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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News April 16th 2017 to April 23rd 2017

April 23rd, 2017 Comments off

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Our theme for this month is: Manufactured Housing Industry Politics – Complicated Cross Currents, or April Fools? and our featured articles are now live on the MHProNews.com home page. 

To see the line-up of over 3-dozen featured articles for this month, along with the headline commentary, please click the link above.

Manufactured, modular and prefabricated home professionals know that how a home got to its location should not define a person or their dwelling.

What the Daily Business News spotlights day-by-day are the tragedies, triumphs and struggles for acceptance of the obvious solution for millions for the growing affordable housing crisis in the U.S. and beyond.

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When you read the lineup for the month found on the home page, you can reflect on another motto as you chart your own professional path ahead: “We Provide, You Decide.”  ©

 

 

What’s New On MHLivingNews

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Publisher Rebuked! Doubting Doctor, Skeptic Stunned!

 

Homes in America – The Place in the U.S. Where Even Doctors Struggle to Buy

 

What’s New On MHProNews

 

 Saturday April 22nd, 2017

 

2018 RV/MH Hall of Fame Call for Nominations

 

Friday April 21st, 2017 

Developer Plans to help MHC Residents Transition

 

Patrick Industries Gains, Manufactured Housing CV Rises, Broader Markets End Week Lower

 

Rollercoaster Ride may be Ending for Manufactured Home Community?

 

Manufactured Housing – Investors Taking Notice?

 

Modular Home Builder Faces the Music

 

 Thursday April 20th 2017

 

Planning Board Reviews Manufactured Home Community Expansion

 

Deer Valley Surges, Manufactured Housing CV, Broader Markets Spike

 

Drama, Take Three – MHC Infighting Over Potential Sale

 

Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act – Momentum or DOA?

 

Rise and Fall – NAHB March Housing Report

 

Wednesday April 19th, 2017

 

MHARR on HUD, DOE, Chattel and Powergrabs – Exclusive Report and Analysis

 

Skyline Bounces Back, Manufactured Housing CV, Broader Markets Dip

 

MHC Residents Look to Lawmakers for Assistance

 

Former Sugar Plantation Sees Reallocation of Manufactured Homes


 

Extortion? RICO? Allegedly Illegal, and Dirty Side of Manufactured Housing, Exposed

 

Road Construction will Require Manufactured Home Residents to Move

 

 Tuesday April 18th, 2017

 

Bill Beneficial to Manufactured Home Industry

 

Skyline Shakes Slide, Tops MH Risers. Major’s Down, MHCV Up

 

Waste! Fraud! Abuse! Its Impact on Business

 

Publisher Rebuked! Doubting Doctor, Skeptic Stunned!

 

Freddie Mac Calls Manufactured Homes Crucial

 

 Monday April 17th, 2017

 

Dems Return to the Drawing Board as the GOP Pursues its Agenda

 

Patrick, LPX Lead and Skyline Recedes, Broader Markets Up, MHCV Drop

Carlyle Group Adds to its Manufactured Home Community Portfolio

 

Tax Facts 2016-2017, Business, Jobs and You

 

Manufactured Home Community Residents Receive Helping Hand

 

 Sunday April 16th, 2017

 

Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News April 9th 2017 to April 16th 2017

 

Easter Sunday 2017 – Scripture, Shroud and the Sudarium

 

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Developer Plans to help MHC Residents Transition

April 21st, 2017 Comments off
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Just outside of St. Louis, Missouri, a developer is dealing with the reality that sometimes, trying to do the right thing isn’t always enough.

In a story the Daily Business News originally covered here, the city of Chesterfield’s only manufactured home community, Chesterfield Mobile Home Park, had rumors swirling about a potential sale of the community, and the development of almost 300 apartments where it currently sits.

According to STL Today, Mike Lang, who leads developer Amerwest Development LLC of West Palm Beach, Fla., wants to minimize disruption of the families in the community and provide the help necessary for residents to transition should his bid to buy the site go through.

