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D.J. Pendleton: Texas Races are Hot—but Get Out and Vote Regardless

March 1st, 2016 Comments off

dj_pendleton__credit__mhpronewsNoting that his energy runs high on Election Day, Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA) Executive Director D. J. Pendleton tells MHProNews the state races in Texas are just as interesting as the national races. Tea Party candidates are challenging long-time incumbents, and recently elected Tea Party legislators are being challenged by moderate Republicans.

He says, I’ll also be closely watching the strategy employed in some races to stack the ballot in an effort to prevent the incumbent from getting over 50 percent of the vote to then force a runoff election where the voter turnout tends to be much different than on a normal election day.”

The 1.1 million early votes cast is about double the number cast in 2012, with a 65 Republican vote split to 45 percent Democrat, writes Pendleton. The secretary of state will release early voting totals as soon as the polls close,

It’s important that you vote. If you do not know your polling place in Texas, click here for the Texas Secretary of State website.

Why is “Super Tuesday” important? It’s the day when 12 states and one U. S. territory hold their nominating contests for the presidential election. “Super” refers to the fact that the largest number of states are holding their contests on the same day.

For the Republicans, 595 delegates are at stake in today’s voting, while the Democrats have 865 delegates who are on the line. Ten of the states are holding Democrat and Republican elections. In another state is the Republican caucus, while one state and American Samoa are holding Democratic caucuses, according to what politico tells MHProNews. ##

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Passages: Darla Blanchard

December 8th, 2015 Comments off

Darla_Blanchard__obit__TMHA__creditThe Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA) informs MHProNews that long-time TMHA member Darla Blanchard of Lumberton, TX passed away Dec. 6 at age 54 after a long battle with cancer. She and her husband, Tommy, own and operate World Wide Homes in Lumberton. MHProNews sends its deepest sympathies to her family and loved ones. ##

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Multi-section Homes Out Perform Single Section in Texas

November 17th, 2015 Comments off

texas_mha_Aug_2015_MH_sales_new_used_single_multiRob Ripperda of the Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA) tells MHProNews stats for August 2015 indicate new manufactured home titles rose 4.44 percent over last August, and increased 1.69 percent over July, 2015, with multi-section home sales outpacing single section homes.

On the year, multi-section home sales are up 7.18 percent while single section homes dropped -2.38 percent. Mr. Ripperda mentions that at a recent meeting he spoke with industry members who said multiple plants are expanding their manufacturing capabilities. He also stated initial results for September indicate new titles were up over September of 2014, and that shipments in Sept. outpaced August.

TMHA allows 75 days after the end of the month for statistics to clear retailer records and processing. Texas routinely receives more shipments of new manufactured homes than any other state, far above Louisiana, which is in second place. ##

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Modular Building Raising the Roof One Floor; MH Related Bills that were Checked

September 2nd, 2015 Comments off

texas_mhaThe Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA) informs MHProNews that both houses of the legislature voted to allow modular buildings and housing to be built four stories high, or 60 feet. Several of TMHA’s members expressed an interest in building modular hotels, multi-family and assisted living facilities in order to compete with other builders. Originally, modular buildings could only go a high as three stories. The governor signed the bill and it took effect Sept. 1, 2015.

In the legislation-that-did-not pass department, Sen. Lucio filed three bills that addressed replacing unsafe and uninhabitable housing. The goal was to identify unsafe homes and subsidize the demolishing and replacement of those homes, using sales tax revenue from the sale of manufactured homes as the funding source. Currently, the sale of manufactured homes (MH) generates approximately $17 million a year.

One of the bills would have targeted half the funds to replace the unsafe homes with MH, while another allowed all forms of housing as a replacement option.

Monthly figures from the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) indicate Texas is far-and-away the number one shipment state for MH. ##

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Seeking Problems/Success Stories with Siting Manufactured Homes in Texas

July 29th, 2015 Comments off

texas_mhaIn the wake of the story MHProNews posted July 22, 2015 regarding the city council of Huntsville, Texas changing its mind to allow manufactured homes (MH) within the city limits after first denying their placement, Executive Director D. J. Pendleton of the Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA) has issued a call for other cities that have experienced anti-MH ordinances.

In the Huntsville case, remonstrators appeared at the city council meeting and convinced the council members to allow MH within the city limits. Noting he wants to cast the widest net possible, Pendleton is asking for any and all instances of city ordinances, inspectors, permitting offices, et al, standing in the way of siting MH, or in any way restricting their siting, whether the battles were won or lost, including stories from members and non-members of TMHA.

