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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News June 18 to June 25, 2017

June 25th, 2017 Comments off

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If you’ve been super busy, traveling, have been on vacation, or are new to the Daily Business News  on MHProNews, welcome to our weekly recap of the Manufactured Housing Industry’s News, Tips and Views that Pros Can Use.” ©

 

 

Let’s start with what’s New on MHLivingNews.com

At Death, What do You do with a Mobile or Manufactured Home?

Highlights of What’s New on MHProNews.com and the Daily Business News

 

 

 

 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

 

 

 

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City Expanding Affordable Housing

 Friday, June 23, 2017

The Homeless are Finding Benefactors in Many Cities

Skyline Investor Move$ Spotlight; Other MH Stocks, Broader Markets Mixed

 

 

Senior Staff Shakeup at the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI)?

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Are Americans Hunting for the Single Sectional Manufactured Home Alternative?

Competitive Enterprise Institute Grades Trump on Energy, Domestic Policies

 Thursday, June 22, 2017

 

Huge Loss to Affordable Housing Stock May Be in Offing

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Investor$ Big Move$ – LPX Spotlight; Tricon, LCI lead, NOB, SKY Bleed

Free Resource for Retailers, Communities, Your Customers and Residents

Jana Kasperkevic, Tiny Houses, Manufactured Homes & Financing

USDA Celebrating National Home Ownership Month

 Wednesday, June 21, 2017

 

Fearful Residents Ask, “Are There Murderers Living Here?”

Modular Housing Scandal? HUD Investigating, Senator McCain Blasts, Wants Reforms

Insider Trades, UMH – Carlyle Surges, Skyline Slips

‘CFPB Rectal Exam,’ Congressman Stresses Need for Credit & Financial Reform, Manufactured Home Pros React

 

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Is this MH Community Owner, Plus Thousands of Others, Unwittingly Waiving Rights Under Federal Law?

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

 

Summit Homes, Clayton Subsidiary, Donates to St Jude’s, Skyline JUMP$

Datacomp Releases Another JLT Manufactured Home Community – June 2017 Rent, Occupancy Reports, for Seven Markets

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Posh, Massive New Manufactured Home Community Being Developed

War Talk Worries? How Is It Impacting Markets?

National Home Ownership Month, MSU Tornado Researcher-Mark Skidmore-Touts Manufactured Homes as “Great” Option

 

Monday June 19, 2017

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Why Cavco Bought Lexington Homes, per Joe Stegmayer – CG, AMG, MHCV Up

Consolidation? Not just Manufactured Housing, Look at Banking – Similar Causes?

Starting Today, it’s Prosperity Now, CFED’s Rebranding

Michael Geller, Making a Home for Manufactured Housing, a Vision for America

 

Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News June 11 to June 18, 2017

 

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The Homeless are Finding Benefactors in Many Cities

June 23rd, 2017 Comments off

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As people all across the nation flock to urban areas seeking opportunity that is not so readily available in small towns and rural areas, the price of homes tend to rise along with the value of land. Readers of MHProNews are familiar with our many stories of manufactured and mobile home communities that morph into shopping centers, expensive housing and other forms of development, as municipalities realize the tax advantages and developers the higher return on the dollar for re-purposing land.

The Gathering Tree is a non-profit founded by Linda and David Brown that operates an evening drop-in center for the homeless in Springfield, Missouri, offering entertainment, snacks, karaoke, cards, socializing, a bathroom, and twice a month a hairdresser provides free washes and cuts. Linda Brown says, we want to “show them that they are important, that they are loved, that they are not rejected. They all have stories. We want to know those stories, why they are where they are,” she said. “It’s incredible when you start learning about these people.”

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As MHProNews reported Nov. 23, 2016, the 4.5 acre site of a former manufactured home community still has the pads, utility and sewer hookups for what will become Eden Village, a community of tiny homes for the chronically disabled homeless, thanks to the efforts of the Browns. “The inhabitants will have dignified homes in a community infused with respect and hospitality,” a press release said. “The Gathering Tree’s Eden Village will radically transform Springfield’s approach to homelessness and provide a model that can be replicated elsewhere to help address the issues of homelessness.”

In a distinct turnaround from the fate of many former MHCs, 30 tiny homes each measuring about 400 square feet with a kitchen, bedroom and bath are planned for the site. The first home, with a $30,000 donation from Judy Huntsman of Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realtors, arrived in April and was recently blessed by Bishop Edward Rice.