We would be as equitable as possible,” said Lang.

I’m sensitive to the fact that they’re there. I’m not interested in creating huge upheaval.”

The area has become a hot bed for developers, as large companies such as Monsanto, Bunge, Reinsurance Group of America and Pfizer are building new employment centers in Chesterfield. The city is one of the region’s most affluent suburbs.

Yes, we’re going to disrupt people’s lives,” said Lang. “But the question is: Am I going to do it, is someone else going to do it?”

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With zoning hearings coming in the near future, Lang’s ability to purchase the community is still far from a done deal. And some residents in the community are gearing up for a fight.

Some residents gathered last week at one of those zoning hearings at Chesterfield City Hall to state their case.

We’re trying to get a solid front,” said Edward Ernstrom, a chiropractor who has lived in the community for 10 years. “They didn’t give us a whole lot of time to mobilize.”

Ernstrom says that many of his neighbors may struggle to afford another home in town.

There’s people there that don’t have an exit plan,” said Ernstrom. “That was the living style they could afford.”

Ernstrom also said that while community residents understood that something like this might happen because they don’t own the land under their homes, he wants to see some form of compensation to help residents relocate.

As situations like the one in Chesterfield continue to play out around the country, leaders in the manufactured housing industry provided MHProNews their take.

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Jay Hamilton, credit, MHProNews.

As communities become surrounded and engulfed by restaurants, Hilton Hotels, stadiums, big box stores, airports, residential and commercial developments,” Jay Hamilton, Georgia Manufactured Housing Associations’ executive director told MHProNews, “property taxes begin exceeding the total revenue from renting spaces.”

The struggle over community owner’s property rights vs. land-lease community resident rights continues. Equity LifeStyle Communities Chairman Sam Zell’s view, published exclusively on MHProNews on that topic, are linked here.

In commenting on such cases, ROC USA President Paul Bradley told MHProNews,  “How can we promote homeownership and sell new homes on leased land and at the same time close communities? It’s like selling tickets to a zoo where ‘only 1 in a 100 are eaten by the lions!’”

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Paul Bradley. photo credit: Fosters.

Bradley believes that the community sector should identify those communities that may be subject to closure and redevelopment, and differentiate them between those land-lease locations that have no plans to be anything but a manufactured home community. See his statement, linked here. ##

 

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Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act – Momentum or DOA?

April 20th, 2017 Comments off
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Much of the manufactured housing industry is familiar with latest version of the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act of 2017 – a.k.a. H.R. 1699.  The Arlington, VA based Manufactured Housing Institute’s (MHI) latest “alert” urged their readers to keep up the momentum for the 4th iteration of a bill, which they designed to modify points and fees to make some higher cost loans possible, while also amending the unpopular MLO rule.

GovTrack reveals some startling insights, but the view from MHI will be reviewed first.

The MHI bill was presented by Representative Garland “Andy” Barr (R- KY). Barr is a true advocate for manufactured housing, as the information and video linked here reveals.

As have many others, MHProNews and MHLivingNews editorially supported prior versions of the bill for years. One of dozens of examples, is linked here.

Beyond the MHI cheerleading, what are the facts – per third parties – outside of manufactured housing?

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GovTrack and PredictGov, who have no vested interest in whether or not a bill passes, have provided some startling information.

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They give the bill a one percent chance of passing.

With 99 to 1 odds against it, and millions spent to date on the MHI effort, this information should provide a wake-up call for the manufactured housing industry.

As PredictGov states, “The overall text of the bill decreases its chances of being enacted. The bill’s primary sponsor is from the state/territory: KY. The bill is assigned to the House Financial Services committee. The bill’s primary subject is Housing and community development.”

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MHProNews has heard from a number of pro-MHI members, who believe the bill is a wasted effort in the Trump Administration era.

Conflict of Interest?

