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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News August 6th to August 13th, 2017

August 13th, 2017 Comments off

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Our new August issue will go live tonight, Aug 6th.   Our featured articles will be available on the home page. Our August theme will be available mid-week this week.

 To see the line-up of over 2-dozen featured articles for this month, along with the headline commentary, please click the link above.

Manufactured, modular and prefabricated home professionals know that how a home got to its location should not define a person or their dwelling.

What the Daily Business News spotlights day-by-day are the tragedies, triumphs and struggles for acceptance of the obvious solution for millions for the growing affordable housing crisis in the U.S. and beyond.


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Manufactured Home Pro Ralph Scoular honored in Arc of Dreams, Video

August 10th, 2017 Comments off

Ralph Scoular, Arc of Dreams. Image credits are as shown above.

The Arc of Dreams Sculpture is designed to recognize those who have made their dreams come true in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

One of the latest additions to the project is manufactured housing industry veteran, Ralph Scoular, founder of Iseman Mobile Homes back in 1958, KSFY tells MHProNews.

Iseman Homes made the transition from that mobile home era to today’s proud retailer for both modular and HUD Code manufactured homes in 10 states, according to the Iseman website.

Award-winning Iseman has locations in South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa.  They install homes throughout the Midwest.

It’s amazing the things he’s done. He’s fairly… how do you say it… conservative. He essentially was the manager of a large company, large manufactured housing dealership. Had several hundred locations, sold those to his employees. They run it now. He’s done a lot,” said Jeff, Scoular’s grandson.

Ralph Scoular didn’t stop with retail locations.

He now owns neighborhoods, like Hidden Meadows, throughout a large swath of South Dakota – in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Canton, and Madison.


Arc of Dreams, located in Sioux Falls, SD.

I don’t think there’s any way to duplicate what Rob’s done in the manufactured home industry, he’s an icon,” Jeff said. “It’s not something I could live up to. But I aspire to take his values, and what he thinks, to move forward. He’s done such a great job with that I continue to live that way myself.


Ralph Scoular, founder of Iseman Homes. credit, KSFY.

Over the years Scoular has been honored with various awards and achievements in the manufactured housing industry, including being inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame in 1998.


RV MH Hall of Fame, southern facing view of the building, credit RV Business.

He was also a board member of South Dakota MHA, and organized South Dakota’s first manufactured housing show back in the 50s.

However, Scoular says there are more important things in life.

The place you live and family you live with. When you’re 92 years old, you’re talking about retiring. I don’t know if I ever completely retire.”

Even though Scoular is uncertain if he will “completely retire,” he recently sold the company to his grandson, Jeff, per KSFY.

Sioux Falls has been great, our residents and people who live here and work here. We’re invested in the community. Sioux Falls is one of those places it’s hard not to keep your dreams going because it’s a nice place to be,” Jeff said.

We enjoy everyday coming to work, making sure the community moves forward and our manufactured housing community is full and has residents that like to be here. That’s number one our priority. It means a lot,” the founder’s grandson said.


Jeff Scoular, grandson of Ralph Scoular and new owner of Iseman Homes. Credit, KSFY.

Along with all the honors from the industry over the years, Scoular will now have a plaque on the Arc of Dreams – a physical representation that dreams can come true, if you work hard enough for them.

It’s a real honor for me to be a part of that. I’m all for it. Have been since it started. I think it’s good for Sioux Falls along with Falls Park and other good things that have happened in Sioux Falls,” Ralph said. # # (News.)

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Class of 2017 Inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame

August 9th, 2017 Comments off

Class of 2017 RV/MH Hall of Fame photo credit, RV/MH Hall of Fame.

A group of 400 friends, family members, and industry professionals gathered Monday night, August 7, 2017, to celebrate the induction of the Class of 2017 into the RV/MH Hall of Fame.

Hall President Darryl Searer kicked things off with his “Annual State of the Hall” address before the induction ceremony began.

Besides this being our 45th year in existence.  This is our tenth year at this beautiful location, and my sixth Sate of the Hall address in the past  five-and-half years.  And the most exciting, as  we have continued to make great progress in all areas of the operation. Income is up and expenses are down. Our debt continues to be paid down at an aggressive pace. Our current debt is now 10-percent of the debt of $5.5 million just five years ago.