Residents, many of whom are on disability, will pay their own way. The community will feature a gathering room with laundry facilities and a large kitchen sufficient to entertain 30 guests. Eden Village received $100,000 from the federal government to cover the cost of a parking lot, a center road and fire hydrants. Residents in the gated community will be able to come and go as they please, and will also have access to case management services.

The homes will be built in Athens, Texas and will feature solar panels donated by Sun Solar. Since the site had been an MHC, there were no zoning issues.

State Law Bypasses Building Codes in Silicon Valley

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Meanwhile, in San Jose, California, the declaration of a “shelter crisis is allowing the city to temporarily suspend state building, safety and health codes in order to construct tiny homes to address the homeless problem in the heart of Silicon Valley. Bypassing the state’s building codes, according to the Bay Area News Group, will allow for unconventional tiny homes, as MHProNews reported Oct. 13, 2016.

The law, authored by Assemblywoman Nora Campos, of San Jose, was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown and will allow the city to provide temporary housing until 500 new affordable apartments are constructed over the next five years.

Ray Bramson, San Jose’s homeless response manager, said, “This law really is the first of its kind,” noting the residents would receive supportive services. “It will allow us to create bridge housing opportunities — a stable place people can live and stay while they’re waiting to be placed in a permanent home.”

Good Shepherd Tiny House Village, Credit: Low Income Housing Institute

Non Profit Shelters Homeless in Seattle

Meanwhile, a Seattle nonprofit is giving the homeless homes through the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI). The 14 homes are structurally sound, heated, insulated, some have private bathrooms and they rent for $90 a month, as Business Insider tells MHProNews. “We began to reach out to schools and training programs and soon were partnering with them to build inexpensive, but quality, durable Tiny Houses, complete with electricity and heat,” says LIHI.

Private donors finance the $2,200 homes in which families are expected to stay four to six months at what is now the Good Shepherd Tiny House Village.

(Portland’s Dignity Village, Credit: Seattle City Council/Flickr)

Strict Rules Guide Homeless in Portland

Similarly, Portland, Oregon has Dignity Village, a series of makeshift homes occupied by 60 people nightly with a set of strict rules and the requirement to put in a specified amount of sweat equity.

The homeless are being served tiny homes by religious, secular and governmental entities nationwide.

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Affordable Housing – In the Eye of the Beholder?

April 10th, 2017 Comments off
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Throughout most parts of California, almost everything is expensive.

That includes housing. But, in Santa Barbara, one developer believes that he’s solved the city’s housing shortage.

According to NoozHawk, project architect Jan Hochhauser and developer Ed Clark purchased the property, a former manufactured home community, out of bankruptcy.

 

The plan? To turn it into 40 new tiny home rental units to tackle the city’s affordable housing crisis.

Affordable” in this instance, is in the eye of the beholder.

It’s a market-rate rental project, but is affordable by design,” said Clark. “The two bedroom units will be rented out at $1,500 to $1,800 a month. The rental market is there.”

About a dozen of the tiny homes have already been put into place, and come in at 550 square feet. Once delivered, they install on top of a permanent slab that sits 3-to-4-feet above the ground. The entire property sits on a flood plain and is near a creek.

Clark says that due to California state guidelines, manufactured home communities are under the purview of the Housing and Urban Development Department. With state guidelines less stringent than city ones, the project has been able to move quickly.

We expect to be done by December and begin renting units in January,” said Hochhauser.

Each home will also have a small, one vehicle driveway and communal areas for events. And, while each unit has a full kitchen and washer and dryer, they are specially sized for the homes.

 

Why Not Manufactured Homes vs. Tiny Houses?

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MHLivingNews has covered the “tiny home” movement extensively, including the potential for big legal trouble for owners and a detailed side-by-side comparison with manufactured homes, highlighting function and value versus fashion.

And, several manufactured housing professionals who believe that those fascinated with tiny houses ought to be thinking manufactured homes instead.

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Brian Cira, photo credit, MHProNews.

Anybody with a brain in their head would look at a manufactured home,” Brian Cira, president, Fairmont Homes, Nappanee, IN said.

We do it much more efficiently, much more smartly. We’ve been doing this for decades. … We could build these [tiny houses] all day long.”

For more on the growth of tiny homes, including nearby San Luis Obispo’s effort to use them for their own housing crunch, click here. ##

 

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MH Factories May Get New Life

March 1st, 2017 2 comments
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In Carbon Hill, Alabama this week, the City Council heard about a possible plan from developers to use a couple of old manufactured home plant facilities to make small-sized homes, aka “tiny houses.