As the Daily Business News asked here, under the bylaws, articles and laws of incorporation for MHI, is there a conflict of interest when The Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act – a finance related effort that directly benefits two major industry lenders – is being promoted by the association’s chairman, Tim Williams of 21st Mortgage Corporation, whose firm is a direct beneficiary if such a law is passed?

 

Cheerleading For…What Goal?

In its News & Updates feature, MHI asks members to “Keep Up the Momentum: Ask your Representatives to Cosponsor H.R. 1699.” But with a one percent chance of passage, state association executives and other businesses of various sizes have asked privately, does even hundreds of emails and several co-sponsors truly equal momentum?

Introduced by a bipartisan group of Representatives, ‘The Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act’ addresses federal regulations implementing the Dodd-Frank Act that do not reflect the unique nature of the manufactured home financing and sales process,” says MHI.

H.R. 1699 modifies the definition of ‘high-cost’ loans so that manufactured home loans are not unfairly swept under this designation simply due to their small size. The bipartisan legislation also amends the SAFE Act and the Truth in Lending Act to exclude manufactured housing retailers and sellers from the definition of a loan originator, so long as they are only receiving compensation for the sale of the home and not engaged in financing the loans.”

When asked for an on-the-record comment, MHI would not respond to MHProNews’ inquiries about this – and other finance/industry related subjects, which will be covered in upcoming reports here on the Daily Business News.

Opportunity in 2016, Reportedly Lost

In an interesting twist, MHProNews previously reported that MHI insiders communicated to the Daily Business News that a negotiated deal with the support of consumer groups could have been made over a year ago which would have allowed the CFPB to modify their MLO rule, so long as MHI dropped the points and fees hikes.  That deal would have benefited thousands of industry locations and businesses of all sizes.

Why was that opportunity missed?

MHI staff are silent on that question, and others like it.

Presidential Veto…

With millions being spent by MHI every year, and this being one of their flagship efforts, why did MHI fail to take the half-loaf offered?  Even if Senate passage last year had been achieved, President Obama signaled during his term that had Preserving Access passed the Senate, he would have vetoed the legislation.

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Among the off-the-record comments from a member of the financial services industry seem to show an under-reported trend among those who know the real score on the bill.

The problems with MHI aren’t the Association’s doing, it’s a few members.  Lenders like CU aren’t bothered by all the aspects because they think consumer first and still make a decent return,” one source said. “As always “off the record” because I don’t need to get dragged into HR, but that is my 2 cents.

While a lender was named in the message to MHProNews above, it should not be construed that the source does – or does not – work for that firm. Those comments came with respect to this article.

MHI – Weaponized News?

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As MHProNews covered here, MHI’s use of weaponized news to its members, and slanted advertorials to the public, presents several hurdles for the industry.

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James McGee and Chet Murphree said it very well on a video, it’s all about education…This [MHI] advertorial approach was a mix of good, bad, inaccurate, and deceptive marketing on behalf of a national manufactured housing association,” said Titus Dare, SVP of Eagle One Financial.

I’ve focused on the bad, because that is where the problems will come from. You would never see the NAHB or another national trade association blurt out such problematic nonsense.”

Tom Fath, an industry professional with a fresh view from a millennial perspective also shared his take.

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Tom Fath, New Durham Estates.

We have created a great industry that is in decay and under attack.  In order to change the perception of our industry, MH pros and leaders need to focus on the facts and true benefits regarding our products and communities to ensure our customers make educated decisions that fit their needs,” said Fath.

Probably the greatest enemy to the growth of the mobile home park [sic] industry into a mainstream form of real estate investment is … our industry itself,” wrote MHI member Frank Rolfe, in a story linked here.

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MHC Residents Look to Lawmakers for Assistance

April 19th, 2017 Comments off
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In the Southern California city of Brawley, families who have been displaced by the closing of the Brawley Mobile Home Park are looking to their local representatives for help.

According to KYMA, more than 40 families are seeking assistance, and 10 community residents were in attendance at a legislative update last week at the Brawly Chamber of Commerce.

