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State Moves to Ease Restrictions on MH Sellers

May 5th, 2017 Comments off

A manufactured home in Arizona. Credit: Casa Del Sol Resort East.

The state of Arizona has taken steps to ease restrictions on the transfer of manufactured homes to simplify the process for potential sellers.

According to the Arizona Business Daily, the decision is tied to an effort to better compete with surrounding states in the manufactured home sales sector. Until the move at the end of March, anyone who wanted to sell a manufactured home was required to obtain a separate broker or dealer license from the Arizona Department of Housing (ADH) Manufactured Housing Division.

The Arizona Association of Realtors says that there are very few ADH licensed dealers remaining in the state, and that many sellers found themselves on the wrong side of deeply discounted prices in other states, where sellers fared better.

The measure will permit a real estate broker or salesperson to perform sales duties on behalf of a licensed manufactured housing dealer for units located in a mobile home park if the dealer complies with required fees and paperwork,” the associate said in a statement.

Additionally, such a professional will be allowed to act on behalf of a private party as long as the person remains in compliance with the Arizona Department of Real Estate.”

The legislation for the action, HB 2072, was introduced by state representative Jeff Weninger (R-Chandler) and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed the bill into law in late March. It is slated to become effective later this year.

As Daily Business News readers are aware, manufactured housing continues to provide a cost effective and efficient solution to affordable housing with high quality.

The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) tells MHProNews that, according to official statistics compiled on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), year-over-year manufactured housing industry production increased substantially again during March 2017.

These statistics indicate that HUD Code manufacturers produced 8,245 homes in March 2017, a nearly 16 percent increase over the 7,110 HUD Code homes produced during March 2016.

Cumulative industry production for 2017 now totals 23,384 homes, a 22.4 percent increase over the 19,101 HUD Code homes produced over the same period in 2016. The full report is linked here. ##


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City Considers Modular Home Restrictions

November 22nd, 2016 Comments off

DeRidder, Louisiana. Credit: Only in your state.

The DeRidder, Louisiana City Council introduced proposed ordinances that will determine where residents can place modular housing, and under what conditions, during a meeting on November 14th.

One of the ordinances allows for the placement of modular homes in districts zoned as B-1, (transitional business district,) R-2 (higher density single family district,) and R-3 (multi-family single district.)

The other proposed ordinance prohibits modular homes in districts zoned as R-1 (single-family residential district) and R-1-A (residential district).

Modular homes are currently permitted in the residential districts.

The proposals will be the subject of public hearings, currently scheduled for November 28th.


DeRidder, Louisiana location on map. Credit: Sperling’s Best Places.


According to the Beauregard Daily News, the Council and the DeRidder Planning & Zoning Commission have been wrestling with the “issues” of manufactured housing and modular housing for a number of months.

Previously, the council outlined where manufactured housing could be placed.

Modular home being moved to site. Credit: Winona Daily News.

Modular home being moved to site. Credit: Winona Daily News.

According to current ordinance, a modular home is defined as a structure designed for residential occupancy, designed and constructed to standards of the International Residential Code. The proposal stipulates that the term modular home does not include manufactured housing.

A residential modular home must be multi-section, meet square footage requirements, have sloped roofs with overhanging eaves, and be generally within the prevailing exterior appearance of other residences in the neighborhood.


Inside of a manufactured home. Credit: South Carolina Disaster Recovery Office.

In the proposed ordinance, any proposed modular home location has to be approved by the Planning & Zoning Commission and requires a siting permit from the city.

Modular homes will not be able to be placed on a lot where another residence exists.

Both of the proposed ordinances would grandfather any existing structures unless or until they are moved to new locations.

The Daily Business News has covered a number of related stories around the country recently, including an effort by the Linton, Indiana City Council to force all manufactured homes brought into the city to be located in manufactured home communities. ##

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