Charles Phillips, his son, Charles T. Phillips, and Jim Clark spoke to the council about their plans.

According to the Daily Mountain Eagle, Mayor Mark Chambers indicated the developers have not asked for financial help from the council for the business, which could employ as many as 500 over a 10-year period.

Really, all they would need from the city council would be approval to sell them the permit to build the homes,said Chambers. “They just need approval of a business license or whatever.

In addition to providing jobs, Charles Phillips shared additional details on the vision for the homes.

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Charles Phillips at the council meeting. Credit: Daily Mountain Eagle.

What we’re proposing is to build little tiny houses. It is not a mobile home [sic]. It is an actual house that will be built. We have foundation specs that they will be set and an anchored to,” said Phillips.

So it is not a mobile home [sic]. It is not a Jim Walters home. It is a prefinished tiny home for low-income people, disabled people and people who want to rent them out to people.

Phillips also noted that city officials reviewed rough drawings of the plans during the meeting, but that blueprints are not ready yet.

Basically, we are looking at getting the Dover building, or possibly the Arrow building, and employ to start with maybe 120 people by the end of the year,” said Phillips.

That would create a lot of jobs in the Carbon Hill area. We’re looking at all the labor and people from Carbon Hill to help income in Carbon Hill.

The trio of developers looked at several other cities, including Jasper, Oakman and Townley Parrish.

They feel Carbon Hill is the answer.

Here is really where we want to do the business at,” said Phillips.

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A map of the area. Credit: Google.

While they are actively developing plans, the developers approached the council now to see where they can go at this point.

I would like, once this is up and running, would like to have at least 500 people working. It is like Mr. Phillips said, everybody going to Jasper,” said Clark.

All of the outlining communities are being left out.

City officials said the 500 figure could also depend on various factors, including how many local residents will work and how many will want to commute to the plant.

The developers are officially calling the homes “efficient living houses,” with the smallest homes, designed for the homeless and the veterans, measuring 16×12, while larger units will measure 394 square feet.

For more on the “tiny house” movement, including a proposal to utilize the homes as an affordable housing solution in Chilmark, Massachusetts, click here. ##

 

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City Council Approves Controversial Manufactured Housing Ordinance

December 14th, 2016 Comments off
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The Linton, Indiana City Council voted on December 12th to move forward with a manufacturing housing ordinance, which will require all future manufactured homes to be in a manufactured home community.

The controversial motion passed with a 3-2 vote, with council members Tony Richards and Linda Bedwell casting dissenting votes.

According to the GC Daily World, the conversation began in June when Mayor John Wilkes said the city needed to take action in creating an enforceable manufactured home ordinance in order to ensure the homes are properly hooked into the sanitation system and electricity. The mayor said there had been several complaints about manufactured homes in the city.

Since the discussion began, a number of versions of a proposed ordinance were presented, but were not successful.

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Mayor John Wilkes. Official Photo.

In November, as the Daily Business News covered here, Wilkes made the proposal to require all manufactured homes brought into the city to be placed in a manufactured home community. The proposal was passed after Mayor Wilkes broke the council’s 2-2 tie.

The formal ordinance was brought before the council on December 12th for adoption.

By requiring the manufactured homes to be placed in manufactured home communities, the community owner will be required to follow state mandates for sanitation and water supply.

The provisions set forth in the ordinance also extend to Amish cabins or “tiny houses.

According to the mayor, current manufactured homes are grandfathered in, but Councilwoman Linda Bedwell asked for clarification on the grandfather clause, including the fact if fire or certain types of disaster destroy a manufactured home, it could allow for the manufactured home to be replaced or rebuilt.

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Mayor Wilkes opened the floor to public discussion before the vote was taken.

Jerry May, a local landlord, raised a few questions, including a possible violation of Senate Bill 6593.

The bill states, in part, “No city, town, code city or county may enact any statute or ordinance that directly or indirectly has the effect of discriminating against consumer choice in the placement or use of a home that does not apply equally to all homes.

Additionally, the bill also notes entities can require a manufactured house to be set on a permanent foundation, be up to state energy code and meeting other requirements for designated manufactured homes.

If I purchased a piece of property and built a pole barn to live in, would that be allowed?” asked another attendee.

City attorney John Rowe said the potential concerns could be litigated if needed.

