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New NAMHCO Association Challenges Manufactured Housing Institute on DTS, Financing, and More

January 16th, 2019 Comments off

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The new National Association of Manufactured Housing Community Owners (NAMHCO) has launched another proverbial shot across the bow of the establishment Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), that they broke away from last year.

 

While it is too soon to see what the effectiveness of this new trade group will be, they are reporting that they are tackling issues that the MHI is widely seen as failing the industry’s communities, and others too, on in their lobbying.

Keen industry observers wonder if this may cause MHI to stop posturing, and start doing?

The news release that was provided to the Daily Business News on MHProNews is as shown below.  It will be followed by some related reports and other relevant information.

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NEWS RELEASE

 

January 11, 2019

 

Greetings members from NAMHCO Lobbyist Tom Heinemann:

 

Happy New Year!

 

As the Federal Government shutdown enters its third week, Susan Brenton and I have been working with the Board to finetune NAMHCO’s policy priorities and have started conversations with key Congressional offices, Freddie Mac, and advocacy groups and Federal Departments, including HUD and the Federal House. So far, we have been welcomed as a new independent voice on manufactured housing.

 

Over the next several weeks we will be shaping the priorities that impact NAMHCO that impact the membership, including:

 

·      Reducing regulatory burdens community owners face with seller-financing manufactured homes in their community.

·      Increasing financing options and affordability for prospective buyers of manufactured titled as chattel through working with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s Duty to Serve Chattel programs.

·      Increasing financing options for community owners through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s multifamily manufactured housing Duty to Serve efforts.

·      Easing regulations governing the installation of homes in existing communities.

·      Ensuring Fair Housing regulations do not place undo burdens on tenant screening,

 

while also recognizing that local zoning ordinances can have an adverse impact on the affordable housing communities provide.

 

To the news:

 

Government Shutdown: HUD, Agriculture Closed; FHFA, CFPB Open:  The current government shutdown has entered its third week.  Federal agencies that impact the MH industry that are closed include: HUD, which sets construction standards, and offers a little used chattel finance program (Title I); and the department of Agriculture, which offers guaranteed loan programs for manufactured housing.  Agencies that are funded through user fees, such as the Federal Housing Finance Agency and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau remain open. Additionally, the Department of Energy, which is contemplating energy efficiency standards for manufactured housing is open.

It should be noted, that while HUD is shuttered, labels are still being issued, and designs approved by its third-party contractor, IBTS.

 

The House has passed numerous bills to re-open the government, however broader appropriations are tied to the Administration’s request for $5.7 billion for a border wall, which Democrats oppose.

 

Freddie Mac: Publishes Paper on the Prevalence of Tenant Protections in MHCs: Last month, Freddie Mac published an analysis of tenant protection laws across the 50 states.   As part of its Duty to Serve plan, Freddie Mac would purchase mortgages on manufactured home communities that had a suite of consumer protections for Duty to Serve credit. Both GSE’s (Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae) purchase mortgages on MHC’s as part of its multifamily business.  The report found that no one state has the full complement of protections.

 

Here’s where Arizona, Nevada, and California stand:

Resident Protections Download Linked Here.

 

 

The entire Freddie Mac report can be found here:

 

NAMHCO has reached out to Freddie Mac to be a part of the discussions around this initiative.

 

For more information, contact:

Susan Brenton: suebrenton@me.com or 480-966-2446

 

 

 

2158 N Gilbert Rd, #116

Mesa, AZ 85203

About 1/3 of new manufactured home shipments go into manufactured home communities.  With shipments declining during an affordable housing crisis, there are eyes on both this new post-production association and MHI, to see what steps – if any – they will take to address the pressing matter. If NAMHCO is successful in some of the above, it will be a good sign. Stay tuned. See more in related reports, linked below the byline and notices.  “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

 

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New Era in National U.S. Manufactured Home Community Representation Underway?

