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“…developers have attempted to use this threat of a mobile home park…” Councilwoman Christi Cox

February 16th, 2018 Comments off

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York County, SC has placed the public and regulatory mood towards manufactured home communities back on the radar, if it ever left the stage for industry professionals. 

 

It’s been several instances in my district where developers have attempted to use this threat of a mobile home park in order to increase the number of lots that are available inside a particular area,” York County Councilwoman Christi Cox said.  She represents parts of Fort Mill and Rock Hill, SC.

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That, to me, is problematic,” she said, per the HeraldOnline.

While it is ‘inside baseball’ for locals, it is one of numerous cases that arise every month of how the public reacts to the notion of a new manufactured home community.  Of course, local media and officials often refer to these new communities as ‘trailer parks’ [sic] or ‘mobile home parks’ [sic].

 

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The featured image used in the Herald’s report is the photo below.

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The Herald used this photo to represent the ‘threat,’ which naturally feeds into NIMBYism.

 

Yet, how many developers would create a new manufactured home community designed for metal sided homes that are decades old?

Rather, true manufactured home community developers routinely will use upscale new homes, often with clubhouse, and other amenities. Yet, how many developers would create a new manufactured home community designed for metal sided homes that are decades old?

 

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Back to York…

For the developer in York, their apparent goal isn’t to build a land-lease community at all.  Rather, it is to use – as Cox said – the ‘threat’ to leverage what they actually want, higher density with conventional housing.

Those developers also said the county’s comprehensive and future land use plans allows for a high-end density threshold of 890 residential units,” per the Herald.

The developer has shown this to the people who are there and they said either you like what we’ve presented tonight, which is 189 homes — 100 more than they’re allowed to put without a rezoning — or the county’s going to allow 890 units,” Councilwoman Allison Love said. “Or, we’re either going to a trailer park, or we’re going to have 890 units. And the reality is, we’re going to have (89) if we’re going to have anything.”

It’s been several instances in my district where developers have attempted to use this threat of a mobile home park in order to increase the number of lots that are available inside a particular area,” York County Councilwoman Christi Cox said.  She represents parts of Fort Mill and Rock Hill, SC.

That, to me, is problematic,” she said, per the HeraldOnline.

 

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Same tune, different town. A local Edmond, OK resident complaining about how schools are already too crowded, and that she opposes this already advancing development.  Yet, the developer for the new manufactured home community was planning many upscale features. http://www.mhpronews.com/blogs/daily-business-news/awesome-new-manufactured-home-community-draw-firestorm-of-local-industry-reactions/

Rather, true manufactured home community developers routinely will use upscale new homes, often with clubhouse, and other amenities.

 

Back to York…

For the developer, their apparent goal isn’t to build a community at all.  Rather, it is to use – as Cox said – the ‘threat’ to leverage what they actually want, higher density with conventional housing.

Those developers also said the county’s comprehensive and future land use plans allows for a high-end density threshold of 890 residential units,” per the Herald.

The developer has shown this to the people who are there and they said either you like what we’ve presented tonight, which is 189 homes — 100 more than they’re allowed to put without a rezoning — or the county’s going to allow 890 units,” Councilwoman Allison Love said. “Or, we’re either going to a trailer park, or we’re going to have 890 units. And the reality is, we’re going to have (89) if we’re going to have anything.”

 

 

 

Solutions?

This is a socially and economically complex issue, that would require that industry, media, researchers, investors, and public officials work together to educate themselves and the public about what modern manufactured home living actually is, as opposed to promoting the fear and phobias on display in the case noted above.

Local media, such as the report by the Herald, ought to politely be encouraged to get with the times.

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Urban Institute Ask for Correction in Analysis of their Manufactured Housing Research, “Follow the Facts,” “Follow the Money”

The Urban Institute in their recent research did not adequately address this type of issue as part of the cause for manufactured housing’s relative low sales levels.  It’s perhaps implied in the zoning mention, but isn’t directly dealt with. While sales are rising, the total sales of new manufactured homes ought to be many times higher than they current production levels.

