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“Move, Open, Live” De Rose Industries & Senator Thom Tillis’ Mobile Home Comments

April 4th, 2018 Comments off

A Detroiter model mobile home with a “bump out.”

When U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) spoke at an oversight hearing with HUD Secretary Ben Carson about a “mobile home” with a “bump out,” likely few understood just how keen an insight that statement was.


Back in the pre-HUD Code days of the factory-built home industry – prior to June 15, 1976 – there were mobile home models that had “pull outs,” “expando room” or “bump outs.”  It is likely that Tillis’ personal experience with that which prompted his timely “walk down memory lane.”

Consider those mobile home era “bump outs” as similar to the slide outs found in RVs, only in mobile homes, they were routinely larger.

Bump outs, slide outs, and ”tip outs” existed in the early manufactured home era too.  But they were largely supplanted by the advent of multi-sectional so-called “double-wides” and “triple-wides.”


The images of classic ads and reports above and below, all found on Pinterest and are sourced as noted.


These images provide several insights relevant to the manufactured housing industry today. Consider these bullets:


  • Mobile homes – housing units on frames built prior to June 15, 2976 – were statistically more accepted then than manufactured homes are today. There’s an open question on why, which the Urban Institute, this publication and others have asked (for more on UI, and that question, click the related reports, below.)
  • Mobile homes had greater diversity than there is found in manufactured homes today.
  • Mobile homes had more manufacturers by far than there are found in the manufactured home industry today.
  • Mobile home leaders organized and promoted the creation of the HUD Code, following highly public scandals with substandard homes built by a few producers that quality builders didn’t want to be associated with. The HUD Code grew out of a desire to set construction standards, safety and energy standards for manufactured homes that would give consumers confidence, while avoiding the placement hassles that have sadly become so common today.

The history of the mobile home and manufactured home (MH) industry is fading, and that is problematic.

Because without an accurate industry history, a complete understanding of just how important this type of housing used to be, and how it helped create affordability then – and could again today – holds valuable insights.

Prior to the HUD Code, HUD studied factory home building – “industrialized housing” – with enthusiasm. What happened to that enthusiasm since the creation of the HUD Code?

Will Secretary Carson – who praised HUD Code manufactured homes when Senator Tillis’ question promoted a response – fuel a rebirth of that embrace by HUD of reasonable regulations that help promote practical housing solutions?

How many in government – or industry – today realize that when the industry had a wealth of producers, there were also a far wider variety of styles, types, innovations and models that industry contraction has arguably practically cut off?

More such factory home producers also yielded more acceptance, because each producer were naturally marketing their product, as the story and ads reflect.


About De Rose – It’s Worth Noting…

Vic De Rose, an attorney who was jointly recommended by the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) and the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) is from the family whose name the De Rose Industries of yesteryear recalls.   De Rose has insights on factory-home building that the vast majority of the population – including most regulators – do not have.

The De Rose ad touts the message, “Move. Open. Live.”  It’s quality, affordable housing in a hurry, as popular performer and manufactured home owner Kid Rock observed in an interview last year.


HUD has been silent on the subject of who is going to replace Pam Danner.  There is speculation that an announcement could take place later this month. If that’s so, it may be a troubling signal for the industry if it takes place in conjunction with a planned appearance by Secretary Carson with MHI’s Las Vegas event.  “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis and commentary.)

Related Reports:

HUD Secretary Ben Carson and Senator Thom Tillis Discuss Affordable Housing and Manufactured Homes, Video

“Po-Dunk” Performer Kid Rock, Eyes Senate Run, Makes Manufactured Home Living Hip

Documented Results from Manufactured Housing Industry Leadership

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Tax Reform, Front and Center, as Business, Democrats and GOP Converge on Issue

September 13th, 2017 Comments off

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The president is committed to getting tax relief for middle-class Americans passed and is willing to work with Democrats and Republicans to do it,” White House officials said, per Fox News.

Small businesses and entrepreneurs around the United States are waiting to get more specifics on the potential tax reform that President Trump is pushing for legislature to pass.

Since early on in his campaign President Trump has been calling on Congress to pass a bill that would provide significant tax breaks for small businesses.

Groups like the National Federation of Independent Businesses believe that tax reform will significantly improve their chances at success.


Just last week the Daily Business News reported on the presidents spotlighting Senator Heitkamp in North Dakota where he stopped to give a speech on his hope for tax reform.

Ideally, he’d like to get it down to 15 percent. I don’t know if we’ll be able to achieve that given the budget issues, but we’re going to get this down to a very competitive level,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told a conference in New York hosted by CNBC.


In order to pass a tax reform bill the Senate will need at least some Democrats to be on board. As it stands now, a group of 43 Senate Democrats and two independents have signed a letter laying out their “demands” to see bipartisan tax reform, per Reuters.