One last word as your volunteer President for over five years, if I had a genie in a bottle and could have two wishes granted by next year’s induction dinner, they would be first, that the Hall of Fame is debt free, and second, we have all the money in the bank to start construction on our new vision.

Together, I do know we can make it happen.”

You can see the full list of RV and MH industry professionals who were inducted into the Hall of Fame this year in a previous Daily Business News article here.


Photo credit, RV/MH Hall of Fame.

The 2017 Spirit Award was also awarded on Monday night, going to Al Hesselbart, long-time RV/MH historian and librarian at the RV/MH Heritage Foundation. The Spirit Award is an annual award that goes to the person who has “demonstrated his or her desire and dedication to further the legacy of our [RV/MH Hall of Fame] great heritage.”

Don’t forget, if you’re thinking of nominating someone to be in the RV/MH Hall of Fame for the Class of 2018, they suggest you do so as early on as possible. You can read more about making a nomination for 2018 here.

It’s a lengthy process that should not wait until the last minute, so I urge those who are considering a nominee to download the guidelines and forms so their nominee can be considered for the Class of 2018,” Searer said.

MHProNews congratulates those inducted. ## (News.)

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RV/MH Hall of Fame Releases Expansion Plans for Northern Indiana Event Center

August 11th, 2016 Comments off

RVMHHallofFameNorthernIndianaEventCenterExpansionPlan-creditInsideIndianaBusiness-PostedDailyBusinessNews-MHProNewsRVMHHallofFameNorthernIndianaEventCenterExpansionPlan-creditInsideIndianaBusiness-PostedDailyBusinessNews-MHProNewsThe Elkhart, IN based RV/MH Hall of Fame has released more details this week about their plans for their Northern Indiana Event Center, Inside Indiana Business tells MHProNews.

RV/MH Hall of Fame staff projects they will triple the available space, to take advantage of the lucrative event-planning market.

Darryl Searer, President of the museums operator, RV/MH Heritage Foundation, expressed missed opportunities in upwards of $100,000 for the year, due to current limitations.

In addition to taking advantage of future prospects, the center will also provide a tourism boost for the region and local economy.

Searer further explained the internal benefits specific to the industry:

These plans will allow us to grow with the RV and Manufactured Housing Industries, as well as the greater Elkhart community to service the event center needs, office needs and the long-awaited Scoular Manufactured Housing Museum. These plans will also insure a positive cash flow to make certain the Hall will be here forever.”

Searer expressed that fundraising efforts will play a major role in financing the $8 to $10 million expansion budget, while outlining the optimistic goal of a 2020 opening.

The photo above is an overview of the proposed plans for the 40-acre property and you can see the virtual tour of the expansion at this link here.

MHLivingNews previously reported on the expansion while highlighting the RV/MH Hall of Fame Class of 2016 Inducted Gala Ceremony in a story linked here.  ##

(Image credit, RV/MH Hall of Fame and Inside Indiana Business.)


Frank Griffin, Daily Business News, MHProNews.

Submitted to the Daily Business News by Frank Griffin, for MHProNews.

Class of 2016 Inducted into RV/MH Hall of Fame

August 5th, 2016 Comments off

RV_MH_Class_of_2016_inductees_to_RV_MH_Hall_of_Fame postedDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsIn a gala ceremony before 300 friends, family and colleagues, the Class of 2016 was inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame (Hall) Aug. 1, at the Hall in Elkhart, Indiana.

Prior to the induction ceremonies, Hall President Darryl Searer said after four years, with support from individuals and companies, the hall is closing in on its debt-free goal, and can now boast 90 percent equity.

Searer continued, mapping out future plans for the 40-acre site that include sustained growth with the MH and RV industries, the event center and the Scoular Manufactured Housing Museum. He says, “These plans will also insure a positive cash flow to make certain the Hall will be here forever. The goal would be to have the new expanded Hall of Fame, Event Center, rally site, offices and manufactured housing museum completed by 2020 or sooner based on how soon we can raise the funds so we are debt free when we occupy the new facility.”