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NIMBY? Fear? Ignorance? MHC Proposal on Hold

May 4th, 2017 Comments off
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In Smyrna, North Carolina, landowner Carolyn Floyd-Robinson thought she had “checked all the boxes” when she was ready to contribute to the community. The response she received from city commissioner was not what she expected.

According to the Red Springs Citizen, Robinson appeared before the commissioners this week, seeking a conditional-use permit that would allow her to establish a 43- site manufactured home community on 24 acres she owns.

The property, which Robinson has owned for more than 10 years, is farmland and located in an area zoned residential/agricultural.

This land has always been family owned and I want to enhance the community,” Robinson told commissioners.

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It will be phased in in sections, the homes will all be new, and the leasing will be done through a property management company. There will be background checks, references will be required and there will be a property manager on site.”

Robinson did not receive the response she expected.

Three nearby property owners said that they are concerned a “mobile home park” would be a magnet for criminal activity. All three cited drug use and other criminal activities they have witnessed at a nearby community.

We don’t want that around our children,” said property owner Antionette Thompson.

We don’t need drugs in the area,” said Dematrius Hill. “It only takes one person with the wrong mindset.”

The responses were enough for commissioner Berlester Campbell to make a motion to table the request for the permit after hearing Robinson and opponents of the park argue their cases before the commissioners.

I know where the property is and I know it is all family land,” said Campbell. “I want us to sit down and discuss Wiregrass Road before this goes any further.”

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For Robinson, she believes that people had an opportunity to voice their opposition prior to her taking costly action.

I object,” said Robinson.

I’ve invested money in the project since the Planning Board approved my plans and no one came to that board’s meeting to voice objections.”

The commissioners say they will revisit the request in June.

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The Daily Business News has covered a number of potential NIMBY (Not-In-My-Back-Yard) stories recently, where current residents appear to be working to keep manufactured homes or communities out. Most notable is the case in Aiken, South Carolinawhere Councilman Danny Feagin was quoted as saying “As long as it keeps the mobile home parks [sic] out, I think the folks would be satisfied,” in relation to a proposed rezoning ordinance.

For more on the myths and facts surrounding manufactured housing, and the opportunity for millions to achieve the American Dream of home ownership, click here. ##

 

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Town Council Overhauls Zoning, MH in Crosshairs

March 8th, 2017 Comments off
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In Winterville, North Carolina, the Planning Commission and the Town Council tackled zoning issues this week.

On the subject of manufactured housing, it was very clear on which side of the line some officials fell.

According to the Reflector, in dealing with permitted residential uses, the planning board voted 6-2 with planning board members Robert Briley and Dawn Poaletti dissenting, to remove class B single-family homes, which are classified as single-section manufactured homes from the list completely.

Everyone needs somewhere to live. You’re not thinking about that,” said Briley.

Having no singlewides [sic] is stupid. Land is land. No one is making any more land. I’m a country boy and can’t go along with this. It don’t make no sense. It’s a restriction on half of Pitt County.

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The County has restrictions on mobile [sic] homes, too. It requires a permit,” said Mayor Doug Jackson.

Then, board member Peggy Cliborne made a motion to remove class A single family homes, classified as multi-section manufactured homes from the list as well.

It is a wise statement to remove both,” said Jackson.

I agree,” said Mayor Pro-tem Mark Smith.

I think we still should move class A doublewides to conditional use,” said Cliborne.

If I were moving to the community, I wouldn’t want to move next to a mobile home [sic].”

The motion died for a lack of a second.

Mayor Pro-tem Smith said that he is not against manufactured homes, but he does think the planning board should determine if they are allowed.

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I have no issued with mobile homes [sic] in our town. My grandmother lives in a mobile home park [sic], but we must look at where they are allowed. Now they are allowed next to $200,000 to $300,000 homes,” said Smith.

People ask, ‘Why would we allow that?’ It is a legitimate question.

Cliborne again made a motion to move class A doublewide manufactured homes to a conditional use in a joint session. Her motion did not receive a second.