There is question as to whether or not Trumps goal of 15 percent is realistic considering the spending cuts that would have to go along with such tax breaks.

The president is prepared to push for as low of a rate as we can get. We’re going to continue to push for that and work for Congress to make sure we get the best deal possible,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

In what is likely an attempt to gain support from the Democrats, Trump has recently agreed to raise the debt ceiling and fund the government through December 8, 2017. Now, he has invited at least three Democrats to a dinner, likely to push for support for the upcoming tax reform bill.

Those invited to dinner with President Trump include Joe Donnelly, Heidi Heitkamp, and Joe Manchin.  Each of those Democrats are in states that President Trump won by a wide margin.


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No more platitudes. Let’s see some meat on the bone,” Senator John Kennedy said. “You don’t always get what you want. I think there’s a song that says that. But you need to get what you need and that’s where we are. And I‘m tired of screwing around. … The American people are tired of screwing around.” ## (News, analysis.)

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Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News Feb. 7-Feb. 14, 2016

February 14th, 2016 Comments off

mhpronews_sunday_morningWhat’s New in public focused Manufactured

Manufactured and Mobile Homes Aren’t Just for Millionaires – Main Street, Middle America Too

What’s New in Manufactured Housing Industry Professional News

High rents tough on low-income families. Residents of co-ops save money. Drew notches record revenues. New HUD rule supported by U. S. Senators. OMHA’s Director Williams testifies before state committee. Ordinance allows HUD Code homes in county. Modulars housing refugees in Germany, inmates in North Dakota, homeless in Hawaii. Dewberry helping Sioux with MH. SSK acquires MHC. CFPB corrects typo in rule. Labor and lot shortage inhibit site-built housing growth. New MHC set for Alberta, Canada. Much, much more in news and views for you to peruse as you sip your morning jo.

Saturday, Feb.13 2016

Senators Donnelly, Coats Support new HUD Rule

Friday, Feb 12

Capsys Swept up by Modular Builder Whitley Manufacturing

Study Reveals Resident-Owned Communities pay less for Sites

Dow Spikes, Carlyle Advances over 10 Percent, MHCV Gains more than Five Percent

Skyline Corp. Director Purchases 5,000 Shares

Pithy Letter to Editor contrasts Mobile Homes as Vehicles with the Modern Manufactured Home reality

Drew Reports Record Sales for Q4 2015

Thursday, Feb. 11

Modular Housing Booming for Refugees in Germany

Modular Housing: From Oil Patch to Patching a Correctional Facility

Patrick Advances Again, +6.08%, as Falling Oil Prices Fells Dow

Ohio’s Association Director Williams Testifies before House Committee

Ordinance Changed, County now Welcomes HUD Code since 1976

Carlyle Posts Q4 2015 Financials, as it Invests in Northern Calif. MHC

Wednesday, Feb. 10

SSK Acquires Hickory Hills MHC in Kentucky

Patrick Advances +2.70%, as Most Stocks are Quiet

William Sheffer takes Helm of Michigan Association

CFPB Corrects Typo in the TILA-RESPA Rule

Homeless Residents Occupying Modular Container Homes in Honolulu

Tuesday, Feb. 9

Producer of High Tech Manufactured Homes Obtains Loan to Buy Facility

Trump Thumps Rs, Hill feels the Bern in NH Primary

Labor and Lot Shortage could Hinder Housing Market Recovery

Patrick Falls over Nine Percent as Oil Drops below $28/bbl

Manufactured Home Community Planned in Alberta, Canada

First State MHA Offering Scholarships up to $1k

Monday, Feb. 8

Skyline Picks Foxworthy to Head Operations

Deer Valley Spikes Nearly 25% as Dow Falls over one Percent

HUD Closes Loophole on RV Exemption

Hollywood Calling: Quitsville Leaves Hilary Duff with Malibu Mobile Home

Dewberry Still Assisting Sioux with Manufactured Homes

High Rents Yield Hard Times for Low/Fixed Income Families

Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News Jan. 31 -Feb. 7, 2016 ##

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Indiana has Three House Members Supporting Manufactured Housing Bill

March 19th, 2015 Comments off

imha_rvic_logoThe Indiana Manufactured Housing Association/Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council (IMHA/RVIC) informs MHProNews that not only has Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN) sponsored Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing in the Senate, but also three IN House members have signed on to HR 650.

Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN), who represents the third congressional district in northeastern Indiana, and Susan Brooks (R-IN) from District 5 in the central part of the state just north of Indianapolis are co-sponsors. They join Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) from District 2 in the Elkhart area as three of the 27 cosponsors of the legislation.

HR 650 would ease the financing restrictions on manufactured housing that were inadvertently included in the Dodd-Frank Reform Act. Last year HR 1779 had 114 cosponsors but did not make it to the House floor for a vote. The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has called for 218 signatories to the legislation, which is just over half of the 435 members of the House. ##

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