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Too many cities and towns have an outdated view of manufactured homes, or are being pushed by residents who don’t understand the modern MH reality into taking actions like those noted in this town in IN. Until more of the public understands what inspector Becki Jackson does about modern manufactured homes, the incidents of such cases will continue. To see the Becki Jackson video and interview, click here or above.

A Strong Response

The Indiana Manufactured Housing Association (IMHA) became aware of this issue in late November based on local media reports,” said IMHA President Ron Breymier.

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IMHA sent a letter to Mayor Wilkes and members of the Linton City Council advising them that their proposed ordinance would not be permissible under Indiana law.

Breymier shared Indiana Code IC 16-41-27-32 (b) which states the following:

A governmental body other than the state department of health may not regulate mobile homes or manufactured homes regarding habitability or minimum housing conditions unless the regulation is applicable in the same manner to other forms of residential housing in the jurisdiction.

Rather than an outright ban on the future placement of manufactured homes in Linton, which would be counter to Indiana law,” said Breymier, “IMHA recommended the city enforce the existing state law and make certain any additional manufactured homes seeking placement in Linton meet the same regulations that apply to other forms of residential housing.

Obviously, Mayor Wilkes and the Linton City Council chose ignore that advice and adopted the new ordinance. IMHA will discuss the matter with its board of directors and determine if there is anything further we can do to address this situation.

The Daily Business News has covered a number of NIMBY (Not-In-My-Back-Yard) cases recently, including one in Hutchinson, Kansas here.

It should also be noted that a close reading of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 provides for enhanced preemption, which ought to limit such local zoning efforts.

MHARR and state associations are often raising this issue, with one example in a case linked here. ##

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New Law Allows City To Build Tiny Homes For Homeless

October 13th, 2016 Comments off
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San Jose, California will become the first city in the state to create tiny homes for the homeless by bypassing the state’s building codes.

According to the Bay Area News Group, city housing officials and advocates for the homeless call the new legislation a “game-changer” in the fight to solve one of the Silicon Valley’s most intractable problems.

The law, authored by Assemblywoman Nora Campos, of San Jose as Assembly Bill 2176, was signed by California Governor Jerry Brown on Sept. 27 and goes into effect in January 2017. It is due to sunset in five years.

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CA Governor Jerry Brown. Credit: Wikipedia.

It was huge for the governor to sign this because it’s outside-the-box and no one else has done it,Campos said.Other big cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles will be looking at what we do here. We had to do something because what we were doing wasn’t working.”

The law allows San Jose to temporarily suspend state building, safety and health codes for the purpose of building “unconventional” housing structures, including everything from wood-framed sheds to tiny homes.

The city will adopt its own regulations, the law says, based on some minimum standards, the Bay Area News Group reports.

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Assemblywoman Nora Campos. Credit: Wikipedia.

The law requires the city to first declare a “shelter crisis” — which it did last December — and to use city-owned or city-leased land for the tiny homes.

The homes must be insulated, have weatherproof roofing, lighting and electrical outlets, according to the bill.

While its unclear how many of the homeless will benefit from the law, the response from them has been positive.

Anything is better than life on the streets,” said San Jose resident Monica Fuentes. A former accountant, she ended up outdoors after a divorce and brain tumor — and now she moves from one downtown park to another, transporting her belongings in a small plastic cart.

You can’t live your life out here without having your stuff stolen,” said Fuentes, 47, who has been homeless for three years.

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Champion Homebuilders Tiny Park Model. Credit: Champion Homebuilders, Marketwire.

This law really is the first of its kind,” said Ray Bramson, San Jose’s homeless response manager. Bramson also said that the homes are a “temporary stopping point” until San Jose builds more than 500 new affordable housing apartments in the next five years. The temporary homes would include on-site supportive services.

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It will allow us to create bridge housing opportunities — a stable place people can live and stay while they’re waiting to be placed in a permanent home,” said Bramson. ##

(Editor’s Note: The Daily Business News has also followed the Tiny Home movement closely, with our most recent story here.)

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Ikea Style “Flat-Pack” Homes – the Answer to Australia’s Housing Shortage?

October 4th, 2016 Comments off
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Inside of a Big World Home. Credit: Big World Homes

Sydney architect Alex Symes believes that he has the answer to combat Australia’s housing shortage and sustainability and housing shortage issues.

Symes, founder of Big World Homes, describes his concept as IKEA on steroids. He says that a drill, hammer and wrench are all that’s needed to put together the 37 panels that make up the 13.75 square meter (148 square foot) home. It arrives on the back of a trailer.