 

Because the majority of residents are Latinos, we have been treated unfairly and stepped on after living here for more than 15 years,” said one of residents in attendance.

Assembly member Eduardo Garcia, on hand with council members from the city to address questions and concerns, said that they are aware of the situation, and had asked for wheels to be put into motion to assist residents.

We’ve also requested from the county to consider doing a workshop after work hours in Brawley, come to the people that are in need of these services and information, to help walk individuals through this process,” said Garcia.

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A city council member also pointed to other issues for the former community and its residents.

Unfortunately the mobile home park [sic] is not in conditions where they can continue living there, so the county of Imperial and the city of Brawley have been working together to try to assist them with relocating, but it has been an issue because a lot of these people do not qualify,” said Council Member Norma Kastner-Jauregui.

Jauregui also pointed out that a potential lack of qualification could be as simple as residents not understanding what resources are available to them.

I believe there is still about 40 families that have not been able to be accommodated, so they find themselves in a situation where they cannot live there and yet they haven’t found another place to live,” said Jauregui.

Residents and officials say that the new owner of the property is in the process of assessing the value of residents’ homes, so that he can make an offer with the hope that it assists them with their relocation.

As Daily Business News readers are aware, redevelopment, for any number of reasons, is a natural course of business, and most owners and operators follow rules and standards to the letter.

As with this instance, this also includes assistance for residents, and opportunities to purchase the community. Residents in Dover Point, New Hampshire, were able to purchase their community right before Christmas. That story is linked here. ##

 

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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News April 9th 2017 to April 16th 2017

April 16th, 2017 Comments off

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To see the line-up of over 3-dozen featured articles for this month, along with the headline commentary, please click the link above.

Manufactured, modular and prefabricated home professionals know that how a home got to its location should not define a person or their dwelling.

What the Daily Business News spotlights day-by-day are the tragedies, triumphs and struggles for acceptance of the obvious solution for millions for the growing affordable housing crisis in the U.S. and beyond.

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When you read the lineup for the month found on the home page, you can reflect on another motto as you chart your own professional path ahead: “We Provide, You Decide.”  ©

 

What’s New On MHLivingNews

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Homes in America – The Place in the U.S. Where Even Doctors Struggle to Buy

 

A Look at Today’s Home Buyer, Analyzing Zillow’s Consumer Housing Trends Report

 

What’s New On MHProNews

 

Saturday April 15th, 2017

MHC Residents to Receive Assistance for Home Repairs

 

Friday April 14th, 2017 

Could Modular Determine the Outcome of an Election?

 

Obamacare in the Crosshairs – What’s the President’s Plan?

 

Major Moves at Tricon Capital Group

 

Flashback Friday – Political Obstacles, Reality Checks, Industry Cohesion and Successe$$

 

Power Restored to Manufactured Home Community

 

Markets Closed for Passover, Good Friday Memorials

 

Thursday April 13th 2017

 

Homes in America – The Land Where Even Doctors Struggle

 

Carlyle Rises, Manufactured Housing CV, Broader Markets Down Again

 

UPDATE: New Manufactured Home Community Laws Take Effect

 

Move to Reclassify RV’s In Community

 

Manufactured Homes Knock Tiny Homes Down to Size

 

Wednesday April 12th, 2017

 

NIMBY in Action – Commission Delays Zoning Ordinance

 

Tricon Spikes, Manufactured Housing CV, Broader Markets Slide

 

Ex-Amazon Leader Sees Future In Modular

 

Economy in Focus: Jobs, Employment, Trump

 

Factory Goes Modular – Plans Thousands of Homes

 

Tuesday April 11th, 2017

 

An Interesting Gaggle – Animals and Manufactured Home Communities

 

UFPI Bounces, Manufactured Housing CV Leaps, Broader Markets Down Slightly

 

Homebuyer Confidence – March Report

 

Passages: Ralph Pardieck

 

Billionaire Sees Shipping Containers as Homeless Solution

 

Zillow Group Study Reveals Trillions in Manufactured Housing Industry Opportunities

 

The Promise of Housing – Manufactured Homes Take Center Stage

 

Monday April 10th, 2017

 

Skyline Soars, Manufactured Housing CV Dips, Broader Markets Gain

 

City Adopts Manufactured Housing Ordinance, Terminology Matters

 

Affordable Housing – In the Eye of the Beholder?

