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Governor Signs 18’ Wide Single-Section Bill

May 3rd, 2019 Comments off

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The first session of the 57th Oklahoma Legislature completed its third month last week as the Senate and House completed hearing bills on the floor of their respective chamber by the April 25 deadline,” said the Manufactured Housing Association of Oklahoma (MHAO).

 

Governor Kevin Stitt has signed the bill that makes 18’ single sections legally transportable in Oklahoma.

On [April] the 26th Governor Stitt signed HB 1217 which will allow homes not exceeding 18 to be transported upon the Interstate/Defense Highways, effective November 1st,” said the MHAO.

An 18’ wide single section can rival the size of a modest multisectional, without additional installation costs needed for two sections.

 

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An example of an 18’ floorplan is shown.

Governor Kevin Stitt and legislative leaders are continuing to negotiate the FY20 state budget and an agreement could be announced in the very near future. Sine Die is May 31 by 5:00pm, however depending on the timing of the budget agreement, it is possible legislators will adjourn earlier than that day,” said MHAO.

That said, and while this is useful, the industry is still down from 2018.  See related reports, further below.

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Warning – Number 1 Manufactured Housing State, Texas – Reports Month Over Month Rise, Year over Year Shipment Decline Continues

Newly Published Regional State Data Reflects Gainers, Losers in New Manufactured Homes Shipped

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virginia Manufactured Home Shipments similar to 2014

August 3rd, 2015 Comments off

vammhaMHProNews has learned from the Virginia Manufactured and Modular Housing Association (VAMMHA) the state statistics for manufactured home (MH) shipments for June 2015 were comparable for June 2014. Last year, VA had 88 MH shipments—38 single-section, 50 multi-section—for a total of 139 floors versus 88 MH shipments this June—40 single-section, 48 multi-section—totaling 139 floors.

The numbers for this year are a slight bit less than at the same point last year: 423 MH shipments this year—201 single-section and 222 multi-section for a total of 646 floors. In 2014 at this time VA had 443 MH shipments—198 single-section, 245 multi-section totaling 689 floors. ##

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Council Set to Deny Siting Request for three New Manufactured Homes

July 15th, 2015 Comments off

waynesboro_nc__lisa_shifflett_points_to_three_mh__griffin_moores__newsleader__creditAn attempt by Danny Wyant to site three new single-section manufactured homes (MH) on his mother’s property in Waynesboro, North Carolina is being met with stiff opposition from neighbors and the city council, even though Planning Director Michael Barnes said current ordinances do not prohibit the placement.

Siting of manufactured homes in that jurisdiction currently requires a special use permits on a case-by-case basis, according to timesleader, and Wyant received permission to place an MH in 1999 on a nearby street. In 2013 he was denied permission unless he wanted to site a multi-section home, which he said was not affordable.

There are rarely remonstrators at city council meetings, but this time citizens filled the seats armed with a petition bearing nearly 80 names opposed to Wyant’s proposal, as MHProNews has beene told. Neighbors claimed the MH would devalue the neighborhood of mostly single-family homes, and that the homes would be in an area prone to flooding.

Barnes said the city flood plain administrator okayed the homes, and that other MH have been approved in the neighborhood. One neighbor said it would be acceptable if he put a multi-section home on the property. Wyant intends to provide housing for a relative in one MH and rent the other two.

After the council voted to consider an ordinance denying his request at the next meeting, Wyant said, What is different about this? It’s my understanding what you do for one you have to do for another.” ##

(Editor’s Note: Manufactured Housing Professionals need to sit up and take notice of the pattern reported in this local story, as it occurs in many states. Citizens and manufactured housing professionals may find some relief by pointing to the provisions of the federal Manufactured  Housing Improvement Act of 2000, which provides for ‘enhanced preemption.’  The MHIA of 2000 article, includes related downloads, and is linked here. The HUD letter issued in the Emily Goode v. City of Richland case may also be useful in addressing concerns with local jurisdictions, find the case described at the link here, and the HUD letter to that town, linked here.

On approaching such issues, CMHI president Jess Maxcy offered the guidance linked here. California passed a law that dealt with and technically settled this issue.)

(Photo credit: newsleader/Griffin Moores–Lisa Shifflett points to manufactured homes in the Waynesboro, NC neighborhood where Danny Wyant wants to site three MH.)

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Single and MultiSection Manufactured Home Production up in February

April 7th, 2015 Comments off

mfg home delivery  mcclellandsllc comFollowing up on an article MHProNews published April 3, 2015 regarding the continuing rise in new HUD Code manufactured home shipments, we have learned from the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) shipments of single-section homes rose 13.6 percent and multi-section increased 6.1 percent Feb. 2015 over Feb. 2014. Total floors shipped in Feb. 2015 numbered 7,263, an increase of 8.3 percent over Feb. of 2014.