The tiny home phenomenon will be familiar to Daily Business News and MHProNews readers as well as our coverage of the future of Hybrid Pre-Fab homes.

It has all its water tanks; we have two potable water tanks, we’ve got one grey water tank, so all the waste water effectively comes to the grey water tank, you add an additive to it and then effectively that’s safe to go on your garden,” said Symes.

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Big World Homes Founder Alex Symes. Credit: Big World Homes

We’ve got the gas cylinders for cooking and also for hot water heating, [and] we’ve got batteries at the back — they’re linked to the solar PV and that’s effectively what runs all your lights.

ABC Australia says that Australians live in the biggest homes in the world, “averaging 89 square meters” (sic) (957 square feet). and owning a home is becoming increasingly unaffordable for many Australians.  While other sources assert that the land down under do have larger homes than those in the number 2 nation – the United States – ABC Australia‘s published statistic is an error, clarified by the chart below. The average size house in the U.S. and Australia are both over 2,000 square feet.

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The Big World Homes flat-pack home design costs AU$65,000 ($49,875 USD) and includes everything needed to build and operate the home. The only thing missing is the land to build the homes on.

We actually need to be able to curate land, big blocks of land, say brownfield sites or other pieces of open land in which we can host these big world communities,” said architect Tim Horton.

These pop-up communities where people who want to, say, spend a couple of years saving for a deposit or have a more flexible approach to their housing lifestyle can live on site on these curated communities.

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A flat-pack home. Credit: ABC Australia

Horton told ABC Australia that tiny homes are a part of a worldwide movement and China is already printing 3D homes.

This is happening around the world. WikiHouse chapters occur in every state of Australia. Big in the U.S. Big in the UK,” he said.

Big World Homes in some ways is Australia’s answer to this — a home-grown version.” ##

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Tiny Houses on Planning and Development director’s radar

September 21st, 2016 Comments off

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Located about 40 miles south of Salt Lake City, Vineyard is known for its rural feel, lakefront views and convenient location to city amenities. Now, it’s exploring how to solve the challenge of a gray area in housing regulations.

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vineyardplanningcommunitydevelopmentdirectormorganbrim-linkedin-posteddailybusinessnewsmhpronewsWhen you deal with tiny homes there is a lot of gray area and that’s kind of the frustration with the tiny home community,” said Morgan Brim, planning and development director for Vineyard.

Tiny homes tend to be on the fringe of the local zoning laws.”

 The city codes regarding tiny homes are in question.

Tiny houses are not, in most cases, considered to be the same as a traditional house, but they are not typically considered to be RV’s or mobile homes, they aren’t HUD Code manufactured homes, nor are they usually modular or prefab homes either. This presents a challenge for Vineyard in finding a legal place to put them.

As Vineyard considers changes to its municipal code to allow tiny homes a place in the city, like other municipalities in Utah, officials are still trying to figure out how, where and how many.

We’re not in favor of it, we’re not against it. We’re simply doing research on it,” Brim said.

A potential solution appears to be forming with the creation of the Utah County Tiny Home Coalition (UCTHC), a forum for city planners, community leaders and others to discuss tiny housing solutions. According to the organizations Facebook page, the group meets monthly.

All of this comes at a time where manufacturing is booming for Vineyard based Alpine Tiny Homes, a custom tiny homebuilder.

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Keeping up with the demand is the biggest challenge, Alpine Tiny Homes owner Boyd Riding said, leading to what he says is a waiting list for the company’s homes.

Riding shared that most of his buyers are ditching their traditional homes and downsizing to just a few hundred square feet. The whole idea of a tiny house is to have less and to literally live simply, you don’t need all of the stuff in your home,” Riding said.

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Riding added that they average tiny homebuyer is debt free and well educated; They’re the kind of neighbor you would probably want to have.”

As it stands now, tiny homes have an easier time receiving permits in rural Utah counties, who have a permits process in place for the homes. Summit, Wasatch and Garfield counties all currently have a process for tiny homes in place.

Regular Daily Business News readers understand that this placement issue for tiny houses isn’t limited to Utah. Tiny houses have attracted some manufactured home producers to the niche, using homes that may be built to ANSI/RV standards. Municipalities throughout the U.S. are working to figure out proper zoning laws to handle the way that homes are built in the modern age and exactly what the differences are.