We must know the condition,” said planning board member Doug Kilian, making reference to a Board of Adjustment process that requires applicants to prove the special requirement.

That would keep our housing consistent with similar housing together, which adds to the community and makes it look good,” said Winterville Councilwoman Veronica Roberson. She supports conditional use.

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We must clarify the difference between modular homes and doublewides [sic], so it says modulars and doublewides [sic] under conditional use,” said Cliborne, agreeing with Kilian.

Moving class A homes into a conditional use would allow the development of a modular home subdivision or a doublewide [sic] subdivision,” said Roberson.

Kilian then made a motion to make class A housing as a conditional use, which Cliborne seconded.

The motion then passed unanimously.

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NIMBY?

The Daily Business News has covered a number of potential NIMBY (Not-In-My-Back-Yard) stories recently, where current residents appear to be working to keep manufactured homes or communities out.

Most notable is the case in Aiken, South Carolinawhere Councilman Danny Feagin was quoted as saying “As long as it keeps the mobile home parks [sic] out, I think the folks would be satisfied,” in relation to a proposed rezoning ordinance. ##

 

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MHC Leaders ELS, Sun – Assess Hurricane Matthew Impact

October 12th, 2016 Comments off
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Sun Communities Inc. (NYSE: SUI) and Equity LifeStyle Properties Inc. (NYSE: ELS) each provided preliminary assessments of the impact from Hurricane Matthew on their properties.

Sun Communities reported that the bulk of any losses expected to be related to removal of damaged trees and debris cleanup and more thorough inspections will be performed.

Sun also says believes its properties and assets located in Hurricane Matthew’s path – Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Virginia – did not sustain any material damages.

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Our team has worked diligently since we received early warnings of the storm through the passing of the hurricane to ensure that our residents and guests are safe and that services provided by Sun are restored as quickly as possible,” said President and Chief Operating Officer, John McLaren. “We are most fortunate that no one was injured and that the damage to our communities and resorts seems minimal.”

ELS – with properties in Florida and coastal North Carolina and South Carolina – reported no injuries to residents, guests or employees.

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The Company has a total of 30 properties – 19 manufactured home communities and 11 RV resorts – that were within Hurricane Matthew’s trajectory. They reported having adequate insurance subject to deductibles, including business interruption coverage.

Property damage losses at those properties are preliminarily estimated to total less than $750,000. The bulk of those losses are expected to be related to removal of damaged trees and debris cleanup.

ELS reported that three manufactured home communities and four RV resorts were without electricity as a result of the Hurricane Matthew and does not yet have an estimate for business interruption losses, but they are expected to be relatively limited.

The company doesn’t believe that the storm will have a material impact on its financial condition or operating results.

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Above all, we are grateful that there have not been any reported deaths or injuries to our residents, guests or employees. Our operations teams in Florida and the Carolinas have exhibited incredible efforts in preparing for and reacting to the effects of Hurricane Matthew, including assisting our customers,” said ELS President and Chief Executive Officer, Marguerite Nader.

Both Sun Communities and Equity LifeStyle Properties are among the various industry-connected stocks monitored each business day on the MH Industry’s only daily market report, featured exclusively on the Daily Business News

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NYT – Rent to Own Houses Blur Lines, can harm Tenants Seeking Ownership

August 24th, 2016 Comments off

OwnerRenter-creditRealEstateSyracuse-postedDailyBusinessNews-MHProNews-The purported road-to-home ownership cloaked as “Rent to Own” is often found to be harmful and misleading, reports The New York Times.

Although housing prices have recovered from the financial collapse of 2008, borrowers with less than stellar credit reports and those seeking to finance lower priced properties are left to their own measures, the NYTimes says in a recent article.

Unfortunately numbers of tenants are falling victim to the blurred lines between home ownership and reworded rental contracts.

Vision Property Management, the Columbia, S.C. company targeted by the NYT investigation is an example, one of many throughout the nation.