January 7th, 2019 Comments off

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Despite what some might have (mis)understood about what our publisher wrote recently that included a mention or two of George F. (F?) Allen, the Daily Business News on MHProNews will continue to take a wheat and chaff approach with everyone in our industry, and those outside of MHVille as well.

 

That said, just because George F. (F?) Allen says something is so, let’s not presume it to be exactly as he describes it. Evidence is warranted, not merely Allen’s word.

After all, it was Allen, Roane, and Tom Lackey that made the mainstream news in 2018, in a rather scandalous way. Click the link on Allen’s name above to learn more. So consider the source, as you read these comments from Allen, about the new national land lease community operation.

 

The Topic?  New National Land Lease Community Association

The first order of business, from my perspective, was for NAMHCO to get organized and going. Done!” said George F. (F?) Allen in an email to his reportedly dwindling list of dedicated followers.  That part is reasonably accurate. But what about this next comment from Allen?

Second task? ID & get their lobbyist on board. Done! I know Tom Heinemann and think NAMHCO has made a good decision retaining his services in Washington, DC…”

Our publisher knows Tom Heinemann too, as do others. Will he be loyal to MHI, or NAMHCO?  Will he be loyal to the GSE he worked for, of NAMHCO?  These are among the reasonable questions that must be asked.

 

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Given human nature, odds are that accountability and scrutiny by MHProNews – this pro-industry, pro-consumer independent trade media – will make Tom Heinemann perform better than in the absence of that scrutiny.

NAMHCO deserves a good chance. It is hard to imagine that they would be anything but an improvement over the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI).  But the jury is out if this was a good, bad, or meh choice by NAMHCO for their lobbyist.  Time will tell.  More on NAMHCO, after their news release, below.

 

National Association of Manufactured Housing Community Owners
NEWS RELEASE
Mesa, AZ (December 18, 2018) – The National Association of Manufactured Housing Community Owners (NAMHCO) is proud to announce it has contracted with Tom Heinemann, of Heinemann Consulting to lobby on our behalf at the national level. In this role, Tom will be responsible for representing NAMHCO’s legislative and policy issues on Capitol Hill, before Federal Agencies, and among the trade and advocacy groups in Washington, D.C.
“Tom brings an impressive policy and advocacy experience from his work for the previous Administration and is well respected on the Hill and within the Housing policy community for his deep knowledge of housing affordability issues.” Said Neal Haney, President of NAMHCO.
“With his deep knowledge of manufactured housing issues, from building regulations to finance, I look forward to working with Tom in shaping the housing affordability debate.  By highlighting the important role that manufactured home community owners play in providing sustainable and affordable housing for working families and retirees.” Said Susan Brenton, Secretary of NAMHCO.
Among his various roles, Tom had provided advisory services to Fannie Mae on manufactured housing, served as a legislative advisor for housing finance to the Secretary of HUD, and helped shape the Making Home Affordable programs which helped millions of families avoid foreclosure during the housing crisis.
NAMHCO, established this year, is the first national trade association focused solely on the challenges facing manufactured home communities.  NAMHCO’s members include state manufactured home associations, individual community owners and related industries. NAMHCO works to inform policy makers at the federal level on issues pertaining to land use, community finance, small balance lending, HUD building regulations and installation standards, and chattel finance.
For more information, contact:
 Susan Brenton: suebrenton@me.com or 480-966-2446
Tom Heinemann: Tom@HeinemannConsulting.com or 202-276-0455
For NAMHCO Newsletter Volume 1 Click Here
2158 N Gilbert Rd, #116
Mesa, AZ 85203

 

A very fine letter by Neal T. Haney is found at the link below the byline and disclosures.  There is also an interesting one from Susan Brenton.

Get to learn more about NAMHCO’s president, Neal Haney, Susan Bretton, and their new lobbyist, Tom Heinemann. When will retailers, financial service providers, and others in MHVille make a similar move, to escape the clutches of Berkshire Hathaway dominated MHI?

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