In addition to the inductees, Searer presented the annual Hall of Fame Spirit Award to Barry Cole, owner of MH Insurance Services, Hall of Fame member and for chairman of the RV/MH Heritage Foundation.

For more extensive biographies of the inductees, more photos and a video, please click here. ##

(Photo credit: RV/MH Hall of Fame)

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Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News Jan. 3 -Jan. 10, 2016

January 10th, 2016 Comments off

mhpronews_sunday_morningWhat’s New in public focused Manufactured

What PBS NewsHour Missed About Manufactured Home Living

Nicole Barker compares her Modular Home with conventional construction

What’s New in Manufactured Housing Industry Professional News

FHFA may securitize chattel loans. PBS NewsHOur critical of MH industry, as HUD Code production gains sharply in Nov. RV/MH Hall announces inductees. CFPB seeks feedback on mortgage disclosure act. Start of year worst ever for Dow Jones. Modular homes for homeless in Ireland dealt another setback. FEMA manufactured homes readied in Calif wildfire region. Marcus & Millichap arrange two MHC sales. GAO evaluates Dodd-Frank. Domestic modular home industry may lose to imports, as modular development is approved in NC. And much, much more in MH industry news and views for you to pursue.

Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016

FHFA “May” Open the GSE Door to Purchase MH Chattel Loans

Friday, Jan. 8

RV/MH 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Dow Continues its Fall; Most MH-related Stocks Follow Suit

Marcus & Millichap Arrange sale of Fla. Manufactured Home Community

Controversy Escalates over Modular Homes in Cape Coral

CFPB Seeks Feedback on the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act

Former MHC Titan’s Tony Condo Yields $4.25M

Thursday, Jan. 7

Marcus& Millichap Notches another MHC Sale

Dow Starts the New Year down 900 points; Most MH-related Stocks Fall, Two Rise

Clayton Teams with Electrolux

21 FEMA MH Near Ready for Occupants in N. Calif.

Foreclosures Waning Steadily in Colorado and Ohio

Wednesday, Jan. 6

Completion of Modular Homes in Ballymun Set for mid-January

Dow Stumbles, Skyline Flies High, AMG Drops

Capital One Provides Loan for Purchase of Calif. Manufactured Home Community

Subdivision Approved for Modular Development in North Carolina

New Home Sales Rise Sharply from Last Year

Tuesday, Jan. 5

Modular Home Development has Begun in the UK

Real Estate Losses in Western North Dakota Start to Mount

Skyline, Sun, UMH all Rise; Patrick Falls

Government Accountability Office Evaluates Dodd-Frank Act Effects

Loan Application Defect Index Falling

In Depth Overview of HUD Code Production for November

Monday, Jan. 4

Mortgage Application Approvals and Home Values Rise

No Covered MH-related Stock Gains as the Dow Hits the Skids

U. S. Modular Home Builders need to Sharpen their Saws

HUD Code Production Spikes in November

More Patrick Stock Sold by Gendell

Really? “Bad bargain? Manufactured homeowners feel the financial strain, PBS NewsHour” MHProNews Flash Report and Analysis

Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News Dec. 27, 2015-Jan. 3, 2016 ##

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Passages: Mary “Irene” Younkin

December 8th, 2015 Comments off

mary_irene_younkin__ohio_manufactured_homes_associationLong-time manufactured home retailer and community owner Mary “Irene” Younkin, 95, passed away in Columbus, Ohio, Dec. 5, 2015. She was chairwoman of Greenlawn Realty, and co-founder of Greenlawn Mobile Home Sales as well as Greenlawn RV Center, and several land lease communities. Inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Indiana, she and her late husband pledged funds for what is now the Floyd E. and Mary Irene Younkin Theatre at the Hall.

The Ohio Manufactured Homes Association (OMHA) says Mrs. Younkin, a dedicated supporter of OMHA, often made facilities available for OHMA sponsored educational and industry-focused events.

Honored as Ashville, Ohio’s 2000 Woman of the Year, her philanthropic generosity included a public library in Ashville, Ohio State University, a new 4-H Center, Order of the Eastern Star, and the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation.