 

Tackling the Housing Crisis Down Under With Prefab

  

Sunday April 9th, 2017

 

Town Amends Manufactured Home Ordinance

 

Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News April 2nd 2017 to April 9th 2017

 

 

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MHC Residents to Receive Assistance for Home Repairs

April 15th, 2017 Comments off
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In a follow up to a story that the Daily Business News originally covered in December, residents of the Trailer Haven community in San Leandro, California, will be receiving assistance for home repairs, via a one-time $150,000 grant, approved unanimously by the San Leandro City Council last month.

Per the East Bay Times, the grant is being funded by city tax revenue collected from the community, and it will be administered by Rebuilding Together Oakland East Bay.

Rebuilding Together plans to establish an on-site presence in the weeks to come,” said San Leandro Community Development Director Cynthia Battenberg.

They will be reaching out to all residents and handle all aspects of managing the program. The minor home repair program is being offered to the residents as a way to assist them in needed repairs.”

Cascade Corporate Management, a Sacramento, California-based manufactured home community and RV park Management Company that oversees the Trailer Haven operations, notified residents of the rent increase in September, which averages about $117 per site, along with a $45 sewer and water charge.

Based on the response and the communication between our resident meetings, I can understand the impact that it’s going to have,” said Cascade Corporate Management quality control director Brock Kaveny to the city council back in December.

I think it’s going to be nominal compared to some of the public concern. I think some of the concern was amplified with residents who weren’t even residents of our mobile home community.”

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Almost $100,000 in city taxes collected from the property’s transfer to the new owners, along with almost $50,000 in projected property tax revenues for the next three years, will be used to fund the minor home repair program exclusively for Trailer Haven residents.

I think that people deserve to have help, and I think that folks who work in the nonprofit area, as well as people in government, are the new safety net,” said Rebuilding Together Oakland Executive Director Lisa Shulman Malul.

People do everything right; they bought their mobile home [sic] and they live there but then, all of a sudden, something happens — their savings goes away, they have health issues or whatever that is. People need help, and I think they’re really rightly entitled to it.”

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Malul says that the Rebuilding Together staff plans to meet with Trailer Haven residents in the coming weeks, and conduct assessments of possible repairs and make recommendations on the scope of the city’s home repair program and number of projects that can be done.

Repairs for individual mobile homes [sic] likely will be ranked based on available funds; there are no plans to subsidize the program beyond $150,000,” said Malul.

The Daily Business News covered resident protests at Trailer Haven, including the push for rent control as a solution. That story is linked here.

For an industry legal commentary on why rent control is the wrong move for local governments to enact, please click here. ##

 

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Power Restored to Manufactured Home Community

April 14th, 2017 Comments off
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Just south of Portland, Oregon, residents at the Angel Haven Mobile Home Park had a wild weekend.

According to KATU, a major windstorm knocked out power to the community last Friday, leaving over 100 homes in the dark.

A major concern for officials was that more than 120 residents suffer from serious medical conditions, and they rely on electricity to power lifesaving equipment. For Lorrie and Steve Watts, the outage was particularly concerning.

Both are diabetic, and had about a thousand dollars-worth of insulin stored in their refrigerator.

The old folks here, we need your help, it’s not just me,” said Steve Watts.

I just bundle up and wait for another day.”

Luckily for the Watts, and others, Sunday was the good day they were waiting for. Work crews from Portland General Electric (PGE) showed up in force to tackle the issue, which ended up being a melted fuse after power was initially restored Saturday. A sudden overload of demand as crews restored power caused the system to fail a second time.