With the intent to use this information as the basis for policy discussions and future actions, he says, “I need your input if you think a city, in the absence of the manufactured housing prohibition, would be a market you would be able to serve and provide housing options to residents. I want to hear about cities where you once sold homes into, but then they enacted an ordinance prohibiting manufactured homes and what that impact was and when it was enacted.

Contact him at dpendleton@texasmha.com As you may know, Texas far and away is the state with the largest shipments of manufactured homes. ##

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Appraisal Rule Implementation Looms for HUD Code Manufactured Home sales

June 30th, 2015 Comments off

CFPB-AppraisalRule-HUD_codeManufacturedHomes-logo=CFPB-graphiccredit-MHProNews-com-The Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA) reminds MHProNews that the new appraisal disclosure rules go into effect on July 18, 2015. The rules apply to those homes that go beyond QM status limits set by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) regulations.

DataComp and NADA are going to be the likely vendors of choice, both of which have been working for well over a year to have systems in place that can support the value of homes being sold using personal property loans by MH retailers and communities.

TMHA members are among those who are ‘nervous’ about how well the new systems being imposed by federal fiat will support the sale prices on new manufactured homes.  The service providers tell MHProNews that ‘most’ sales, perhaps north of 90% on test cases, will be okay.  While encouraging, that also clearly implies that there will be sales that could be lost due to the newly impossed rules.  

MHProNews’ Featured Articles in the upcoming July issue will cover the appraisal rule topic from different lender’s viewpoints. The new July Featured Articles are scheduled to go live on the MHProNews home page, found under the Daily Business News  module, Wednesday evening, July 1, 2015. ##

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Texas Manufactured Housing Title Changes Reported for January to February

May 16th, 2014 Comments off

The Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA) informs MHProNews.com that new and used manufactured home title changes rose +21.57 percent Feb. over Jan. this year, increased +1.19 percent over Feb. 2013, and the year-to-date percentage change from the same time last year rose +0.31 percent.

For new titles the change from Jan. was +24.88 percent, the percentage change from the same month last year hit +7.30 percent, and year-to-date percentage change from same time last year was +4.32 percent. Shipments fell from Jan. to Feb. this year by -12.10 percent, while shipments change from the same month last year rose +26.39 percent, and year-to-date shipments of Jan.-Feb. 2014 increased 31.43 percent over the same time frame in 2013.

Used title percentage change from Jan. to Feb. was +10.42 percent, but the change from the same month last year fell -16.86 percent, and for the year-to-date used titles the drop was -11.52 percent. It takes the state 75 days to process each months title transfers. ##

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Passages: Ralph Nattrass

May 14th, 2014 Comments off

The founder of Republic Mobile Homes in Texas in the late 1960’s, Ralph Nattrass passed away at age 88 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada April 30. An owner of communities, subdivisions and part owner of Republic-Henslee Manufacturing, he teamed with Frank and Marina Woody to start the current Republic group in 1991, and it became the third largest independent retailer in Texas. Earlier in his career, he played hockey for the Chicago Blackhawks. MHProNews extends its most sincere condolences to his family and friends. ##

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Texas Stats for Manufactured Home Sales

February 17th, 2014 Comments off

The Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA) reports revised figures for October indicate new manufactured home sales were 913 units, marking the fifth highest monthly total on the year. While the new sales percentage change from Sept. was -7.84 percent, change from same month last year was up +2.62 percent, and year to date sales show an increase of +13.34 percent. While sales of used manufactured homes were up +0.89 percent, percentage of used home sales from prior month and year to date sales of used manufactured homes declined -10.67 percent and -16.75 percent, respectively. MHProNews.com knows Texas is by far the largest state for shipments of new manufactured homes. ##

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New Manufactured Home Sales for Texas Rise

January 15th, 2014 Comments off

The Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA) reports sales of new manufactured homes in October, 2013 rose +8.20 percent from September and increased +2.41 percent from Oct. of 2012. New sales year-to-date from October of last year were up +12.60 percent. MHProNews has learned sales of used manufactured homes rose 14.29 percent from Sept. 2013, but the percentage change from October, 2012 fell -26.32 percent. Similarly, percentage change for used manufactured homes from the same date last year dropped -17.94 percent. Total sales of new and used manufactured homes increased +14.29 percent from Sept. 2013, and the percentage change year-to-date from the same date last year rose +1.55 percent. Texas remains the number one state for new manufactured home shipments.

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