase a stronger modular home that will be more disaster resistant.

Palm Harbor Homes is part of Phoenix, AZ-based Cavco Industries, Inc., one of the largest producers of manufactured and modular homes in the nation. ##

(Image credit: Palm Harbor Homes)

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Michigan has New Member on Manufactured Housing Commission

June 15th, 2015 Comments off
Manufactured homes like these in Scio Farms Estates in Scio Township are an alternative to more expensive site-built houses.

Manufactured homes like these in Scio Farms Estates in Scio Township are an alternative to more expensive site-built houses.

Michigan’s Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed Bryan Davis of Redford, MI to the state’s Manufactured Housing Commission, according to realestaterama. The commission establishes policies that govern all aspects of manufactured housing (MH), including year-round and seasonal communities.

Davis, a business agent for the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters, represents organized labor, having served as a journeyman for Midwest Installations, Inc. He replaces Thomas Lutz on the commission.

Gov. Snyder said, Bryan’s experience in the industry makes him an asset to this commission and I appreciate his willingness to serve.” His appointment, pending approval by the senate, is for three years, and is scheduled to expire May 9, 2018. There are nine members on the commission.

MHProNews has leaned independently that at the March 25, 2015 quarterly meeting one of the items on the agenda was to determine how many of the 1,122 licensed communities were at risk of closing. That information is supposed to be available at the June 17, 2015 quarterly meeting. ##

(Photo credit:theannarbornews/Alan Warren–Scio Farms Estates manufactured home community)

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Ruth Lake Lodge honored as Modular Building Institute Building of the Month

September 18th, 2014 Comments off

ruth_lake_lodge__modular_alberta_canada__their_creditThe Modular Building Institute (MBI) has chosen the Ruth Lake Lodge north of Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada as its Building of the Month for Sept. 2014, according to realestaterama.com. Providing housing for employees of the Athabasca Oil Sands industries and visitors to the area, the complex has over 600 rooms comprised of 235 modules that make up the 232,000 square foot lodge. Amenities include an extensive work-out facility, a business center, restaurant, energy efficient appliances, Wi-Fi access, two story common areas and clerestory windows. The modular lodge was manufactured and built in 319 days by BCT Structures of Lethbridge, Alberta. MHProNews knows the MBI honored MEG Energy Pirate’s Cove Lodge, also in northern Alberta, Canada, first place in the modular commercial housing category in 2013, as reported here March 26, 2013. It also is as much a resort as workforce housing. ##

(Photo credit: Ruth Lake Lodge, Alberta Canada)

Manufactured Housing Community becomes Resident-Owned

December 4th, 2013 Comments off

The Northwest Cooperative Development Center (NWCDC) assisted the residents at the 59-homesite manufactured home community Thunderbird in buying their community for $1.57 million, now named Whispering Pines Homeowners Co-op in Oak Harbor, Washington. Households each buy one low-cost share to become members of the co-op which gives them one vote on matters that come before the community. ROC (resident-owned communities) USA and the Washington State Housing Finance Commission provided financing for the project, which sits near Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, according to realestaterama.com. MHProNews has learned NWCDC will continue to provide technical assistance to the co-op for the length of the mortgage—at least 10 years.

(Photo credit: ROC USA)

Project Replaces Aging Dwellings with New Manufactured Homes

November 4th, 2013 Comments off

Following a story MHProNews published Oct. 24, 2013 regarding a pilot project to replace ten aging factory-built homes with new energy efficient manufactured homes in Vermont, realestaterama reports the occupants will see an immediate 70 percent reduction in their energy costs. The new dwellings feature triple pane windows, heat recovery ventilation systems, high levels of insulation and improved air quality due to the lack of chemicals in the materials. Funders are providing purchase subsidies with down payment assistance through Champlain Housing Trust and the Addison County Community Trust. The homes are being built by the Vermont Manufactured Housing Innovation Project, a pilot collaboration led by the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, Efficiency Vermont, the High Meadows Fund and others. Tropical Storm Irene damaged or destroyed a disproportionate number of factory-built homes. “This project puts Vermont on the leading edge of the market transformation to truly resilient and affordable housing,” said Gov. Peter Shumlin. “Buyers need more options, and this is the first step in changing the conversation about what is possible in the manufactured housing market.”