Crews reconfigured parts of the system to prevent this type of failure from happening again.

We realize that we have a tremendous responsibility in empowering our community,” said PGE spokesperson Melanie Moir.

We care deeply about this community and we want to get everybody up and running as quickly as possible.”

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PGE also told residents that this serves as a good reminder to make sure that people have safety plans in place in case of emergencies.

I went to the store to grab a bag of ice to put in my cooler and the husband calls and says the power’s back on,” said Lorrie Watts.

I can’t be any happier to get heat in there, and I want to thank these PGE crews for coming out, doing all they can to get us back on power.”

 

Safety and Manufactured Housing

While this instance did not directly point to the stereotype of manufactured housing being a lightning rod for issues, it serves as a good reminder that officials, news agencies and the general public often specifically point out manufactured homes and communities – often identified incorrectly as “mobile homes” and “mobile home parks” – vs. site-built homes in damage reports.

On average, about 1 in 5 structures identified as “mobile homes” by the media are in fact pre-HUD code mobile homes.  They are routinely the ones that suffer the most damage, because HUD Code manufactured homes are more durable by design.

HUD Code manufactured homes that are properly installed and maintained have a similar life expectancy as conventional housing. Any housing that is not, for whatever reason, properly maintained tends to fall into disrepair and can deteriorate more rapidly, and thus, shorten its useful life expectancy.

For more on the importance of terminology with manufactured housing, click here. ##

 

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Move to Reclassify RV’s In Community

April 13th, 2017 Comments off
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In Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, a move by the owners of the former Seacrest Motel and RV Park to redevelop was met with strong opposition. Interestingly, the opposition didn’t come from residents.

According to Peace Arch News, Lark Group, the owners of the community want to redevelop the land into 21 single-family lots.

During the third reading of the application last week during a meeting, 31 people opposed the move, but only one Surrey resident spoke against the application.

The heart of the opposition appears to be around the need to protect residents of the RV community, where a majority of the residents are permanent. Last August, year round residents were given eviction notices and told that they had one month to vacate.

The city needs to adjust its manufactured home park redevelopment policy to classify recreational vehicles as manufactured homes if used as a primary residence,” said Grant Rice, a self describe concerned citizen who previously ran for city council and mayor.

Shortly after the eviction notice was provided, South Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner said city staff advised the Lark Group to obtain a ruling from the Residential Tenancy Branch (RTB), which would determine if the RVs could be considered manufactured homes, which would afford the RV owners more benefits.

Regulations in the province require that manufactured home community residents be given one year’s notice of the final moving date, from the time that approvals are granted. They are also entitled to the equivalent of one year’s worth of site rent.

Residents of Seacrest started a committee to take the issue through the RTB process, but after six months, they agreed to accept a settlement package from the Lark Group before a ruling was made.

According to Rice, the residents felt as if their choices were limited.

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Grant Rice speaking at the reading. Credit: Peace Arch News.

One of the problems is you’re asking people who are already stressed and on the verge of being evicted from their home to go to the RTB and roll the dice on whether or not they’re going to get a favorable ruling,” said Rice.

Prior to a vote on the matter, Councilwoman Vera LaFranc stated that she was initially concerned about the displacement of low income residents, and thanks both city staff and the Lark Group for their handling of the process.

We saw that people were treated with respect and that’s what we would expect to see in (the) future if there are any development applications on manufactured homes and that would also include those that are tourist accommodation,” said LaFranc.

The council then approved the application.

As Daily Business News readers are aware, redevelopment, for any number of reasons, is a natural course of business, and most owners and operators follow rules and standards to the letter. This includes assistance for residents, and opportunities to purchase the community, including the case of residents in Dover Point, New Hampshire, who purchased their community right before Christmas. That story is linked here. ##

 

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Manufactured Homes Knock Tiny Homes Down to Size

April 13th, 2017 Comments off
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Kerstin Gillespie’s manufactured home. Credit: Stanwood Camano News.