Manufactured homes can be financed, have federal preemption and are built to federally supervised standards. Those facts suggest that the tiny house movement ought to be a wake up call within and beyond of the ranks of manufactured housing professionals; if tiny houses are cool – why aren’t manufactured homes seen as being at least as hip?  ##

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Avava Ships Tiny Homes Flat-Packed

August 23rd, 2016 Comments off

Tiny_Home_Avava_Systems__businessinsider postedDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsBased in San Francisco, start-up Avava Systems designs tiny homes called Britespaces that can be built in four to six weeks. These are shipped flat-packed, and then they work with third-party construction crews to complete the build of the homes.

This spring the company launched three models ranging in price from $117,000 to $223,000, which includes permit fees, construction and contractor services.

The model numbers reflect the square footage of each home: 264, 352, and 480. The first two are studios, the third is a one-bedroom home. The 264 is shipped in 64 boxes, as businessinsider informs MHProNews.

Featuring concrete foundations and pine frames, the pre-cut components fasten into place, with the option to customize the size, finishes, window and trim color, cabinets, counters and flooring.

The bedroom has a high ceiling, giving the feel of a larger space as does all the natural light from the large windows. The 20 sq ft bathroom includes a shower, toilet and sink.

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Each home can also include rooftop solar panels, a battery pack to store solar energy and an electric water heater. CEO Benjamin Kimmich intends to eventually design a dyi (do it yourself) home that anyone with basic handyman skills can assemble. For the full photo spread and additional details that make it clear why this home is a bargain in the Bay Area, click here##

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Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News Aug 1-Aug. 7, 2016

August 7th, 2016 Comments off

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Loans – Financing – Mortgages for Manufactured, Modular and Mobile Homes

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Sale of Minn. MHC challenged by Attorney General. Section 8 vouchers can now but MH. Hall of Fame inducts Class of 2016. NC MH community being redeveloped. Two Conn. MHCs sold. Drew net sales rise 22%. HUD Code sales up 20%. Ritz-Craft expanding. Assisted Living modular homes on the rise. Maine MH community expanding. Muncie, IN gets Tiny Homes for homeless. Texas home sales set record. Patrick acquires electronics firm. Tenn. city bans Tiny Homes. FEMA providing homes for Calif. fire survivors. Texas home sales set record. Plus news and views about affordable housing you can peruse for decision-making as an MH Pro.

Saturday, Aug. 6 , 2016

Modular Container Homes Rising in Edmonton, Alberta

Friday, Aug. 5

Minn. Attorney General Files Brief to Halt Sale of Community to Developer

Class of 2016 Inducted into RV/MH Hall of Fame

Dow Comes Back Strong; MHCV Outgained the Dow, +1.79 percent

Bill to Use Section 8 Vouchers to Buy Manufactured Home Signed by President Obama

Redevelopment of MH Community in North Carolina Approved

RHP Acquires two MHCs in Connecticut

Thursday, Aug. 4

Drew Reports Net Sales 22% Above Last Year’s Comparable Quarter

Modular, Manufactured Homes Coming to Ute Mountain Indians

Skyline Advances +5.02%; Drew Industries Close behind at +4.88%

Production of HUD Code Homes up 20 Percent

Modular Homes Rising above the Ocean outside San Diego

Modular Home Builder Opening Third Plant in Mifflinburg

Wednesday, Aug, 3

Clayton Moving in where Champion Homes Moved Out

Sun Communities Beats Analysts EPS Estimate by $0.03

Dow Reverses Seven-Day Drop; Northstar Realty Finance Tops MH-related Gainers

Housing Affordability Data Suggestive rather than Definitive

Cavco Industries Set to Release Quarterly Financials

MH Community Owner Slapped with Lawsuit, Slaps back at Former Resident

Tuesday, Aug 2

Home Prices in Northwest Nearly Double National Average

Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. Yields ROI of 8.40 percent

Manufactured Housing-related Stocks Fall Except Nobility Homes

Assisted Living Modular Homes expected to Rise with Aging Population

Texas Home Sales Set a Record in Second Quarter

Affordable Housing Included in $500k HUD Grant to Oklahoma City

Mon. Aug 1

Tenn. City Bans Tiny Homes

Oil Falls Below $40/bbl again; Deer Valley Shoots Up 15+ Percent

Smart” Blocks Will Transform Our Lives-a/k/a Redefining ‘Blockhead’

Patrick Completes Acquisition of BHE, another Thermoformed Producer

An American August in MHVille – New Feature Articles Alert

FEMA Providing Manufactured Homes for CA Wildfire Victims

Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News July 24-July 31, 2016 ##

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