(Photo credit: Anne Ones–Tuscon AZ Habitat for Humanity)

FHFA, HUD and Treasury calls for RFI input on disposition of REOs

August 10th, 2011 Comments off

FHFA US Treasury and HUD Logos posted Manufactured Home Marketing Sales Management MHMSM.com MHProNews.com RealEstateRama reports the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), in consultation with the U.S. Department of the Treasury and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), has announced a Request For Information (RFI). The RFI seeks input on new options for selling single-family real estate owned (REO) properties held by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (“the Enterprises”), and the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). The RFI will explore alternatives for maximizing value to taxpayers and increasing private investment in the housing market, including approaches that support rental and affordable housing needs. “While the Enterprises will continue to market individual REO properties for sale, FHFA and the Enterprises seek input on possible pooling of REO properties in situations where such pooling, combined with private management, may reduce Enterprise credit losses and help stabilize neighborhoods and home values,” said FHFA Acting Director Edward J. DeMarco. “Partnerships involving Enterprise properties may reduce taxpayer losses and meet the Enterprises’ responsibility to bring stability and liquidity to housing markets. We seek input on these important questions.” “…it’s critical that we support the process of repair and recovery in the housing market,” said Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner. “Exploring new options for selling these foreclosed properties will help expand access to affordable rental housing, promote private investment in local housing markets, and support neighborhood and home price stability.” “Millions of families nationwide have seen their home values impacted as their neighbors’ homes fall into foreclosure or become abandoned,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. “At the same time, with half of all renters spending more than a third of their income on housing and a quarter spending more than half, we have to find and promote new ways to alleviate the strain on the affordable rental market. Taking steps to encourage private investment in REO properties and transition them into productive use will help stabilize neighborhoods and home values at a critical time for our economy.”

Enterprise FHA/REO Asset Disposition Request for information

(Image credit: respective federal agencies)

 

Manufactured Housing Industry growing market share? MHI says yes, pros question it

August 4th, 2011 Comments off

Graph_of_MH_Shipments_1991-2010_courtsey_of_MHI posted MHMSM.com MHProNews.comRealEstateRama picked up a press release yesterday from the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), issued by their president and CEO, Thayer Long. The article was likely aimed at the public, and thus within the scope of the ‘protect and promote’ mandate that associations correctly hold dear.  Comments to MHMSM.com from readers have come in from Industry professionals about the MHI PR piece.  Most have been ‘off the record.’ But the following quote from an MHI ‘Man of the Year’ and RV/MH Hall of Fame inductee, George F. Allen was shared on the record. “Hey Tony; you, Ken (Rishel) and I make a living, keeping our trade journalist fingers on the pulse of the manufactured housing industry. Well, here’s an unexpected conundrum, showcased by the Manufactured Housing Institute in a recent piece titled: ‘Market Share on Rise for Manufactured Housing Industry.’ The riddle? How can this statement be true, when  our industry’s annual new home shipment levels, during the past three years and this one, have hovered around the 50,000 level, down 86 percent from (1998)? MHI’s answer? Sale of new manufactured homes has declined at a lower rate than site – built homes, increasing our national market share by default. Geesh! What a sorry way to make the case for buying one’s product. And know what? There’re no fewer than four additional such anomalies in this article. Did you identify them?” GFA.” Allen has a featured article in MHMSM.com’s new August issue, entailed “Shots Across the Bow of MHARR and MHI.”  Another industry professional wrote, “It isn’t that MHI’s facts are per se wrong in their (new press) release.  The problem is their puff piece makes things sound rosy when in fact our Industry is in a sad state of affiars (sic). What we need is a bold national plan to advance our cause.  Will an article like their’s help sell more HUD Code homes? Will it help us (team up) with other associations and consumer groups to modify Dodd-Frank, which is coming at us like a Mack truck?”  (Editor’s note, parenthetical comments in the quote added).

(graphic of Manufactured Housing’s shipment slide since 1998 courtesy of the MHI)