MHProNews offers its deepest condolences to her family and loved ones. ##

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Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News Oct. 18-Oct. 25, 2015

October 25th, 2015 Comments off

mhpronews_sunday_morningWhat’s New in public focused Manufactured

Retired Realtor ® and Conventional Housing Pro on Why they Bought a Manufactured Home

Comparing Quality to Quality – Conventional On-Site Building vs. Manufactured Homes

What’s New in Manufactured Housing Industry Professional News

Duty to Serve” Rule Planned by FHFA, as cost of MHC site rises sharply. FEMA manufactured homes house wildfire survivors. UMH finalizes acquisitions. Insider trading at Skyline, UFPI. New rules at MHC grate residents. TRID implementation hits rocky road. Ohio legislature removes objectionable wording. Modular homes: Housing homeless in Ireland and Hawaii, challenged in Florida. RV/MH Hall saves $600k. Tornado shelter protects community. And much, much more news for you to peruse……..

Saturday, Oct. 24

Insider Trading at Skyline Corp.

Friday, Oct. 23

500 Modular Units to be Deployed in Dublin for the Homeless

MHCV Gains 1.62%; Skyline Advances 6.5%; NASDAQ Gains over 100 Points

Manufactured Homes Arrive for Wildfire Survivors

Existing-home Sales Continue Climbing

Semi-annual Dividend at UFPI Rises, as Insider Sells Shares

Passages: Dick Lance

Thursday, Oct. 22

RV/MH Hall of Fame Head saves over $600,000

Several Manufactured Housing Stocks Rise Three Figures; Dow Gains 320 Points

Final “Duty to Serve” Rule Planned; Average MHC Site Cost Nearly Doubles in 18 Months

Residents React to New rules for Manufactured Home Community

New Horizon Hits Record Levels in Manufactured Home Lending

UMH Acquires Ohio Manufactured Home Community

Wednesday, Oct. 21

Drew to Release Q3 Results

Implementation of TRID Rough; Charges Fly

Skyline Corp. Rises 8.62%; MHCV Slips -0.65%

Australia’s Ingenia Acquires Land Lease Community

Equity LifeStyle Properties Hits New High

Tuesday, Oct. 20

Ohio MHA Succeeds in Removing Objectionable Legislative Language

Manufactured Housing Composite Value Gains Sharply

Homebuilder Confidence Hits Ten-year High

Manufactured Home Damaged in Crash

Land Lease Community Sells for $1 Million in Arizona

Modular Homes Challenged in Cape Coral, Florida

Monday, Oct. 19

UMH Closes on Second Half of Acquisition

Skyline Gains Sharply; Strong Dollar Increases Overseas Travel

Patrick to Release Q3 Financials

Land Lease Community has Steel Tornado Shelter

First Modular Homes Arrive for Homeless in Hawaii

Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News Oct. 11-Oct. 18, 2015 ##

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Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News Sept. 20-Sept. 27, 2015

September 27th, 2015 Comments off

mhpronews_sunday_morningWhat’s New in public focused Manufactured

The Kennedy – Model Home Video Tour – New Durham Estates, Westville, IN

Jack and Betsy Norman, Whispering Pines 55+ Manufactured Home Community, Somerset, PA

What’s New in Manufactured Housing Industry Professional News

Justice Dept. settles two MHC discrimination suits. Judge clears path for MH subdivision in MT. Debt reduced at RV/MH Hall. 3D home built in Italy; 3D home and car displayed in TN. More MH sought in BC, Canada. Carlyle adds to MH portfolio. MH finance vet Marty Lavin weighs in on MH lending, CFPB regulations. London garners mod ideas to address housing shortage. MH biz in news: UFPI, Sun, Cavco. MH to house survivors in CA, WY. Household formation increasing to 15M+. Much more MH news and views to grace your Sunday morning latte.