The seasonally adjusted annual rate of shipments in Feb. 2015 hit 67,398, a drop of 4.9 percent from the 70,837 in Jan. 2015. The number of active corporations in Feb. 2015 was 38, with plants reporting production numbering 121, the same as the previous month. ##

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Manufactured Housing Shipments Rise from same Number of Plants

April 14th, 2014 Comments off

Adding to a story MHProNews posted April 4, 2014 regarding the 5.9 percent increase of shipment of HUD Code homes in Feb., 2014 over Feb. 2013, the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) reports shipments of single-section homes remained flat while multi-section home shipments increased 11.8 percent. Total floors shipped in Feb. 2014 rose to 6,706, 7.9 percent over the Feb. 2013 totals. The seasonally-adjusted annual shipment rate (SAAR) fell 2.5 percent from Jan. 2014. MHProNews has learned 123 plants reported production in Feb. 2014 from 46 active corporations, the same numbers as the previous month. ##

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Town Reconsidering Ban on Manufactured Homes outside Communities

January 6th, 2014 Comments off

Two town board members of Sylva, North Carolina are reconsidering a 15 year-old ban on siting single-section manufactured homes outside of manufactured housing communities (MHCs), saying it may be unfairly punishing people of modest means. Board member Mary Gelbaugh says, “We are trying to make housing available, and I’m worried this is taking housing away.” Fellow board member Harold Hensley, who has long been concerned with the availability of affordable housing, says, “We’re restricting what kind of house someone can live in. If they own the property, I don’t think they should be denied the right to sit a home on it.” Currently, an MHC is defined as having two manufactured homes (MH) sitting on a half acre, although four additional homes can be added for a total of six per acre. According to what thesylvaherald.com tells MHProNews, the new ordinance would define a community as four or more MH on two acres with the maximum density of four homes per acre. The board will re-visit the issue at its next meeting Jan. 16.

(Photo credit: thetimesnews.com–refurbished manufactured home in Burlington, NC)

New York Land Lease Community Changes Hands

October 23rd, 2013 Comments off

Atlanta, Georgia-based investment advisory brokerage firm ARA announces the sale of Saratoga Hills manufactured housing community in Stillwater, New York, 24 miles from Albany. Saratoga is an all-age community of 300 homesites sitting on 91 acres with a mix of single and multisection homes. According to nreionline.com, the seller is a commercial real estate investment firm in Dallas; the buyer is a private owner/operator. Although the selling price was not disclosed, MHProNews has learned independently the community was listed at $7.1 million in July of this year, and has room to expand the number of homesites. Constructed in 1970, the seller acquired the non-performing mortgage on the property ten years ago, connected it to public water and sewer and increased the occupancy to 73 percent.

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Orders for Manufactured Homes Rise in Iowa

October 16th, 2013 Comments off

The Iowa Manufactured Housing Association (IMHA) reports retailers’ orders for manufactured homes (MH) are up this year over last by 28 percent to 203 homes, third in growth behind Wisconsin and Indiana in the north central region. Sixty-six percent of them were single section. Iowa ranks 35th in the nation for total MH orders, as MHProNews has been informed. Texas continues to dominate both the number one shipment state position with 20 percent of the orders, as well as production at 25 percent of the total.

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Tiny House, not ok’d for Manufactured Home Community

August 30th, 2013 Comments off

tiny-house-Bob Pritt’s 208 square foot home is only 208 square feet, cost him about $20,000 to build, but Anderson County can’t say yes, because his home is not a HUD Code certified manufactured home, so it can’t be placed in a manufactured home land lease community. Pritt’s had his home titled as an RV, WBIR tells MHProNews. But as community owner-operators in many parts of the U.S. know, manufactured home communities are often only allowed to have pre-HUD code mobile or post HUD Code manufacured homes in them, no RVs or tiny houses are allowed. It is interesting to note that Pritt’s tiny house, on a cost per square foot basis, is about 3 times the price of many 16×80 single section manufactured homes. ##

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Chinese home builders targeting U.S., Canadian markets

August 5th, 2011 Comments off

Chinese_modulars,_container_home_construction posted MHMSM.com MHProNews.com Chinese factory home and office builders are targeting world markets, including “North America.” Western style literature uses key buzz words: low cost construction, green building, sustainable, easy transport and rapid installation. They build to Europe’s CE standards, Australia’s AS and the UL standards for North America. They produce container houses, prefab and modular house construction. Offices and housing for mineral and “oil camps,” power station, civil facilities are part of their offerings.  The homes are shipped in containers.  2 man teams are said to be able to assemble the home in two days.   Some floor plans resemble single section HUD Code configurations.  The homes can be single or multiple levels.  Some look like HUD Code multi-sectional manufactured homes once erected and installed.

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