By operating within legal loop holes and gray areas of the law, they are able to take advantage of what are described as unsuspecting tenants through their seller financed ‘Rent to Own’ deals.

These cases often end on a bad note, the NYTimes argues.  Families hoping for a chance at ownership may opt to live in non-inspected, ‘as-is’ houses in need of major repairs.

Since homes are eventually required to abide by the building code, the violations become the responsibility of the tenants, who are threatened with eviction notices if they fail to comply.

The NYTimes report stands in stark contrast with the manufactured housing industry’s affordable new home option, which in many markets, offers a viable alternative to the same demographic group that thinks they want rent to own, when in fact what the desire is ownership; their name on a mortgage, title or owning a home that is free and clear of debt.

The reason some non-profit organizations such as CFED initially find a lot of appeal with manufactured housing, is precisely because low-income households are able to obtain good homes at reasonable prices.

While rent-to-own in housing – and lending to lower credit scores – has been made more challenging by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act, one of the unintended consequences is the loss of potentially viable options to many housing seekers who desire ownership, not rent receipts.

Examples of this was reported in depth last year in Renters Nation – The Dark Side of Dodd-Frank and its Impact on Affordable Housing.  ##

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It’s Back and Better than Ever!

December 29th, 2011 Comments off

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Everyone I talk to is very pleased the show is moving forward in 2012. This year’s show is in a growth mode and we expect the show to be bigger and better than last year. “ said Ron Thomas, active retailer, community owner and Louisville Show Chairman. While it may not be a surprise to hear a Show Chairman say something like that, the sentiment is echoed in the feedback from other attendees and exhibitors. Perhaps most important is the fact that pre-show registrations are up from the surprising totals of 2011. Lorayne Scott, with Show Ways Unlimited – the firm which organizes the Louisville Show – told MHProNews that:We had 970 retailers, builder/developers, community owner/operator, and installers.  As for the exhibitors we had a total of 442.  The total attendance was 1412.” That total of 1412 from all facets of factory built housing made it one of the top 2 attended events in the manufactured housing industry for 2011. Numerous positive comments have come in from 2011 show attendees who are excited about the shows 2012 plan. One example is from Darrell Boyd with Triad Financial, who said, “I was pleasantly surprised at our attendance at the 2011 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show last year. I knew the 50 year history of the show and the spirit of our industry would bring us back. I just wasn’t sure what to expect in 2011. The traffic at our exhibitor booth was brisk and it seemed the renewed positive attitude of the attendees was infectious and spilled over during the show. I talked to many other exhibitors and manufacturers and they agreed with my sentiment. With the 2012 show approaching, I’m eagerly looking forward to our continued renewed growth.” The 2012 Louisville Show line up includes a strong cross section of free business building workshops and seminars, a special appearance and address by Cavco CEO and MHI Chairman Joe Stegmayer as well as even more homes and exhibitors than 2011. Free online registration is scheduled to end January 3. You can pre-register at this link, or get more information at this link.

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Modulars used in new affordable housing project

November 29th, 2011 Comments off

city of myrtle beach South Carolina logoSunTimes reports that Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (SC) will soon be providing 3 new modular homes in an affordable housing project made using federal funds for neighborhood stabilization. Each house is about 1,100 square feet and each has a front porch that adds about 150 square feet.  The homes feature some “extra touches” such as 9-foot ceilings and crown molding that “make them nicer,” said Myrtle Beach Housing Coordinator Edna Wright. “We’re all so excited about this,” Wright said. A fourth building on the property – which used to be a classroom attached to Friendship House – is being considered for rehabilitation into a house, although Wright said she and others would prefer to see it removed and replaced by a brand-new modular similar the other three new homes now in process. The $433,000 project has been run by the city using money from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. The houses are appraised at $85,000. Buyers will have to meet low-income standards, so there will be programs to help them qualify, such as down-payment assistance, through the Housing Authority. The homes should be completed next week so the City Council can tour them on Dec. 13. An public open house will take place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 18.  Some potential applicants have already expressed interest in purchasing one of the homes.

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