While “tiny homes” may be all the rage, more and more people are finding that the real value is in a tried and true model.

According to the Northwest Housing Association (NHA) in Olympia, Washington, more and more people who look at tiny homes as an option have discovered manufactured housing not only offers affordability, but also meets meeting zoning, building and life safety standards that many tiny homes do not.

My home is really cute,” said Kerstin Gillespie of Allyn, Washington. She purchased a 586-square-foot manufactured home, placing it on family land to live in while she attends graduate school in nearby Tacoma.

Inside it has 9-foot ceilings, lots of windows and lots of light. I went with a manufactured home because I’d had a good experience buying one before and knew I could move in quickly and get more home for the money.”

Gillespie was able to customize her home, an option that often gets lost among the stereotypes surrounding “mobile homes” or “trailer parks.” HUD Code homes must be at least 400 square feet. The houses compete favorably with the cost of tiny homes; their lower price reflects the efficiencies of being factory built.

Per Stanwood Camano News, unlike tiny homes, which are still struggling with state and local regulations, buyers of manufactured homes generally avoid building code and zoning issues in Washington State, as it passed a law in 2005 preventing cities from discriminating against these manufactured homes.

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The inside of a Fourleaf Properties manufactured home in Dallas, Texas. Credit: Candy’s Dirt.

Manufactured homes are built to a national code that ensures homes meet basic structural, safety and energy standards,” said Craig Sedlacek, the program manager for the Factory Assembled Structures program at the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries. The organization conducts building inspections for manufactured homes.

There’s no real definition for a tiny home. It might be built to a local code, a recreational vehicle (RV) code or no code at all. It’s important for buyers to understand what standards a home is built to before they buy it.”

Sedlacek also points out that the standards cover important questions about where a home can be located and whether it meets health and safety standards.

One big trend we are seeing is an increased demand for smaller, well-designed floor plans,” said Kevin McShane, sales manager for the Fleetwood Homes plant in Oregon.

The tiny home term is used a lot, but we find that homes under 300 square feet are too small for most people. Floor plans with 500 to 1,000 square feet of living space are now about a third of our business and growing.”

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MHProNews and MHLivingNews have 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.

 

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Consumer Confidence Soars to Record High

April 7th, 2017 Comments off
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The impact of a Donald Trump presidency continues to resonate, as consumer confidence reached its highest level in 16 years last month, according to Nielsen’s Consumer Confidence Survey.

The Conference Board by Nielsen, which provides information around what consumers buy and watch, conducts the survey.

According to HousingWire, the Consumer Confidence Index improved significantly in March to 125.6, up from 116.1 in February. The Present Situation Index increased from 134.4 to 143.1 and the Expectations Index increased to 113.8, up from 103.9.

Beginning in 1985, the index was set to 100, and the value is adjusted monthly based on results from surveys. Opinions on current conditions account for 40 percent of the index, while future expectations make up 60 percent.

Consumer confidence increased sharply in March to its highest level since December 2000,” said Lynn Franco, who is the Conference Board director of economic indicators.

Consumers’ assessment of current business and labor market conditions improved considerably.”

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Consumers were much more optimistic about conditions in March, with those rating business conditions as “good” increasing from 28 to 32 percent, while those saying business conditions are bad decreased from 13 percent to 12 percent.

Feelings on the labor market were also more positive, with the percentage of consumers seeing jobs as “plentiful” increased from 26 to 31 percent.

Consumers also expressed much greater optimism regarding the short-term outlook for business, jobs and personal income prospects,” said Franco.

Thus, consumers feel current economic conditions have improved over the recent period, and their renewed optimism suggests the possibility of some upside to the prospects for economic growth in the coming months.”

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Consumers also relayed optimism for the future of the labor market, with those expecting more jobs in the months ahead increasing from 20 to 24 percent, and those expecting their incomes to increase jumped from 19 to 21 percent.

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