Saturday, Sept. 26

Judge Orders Approval of Contested Factory-built Subdivision, Awards $650,000

Friday, Sept. 25

$54,000 Raised Towards Eliminating RV/MH Hall Debt

Modular Housing in Italy, U. S., Look Nefarious from Air

MHCV Slips, Cavco Gains, Dow Moves Up

Production Errors on Manufactured Homes Being Investigated

MBA Report: Household Formation may Rise to Nearly 16 million by 2024

New Home Sales Rise in August, but Fed Head Concerned

Thursday, Sept. 24

Mortgage Applications Rise

UFPI has Bright Future, but Short Term Risks

MHCV Edges Up, Dow Slips, Home Sales Rise

3D Printed Home and Car can Share Energy

Manufactured Homes may House Fire Victims

Dublin’s Archdiocese Supports Modular Housing

Wednesday, Sept. 23

FEMA Provides Manufactured Homes to Flood-damaged Wyoming Town

Stocks Relatively Quiet, but MHCV Outperforms Dow, Nasdaq and S&P, Gains +0.29%

More Manufactured Home Community Development Sought in BC

Justice Strikes Again – another Manufactured Home Operation Settles Case

Sales of Pre-owned Homes Fell in August

Tuesday, Sept. 22

Carlyle Expands Manufactured Home Community Portfolio

Only one Covered MH-related Stock Rises; VW Shocks the World

Large Italian 3D Printer Prints Houses

Factory-built Structures will Provide Offices and Storage for Pipeline Build

Marty Lavin, JD – Dodd-Frank, CFPB Manufactured Home Regulations Impact on Owners, Businesses

London Receives 200 Innovative Proposals to Address Housing Shortage

Monday, Sept. 21

Another NC County Funded to Demolish Abandoned Manufactured Homes

Patrick Drops Sharply; UMH Gains Smartly

Justice Department Obtains Settlement against MHC

Cavco Industries, Sun Communities Shine on Wall St.

Former Lawmaker who Swindled Modular Home Buyers to Remain in Prison

Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News Sept. 13-Sept. 20, 2015 ##

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RV/MH Hall of Fame Honors Class of 2015

August 5th, 2015 Comments off

rv_mh_2015_hall_of_fame_inducteesThe Class of 2015 includes: (back row l-r) Paul E. Hanser, HWH Corporation; Bert V. Alanko, MBA Insurance; Joe Kelly, Iowa Mfg Housing Association; (front row l-r)Jerry W. James, Franklin Homes, Inc.; Bill Thomas, Bill Thomas Camper Sales; Marlene A. Sine, Marlene Sine & Associates, Inc.; Richard A. Mendlen, Manufactured Housing: . Not Pictured: Patrica A. Fiederer, Latham Oneota Homes; Sherman Goldenberg, RV Business Magazine; Robert West, Affordable Community Living

In a gala ceremony attended by nearly 350 guests and inductees, the Class of 2015 was inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Indiana, Monday, night, August 3, 2015. Before the ceremonies began, Hall President Darryl Searer addressed the gathering: I am extremely happy to report to you that your Hall has continued to improve financially for the third straight year and is now in the best shape it has ever been. It also is my pleasure to report to you that this year the Hall of Fame has continued its upward trend of improving its overall operations.

Searer also reported that the $5.5 million debt from three years ago has been reduced to $1.5 million, in large part due to the MH Industry Debt Elimination Campaign begun by Kevin Clayton of Clayton Homes as well as the RV Debt Elimination Campaign. Each campaign is committed to raising $1 million. To date, the MH sector has raised over $570,000 while the RV campaign is just shy of $100,000.

Furthermore, of the $600,000 the Hall borrowed two years ago to acquire David Woodworth’s antique RV collection, only $75,000 remains to be paid.

The Class of 2015 includes: Bert V. Alanko, MBA Insurance; Patrica A. Fiederer, Latham Oneota Homes; Sherman Goldenberg, RV Business Magazine; Paul E. Hanser, HWH Corporation; Jerry W. James, Franklin Homes, Inc.; Joe Kelly, Iowa Mfg Housing Association; Richard A. Mendlen, Manufactured Housing: Marlene A. Sine, Marlene Sine & Associates, Inc.; Bill Thomas, and Bill Thomas Camper Sales; Robert West, Affordable Community Living.


In addition to the inductees, Don Magary, Hall of Fame member and publisher of RV News, was awarded the 2015 Spirit Award for his dedication to the RV/MH legacy.

Don Magary receives the Spirit Award from Hall President Darryl Searer. ##